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The Cartel (The Cartel #1)

4.59  ·  Rating Details ·  5,788 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and The Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret. The secret is his illegi ...more
ebook, 292 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Urban Books
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Jan 09, 2011 Dirk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because my students were so into the series, but I had to force myself to finish it. Reading it made me anxious and a little bit upset.

The story deals with the struggle for power between fictional modern-day crime families. There is non-stop action between what I would call the action scenes (bullets fly), the sex scenes (graphic), and the money scenes ("Carter stood up smoothly and put his hands in his $400 Armani slacks.") Ultimately, I think the reason I had such a strong rea
Did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but I could not put it down..from the first chapter you are drawn into the luxurious, extravagant and dangerous life of Carter Diamond, a legendary ganglord in Miami and you are introduced to his family and then abruptly exposed to his death..And it takes off from there.. the existing Diamond family of mother, twin boys and a sister are introduced to their half brother also named Carter who is a big man in his own right in Flint, Michigan. As th ...more
Joe Stamber
May 19, 2014 Joe Stamber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
What can I say about "The Cartel"? Its characters live in a world where it's uncool to speak without swearing, wrong to use words of more than one syllable and unthinkable to speak in the English that grown ups use. The men are muscle bound hunks and spend most of the time waving their weapons (both kinds) around; for some reason all the women have gigantic asses.

It's like a 12 year old has been told to rewrite Scarface in the style of Kidulthood with all the characters played by cartoon version
Kiki Scott
Carter Diamond and syndicate, called the Cartel, rule Miami. The drug king seems untouchable, until a rival Haitian syndicate manages to take him out. At his funeral, his family is introduced to his estranged son Carter Jones. The Cartel follows this crime family as it deals with the aftermath of Carter's death and some twisted love situations.

With an intriguing story line, this book had some great potential. For the most part, I liked the characters. I liked the gun fights, and I loved the mob
Oct 07, 2010 Quan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Man, I love this book. I had this book sitting in my room for almost six months so I finally decided to check it out. This is one of the best books I have read, they really need to make this into a movie. Young Carter was my favorite character because the homie handled his business and came in and took care of the family even though he had just met them. I think that Mecca was another one of my favorites because he reminded me of my big brother, but after, well I don't want to tell the story, so ...more
Mark Dunson
Feb 11, 2015 Mark Dunson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

Enjoyed this from beginning to end. Mad at some of the deaths. Bout to cop part two. I'm sure it will be just as good as this page turner.
Jun 01, 2009 OOSA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Déjà vu

"The Cartel" falls between the good, the bad and the ugly. Using the street lit handbook and a predictable plot line, this novel will have you glued to your seat.

Someone younger or newer to the genre would welcome the mixture of drama and violence and enjoy this novel. For me, those are the exact problems I found with this novel.

This difference in opinion simply could be chalked up to my reading resume. I've read a lot and at this point I expect a little more, particularly creativity an
Aug 16, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The catels was a very good read, the godfather of the cartel was murder was killed and a son he didn't know get the family and cont. service the family until things in the family start to happen and people start to get killed and one family member starts it all. The best book so far this year that I have read.
2.5 stars

This book was everything I thought it would be. By that I mean typical. In my younger years when I first really got into reading, somewhere around middle/high school, I loved urban street fiction. At 29 years old...not so much. I say that because once you've read one you've read them all. By looking at an average rating of 4.7 stars and all the good reviews I figured The Cartel would have been the exeption. I was sadly disappointed. It was all sex, drugs, and money to the point of overk
Arielle Crowell
Sep 26, 2011 Arielle Crowell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
It's hard for me to rate this book. It took me forever to read it because I felt like it's the same ole hood story that I've read over and over again. It had action, I can't take that away from the book but... I dont know... something was left to be desired. I'm giving it 4 stars because the action was interesting... but all the drama in between... all the deaths... just seemed like overkill to me. I couldnt sympathize with Miamor's plight because she created the mess in the first place. Quite a ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trilogies
The Cartel is a family that consists of drugs & violence but their bond is unbreakable. Carter Diamond is the most ruthles ganster of them of all. Resding in Miami, he is not unfamiliar with the crime that runs rapid around him but he is determined to keep his family save from harm. Although he knows that it is risky, he will stop at nothing to keep them away from the Haitans who threaten to destroy his life. Cartel is married with two twin boys and a baby daughter who wants nothing more tha ...more
May 27, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, public-library
What can I say? Any one who intends to read this novel will be able to overlook many unforgivable things. I cannot list them all here but sexism, racism, stereotypical exploits, homophobia and contagious ignorance run rapid. If you can get past all of the language, senseless gun violence, unresearched police procedures and the graphic, random, unprotected sex then there's actually a good storyline buried here.

The audiobook and all of it's wonderful and sound effects are worth a laugh. I have to
Jun 01, 2012 Monique rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of the TELL not SHOW writing style of this book, but I do want to continue the series, but there was enough there that it kept my interest.

There was a lot of overuse of some really simple words, but I understand that the writers of this book are young and probably still developing as writers; perhaps their later works will be better.

One thing that occurred to me is that the authors seem very color-struck and caught up in the light-skinned/exotic look as symbolizing sexy in the
Treenell  Walker
I would only say it was interesting due to the fact that it kept me turning the pages but that's about it. The way most plots ended had no purpose and in my opinion this book didn't leave a influential impact on the reader. It just seems like it was all about action and had most plots end senselessly. The ending could have had some type of resolution instead of being left so open after all the tragedies that happened. There was no true purpose. Just violence after tragedy.
Apr 11, 2013 Myisha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Cartel
By: Ashley& JaQuavis
The purpose of wring the book the cartel is that the reader can see in too the business of a cartel. When you read this book you can get the truth about the business and the life of the Diamond family. You will get the bad and good, happy and sad. It also has a good meaning like telling you that family comes first. That what I think the authors purpose was in writing this book.
This book can impact the audience in a good and bad way. It will impact the audience i
Mar 27, 2013 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm caught between giving this a 2.5 and a full on 3 stars. Ashley & JaQuavis are a great pair, writing an intriguing novel of deceit, drugs, and high-class gang wars that kept me turning the pages even as my eyes rolled or I cringed.

Breeze, Mecca and Money deal with grief from the start when their father, Carter is killed. Their mother, Taryn, brings in their unknown half-brother, "little" Carter to carry on The Cartel - the family business. And then there's a slew of trouble between the Mi
Jan 31, 2012 Shunte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read.. The story line was great! This book catches you at page 1 & is not one of those books that has to build up AT ALL!

I have to say that I read this one along with the other 2 in about 2 days time... so, everything from the previous book was fresh in my mind when I read the next, and so on. With that being said there were several inconsistencies throughout the series that BOTHERED ME! Just kind of left me scratching my head wondering if the authors just forgot what they'd writte
Sep 04, 2014 Destiny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! This book is about a family who is involved in organized crime/drugs. You get to see the rise and fall of many of the members of the family. It also had a few ladies in the book The Murder Mamas who were contract killers. Put in the mix a Haitian crew that wants in on the drug game in Miami, and you've got one heck of a book. When these three collide, what will happen? You'll have to read it to find out. This book kept my attention from beginning to end. I actually listened to th ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Athena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know that I am so late beginning this series bc every true urban lit fan has to have the Cartel series in their collection. I loved everything about this book; from the characters, to their storylines, and the style of writing. There were so many twist, turns and secrets in this book that I had to pause after reading certain things and say OMG!!!! The romeo/juliet r'ship between MiAmor and Young Carter had me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to see how it's all going to turn out. There ...more
Latiece Smith
Aug 03, 2010 Latiece Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up the cartel I thought that it was going to be something that truly didn't relate to me. I was so wrong on that statement. This book is so strong and powerful that when I read certain patrs of the book it felt so real that I cried. When ever I put the book down I felt like I was Pressing Pause on a movie. This book makes you realize that what goes down in each page actually happens in every day life. As I read the book it made me see that there are people out there who are d ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Model.chyk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nikinnia Smith
Aug 02, 2015 Nikinnia Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-book-party
Wow! The Diamond family has issues. I really loved this book. Ashley & Jaquavis are so vivid in their writings. It made me feel like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book.
The Diamond family, an infamous drug cartel, is at war the Haitians. When the Haitians kill the patriarch of the family, Carter Diamond, all hell breaks loose. The family seems to fall apart. Young Carter, the illegitimate son of Carter Diamond, tries hard to keep the family together and in power.
I would definit
I read this book because one of the book club members requested it. So in turn, we read the entire series. Ok, this book, kind of childish in writing and is a quick read which only takes possible 4 hours of your time if you are a medium to fast reader. It took me a while because I kept falling to sleep on it. If you like to read about fast money, clothes, and drugs, then you would like it. If you are bored and need something to read that doesn't require much attention, then I recommend ...more
Tonya Anderson
When I first got this book I was not a read but by the time I finished this book OMG! This book was page turner I found myself up all time of night wanting to know what was going to happen next. Those characters in the book was on time for real.. I felt like I knew the diamond family, carter jones and the rest of click and the place where all this took place at you all could go wrong with MIAMI! All i can "Y'ALL DID THE DAMN THING ON THIS BOOK!"
May 04, 2011 Lesley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me with this book?!?! It's like the movies New Jack City and Romeo Must Die (w/o Jet Lee) all rolled into one with a dash of some cheezy cable mini series. The language is nothing but ghetto/street trash vocabulary. I'm on page 77 and just can't read another word. I can't even believe this was published much less a TRILOGY for God's sake! Why this ended up on my 'to read' list, I'll never know.
Feb 02, 2014 Kiera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by Ashley & JaQuavis, man what a ride! This is not your usual run of the mill, "I'm a kingpin, I'm on top of the world" type of book. Yes, The Cartel does sell drugs, but beneath their 'gangster' exterior, is shrewd business sense. Carter Diamond runs things with an iron fist; he loves hard, works hard, & plays hard. This book had the right amount of drama, suspense, and some very steamy sex scenes. The book was easy to follow, and I really enjoyed it!
Priscilla Whicker
I was told to read this book by my cousin and another friend,, I must admit this is not a book I would have bought on my own to read but as I began to read it ,I found it to be very interested , I could not put the book down and it was a page turning book for me I finished it in Just a few days , so I understand that it is5 books so I already purchase #2 ,,Great book ,, left me full of surprises......
Marisa Henry
Jun 25, 2015 Marisa Henry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. I didn't like any of the characters. It was a stereotypical hood novel that lacked creativity. Nobody did research on the background of the Haitians or Caribbean cultures and speaking habits. The gangsters were idiots and the women were high yellow and into fashion and nonsense. It reads like something an 8th grader that just saw New Jack City would write. I want my money back
Dec 08, 2016 Ta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The entire series was great. Really good! This book sent me into a reading frenzie. I have read 15-20 books from the day I picked it up. Read 1,2, & 3.
Revised 12/2016
Three more books have been added to the series. As of today I have reread #3 to read #4 now I am reading #5. With that said 1&2 are my favorites of the 6.

I believe I read this before but it was still a page Turner...I would read this one first before murder mamas...but good storyline I can't wait to read the sequels..n be there to comfort Carter teehee
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Ashley Antoinette is one of the most successful female writers of her time. The feminine half of the popular married duo, Ashley and JaQuavis, she has co-written over 40 novels. Several of her titles have hit The New York Times bestsellers list, but she is most widely regarded for her racy four-book saga, The Prada Plan. Born in Flint, MI she was bred with an innate street sense that she uses as m ...more
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The Cartel (6 books)
  • Tale of the Murda Mamas (The Cartel, #2)
  • The Last Chapter (The Cartel, #3)
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