Killing Pablo: Die Jagd auf Pablo Escobar, Kolumbiens Drogenbaron
On a personal note, I traveled to Colombia during the most dangerous point in the setting of this story, the fall of 1992. It was fascinating ...more
I read this book after seeing the History Channel documentary and learned even more from the book. The "chase scene" at the end of the book is riveting and it felt like I was reading ...more
Upon reading the first 100 pages, my opnion of Escobar evolved from a general disliking of the type of ...more
It's a story of violence that is unbelievably casual. Pablo Escobar and his henchmen had a simple way of keeping control of their empire, and of their public relations : kill every ...more
There's so much to like about this book. For me, the highlight was learning more about Escobar, where he came from, how he got all of his power, and how he kept it. It was fascinating. I wouldn't say that it made me admire Escobar. He was an awful person who did terrible things. But I found myself repeatedly thinking, "Wow, that guy had a big set of brass ones." The brazenness with which he ran his operation was b ...more
I didn't finish the book so I'm not going to give it any star ratings. I don't ...more
This is an interesting story about the rise and fall of Escobar and the huge and expensive man hunt to capture/kill him.
Overall I liked it, but the story sometimes drags as he delves into the emotions and psyche of the people in the book. I actually found the story of the corrupt Colombian politics to be more interesting than the actual hunt for Escobar.
As usual Mr. Bowden gener ...more
Killing Pablocharts the rise and spectacular fall of the Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, the richest and most powerful criminal in history. The book exposes the massive illegal operation by covert US Special Forces and intelligence services to hunt down and assassinate Escobar. It combines the heart-stopping energy of a Tom Clancy techno-thriller and the stunning detail of award-winning investigative journalism to produce the most dramatic and detailed and account ever published of A
Very well researched and informative.
Raises the old question of whether or not the ends justify the means and reminds me that in some cases they do. Good football coaches (and some military leaders) know you have to match the opponent's intensity level to win the game.
Would like to follow up on the state of Colombian (and now Mexican ...more
My favorite character in the story was not one, but a group of characters, known as the Centra Spike agents. The Centra Spike agents were the backbones of the hunt for Pablo. Without th ...more
Author Mark Bowden takes the reader through Columbia's history; starting in Pablo's youth and following through up to his capture and death. It is an incredible tale, which seems too crazy to be true: the seemingly endless, brutal, and public murders; the corruption of the governme ...more
At times Bowden eschews narrative in favor of accounting; there are so many compelling stories and characters in the hunt, and the reader sometimes feel as if he's "missing out" on the broader impacts. While the work is nonfiction, it seems hard to believe there is nothing more to be said about ...more
Bowden originally reported this story in ...more