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The Plaza

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Plaza-in Mexican culture, a slang word describing the territory of a certain cartel.

"I've been a reporter for years, and a resident of Juarez, Mexico all of my life. I've never seen anything like it. No one thought the drug war would be like this...My town has become the battleground for drug cartels. Even the police are being killed on a daily basis. Bands of teenagers wo
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by No Frills Buffalo (first published January 31st 2012)
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I'm not sure how to classify this book. It didn't strike me as a novel. There was no single main character, obstacle to overcome, or satisfying conclusion to a challenge. If anything, it struck me as a memoir of a place (Juarez). The book explores the devastating and destabilising effect of the Mexican government's war on drugs by chronicling the lives and deaths of those affected by the cartels' increasingly violent bids for power. The subject matter was really interesting. It isn't something I ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as a contest winner in Goodreads First Reads. Inside the book I was pleased to see a personal inscription as well as a letter from the author, which were genuinely nice to see and read.
This is not your typical novel, in that it is based on true events in the city of Juarez, Mexico. The book details the lives of a few of the people who live in the city, from a honest crime reporter, to psychopathic gang members. I have read about the violence in Juarez in a few other books, a
Dan Wright
Mar 26, 2013 Dan Wright rated it it was amazing
Imagine a city beset by crime and violence, where the drug cartels and the mafia reign supreme. This is a city where crime and violence are a regular occurrence, where innocent (and not so innocent) blood is shed every single day. A city where even the police offer no support and are just as corrupt as the gangsters that run the city. It a city full of fear and terror, a place where no one is safe and even children are subjected to the horrors of this city.

What I’ve described to you may sound li
Jayne M.
Jul 25, 2012 Jayne M. rated it really liked it
The Plaza provides a deeply atmospheric immersion into what's going currently going on in Mexico- a subject often in the news but never so fully explored. I found it compelling and a surprisingly easy read, given the subject matter. Paxton is an engaging writer and has accomplished the rare feat of producing a first novel of great merit that engages the reader emotionally as well as educates and informs without being didactic.
My only wish would be for more fully developed female characters to en
Jailynn Marcus
Mar 25, 2012 Jailynn Marcus rated it it was amazing
From the opening sequence to the last bullet this book will keep you captivated! I could not put this book down which is rare for me since I haven't found a book this great in a very long time. The way Mr. Paxton develops the story and engages the reader will have you turning page after page until the incredible ending. I highly recommend this book as it gives a profound look and deep perspective into life in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. This book is also unique since the autho ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Guillermo Paxton’s “The Plaza” offers a frightening (based on true events) glimpse into the horrific crimes going down in Juarez, Mexico. The story is fast paced, brutally gruesome, and totally eye-opening for those of us who couldn’t imagine living in the middle of a war zone brought about by drug cartels and dirty cops. I actually smiled at the end when a totally selfish character lost his head (it was totally deserved)! It takes a brave person to write about the kind of corruption going unpun ...more
Carmen Amato
Nov 24, 2012 Carmen Amato rated it really liked it
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Authentic and packs a powerful message. The vignette style makes it read a bit differently than the usual novel. Best parts are when the author goes deep inside the cartels and shows their lifestyle.
Rose Cimarron
[2012-07-10] Yay! My book has arrived :-) the postal service from the US is really swift! Thanks GP.
Jul 01, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. An easy read, based on true stories, of people who live in the violent, crime-filled city of Juarez, Mexico. The author flip-flops segments of the book between three different perspectives- one, from the brave, innocent civilian, who desperately wishes Juaraz to become safe again for his family, and will put his life at risk as a crime reporter to do so; and the other two characters- each members from opposite sides of the warring mafias. You come to realize, after a ha ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Rita rated it liked it
Won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This was a good book and well written. I enjoyed the point of view to which the author uses for the novel. I recommend this book to anyone especially anyone who enjoys the genre.
Aug 02, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I usually think you get what you pay for with a free book, but every now and then you find a diamond among the gravel. This book is a combination of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. I finished it in two hours. :)
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Guillermo Paxton and his family lived in Juarez, Mexico and he researched the escalating violence from 2008 until 2011 when he was forced to leave.
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