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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...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by No Frills Buffalo (first published January 31st 2012)
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Dan (The Chaotic Reader)
The city of Ciudad Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, recorded 750 homicides in 2012. The year before, the death toll stood at 2,086. From 2007 to 2011, with over 9,000 people killed there, Juarez was known as the deadliest city in the world. The Plaza graphically reveals the nature of the violence Juarez experienced on a daily basis.

There’s not much in the way of plot here, but the story is compelling, nevertheless. It begins with a very public execution of a corrupt police...more
Sadie Forsythe
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
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...more
Dan Wright
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...more
Jayne M.
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...more
Jailynn Marcus
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
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
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.
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
I would not suggest this book to anyone. It is poorly written. And unless you enjoy violence and crudeness, I would suggest not bothering with this book.
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.
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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