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Manhunters: How We Took Down Pablo Escobar, the World's Most Wanted Criminal

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The explosive memoir of legendary DEA agents and the subject of the hit Netflix series Narcos, Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña

In the decades they spent at the DEA, Javier Peña and Steve Murphy risked their lives hunting large and small drug traffickers. But their biggest challenge was the hunt for Pablo Escobar in Colombia. The partners, who began their careers as small-t
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Valerity (Val)
This book recounts the careers of DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena as they learn the job by just being put to work after their training. Eventually they work their way up to the more serious targets, until one day they are going after the big one, Pablo Escobar, when they get assigned to work in Columbia. They find the country in a state of turmoil with the drug lords and cartels killing people to try to prevent themselves from being extradited to the United States and put on trial for al ...more
Susan Graves
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Manhunters follows the thrilling true story of a hunt for a legendary crime lord. This book read like fiction thriller and was fast paced at times but every page kept me wanting more. I am so thankful I was given the chance to read this early. Excellent research and even better storytelling.
Brian Miller
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book but it turned out just ok for me. Going from one author to the other each chapter didn't really work for me but may work for others. I remember Pablo Escobar and how much he intrigued the world years ago and thought this would translate into a great book but possibly too much time has passed for it to end up being a great page turner. It was well written about an engrossing subject matter but something just didn't work for me.
Thank you Netgalley, Steve Mur
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Randal White
Excellent reading on the hunt for Pablo Escobar, told through the eyes of two DEA agents assigned to his case. The book switches back and forth between the two agents, Murphy and Pena. I have read other books about Escobar, but this one really resonated with me.
It starts with the background on both men, covering their early careers. This part alone was fascinating reading! Some of the exploits they relate were incredible.
The book then goes into how the authors found themselves in Columbia, and
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
Manhunters:How We Took Down Pablo Escobar by Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña is published on 12th November with St. Martin’s Press/ Headline.

Having watched the Netflix Narcos series, I was really delighted with the opportunity to read this new memoir from the individuals whose lives became part of mine as I sat completely engrossed in the series. Although the series was partially fictionalised, the underlying story remained the same

Murphy and Peña were lead DEA agents in bringing do
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Susan Campton
Welcome back my fellow Book Dragons. It is once again Throwback Thursday. This week we go back to the 1980’s when Cocaine was King and Miami was his Palace. Our Gem this evening is powder white, it’s crystal’s catching the light, it’s veins of red seem to pulse and glitter with each facet. The longer we look at it the more enticing it becomes. Let us remove it from it’s box. It feels heavy and foreboding. The smell, oh what is that smell? Death my friends.. death is in the air around this Gem th ...more
Anne Marie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank You St. Martins Press for this ARC.

I have to be honest this is not my typical read. But when I saw that it was the same to DEA agents that were featured in the Netflix series Narcos I was more than willing to give it a try.

I felt like watching the TV series prior to reading this book was quite helpful. When I was reading certain parts of the book I could envision what they were describing better that way. This book gets into a lot of the background behind Steve and Javier’s li
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John Davis
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Impressive. Terrifying. You'll find it all here: Tracking the sources of vast amounts of drugs, dealing with every type of drug hustler and kingpin, tactics, and shoot outs. Murphy and Pena tell a rapid fire, informative, and pulsing story of their adventure in bringing down Pablo Escobar, arguably the most dangerous man in the drug cartel world. Well paced, clear and truly unsettling, these law enforcement officers show what we commit our people to in an attempt to stop the drug flow into Ameri ...more
Linda Ghent
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow! I cannot imagine what life must be like as an undercover operator for the DEA. This book tries to give you a feel for it, but it falls a bit short. I don't know if that is because some of the story cannot be told, or if the authors aren't sure how to tell it. I will say that they really made me want to check out "Narcos" and to also do more reading about Escobar. Thanks for NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for this honest review.
Shell Hunt
Aug 03, 2019 added it
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The real story from Season 1 & 2 of Narcos.
Release date November 12, 2019
Thanks to Net Galley, Steve Murphy, and Javier F. Pena for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Review to come. :D
Glen
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads giveaway contest. I haven't watched any of the Netflix series of "Narcos", which I read was based off of the true story of DEA Agents, Steve Murphy and Javier Pena, but if it's anything like the book, I'll definitely watch it. Most people have heard, seen, or read topics here and there about Pablo Escobar. I know I've read plenty in my career, before retiring in Law Enforcement. The trouble I've always come across while reading and studying articl ...more
Alan Lizama
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Amazingly done and very interesting!
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steve Murphy and Javier F. Peña's own version of their hunt for Pablo Escobar begged to be written after Netflix aired the hit series Narcos, their story of the hunt for Pablo Escobar. Although from what Murphy has said, as advisers they were able to keep the Narcos on the rails of accuracy. It’s such an amazing story the Netflix writers didn’t really need to do much enhancement..
Manhunters begins with Steve and Javier writing their alternative chapters of their early lives and then their
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