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Publisher's Summary

DEA Agent Jack Riley, "[Chicago's] most famous federal agent since the days of The Untouchables" (Rolling Stone) tells the inside story of his 30-year hunt for the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, and reveals the true causes of the American opioid epidemic.

Jack Riley, grandson of a Chicago cop known for using his fists, was born to be a drug warrior. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, who farmed marijuana and opium poppies as a teenager in Mexico, was born to be a drug lord. Their worlds collided when Riley, a career special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was promoted to lead the fight against Chapo on the border at El Paso.

Drug Warrior is the story of Riley's decades-long hunt for the world's most wanted drug lord, set against the rise of modern international drug trafficking, and America's spiraling opioid epidemic. Jack Riley started his career as an undercover street agent in Chicago busting small-time dealers. By the time he worked his way up to second in command of the DEA - a post few field agents ever reach - he had overseen every major mission to capture foreign drug kingpins since the 1990s, and had witnessed first-hand how El Chapo changed the game. As brilliant as he was lethal, Chapo not only decimated his competition, he foresaw Americans' dependence on opioids and heroin, and manipulated supply to increase demand. Riley's story culminates as he and the DEA win their greatest victory - the capture and extradition of his long-time nemesis - and Chapo faces his darkest fear: U.S. justice. 

A riveting memoir of life inside the drug wars, and a never-before-seen glimpse of the inner-workings of the DEA, Drug Warrior is a critical examination of how America's opioid crisis came to be, and the extraordinary people fighting it.

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©2019 Jack Riley (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Drug Warrior is a riveting account of America's drug war. Jack Riley steps right out of central casting: a tough cop on a mission. But Drug Warrior goes beyond Riley's gruff exterior and shows the trials and tribulations of fighting a war that can't be won. Riley's sense of duty is the heart of the book. Want to better understand America's first forever war? You'll find answers here." (Kevin Maurer, co-author of the New York Times best sellers No Easy Day and American Radical)

"For 15 years, Chapo has been Riley's white whale, the object of an obsession that teetered on derangement and sidelined everything else, including his family... A ruddy, white-haired bruiser who holds court from a bar stool, Riley seemed dispatched from the days of fedoras and cops lighting Luckies at crime scenes." (Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone)

"Drug Warrior is an interesting look at the life and times of both Guzman, a major drug trafficker, and Mr. Riley, the DEA special agent who relentlessly pursued him." (The Washington Times)

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Interesting story about the DEA and the rise and capture of El Chapo. But my lord does Jack Riley love him some Jack Riley. It gets worse as the book goes along. He’s never been wrong, and if everyone had just listened to him the war on drugs would be over. Also, didn’t need his random shots at politicians and officials he seemed to name call for no tie in to the story. It’s too bad because the info on the manhunt and insight into the DEA is great, he just makes it hard to listen to as he constantly is reminding you he is a legend.

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Terrible

this book is absolutely terrible. there is zero content . jack riley is a clown and a blow hard. don't waste your time.

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Disappointing

Way over-hyped as a page turner for a book with almost no meat on the bone. Riley repeats himself over and over about his zeal for getting the "bad guys" and reminds us far to often how smart and "tough" he is. Swearing a lot and dragging your wife and kids around the country for your own selfish interests doesn't make you smart and tough. His major theme is how dedicated and innovative he is, basically laying claim to inventing the concept of inter-agency cooperation. Then, without a trace of irony, he accuses another agent of being an egomaniac. Inconsistencies abound. Example: He finally realizes his dream of being stationed on the border in El Paso -- ground zero in the war against drugs -- the only logical place where you can really make a difference and get things done -- and then inexplicably provides few details of his short time there before he bails and eventually gets back to Chicago, which he then proceeds to call "ground zero" in the war against drugs. Whew. And then there's the Joe Friday-esque narrator, who sounds like he's trying to scare the kids with spooky stories around the campfire.

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An autobiography of a real part of the problem

As the title says, this guy was a real cowboy and he’s a serious part of why there ever was an El Chapo. He gives his tale speaking like he is better than all the people he put away with a serious lack of empathy. He may be better than the psycho he was chasing but they are cut from the same cloth.

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Interesting perspective

Big ego- but I guess you need a big ego to combat others with big egos. The reader sucks. His voice is ok but how did someone let a person reading a story on narco life not even not how to pronounce Medellin?

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Incredible True Story

Loved how Author wrote from his heart. An amazing man whose heroic actions were portrayed so riveting that you can't put it down. Jack stated how proud of the DEA Team is is. A mans man

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good info. boring presentation. did not discourage me from finishing.

would definitely read more from this author

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Good audio book the narrator had a pleasant voice I wanted more dangerous stories from a DEA stand point over all food book

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The author is a politician not a "cop" like he claims he was. He was bounced around a few hot spots and down to the boarder for a very short time before being randomly promoted to D.C if you believe his story. He contradicts him self throughout the book especially when he tells local border sheriffs and law enforcement hes "here for the long term" and won't leave like his predecessors have. In my opinion Jack Riley was one of a large group that brought down El Chapo, his book makes it sound like he's the main reason El Chapo is where he belongs. I didn't want or expect to listen to a politician so I will be requesting a refund. I should have watched a Netflix Series instead.

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This is a reflective, honest, detailed, memoir, and analysis of a career that spans the most intensive years of the Drug War.

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