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La Reina del Sur

Desnuda se erizó igual ue si acabara de reventar el grifo del agua fría Bip bip En el estéreo del dormitorio los Tigres del Norte cantaban historias de Camelia la Tejana La traición y el contrabando decían son cosas compartidas». There are a lot of reviews available here which outline the plot so I won t attempt to do so here other than to say cocaine smuggling logistics deals and double crossings Moroccan hashish fast boats cargo ships dirty politics shootouts Mexican drug cartels the Colombians indiscretions and revenge Teresa Mendoza is our lead character She starts off as a simple narco s morra uiet and unassuming Her boyfriend is murdered and she is on the runIt is a high speed read almost a guilty pleasure read for me and it was enjoyable for the most part There was the narration style which was fairly annoying half narrated by a reporter who interviews various people throughout the book His sections set up the following sections where the action is explained from Teresa s point of viewThe story rolls out in various stages and gathers momentum until the very end where a conclusion is met There are other things going on a parallel to the Count of Monte Christo which admittedly I have not read and therefore could not track there is the Mexican cartels unwritten rules there is the international smuggling the deals the doublecrossingI haven t read other books by Arturo P rez Reverte and I may pick up another if the opportunity arises as I did enjoy this as a fictional romp with some basis for reality in the drug underworld4 stars

Summary La Reina del Sur

E uedó muy uieta conteniendo el aliento como si la inmovilidad o el silencio pudieran cambiar el curso de lo ue ya había ocurrido Bip bip Estaba en la bañera depilándose la pierna derecha el agua jabonosa por la cintura y su piel. Update May 28 2016 I gave this one a second try after a lapse of some seven years only because a review of it was needed for another site where the movie and telenovela adaptations are going to be reviewed later this year My first reading had gotten through Chapter 3 I d uit reading because I didn t like it but figured that if it got no worse it would be bearable to finish so fully intended to do so this time By the time I got into Chapter 7 however for me the cumulative Ewww factor was too high to continue I promised a review to the site administrator at the other site and I ll skim the rest of the text enough to write one with an explanation of what I did but it s going back to the started not finished shelf again this time to stay there permanently My original comments start belowA friend of mine who s not on Goodreads who s reading this book recommended it to me as one I might like Whether or not I actually would I don t know I admire strong heroines but not villainesses and it sounds like Perez Riverte s title character here would be apt to be the latter But I told him I d give it a try sometime later on so I ll give her the benefit of the doubt in the meantimeAug 24 2009Well I gave this book an honest try but I m not going to finish it and will be putting it back on BookMooch where I got it It has all the usual characteristics of the contemporary noir school which effectively reminded me of why I don t like that school in the first place a general tone of moral cynicism an unremitting emphasis on the sordid and the grungy exploitative sexual content and an off putting plethora of bad language including the f word which is probably highly unrealistic in the mouths of Spanish speaking characters While I didn t wish Teresa any ill and felt sorry for her in much of what she went through her drug use and her choice of a second drug running boyfriend after the first one was killed the label learning disabled comes to mind though granted we re all slow studies at times and we all make mistakes made her hard for me to relate to as did a certain distancing effect just from the author s self consciously literary style Perez Reverte s books have gotten a lot of favorable notice in library circles so I m glad to have had the opportunity to investigate his work but I wouldn t see myself reading any of it Modified March 14 2012

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Un thriller apasionante«Sonó el teléfono y supo ue la iban a matar Lo supo con tanta certeza ue se uedó inmóvil la cuchilla en alto el cabello pegado a la cara entre el vapor del agua caliente ue goteaba en los azulejos Bip bip S. I m on holiday hurrah This means it is time to turn my attention to the very important task of learning Spanish I made two New Year s Resolutions One was to learn some Spanish before the year was out the other was to keep a running list of the books I have read on this here blog So time to work on one of my resolutionsInstead of learning Spanish I have been reading The ueen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte is the latest book that I have finished The best way to describe it is a page turner On the opening page the heroine Teresa Mendoza receives a call on a phone a phone that she has been told that If it rings start running And don t stop running Ever The book covers the next twelve years of her life as she flees Mexico ends up in Africa spends time in jail moves to Spain and then finally returns homeIt is really difficult to explain how much I liked this book It s strange I am sat here at the computer reading as I type and I realise that I am being slightly flat in my description which isn t fair to the book because it is a fast paced thrilling ride Teresa starts the book as a girlfriend of a drug runner and ends up building a huge drug running empire The book is written in a very clever way the author acts as an investigative journalist writing the biography of The ueen of the South as Mendoza becomes know However the book is written in such a way that at the end I googled Teresa Mendoza because I really really thought she was a real person The book includes many situations many people that have happened or existed And by the end of the book I had become so involved with the main character that I wanted her to be real I wanted her to find the peace that she deserved And yes I realise that wanting a major drug runner to escape and live in peace is not the way I normally feel but the author makes you become invested in the characters Hell by the end of the book I had fallen in love with most of the drug runners and dealers and actually hated the authorities and their witch huntsThe other wonderful thing about this book was it gave me an insight into how Mexicans think and behave Obviously I live with one a Mexican that is and have a small handle on her behaviour patterns but it was fascinating to discover that instead of Maria being a totally uniue individual she is also a product of her country There was a lot of familiarity for me in the book Place names SpanishMexican expressions a general understanding of that s the way they think and a total recognition of that s the way they dress and wear their hairI loved this book Because of the world I now occupy drugs running and dealing are part of my life background not because I am involved but because I come across it most every day it exists in my life and the history of drug cartels is something that I have become interested in The fact that my nickname at Maria s office is that of a famous drug dealer might have something to do with my fascination The fact that three times a week I cross the border knowing that as I do there is a good chance that right next to me is someone smuggling drugs interests meThis review probably doesn t do the book justice I really enjoyed it would recommend it


About the Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Spanish novelist and ex journalist He worked as a war reporter for twenty one years 1973 1994 He started his journalistic career writing for the now defunct newspaper Pueblo Then he jumped to news reporter for TVE Spanish national channel As a war journalist he traveled to several countries covering many conflicts He put this experience into his book 'Territorio Comanche' focusing on



10 thoughts on “La Reina del Sur

  1. says:

    There are three books to be found within this book three major storylines to follow One is mostly well done one is middling but has issues one is rather ridiculous occasionally mildly offensive and out of place The first w

  2. says:

    Smuggling and double crossing were in se par able If I can give this book 10 stars I would gladly do it One of the best books I'd read in 2011An insightful review by Sarah here

  3. says:

    I'm on holiday hurrah This means it is time to turn my attention to the very important task of learning Spanish I made two New Year's Resolutions One was to learn some Spanish before the year was out the other was to keep a running list of the books I have read on this here blog So time to work on one of my resolutionsInstead of learning Span

  4. says:

    Update May 28 2016 I gave this one a second try after a lapse of some seven years only because a review of it was needed for

  5. says:

    I guess I'm glad I read this if only to satisfy a long burning curiosity about The ueen of the South that's been in the back of my head ever since my mom hid the book from me at age fifteen so I couldn't read the dirty parts for the record Mom I probably would have been able to handle itThat said it could have be

  6. says:

    This book is a book for history lovers Anyone who wants the whohowwherewhenwhy will love the detail and precision with which every event in this book is told Unless you truly grew up in the culture about which it is written and know

  7. says:

    This was a good solid read It reminded me of the Godfather series that I read years ago and loved I recommend to any readers that li

  8. says:

    There are a lot of reviews available here which outline the plot so I won't attempt to do so here other than to say cocaine smuggling logistics deals and double crossings Moroccan hashish fast boats cargo ships dirty politics shootouts Mexican drug cartels the Colombians indiscretions and revenge Teresa Mendoza is our lead character She starts off as a simple narco's morra uiet and unassuming Her boyfriend is murdered

  9. says:

    This is a fascinating and beautifully written book about so many things On the surface it is the tale of the unlikely rise of a young girl through the world of the drug trade her survival and success But as in any book by Pérez Reverte it is meticulously researched and crafted and gives the reader layer upon layer Teresa Mendoza is

  10. says:

    This story is told in two styles; from an omniscient perspective following the main character and from the first person point of view of a journalist researching her story At first I was uite bored by the latter story Later on however I began to feel like Perez Reverte was trying to coax me into a state of mind

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