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The Reapers Line: Life and Death on the Mexican Border Paperback – April 18, 2011
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Morgan lays out how officials of the Mexican government and its military are deeply involved in protecting and even running the drug trade. He shows us the corrupt officials on both sides of the border and how he some on the American side came to justice and how others continue to avoid conviction and punishment for their crimes.
The story includes crazy chases and wild gun battles as well as patient and detailed investigations. However, I felt the most frustration and even anger at the careerists who thought more of advancement than getting their job done, of politicians on the take, and others who were more interested in all manner of issues than securing our border with Mexico and cutting off the drug trade. Many simply throw up their hands in the face of the tidal waves of drugs coming in. After all, they must say to themselves, if Americans want these drugs nothing can stop this flow, so why pay the price to try and end up failing. Easier to fail in a way that makes one look good, huh?
While this is a book of non-fiction, the stories share are the stuff of action movies (although I think they are better told in these pages than Hollywood would end up portraying them on screen).Read more ›
The author's style of writing makes the reader feel as if he or she is sitting on a rocking chair in front of Lee Morgan II, the author. Literally speaking, he sits opposite the reader on a rocking chair, as well, telling his story as he whittles away a piece of wood.
However, his story has long been carved.
Lee Morgan II is a former Marine Vietnam Veteran. The experiences in Vietnam landed him a job with the US government. The author received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his military service. He received many awards for outstanding achievement during his 31-years as a federal law enforcement official with the Department of Justice, the US Treasury Department, Border Patrol, Custom's Office, and Homeland Security.
The author used the expertise he learned in Vietnam during his tenure as an undercover Custom's officer. The Vietnam experiences helped him stomach the animalistic atrocities performed by the corrupt Mexican police and Mexican corrupt Army and the drug cartels. The gut-wrenching, vile, repulsive, and abominable acts done against drug runners, and informants, when they were arrested, and their drug loads were seized by the Border Patrol and Custom's Officers makes the reader want to throw up.
The author presents the reader with facts about the unbelievable corruption, not only on the Mexican side of the border, but with lawmaking and supposedly, law-managing officials on the American side as well. These officials included a chief of police, a judge, prominent members of the community, and even some of the authors' co-workers who could not resist the temptation of easy, dirty money.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful in helping one to understand many of the mistakes made by our federal government.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very well written book about the smuggling along the border that continues to this day. This is the third copy of this book I have purchased as I keep giving them away. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DonMac
Great book about the life of the border. Explains why America is so damn greatPublished 7 months ago by Mike Dominguez
Excellent. I served in the NAVY with one of people in the book (Barrett)Published 12 months ago by WILLIAM B. SNIDER
Still reading but so far interesting. Entertaining but I do have to question how accurate all the information is.Published 12 months ago by Andrew price
Morgan captures the serious issues of public corruption which his office and other investigative entities then, and now, had to deal with. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tomas
This is probably the best account of the events on our borders and represents a clear failure of our government culture. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard W Fish