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TO LIVE & DIE IN MIAMI!!!!!
on March 13, 2009
Yessssssssssssssss! Oh my God! I don't know what to say! Breathless, I am sitting here typing this review screaming the words: Why would Ashley and JaQuavis murder this book like they did?!?!?!?! The Cartel was . . . I don't think there's a word in the dictionary that can define this book and how wonderful it was!
Hey Mr. Carter . . . tell me where have you been? They been watching, they been searching, they wonder-ing . . . To you, forever, from me to you. I heard somebody say, "Church, say I'ma need a suit." That's what basically happened when Young Carter showed up for his father, that he never knew funeral. When Young Carter arrived to Miami he had no idea he would be taking over The Cartel picking up where his father left off. With the help of his twin brothers Mecca and Money and Uncle Polo he immediately takes over likes he's from Dade County, but he's from Flint, Michigan, and he know his role and he plays it well. . . In Dade, Young Cater, go farther, go further, go harder is that not why he stayed? And if not then why bother? And he's far from being the [....] that his mother had fathered. . . Blind eyes could look at him and see he's the truth.
And then there's Miamor, the bad Brooklyn [....] who's also in Miami to take over. She and her crew "The Murder Mamas" job was to take down The Cartel. When the plan goes wrong she loses her sister in the mix, And now, Miamor is out for revenge. She don't care who die. She'll kill ya' grandma if she has too. Miamor is ready to put the man six feet under who took her sister, but there's a problem: the man happens to be the man who she's in love with brother. Can she bring herself to do it? Or will she put being in love over getting revenge for her sister?
The Cartel grasped you by page one and let me tell you -- you better have on a seatbelt because this book is a crazy ride packed with nonstop action you won't see coming. You will journey with the Diamond family where you will never hear the two words: "Cartel quit" because they win and their enemies lose. That is, until one bad episode go wrong after another. . . After reading The Cartel you won't see the city of Miami the same. This story is combined with everything any book has to offer: drugs, sex, lies, drama, revenge, murder and redemption . . .
Very beautifully written, great plot and twists, well developed characters and great choice of words! I really mean great choice of words. The sex scenes were amazing!!!! Every character had their place and I traveled with them for every which-a-way they turned. Even the smaller people who didn't have a big role I found myself getting emotional attached to their lives. The only thing that took away from the story for me personally was, for this to be a street story, capture in the heart of Miami I would have like to see the characters go more inside the real Miami. I only say that because I'm from down there, and would have liked to see them name a couple places where they were at. . . But who cares because this story was so damn good it doesn't even matter.
I read this entire book in one day. I was force to put it down because I could no longer bear to see anybody else get hurt. Every chapter I found myself screaming NO, NO, NO, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, and WHY, WHY, WHY!! I knew I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. And my heart raced for every page I turned. A part of me wishes this story was a non-fiction because I so lives for Young Carter and I hope he really exist; so I could be on the next flight home to find him and make him my setup, and I ain't talking about robbing the dude.
This is urban-street-hip hop- literature at its best thanks to Ashley and JaQuavis. The Cartel is a hands down classic!!! This story will be talked about long after it's put down. You don't believe me, read it and prove me wrong!!