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  • Series: Cartel (Book 1)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Buck 50 Productions, LLC; Unabridged MP3CD edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455162493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455162499
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ASHLEY & JaQUAVIS are the New York Times bestselling duo responsible for the popular 'Cartel' series. They live in Flint, Michigan, where they are working on future projects.

More About the Author

These two national best-selling authors hit the scene at the ripe age of 17 when New York Times Best-selling author, Carl Weber discovered them. During their freshman year in college they both received publishing deals and have not looked back since. With a smash hit novel The Cartel, they have solidified themselves as two of the best in their genre, together or apart. With a roster over 20 novels published and a hefty ghostwriting resume they have made a successful career for themselves.
They have appeared in publications such as Essence, Vibe, XXL, KING, and DON DIVA. Setting precedents the two have also struck a book deal with Baby and Slim of Cash Money Content.

Customer Reviews

The book really felt like I was watching a movie.
African American Fiction Book Club
This book is absolutely addicting and real page turner to the very end.
1TrueAries
This is by far the best book that I have read by Ashley & JaQuavis.
Renisha Cook

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Shadae-Tamiracle on March 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
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?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By OOSA Online Book Club on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Cartel" falls between the good, the bad and the ugly. Using the street lit handbook and a predictable plot line, this novel will have you glued to your seat.

Someone younger or newer to the genre would welcome the mixture of drama and violence and enjoy this novel. For me, those are the exact problems I found with this novel.

This difference in opinion simply could be chalked up to my reading resume. I've read a lot and at this point I expect a little more, particularly creativity and originality. Realism doesn't hurt either.

"The Cartel" will have some readers enthralled. For those who crave a little more depth, it's an okay read - nothing new or exceptional but readable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Moody on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
At the beginning I couldn't put the book down. The first couple of chapters I was like; DANG, something I tried to write but they did it better! In the middle; some of the plot twists made me feel a little slow because I just didn't understand. Especially when Money "love" was revealed. I was like, "are ya'll serious, a mafia family would have never."
I had another issue, Mia has a tat that say at the beginning what crew she was with, so why didn't Young Carter question it to Uncle Polo if he knew they were at war.
Other than that, it was a very good read because I love Street Novels and I'm a big Mafia (Godfather) reader. I love the fact that they tried to combine the two but they have to get the Mafia side better because certain things the Diamonds did or let happen (security wise) would never happen in the Italian Mafia or even in the Black Mafia.
I recommend the book and I'm going to be watching for Part II.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. Brooksphd on February 22, 2013
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This book was truly bad! I came across several typos and grammar errors. There was even a part where a paragraph literally did not seem to fit with the rest of what was written on the page. Additionally, I didn't understand the need to describe every designer, shirt, skirt, watch and even makeup line that a character was wearing. I felt insulted by the stereotyping regarding attractiveness in the African-American/Afro-Carribean culture. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Renisha Cook on January 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is by far the best book that I have read by Ashley & JaQuavis. Some of their other books in my opionon were mediocore, but this book was on a whole another level. The diamond family is Crazy. Miamor and Carter were a cute lil couple. Mecca diamond was just crazy, i found myself jus shaking my head at his stupidity. This book had you just turning pages in a rush to find out what happens next. I was shocked at some of the twist and turns that book offered. I cannot wait until the Cartel 2 come out, b/c it is the first of a trilogy. Ashley & JaQuavis job well done, and plz keep it up!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Anaman on February 26, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"a full- blooded Dominican as her natural mocha skin glowed...he stared into his wife's green eyes...
...and being mixed with black and Dominican gave her a goddess look...she was the spitting image of her mother
which made her every man's desire and every woman's envy...though they were twins, they were the complete opposite...one was darker: wilder, thuggish in appearance, more ruthless, trigger happy..."
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This book begins with several incorrect assumptions.
1- "black and Dominican mixture" is as invalid as
white and American mix
red and French mix
yellow and British mix
brown and Brazilian mix
The color of one's skin and the name of one's nationality are
like oranges and carburetors, completely unrelated.

2- the correlation with poor behavior and richer skin color is as invalid as:
less skin color and less kindness
more skin color and more complexity
less skin color and less diligence
more skin color and more driving skill
less skin color and less control.

Bottom line, skin color has nothing to do with how people act. Somehow, this book insists that the 'darker' twin is by contrast with the 'lighter' twin, "wild, thuggish, trigger-happy, ruthless."
This book shows how absent African-American history has been in the public and parochial schools. Students who have the talent and skill to write a book are completely unaware of the huge, on-going, praise-worthy contributions of people who have large amounts of protective melanin in their bodies.
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