Snatched by Bruce Porter audiobook

Snatched: From Drug Queen to Informer to Hostage—a Harrowing True Story

By Bruce Porter
Read by Roxanne Hernandez

Blackstone Publishing 9781250031778
13.20 Hours Unabridged
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Snatched is the electric tale by the New York Times bestselling author of Blow, Bruce Porter, that tells the true story of a woman caught between two worlds, with her life dangling in the balance. Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade. After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children—until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money-laundering sting. Named Operation Princess, the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history. But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America—and the United States government refuses to negotiate. It’s left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back before her kidnappers discover they have a federal agent in their clutches.

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Summary

Summary

Snatched is the electric tale by the New York Times bestselling author of Blow, Bruce Porter, that tells the true story of a woman caught between two worlds, with her life dangling in the balance.

Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade.

After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children—until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money-laundering sting.

Named Operation Princess, the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history.

But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America—and the United States government refuses to negotiate. It’s left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back before her kidnappers discover they have a federal agent in their clutches.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This amazing true story could have been written for the big screen…An exciting read…This entertaining and sad story of a woman doing what she has to in order to protect her family will satisfy fans of Blow, Donnie Brasco, and true crime stories.” Library Journal (starred review)
“In Porter’s hands, Pilar’s story will easily hook readers from start to finish; the book reads like an action-packed movie script.” Publishers Weekly
“An engaging, improbable true-crime tale that underscores the grandiose futility of the drug war.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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What this book does well is to generate sympathy for a whole bunch of people who don’t really deserve it. There are tons of government officials in both the US and Colombia acting above the law, and one woman who considers paying twelve dollars for lunch at Nieman Marcus as being poor. Sure, one could say it’s a matter of perspective. After all, this is a former drug queen used to living a lavish lifestyle that her previous drug running life enabled her to live. But saying you need millions to live? C’mon. I have no sympathy for people like that. That said, Pilar is indubitably a courageous person. Time and again she put herself in danger in service of the primarily ineffectual DEA. More than anything, this book highlights what an abysmal waste of time and resources the War on Drugs really is, and how it more often than not leaves many dead in its wake.

Author

Author Bio: Bruce Porter

Author Bio: Bruce Porter

Bruce Porter is a former writer for Newsweek and a professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has written for the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Playboy, and Rolling Stone, as well as dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Porter’s first book, Blow, was a bestselling New York Times Notable Book and was made into a major motion picture. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English