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Killing Pablo: Hunt for Pablo the World's Greatest Outlaw

by Mark Bowden

Grove/Atlantic | April 1, 2001 | Hardcover

Killing Pablo: Hunt for Pablo the World's Greatest Outlaw is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Killing Pablo is the story of the fifteen-month manhunt for Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose escape from his lavish, mansionlike jail drove a nation to the brink of chaos. In a gripping, up-close account, acclaimed journalist Mark Bowden exposes the never-before-revealed details of how U.S. military and intelligence operatives covertly led the mission to find and kill the world’s most dangerous outlaw. Drawing on unprecedented access to the soldiers, field agents, and officials involved in the chase, as well as hundreds of pages of top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar’s intercepted phone conversations, Bowden creates a narrative that reads as if it were torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy technothriller. Killing Pablo also tells the story of Escobar’s rise, how he built a criminal organization that would hold an entire nation hostage -- and the stories of the intrepid men who would ultimately bring him down. There is Steve Jacoby, the leader of Centra Spike, the ultrasecret U.S. special forces team that would use cutting-edge surveillance technology to find one man among a nation of 37 million. There is Morris Busby, U.S. ambassador to Colombia, who would convince the Bush administration to approve the deployment of the shadowy Delta Force operators who would be the key to the drug lord’s demise. And there is Escobar’s archenemy, Col. Hugo Martinez, the leader of Colombia’s federal police, who would turn down a $6 million bribe, survive countless attempts on his life, and endure a humiliating exile while waging his battle against the drug lord’s criminal empire. It was Martinez’s son, raised in the shadow of constant threat from Escobar’s followers, who would ultimately track the fugitive to a Bogota rooftop on the fateful day in 1993 when the outlaw would finally meet his end. Action-packed and unputdownable, Killing Pablo is a tour de force of narrative journalism and a stark portrayal of

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 1, 2001

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871137836

ISBN - 13: 9780871137838

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating saga of Pablo Escobar Read this last week, and found it impossible to put down. I knew about Pablo Escobar and his drug cartel, but it is absolutely incredible how much influence this guy had with police, government officials, residents of Columbia, the courts.... you name it. It's no wonder with such a corrupt and inept system, that it took years to finally catch him, and then put him in a "prison" of his own design, with jailers hired by him, and the guards outside as well. Then he walked out one day and was in hiding, but still pulled the strings with the government. Millions of dollars were spent, or should I say wasted, before this outlaw was finally found and ultimately killed. A gripping read from start to finish!
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic story telling Recently read this book and found it hard to put down. Mark Bowden is an amazing storyteller, and is so descriptive that you can almost feel what the guys were going through. The heroic actions of so many of the men, to get to their fallen buddies in the crashed helicopters. The smells, tastes, sounds, fear.... the choking dust, the poverty of the people, and the viewpoint from both sides of the fight. It's hard not to be angry at the military for putting the men in this position, and then the next day cancelling the mission after both sides suffered such losses! Fascinating read for anyone who enjoys war stories.
Date published: 2013-12-16

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Killing Pablo: Hunt for Pablo the World's Greatest Outlaw

by Mark Bowden

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 in

Published: April 1, 2001

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0871137836

ISBN - 13: 9780871137838

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Killing Pablo is the story of the fifteen-month manhunt for Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, whose escape from his lavish, mansionlike jail drove a nation to the brink of chaos. In a gripping, up-close account, acclaimed journalist Mark Bowden exposes the never-before-revealed details of how U.S. military and intelligence operatives covertly led the mission to find and kill the world’s most dangerous outlaw. Drawing on unprecedented access to the soldiers, field agents, and officials involved in the chase, as well as hundreds of pages of top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar’s intercepted phone conversations, Bowden creates a narrative that reads as if it were torn from the pages of a Tom Clancy technothriller. Killing Pablo also tells the story of Escobar’s rise, how he built a criminal organization that would hold an entire nation hostage -- and the stories of the intrepid men who would ultimately bring him down. There is Steve Jacoby, the leader of Centra Spike, the ultrasecret U.S. special forces team that would use cutting-edge surveillance technology to find one man among a nation of 37 million. There is Morris Busby, U.S. ambassador to Colombia, who would convince the Bush administration to approve the deployment of the shadowy Delta Force operators who would be the key to the drug lord’s demise. And there is Escobar’s archenemy, Col. Hugo Martinez, the leader of Colombia’s federal police, who would turn down a $6 million bribe, survive countless attempts on his life, and endure a humiliating exile while waging his battle against the drug lord’s criminal empire. It was Martinez’s son, raised in the shadow of constant threat from Escobar’s followers, who would ultimately track the fugitive to a Bogota rooftop on the fateful day in 1993 when the outlaw would finally meet his end. Action-packed and unputdownable, Killing Pablo is a tour de force of narrative journalism and a stark portrayal of

About the Author

Mark Bowden Mark Bowden has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-one years and has won many national awards for his writing. He is the author of "Black Hawk Down,""Bringing the Heat,""Doctor Dealer" and, most recently, "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw." Bowden has also written for Talk, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Playboy, among others. The original series of articles which became "Black Hawk Down" earned him the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award, and made him a finalist for the NBA in nonfiction.