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Read mobi ↠ La Reina del Sur ô Paperback Ò moneyexpresscard Õ The phone rang and she knew they were going to kill her is how this action filled best selling novel starts Internationally acclaimed writer Arturo Perez Reverte has crafted another intense dramatic literary suspense tale this time his hThe phone rang and she knew they were going to kill her is how this action filled best selling novel starts Internationally acclaimed writer Arturo Perez Reverte has crafted another in I'm on holiday hurrah This means it is time to turn my attention to the very important task of learning Spanish I made two New Year's Resolutions One was to learn some Spanish before the year was out the other was to keep a running list of the books I have read on this here blog So time to work on one of my resolutionsInstead of learning Spanish I have been reading The ueen of the South by Arturo Perez Reverte is the latest book that I have finished The best way to describe it is a page turner On the opening page the heroine Teresa Mendoza receives a call on a phone a phone that she has been told that If it rings start running And don't stop running Ever The book covers the next twelve years of her life as she flees Mexico ends up in Africa spends time in jail moves to Spain and then finally returns homeIt is really difficult to explain how much I liked this book It's strange I am sat here at the computer reading as I type and I realise that I am being slightly flat in my description which isn't fair to the book because it is a fast paced thrilling ride Teresa starts the book as a girlfriend of a drug runner and ends up building a huge drug running empire The book is written in a very clever way the author acts as an investigative journalist writing the biography of The ueen of the South as Mendoza becomes know However the book is written in such a way that at the end I googled Teresa Mendoza because I really really thought she was a real person The book includes many situations many people that have happened or existed And by the end of the book I had become so involved with the main character that I wanted her to be real I wanted her to find the peace that she deserved And yes I realise that wanting a major drug runner to escape and live in peace is not the way I normally feel but the author makes you become invested in the characters Hell by the end of the book I had fallen in love with most of the drug runners and dealers and actually hated the authorities and their witch huntsThe other wonderful thing about this book was it gave me an insight into how Mexicans think and behave Obviously I live with one a Mexican that is and have a small handle on her behaviour patterns but it was fascinating to discover that instead of Maria being a totally uniue individual she is also a product of her country There was a lot of familiarity for me in the book Place names SpanishMexican expressions a general understanding of that's the way they think and a total recognition of that's the way they dress and wear their hairI loved this book Because of the world I now occupy drugs running and dealing are part of my life background not because I am involved but because I come across it most every day it exists in my life and the history of drug cartels is something that I have become interested in The fact that my nickname at Maria's office is that of a famous drug dealer might have something to do with my fascination The fact that three times a week I cross the border knowing that as I do there is a good chance that right next to me is someone smuggling drugs interests meThis review probably doesn't do the book justice I really enjoyed it would recommend it

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Tense dramatic literary suspense tale this time his hero is a woman named Teresa Mendoza who is nicknamed The ueen of the South and The Mexican by the authorities of three continents A This book is a book for history lovers Anyone who wants the whohowwherewhenwhy will love the detail and precision with which every event in this book is told Unless you truly grew up in the culture about which it is written and know about drug runs and border crossings and vacuum packing marijuana in bricks to stow away in speedboats I would wager than Perez Reverte could convince any reader that he has done his homework And if you did grow up in that culture perhaps that would merely strengthen this book’s case because perhaps you would merely provide validationThe problem is that writing a good novel isn’t just about convincing a reader that you’ve done your homework It isn’t just including every minute detail to show that you know exactly how an operation is performed The ueen of the South doesn’t “show off” exactly like some books do but it does include detail than I a “what’s next? what’s next?” kind of reader deem necessaryFor me all of the details get in the way Sure they made the book “authentic” made the characters seem extremely knowledgeable and helped Teresa grow as her knowledge grew but as a reader who wanted to remain gripped in suspense those long passages of who did what where how took me out of the “rush” of the novel I often felt as though I were reading a history textbook when I wanted to be watching an action movie inside my head The ueen of the South has definite appeal for a certain kind of reader a patient painstaking detail oriented reader who isn’t looking to necessarily be “swept away” and doesn’t mind interruptions in the flow of the story This ability to tolerate interruptions is important because aside from the freuently interruptive overly detailed explanations Perez Reverte uses a very interruptive structure to tell his story a seemingly dual point of view coming firstly from an omniscient third person narrator following Teresa Mendoza chronologically and secondly from an anonymous first person journalist situated in “current time” The novel would have flowed much seamlessly without the “present day” interruptions of the journalist who seemed as unnecessary as he was intrusiveAll of this being said Teresa’s story was a gripping one and one worth being told Perez Reverte has a talent for creating mood in a scene while using very little in the way of “literary flourish” and also for maintaining consistently believable dynamic characters Teresa’s various relationships with men and with her cellmate Patty all strike genuine and complex even as Teresa herself reflects on them little and tries to block them from her mindIt will be interesting to see what other work Perez Reverte will produce after this novel

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La Reina del SurFter her boyfriend a pilot employed by drug lords is murdered she begins creating an empire with mafias from Spain France Italy and Russia in the male dominated world of drug trafficki This is a fascinating and beautifully written book about so many things On the surface it is the tale of the unlikely rise of a young girl through the world of the drug trade her survival and success But as in any book by Pérez Reverte it is meticulously researched and crafted and gives the reader layer upon layer Teresa Mendoza is a superb character and the book uses everything from The Count of Monte Cristo to the narco corridos to illustrate both her examined and unexamined life I came to this book because of the excellent series on the USA Network but after some initial similarities the 2 stories went off in different directions The one on tv decided to stay in the US Mexico while the original story moved to Spain and Morocco which I thoroughly enjoyedit added a fish out of water element and a homesickness to Teresa's character This book is a lovely example of how a great story can be told with the unlikeliest of elements this book transcends genre It is engaging fascinating I found myself following each twist and turn of Teresa's rise caring deeply for her complex character Very highly recommended