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Summary

The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

Miamor is a woman who uses her beauty to enhance her skill as a contract killer. She is the leader of the Murder Mamas. When her crew is hired to take down the Cartel, they slip up, and Miamor loses her sister in the process. She is determined to get revenge. Unknowingly, she meets the son of Carter Diamond - and he immediately catches her heart. She is sleeping with the enemy, and when she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge.

Young Carter and Miamor lead two different lifestyles. They are on opposing teams, and when their worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending.

About the authors: Ashley & JaQuavis are the New York Times best-selling duo responsible for the popular Cartel series. They live in Flint, Michigan, where they are working on future projects.

©2009 Ashley & JaQuavis (P)2012 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

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“Their work has been regarded as some of the premiere titles that have led the way for this growing phenomenon of gritty tales.” ( Urban Book Source)

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Not for me..

My problem was not dark edginess portraying greed, revenge, violence and sex, the whole structure should of this a great listen for me. It was the plot and continuity errors -I personally found it all over the place.Sadly the sound effects where too off putting for me also.

Every time I got emotionally invested in a character (well mostly anyway) they disappeared out the story. I didn't get into many of the characters heads except maybe Miamours. Too much going on and not enough background or info. It was like a a badly cut jigsaw puzzle where they had been forcibly jammed together to make them fit.
Not for me..

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poor narration

I liked the story but
love scenes too long
gunshots sounds etc not needed

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  • JALAYNE
  • 09-07-12

exciting, thrilling,

Would you listen to The Cartel again? Why?

yes, on my way to purchase parts 2 & 3, can't wait to start listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mecca, was my favorite, lots of drama in every scene he was in. never knew what frame of mind he was in

Which scene was your favorite?

when Breeze was abducted by the murda mama's and killed

If you could take any character from The Cartel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

NONE, I may not have made it home, they all seemed to be killers at heart.

Any additional comments?

this book reminds me of the Dutch trilogy, by Teri Woods, it was also a great audio to listen too, well worth the money. the narrator Cary Hite was great, reminds me of Erza Knight.

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  • Dream
  • 08-06-12

Entranced and ready for more

This book was such a thrill to listen to. I have been waiting for more Ashley and Jaquavis audiobooks because after I had listened to Murderville I was definately hooked on their story line and the way that these to authors draw their characters and play out their story with so many twists and turns throughout the book things you would have never imagined how things would turn out. Cary Hite is amongst one of my most favorite narrators, the way that he can change his voice and go in and out of character is amazing. It seems like there are a lot of uptight people who comment on books with a lot of sex scenes or harsh language, but I loved everything about this book. It was raw and uncut gives you a taste of the real world and that is another reason that the author's have captivated me. If you don't like to hear detailed sex scenes or murders or don't like crude language then dont listen to this book. I love all the gorey details and can picture the scenes in my head, pain and pleasure. My favorite characters were Money aka Monroe and Lena and that twist in the book. I never expected what happened to happen so once you hear that part you will know what I mean. This family's story had me at the edge of my seat and I am ready for parts 2 and 3 which are downloading right now and will be commenting on them shortly. I give this book two thumbs up along with two big toes.

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  • Marie
  • 24-05-18

Not What I Expected

The sounds effects in the book were terrible. The narration was awful, especially the women's voices. He kept referring to her "Hermes" handbag and pronouncing it just like it is spelled 'Her-mees'. The way it is spoken in English sounds like 'Air-mez' Apparently he hasn't heard of this exclusive designer or he was confusing her purse with the Greek God. You would think someone would have corrected this error before distributing this audio book. The story is okay. I haven't finished it yet and I am not sure if I will be able through it. I hate to waste a credit and have only purchased 3 or 4 books that I haven't listened to all the way through.

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  • KayeTidwell
  • 25-06-12

Completed in One Day

This book ranks very high in my library. I remember the Murda Mamas from Murderville which I am still waiting for part 2 of that TRILOGY. I finished Cartel the same day and listened to it a second time so I could be ready for book 2 which I am purchasing TODAY!! I loved the twists and the drama. I really hope part 2 is just as intriguing. So far Ashley and JaQuavis is 2 for 2. GREAT AUTHORS!! Unpredictable storyline.

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  • Cherita Griffin
  • 05-12-19

Good book but annoying read

I love the book but I don’t know if there are typos or if he’s having trouble remembering who’s talking but saying “he” instead of “she” is truly bothersome

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  • Elle
  • 27-12-20

It was okay

The story was actually pretty good. And I really want to listen to the rest....but I can not deal with this Narrator. I refuse to listen to anything else with him in it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-20

THE NARRATOR

The narrator is terrible It’s hard to listen with him speaking. And it looks like he narrated the rest of the series fml

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  • Ann Abanaka
  • 23-07-12

Oh Yes!!!

I just finished all 3 parts of the cartel series, and I must say I enjoyed every single one from beginning to the end!!!! Ashley & Jaquavis are fantastic at putting a story together with fast pace twist & turns & drama, drama, drama!!!!! The cartel series was off the chain!!!!!

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  • DJ
  • 05-03-20

Okay

I think the overall book was OK ..... The story of the storyline was fine he kept my interest I think it would’ve been a better read been listening to.

I think the biggest problem for me with this book was the reader And those cheesy sound effects in the background I don’t want to hear man sounding like a woman making up fake accents it just sounded real and wak

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-19

why does Cary have to read the female's roles? NO

how much does the character's heart cost? what's the label/ brand name of their integrity? the cost of their clothes, cars & homes shouldn't be what measures them. why does everyone always have to be SO "PERFECT".to be what makes them "a winner".. IT SUPERFICIAL & TIRED & the reason people CAN BE BOUGHT TODAY. who cares the "red bottoms" or the "Benz"... it's she put on her shoes or he jumped in his car... it's all that matters... get dressed, enjoy dinner. or jump in the car to go save the day. nevermind what kind of gun it is or sqr footage of the condo... BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF AUTHOR!

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