I remember when I saw the first season of Netflix’s NARCOS, feeling distinctly cheated by the ending. Having spent so many years of narrative with Pablo Escobar, it seemed a bizarre choice to end on a cliffhanger nine months before he died. But as KILLING PABLO makes clear, the story afterwards is just as fascinating as what went before. Perhaps even more so. It basically makes up the second half of this book and I can see entirely why Netflix producers wanted to split it into a second series.
(Myself and Mrs Jameson, even though we raced through the first series, have never got around the second series of NARCOS – with no doubt that disappointment playing a big part. I’m now pushing it much higher up our ‘To-Watch’ list).
This wasn’t quite the book I was expecting. I was actually looking forward to some true crime, but what I ended up with was a book about civil war. Undoubtedly that’s what it would have felt like if you were a citizen of Columbia at the time, with a state at war with another state within. It’s a fascinating tale, filled with rich characters who Bowden draws quickly and efficiently. A book to make me really happy that I spent the early nineties in tranquil South Wales, rather than Pablo Escobar’s Columbia.
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