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The Mastermind

Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
Lu par : Evan Ratliff
Durée : 11 h et 16 min
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Description

The incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux - the creator of a frighteningly powerful internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur

“A tour de force of shoe-leather reporting - undertaken, amid threats and menacing, at considerable personal risk.” (Los Angeles Times)

It all started as an online prescription drug network, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of painkillers to American customers. It would not stop there. Before long, the business had turned into a sprawling multinational conglomerate engaged in almost every conceivable aspect of criminal mayhem. Yachts carrying $100 million in cocaine. Safe houses in Hong Kong filled with gold bars. Shipments of methamphetamine from North Korea. Weapons deals with Iran. Mercenary armies in Somalia. Teams of hit men in the Philippines. Encryption programs so advanced that the government could not break them.

The man behind it all, pulling the strings from a laptop in Manila, was Paul Calder Le Roux - a reclusive programmer turned criminal genius who could only exist in the networked world of the 21st century, and the kind of self-made crime boss that American law enforcement had never imagined.

For half a decade, DEA agents played a global game of cat-and-mouse with Le Roux as he left terror and chaos in his wake. Each time they came close, he would slip away. It would take relentless investigative work, and a shocking betrayal from within his organization, to catch him. And when he was finally caught, the story turned again, as Le Roux struck a deal to bring down his own organization and the people he had once employed.

Award-winning investigative journalist Evan Ratliff spent four years piecing together this intricate puzzle, chasing Le Roux’s empire and his shadowy henchmen around the world, conducting hundreds of interviews, and uncovering thousands of documents. The result is a riveting, unprecedented account of a crime boss built by and for the digital age.

“A wholly engrossing story that joins the worlds of El Chapo and Edward Snowden; both disturbing and memorable.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

“With his relentless and fearless reporting, Evan Ratliff has pried open a hidden world filled with high-tech gangsters and drug kingpins and double-crossers and stone-cold hitmen. The story is as fascinating as it is terrifying, and it is one that will hold you in its grip.” (David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon)

©2019 Evan Ratliff (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“A true crime classic.” (Publishers Weekly)

“If truth is stranger than fiction, then The Mastermind is the truest book you’ll read this year. The only thing predictable about it is how quickly you’ll turn the pages.” (Noah Hawley, author of Before the Fall and creator of the TV series Fargo)

“As directors, we spend countless hours imagining heightened plots and memorable characters that will leave a lasting impression on audiences. The true tale of obsession, genius, intrigue, and vengeance detailed in The Mastermind is as gripping and cinematic as anything we could endeavor to conjure up.” (Joe and Anthony Russo, directors, Captain America and Avengers: Infinity War)

“This is a mesmerizing, absolutely bonkers story about a man as brilliant as he is villainous. You’ll find yourself sucked in, freaked out, and ultimately blown away by Ratliff's storytelling and tireless reporting. The Mastermind is a masterpiece.” (Nick Thompson, editor-in-chief, Wired)

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  • Russell
  • 13/02/2019

Ho Hum

This seems like it should be a really big story and it seems like there was a lot of work that went into writing it but, I just couldn’t get into it. Not bad but I don’t think I would buy it again.

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  • Nick
  • 30/01/2019

hard to follow.

this book sounded like it would be a good listen, but it's anything but that. the story is all over the place and the listener is rushed from one scene to another, with zero time to digest what they just heard. after listening to nearly 5 hours I gave up.

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  • J. Hartwig
  • 17/03/2019

Amazing Read!

I was a little concerned when purchasing this book that the writing would be a bit jumbled per some other reviews. That said I found it to be fantastic and the books author to have great voice narration. I came across this story after listening about it on the Reply ALL podcast and it sounded so interesting I had to get it. If someone would of just told me this story without any context, I would of thought it was total bullshit. We have all heard of El Chapo and other Narco kingpins doing crazy stuff. I would argue the main character in this story trumps them all hands down. I could not stop listening and like the author, I came away feeling that justice really had not been served. In any case, kudos to the author, it is an absolutely amazing story and you did a fantastic job taking us there.

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  • James Brown
  • 05/03/2019

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book and I thought the narration was pretty good. I was able to finish it in 3 days.

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  • Marc G Amigone
  • 04/03/2019

Amazing story

I couldn’t stop listening to this one. Heard about it on a podcast and was really intrigued. Amazing reporting on a crazy story. Really well balanced and objective narration that stays very close to the facts.

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  • CCinBK
  • 04/03/2019

Phenomenal

This story is wild and the author did an insane amount of research to tell it right. This is so much more than the telling of a criminal kingpin that you most likely never heard of. It explains why you never heard about it, detailing the bizarre approach that the southern district of NY and federal government took, and the reasoning behind not wanting it to get out. Fascinating listen, highly recommend.

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  • Ferrnandina Red
  • 01/03/2019

spell binding story

I normally only listen to my books Ray my commute to and from work. Would this book I found myself listening at home. Excellent book would highly recommend, can't believe it's a true story.

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  • IM
  • 26/02/2019

Fantastic story

Every once in a while, an individual comes along with a story so incredible that it almost beggars belief. Paul Le Roux’s story is on par with someone like Pablo Escobar. This book does a really good job of detailing the life and times of Le Roux, although the author/narrator does have some small issues pronouncing place names and the like. I highly recommend this book to any fan of nonfiction writing.

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  • Shaw
  • 23/02/2019

Fascinating!

Had it not been mentioned early on that this actually happened, I would have thought it was the basis for a Hollywood blockbuster. Well done Evan!

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  • Crystal Rellaford
  • 22/02/2019

Great Story

I loved the story. Some of the chapters bounced around, but not enough to poorly rate the book. I like that the author writes in a more progressive way to keep the reader engaged.