Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Cartel Series - Guest Review by Chris Telesford

The Cartel
by Ashley and JaQuavis

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The Cartel dominates the Miami drug trade. When its leader dies, he leaves behind a family—and a secret: an illegitimate son. When a contract killer is hired to take down the Cartel, she unwittingly falls for the son. When she finds out, she is torn between love and revenge.


The Cartel series by Ashley and JaQuavis is an great series of books. This book is highly influenced by the lifestyle of New York, Los Angeles and Florida’s drugs, sex, money, Gang wars and family ties. The main character Young Carter in this book does a good job of maintaining composure and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.

The author does a great job of bringing out each character and their identity throughout the book. The journey of the Diamond Family was great! There is a lot of interesting drama between the family that keeps you on your toes! Especially with the Diamond Twins Mecca and Money. Their harsh and immature acts in this book made you really think if you were in their brother’s shoes and how would you react to their naive behaviors. I also enjoyed the two main female characters in this book Miamor and Breeze Diamond get themselves caught up in heart wrenching moments that really get you feeling for them! The urban colloquial literature was definitely on target compared to the real jargon of the streets!

I honestly think that this book could have been condensed a little bit. There is an interesting twist in the series but I still think the book could have been condensed into two or three books total! The lesson learned in this book is that when you let your guard down you will become vulnerable to your environment especially if you’re a drug dealer or hitman. I also enjoyed how the book illustrated the use and sex and drugs and its effect and those who are deeply involved in it or around it. For Instance Young Carter is the main drug dealer who has an innocent sister that is not in the game selling drugs but she gets kidnap and end up abusing the same drugs that her brother is selling in the streets. That’s what happens in real life too, as we know today! So its fascinating to see each characters life perspectives throughout this book.

So take an excursion with the Cartel as it exposes the good, the bad and the ugly!

Chris Teleford is from the Caribbean and moved to the United States as a teen. He graduated from Cal State and LA, works in the healthcare industry, and lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife. Chris has recently become an avid audiobook listener. He enjoys thrillers and just about anything with a little action. This is his first book review.

The entire Cartel series is available wherever books are sold. Visit the Ashley and JaQuavis official website to see their library of work.

This is not a paid post. These books were borrowed from the Los Angeles library. All views expressed are the original opinion of the reviewer.


Sherlock Hall said...

Hi Chris,
I love that your reviews give a clear outline of the plot without revealing too much; thus the mystery of the story is kept. Keep up the good job! By the way...when are you going to write your own books? I will b the first to buy a copy!

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