While working a deal to provide an encrypted communications network to the Mexican government, businessman Derek Price finds himself thrust into the Drug Wars and between a rock and a hard place. The CIA seizes the opportunity and the technology to infiltrate and uncover the cartel leadership while the Drug Tsars, aided by Cuba and a couple of veteran cold warriors, secretly turn the tables - and turn the network into an effective counter-espionage tool. Price is shanghaied and controlled through the implantation of a torturous, pain-inducing microchip in his brain. He is forced to keep the Tsar's secrets, do their bidding and betray all those around him. The secret founder and the leader of La Cofradia, the most blood-thirsty cartel yet to emerge, gains momentum and threatens to take over - everything. Pro-American officials are framed and imprisoned, and the CIA is duped into implementing a plot to assassinate its own hand-picked presidential candidate. Ultimately Price finds a way to protect himself and joins forces with others victimized by the Tsars. They work together to deceive the deceivers and settle the score.
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A well crafted page turner that pulls in relevant up to date goings on between borders and with the drug wars using an insightful application of technology. The subplots interweave nicely and build to a fast-paced conclusion that sticks to the ribs.