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American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy | [Jon Roberts, Evan Wright]

American Desperado: My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam.
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American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam. He returned to New York at age 20 to become one of the city's top nightclub promoters, then journeyed to Miami where he became the de facto transportation chief of the Medellin Cartel, and along with a tech-wizard partner, created some of the most sophisticated smuggling technologies ever. With a hulking 6'6" bodyguard always at his side, and a rural fortress protected by mortars, tear-gas cannons, and a gold-fanged attack dog, Roberts was brutally effective at what he did. To law enforcement, he was known as the "Bearded Gringo," a spectre they could never touch. To United States senators and CIA officials, he was "the guy who can get things done". He eventually formed a clandestine alliance with the US government and in the end found personal late-life redemption.

©2011 Jon Roberts and Evan Wright (P)2011 Random House AudioGo LTD

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    Blair Milligan Scotland 07/07/2014
    Blair Milligan Scotland 07/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "One Bad Ass Dude"
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Desperado to be better than the print version?

    Definitely as it give you a chance to enjoy the story in the car when driving. This could be problematic with the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Desperado?

    The most memorable part is when he goes to south america and sees the mountain of cash behind the secret wall.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    John Riccobono, obviously!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you did coke in the 80s... It was probably Johns


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    Gingerdave78 15/04/2014
    Gingerdave78 15/04/2014 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, fantastic story! Shows the continued corruption of the american government from foreign to domestic wars, political party funding, law enforcement, contradicting US justice and Drugs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Desperado?

    Vietnam tour........ really? Airborne advanced recon death squads? I could imagine the SOC or Green berets doing it, but not joe blogs recon infantry. Hard to believe without the press who combed the countryside for stories like this during the campaign! I'm sure the VC would of loved to take a reporter to a mutilated VC or civilian body.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is long but interesting all the way through! `


    Any additional comments?

    I have a feeling of an inflated opinion of himself or more of his emotions, all the way through the book..... but with the other opinions of friends and family throughout, put a sometimes contradicting view of events into to the memory's of emotions and events. Which shows to never show weakness when dealing with cartels and hitmen, but also playing the crowd!

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    Mr. G. Laing London 23/03/2014
    Mr. G. Laing London 23/03/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent book and we'll read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book does no gloss up crime as some good old criminal who's misunderstood and really a good bloke at heart. A true life and sometimes shocking story of what it must be like being a real gangster not a movie gangster


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jons character and honesty


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Jon


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Tim St Albans, United Kingdom 16/11/2013
    Tim St Albans, United Kingdom 16/11/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "An enjoyable if at times challenging listen"

    The subject matter can be challenging but that is clear from the description - the subject of the story did not become what we has through being a nice person and doing nice things.I found the story compelling but it is clear that the author is not totally convinced by all of the claims made which in some ways makes the story more interesting. Even if only half of it is true I think it gives an interesting insight into what was going on behind the scenes in 1970's New York and Miami.

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    Adam Nelson, United Kingdom 15/08/2013
    Adam Nelson, United Kingdom 15/08/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "By far the best audiobook adventure I ever had..."

    Did you ever wince at Joe Pesci in Goodfellas? Hide behind your hands at James Caan getting shot to pieces in the Godfather? Start wearing a pastel t-shirt and white suit in the 80's? Well this guy really lived that life. Jon Roberts paints his story both brutally and frankly. At times I found myself saying "he really is one evil SOB!" Thankfully for most of us, we won't ever have to experience any of the things Jon did. But what a life, what a story. By the end of it I found myself thinking, I'm glad he managed to get this story down before he died, because it really is quite extraordinary.

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    John Bognor Regis, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    John Bognor Regis, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "The True Mafia Story"

    An absolutely brilliant book about a mafia associated sociopath. Even if you have doubts about some of the events the biographer (Evan Wright) has done his research and provides witness testimony where possible. So, if you don't believe the story it is still a great read.

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    aaron Blackpool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    aaron Blackpool, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
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    "Meet Jon. You'll like him."

    I was tentative about buying this audiobook as I wasn't sure it was a story I would warm to, but after two hours or so I was engrossed. It certainly helps that the narrators are perfect for the roles they play. You soon learn who is who and it gets to the point where you can't wait for Jon to be back on giving his insight into the era. His life is laid bare. There is no real apology for who he was or what he did, but the reasons his life was steered down that path all become apparent. There are some dark and brutal truths that horrify but also many beautiful, endearing moments too and a few where i couldn't stop laughing. All the stories are researched for truth by the co-writer where possible so it isn't merely the truth according to Jon. I listened to all 25 hours in the space of a month driving to and from work each day and I was devastated when I got to the end. I look forward to listening again in a year or so - definitely the sign of a great audiobook.

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    N Catshill, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom 25/02/2013
    N Catshill, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom 25/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Listen - you will be hooked!"

    This book is the story of a narcissist and sociopath who's life involves a literal who's who of the worlds most infamous gangsters, criminals and drug dealers. This book provides a facinating and disturbing insight into the life of a real high level criminal. At times the book is unbelievable but is verified where possible by Evan Wright and as such it does make you wonder how Jon Roberts evaded prosecution for so long! If you like films like Goodfellas, Blow, The Godfather etc you will not be dissapointed!!

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    Kindle Customer Kildonan 23/12/2012
    Kindle Customer Kildonan 23/12/2012 Member Since 2009

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Bragging from soulless man."

    The reader is great but the content is less than satisfying.

    Some of the escapades are entertaining, but something is missing

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    Mr KIDLINGTON, United Kingdom 01/11/2012
    Mr KIDLINGTON, United Kingdom 01/11/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply brilliant"

    Downloaded this not knowing much about him or the story. Fantastic, recommended to others and they loved it as well.



    Book is well written, simple and this outrageous lifestyle is commented on as very matter of fact. the story telling is great and Miami does not even happen until the second half.

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  • peter
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    "Top Notch"
    Where does American Desperado rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just in amazement at how it all worked


    Any additional comments?

    Incredible story, Incredible life. really good listen, I loved it. this story is no holds bar account of a serious bad boy!!

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