From page 1 to the end this a gripping read.The remarkable narrative of how British Customs Intelligence Officer, Tom Chandler established and operated a ground breaking network of informants in the hostile Colombian drugs cartel controlled environments is pin sharp.It s a matter of fact and self deprecating account of intelligence tradecraft success and occasional failure told with clarity and honesty.Tom s lifelong passion for his work in Law Enforcement, from VAT auditing, through criminal investigations and into Drugs Liaison work abroad deserves a medal in fact he got a selection from Britain, Colombia and Spain.The book includes first hand behind the scenes accounts of major successes and a Keystone Kops moment when paying an informant for services rendered.This book is an excellent contribution to and complements the current TV and film interest in the undercover war against narcotics.It s a snip so just buy it either for yourself or as a stocking filler There are many books on this subject, but not may give you the sense of actually being there and witnessing events first hand This book does At times you read the pages with a mixture of disbelief and of awe There is immense bravery on display, along with extreme professionalism, but also a sense of foreboding, mistrust and potential futility I would have like the author to have beenopen about his emotions and feelings as events are recounted, but in such situations they are probably dangerous baggage to possess, and having been trained out, are difficult to restore A good read that can be considered either as a case of daring do , a social necessity in combatting the threat of drug trafficking, or a deeply disturbing commentary on the power of greed, social injustice, human nature and the complexity in identifying the true numbers of victims associated with the drug trade from producers, traffickers, users and in between A recommended read. This is a fantastic account of life at the sharp end of the war on drugs from a man who genuinely risked his life, working and living in Colombia s danger zones Some great revelations of tradecraft and secrets which add to the authenticity of the stories from someone who has walked the walk and talked the talk Deserves to be a Best Seller. Tom Chandler Arrived In Bogot At The Height Of The Cocaine Boom Pablo Escobar Lay Dead, The Cali Cartel Had Taken Over Most Of The Global Supply, And An Avalanche Of Coke Was Poised To Hit Europe Now The British Government Wanted Chandler And His Team To Do The Impossible Infiltrate The Most Powerful Crime Syndicates On Earth And Stop Their Drug ShipmentsIt Was A Perilous Assignment The Cartel Bosses Operated Like A Lethal Multi National, With Armies Of Hitmen And Myriad Spies In Ports, Airports, Police Stations And Government Offices Their Intelligence Systems Flushed Out Turncoats And Traitors, And They Ruthlessly Exterminated Their Enemies Yet Chandler, An HM Customs Investigator Fluent In Spanish, Knew He Could Only Succeed By Recruiting Local Informants, And Went Out Into The Field To Find ThemWithin Four Years He Had A Network Of Fifty Agents Buried Deep Inside The Trafficking Organisations The Result Was Unprecedented Their Intel Led To The Arrest Of Hundreds Of Narcos And To The Seizure OfTonnes Of Drugs, Worth A StaggeringBillion Chandler S Web Disrupted The Bogot Mafia, Who Controlled The Main Airport And Boasted They Could Put Anything On A Plane, From Drugs To Bombs Penetrated The Go Fast Crews Who Raced Coke Laden Speedboats To The Transit Station Of Jamaica Dismantled The Rip On Teams Who Smuggled Through The Coastal Ports And Identified The So Called Motherships, The Largest Method Of Bulk Transit Ever DiscoveredHe Faced Appalling Risks Treacherous Stool Pigeons Worked For Both Sides, And Some Of His Colombian Law Enforcement Colleagues Were Abducted, Tortured And Killed Chandler Too Faced A Grave Threat When The Crime Lords Learned He Was Responsible For A String Of Interdictions Yet He Persisted, Driven To Continue With The Greatest Series Of Sustained Seizures Ever Made, Until He Finally Burned Out And His Tour Of Duty Came To An End Two Of His Best Sources Were Subsequently Murdered, And His Bosses Dropped The Entire Overseas Informant Programme, With Dire ConsequencesNarco Wars Is An Unflinching Story Of Danger Fear And Stress, And Of The Tradecraft And Unsung Heroism Of The Agents And Their Handlers