A highly decorated veteran DEA agent recounts his incredible undercover career and reveals the shocking links between narcotics trafficking and terrorism
What exactly is undercover? From a law-enforcement perspective, undercover is the art of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements. From a personal and psychological standpoint, it’s the dark art of gaining trust—then manipulating that trust. In the simplest terms, it’s playing a chess game with the bad guy, getting him to make the moves you want him to make—but without him knowing you’re doing so.
Edward Follis mastered the chess game—The Dark Art—over the course of his distinguished twenty-seven years with the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he bought eightballs of coke in a red Corvette, negotiated multimillion-dollar deals onboard private King Airs, and developed covert relationships with men who were not only international drug-traffickers but—in some cases—operatives for Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Shan United Army, or the Mexican federation of cartels.
Follis was, in fact, one of the driving forces behind the agency’s radical shift from a limited local focus to a global arena. In the early nineties, the DEA was primarily known for doing street-level busts evocative of Miami Vice. Today, it uses high-resolution-optics surveillance and classified cutting-edge technology to put the worst narco-terror kingpins on the business end of "stealth justice" delivered via Predator drone pilots.
Spanning five continents and filled with harrowing stories about the world’s most ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis’s memoir reads like a thriller. Yet every word is true, and every story is documented. Follis earned a Medal of Valor for his work, and coauthor Douglas Century is a pro at shaping and telling just this kind of story. The first and only insider’s account of the confluence between narco-trafficking and terrorist organizations, The Dark Art is a page-turning memoir that will electrify you from page one.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The various drug kingpins that rappers have been constantly name checking and/or naming themselves after for decades are actually VERY small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. I know this because I’ve just finished reading Edward Follis and Douglas Century’s amazing new book, ‘The Dark Art: My Undercover Life in Global Narco-terrorism.’ Edward Follis is a veteran DEA agent who’s battled narco-terrorism in many of its myriad forms. What’s more, he did so while working undercover in some of the most dangerous places imaginable. This book shares a few of his most interesting stories, all of which would put just about any undercover cop movie you can think of to shame. It really puts the drug game as whole clearly into perspective. Millions of American drug offenders are helping to support a massive underground economy that will continue to thrive long after they’ve been locked away in a prison cell or buried six feet underground. I...
Agent Follis tells the story of his career in a breezy manner, hitting the high spots only. If there is drudgery and mind numbing duties involved in his job, you won't find out about it here. And that's fine with me. All of us know that every job has its tedious side. Follis relates his philosophy of working undercover: how do you fool paranoid and terribly violent people? How do you survive? He tells of some agents who did not survive. A fascinating part of this book is his description of some of the top narcotics criminals in the world. They are filthy rich and savagely dangerous. But someone has to go after them. Follis was one of the men who did just that. A very good book.
This books gives readers an exclusive look into the life of a remarkable undercover agent. Agent Follis' tales from his extraordinary life are fascinating- he describes not only the cases but the psychology behind undercover work and examines both the intimacy and betrayal that goes into these relationships. An exciting read that is riveting from beginning to end.
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