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Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali's Hidden Drug World
 
 

Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali's Hidden Drug World [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Bonella
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From the bestselling author of HOTEL KEROBOKAN or HOTEL K (UK title)  - about Bali's most notorious prison -  comes an incredible account of Bali's hidden drug world. With unprecedented access to some of Bali's biggest international bosses and local dealers, Kathryn Bonella has written a book even more explosive and revelatory than Hotel K.

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Among the island's drug dealers 'It's snowing in Bali' is code that the south-east Asian paradise is full of cocaine. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard. Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. Kathryn Bonella, bestselling author of Hotel K, has been given extraordinary access into the lives of some of the biggest players in Bali's drug world. She charts their rise to incredible wealth and power, and their drug-fuelled lifestyles: filled with orgies, outrageous extravagance and surfing. From the highs of multi-million dollar deals to the desperate lows of death row in an Indonesian high security jail, Snowing in Bali is a unique, uncensored insight into a hidden world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2554 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (20 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WF4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathryn Bonella has worked internationally as a journalist in television and print since completing a degree in journalism at Melbourne's RMIT University. She moved to London immediately afterwards, and worked for newspapers including the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail, as well as several tv programs.

After several years in London Kathryn returned to Australia to work full-time as a producer for 60 Minutes - covering stories ranging from; teeth - the debate over braces and extractions, (http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article/259072/straight-talk); the Bali bombings, to lighter celebrity interviews - including Robbie Williams, Reese Witherspoon and Princess Mary's wedding in Copenhagen.

But it was the story of Australian beauty school student, Schapelle Corby, - arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kgs of dope in her body board bag and sentenced to 20 years - that spring boarded Kathryn into writing books.
Covering the story for 60 Minutes, she got to know the 27-year-old beauty student and her family and they asked Kathryn to co-write her autobiography, titled NO MORE TOMORROWS. (Australian title; MY STORY)

Kathryn followed up writing another best seller, HOTEL K, - about Bali's most notorious prison, and a third book in what has become her Bali trilogy, SNOWING IN BALI - about Bali's top cocaine dealers, many who first moved to the island to surf but started trafficking to pay for the lifestyle.

These three books are all now international best sellers, published in several languages.

To read more go to Kathryn's website:
www.kathrynbonella.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
A wealthy playboy is running scared. His years of drug dealing are over. The cars, the girls, the fun. All over. A snitch has been arrested - he must run.

Meanwhile, a rat scuttles across the filthy concrete floor of Bali's Kerobokan Prison. A prisoner serving years for drug trafficking grabs it, kills it with his bare hands and cooks a 'tasty meal'. A mentally disturbed woman, naked from the waist down, has sexual intercourse with a male prisoner through the bars of a cell.

Going deep inside Bali's underworld - spending hours, weeks, months, talking to Bali's most dangerous criminals is why journalist Kathryn Bonella's books are bestsellers. Most journalists would shy away from interviewing these characters. Choosing instead to limit their research to libraries and newspaper archives. What if it goes wrong? What if they are accused of being a cop? What if the prisoner turns violent or makes demands? With corruption rife, no guard will save them. No editor would dare send a journalist on such an assignment. It's too risky. The decision to enter the lions den has to be the journalist's alone. As a leading authority on Bali's underworld, Bonella invites us into a world that the tourist has no idea about. As they calmly enter a bar, and smile at the man working the door - they have no idea he is a member of a notorious gang (it begins with L but I won't type it in case they kill me!)

Snowing in Bali (snow is dealer-speak for cocaine) is my most 'edge-of-seat read' since Hotel k. The dealers are risking a lot - just discussing their crimes could cause a lot of problems for them. And that is why the book is so enjoyable. We are seeing into a world that we are not supposed to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away - fascinating 5 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback
I loved this book from start to finish. I simply couldn't put it down and read it in 2 sittings. It blew me away to see this world up close. The book starts with a bang and doesnt stop. Chapter one takes you into a big orgy with drug dealers and models. Very graphic and you feel like you are there. That's why I love this book, and this author's earlier one Hotel K - the writing style is compelling and really carries you into the scenes and the moment.. It moves fast and kept me on the edge of my seat. I bought this book after reading and loving Bonella's earlier book `Hotel K', about a Bali prison,it was shocking and gripping - and Snowing in Bali did not disappoint. Highly recommend to anyone interested in true crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly insightful. 31 Jan 2013
By GJI
Format:Paperback
What a book. I just happened upon it by chance and, when I saw that it referenced Peru, I had to take a look. (I live in Peru part-time, that's why it caught my eye.) Well I have to say that it was a right good read indeed! It gripped me from page one and, truth be told, I didn't put it down until I had finished it. It showed me what it's like to be a drug king in Bali and it's an incredible, glamorous, scary and dangerous life! The author writes as if she's lived the life too and has an easygoing style that belies the stark reality she's describing. As I read I kept asking myself 'I wonder if it would be worth it?'. Do those men she interviewed completely regret their choices? I really don't think so, and it intrigues me to no end. While I don't agree with what they did on a moral scale I wonder if I myself, when faced with the choice to become a drug dealer in a country where drugs get the death penalty, would I have said yes or no? What man wouldn't be tempted by the lifestyle? The money? The women? The cars? Like I said, it's a great read and I highly recommend it. One thing's for sure; it will leave you thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb, Dark and Thrilling Book 30 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Bonella's writing style and the razor-sharp way that she creates a scene. A scene that she has spent months, years investigating. As a journalist, she gives an eye witness account of Bali's drug scene that other writers could only dream of. She is like a war reporter, but without the protection of a camera crew.

I am not a fast reader, yet I had to cancel a dinner arrangement because I could not put this down. I have never enjoyed a book as much or been left with so much after-thought. I actually found myself thinking about the fate of some of the prisoners while lying in bed, and feeling an urge to know how things are going.

There is definite room for a follow-up. Fingers crossed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 31 Jan 2013
By gayle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is brilliant, it captures you from page 1, the way it is written you feel as though you know every person in the book as a friend, I have to admit that I read it far too quickly, I just wanted to turn each page over to find out what is happening, I finished the book today, but tonight I will start reading it again, just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. I have never ever reread a book straight away, but this one I have got too. I would also like to read another book with a follow up on what happens to these people in the future. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this book! I read the the other two before and I loved those too.Its so gripping and exciting. The characters are really interersting and funny. I almost wish they didn't have to be where they are now but life is all about choices.
I hope there will be another book out soon :) No pressure Kathryn
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
very good and greatly insighting, so many stories all rolled into one. great job keep it up can't wait for the next read
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Nicholson
1.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as hotel K
I chose to read this book as hotel K was and still is the best book I have ever read.
I had high hopes for this book and was really disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Bali
Won't be going to Bali for hols
Published 3 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked learning about the different characters and their lives
Very clear insight into the world of Bali drug lords and the corruption that exists at every level of law enforcement and the court system. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon Gallagher
3.0 out of 5 stars decent
This was good. Dragged a little in the middle but overall good insight into the cocaine world in Bali. Preferred the author's other book.
Published 4 months ago by Mr S B Jarvand
1.0 out of 5 stars trees cry
The worst book on the subject ever, it's a shame that trees had to die to pint this, it should have been burt in the 40's.
Dont buy it
Published 6 months ago by Andreas Johnsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it
It was a bit harrowing at times, and the writing style was repetitive and simplistic, but all in all a worthwhile read....makes one realise how lucky we are here in Australia!
Published 7 months ago by Deezy
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting read
An incredible insight into Bali's underground drug scene, based on real life accounts.

Highly recommended to anyone. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Having read hotel k I decided to purchase this book, it didn't disappoint. Kathryn bonella is a great author and I will be buying her other book
Published 10 months ago by karen hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Stunning, superb read!! ...and just bought Hotel K which I like as much as Snowing in Bali. Worth buying for sure.
Published 11 months ago by jiri zmelik
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