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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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Kathryn Bonella has a degree in Journalism and has worked as a journalist in print, and television in Australia and overseas. Kathryn worked as a producer for the Current Affairs program 60 Minutes covering top across the world; such as celebrity profiles (including Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson and Robbie Williams), Princess Mary's wedding in Copenhagen, and more serious stories about teeth, plastic surgery & the 2002 nightclub bombings in Bali that killed 2002 people. Kathryn has now written No More Tomorrows, Hotel K and Snowing in Bali. All now best sellers and about Bali crime.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The underbelly of paradise 2 Feb 2013
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'To all the holiday makers who think they're going to paradise ........ All isn't as it seems'

So starts Kathryn Bonella's third book in drugs in Bali using her contacts with some of the biggest players in the scene. This is a fascinating insight to the world operating underneath that experienced by the casual tourist. Bonella details how drugs are imported and exported through the island and has unique access to the world of the big dealers and the 'horses' that do their dirty work for them. Whilst her other books focused on those doing time in jail for drug crime this book shows how some stay ahead of imprisonment

With the recent arrest and sentencing of the British foursome for drugs in Bali it is a real eye opener. The risks that people are prepared to take are astounding and Bonella shows what motivates those involved. I found this a truly gripping and frightening exposé. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Feb 2013
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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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A tale of several prodigal sons -- cool, daring, proud, untouchable, charming -- who never believe that flouting the law and living to excess will catch up to them. A case study in immaturity, the disaster that starts with the words: "It seemed like a good idea at the time." The wide wake of disaster (the death and arrest of drug "mules" who get caught, the death or living-death of addicts, the corruption of individuals and then whole media and law enforcement systems) trails behind them and eventually consumes them as well. I am tempted to say this would be a good book for teenagers to read, though I fear they would get the wrong message, and see the glamour without fully appreciating the consequential collapse.

Author Bonella is a terrific writer and her journalistic skills: finding things out and linking things together, are immaculate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 31 Jan 2013
By gayle
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 days 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 26 days 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 1 month 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 4 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 4 months ago by jiri zmelik
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book.
Brilliant and exciting book. Really enjoyed the read. Looking forward to the next 2 books.
Kathryn Bonella is an excellent writer.
Published 6 months ago by Owen O'Grady
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end
Once you start reading you cannot put the book down cracking read
Like the other book hotel k awesome read
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An education
This was enlightening, entertaining and a book you can dip in and out of as it is a collection of various accounts of the Bali drug world.
Published 7 months ago by Dawni
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Blazed through it.
I loved this book. Was thinking of reading the others by this author but put them on my wish list for now so I dont get stuck in a Balie drugs rut. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Stuart A. Forrest
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A fantastic read. I could not put this book down. You just don't realise how much drugs are smuggled across the world.
One of the best books i have read.
Published 8 months ago by m bradshaw
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