Smokescreen Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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Robert Sabbag's astonishing "novel" Smokescreen portrays the real adventures of a real hero of the American underground. Allen Long began as a documentary film-maker following a number of drug dealers and smugglers through the highs and comedowns of getting illicit materials to those who most want them. He then decided, connoisseur that he was of the almost mythical Columbian gold, that smuggling marijuana himself may very well be the best way to fund his film--and the lavish Hollywood lifestyle to go along with it that soon made him forget his more artistic aspirations. Snowblind, Robert Sabbag's previous book, a classic account of cocaine smuggling, looked unlikely to be bettered but Smokescreen somehow manages just that. The book has a marvellous swagger: it is well crafted, cleverly paced and genuinely thrilling. It is also very funny. Opening with a highly tense report of landing on an invisible runaway deep in the Columbian forest (and barely making it because the rainy season had arrived), loading the best pot available to American-kind and then detailing the abortive attempt to get back to the home country to sell the gear, the novel then moves back in time and shows how Long became such a key player in the dope trade and how he came to be flying a DC3 into the most dangerous of the Latin American badlands. Smokescreen looks likely to establish itself as more than an underground classic. Sabbag is a fine writer and Smokescreen is a riveting read that will appeal to a much wider audience than the heads and hippies who will relish smiling knowingly along with the author's counter-cultural references.--Mark Thwaite --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Smokescreen is a riveting adventure story in which we drown in the dangers, delights, and disasters of dope dealing.' -- Howard Marks, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Robert Sabbag takes you into a bygone world where Allen Long, a man with more bottle than united dairies, engages on one of the biggest dope smuggling operations as yet attempted. Pushing not only his luck but, unbeknown to them, that of his partners, far beyond any safe limits. Working directly with the Columbian dealers and farmers he embarks on a three-year roller-coaster ride of success and failure in which he evades death, capture, prosecution and worst still, marriage, without ever once carrying a gun. A terrific read.
The many colourful characters in the book are described well, often with the wry humour that the author has utilised successfully in his other book “Snowblind”. The somewhat larger than life main character, Allen Long, about whose life in the book is written, begins in the early days turned on and tuned out. As the book continues we see him metamorphosise through something akin to an airborne Elizabethan privateer, to a hard-nosed businessman in 60s and 70s America.
Mr. Sabbags portrayal of the Colombian “Gaujira”, the people who occupy these badlands and the extent even in those early days of the corruption that have crippled the entire nation are highly evocative. As well as this the way in which he describes the beauty of the less highly populated regions of that country is wonderful.
This is quite a fast paced story, in places it can almost seem jerky. However, it was a gripping book on a fascinating subject, that I found difficult to put down. I will look closely for the next work written by this author.
Robert Sabbag tells how Long, a man with cahones the size of watermelons, then engages on one of the biggest dope smuggling operations ever attempted. Dealing direct with the Columbian dealers and farmers he embarks on a three-year roller-coaster ride in which he evades death, capture and prosecution and worst still, marriage, without ever once carrying a gun. A terrific read. (Anyone know where I can score some weed?)
From the start it's a brilliant book, a real page turner. I'll probably be reading it again in the near future.
Arrived quickly and was well packaged.
the only book of this genre to match it is Snowblind, Sabbags autobiographical book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reads like a film. Its brilliantly written and one of my favorite books of all time. Some great characters and tales which had me gripped.Published on 30 May 2014 by Jon
If you like Drug stories this one one is up there - an interesting insight into the world of smuggling.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by RJL
Great Book. Well put together stories to keep you hooked. Would have been great to have been around back then!Published on 13 Feb. 2012 by MatWhit
From the off, youre on a doomed flight out of Colombia and the story just gets better from there. Plenty of humour and easy to read. Read morePublished on 26 May 2010 by D. V. Mcgee
Until reading this page I had no idea that Smokescreen was the later book of the pair, since I ended up buying three copies of this one, the other two as presents for people I knew... Read morePublished on 28 May 2008 by Born Again Bookworm