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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; New edition edition (1 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841953458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841953458
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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'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.

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Format: Hardcover
Smokescreen is the true account of Allen Long, the nineteen seventies Robin Hood of pot, and his bid to supply the American pot smoking fraternity with nothing but the best quality marijuana grown on this planet, Santa Marta Gold. After running short on funds to finish the making of a documentary on the farming and smuggling of marijuana into the states, the smoking of which had become one of the fastest growing pastimes since Adam and Eve discovered the apple, Allen Long decides to raise the cash with a one-off drug run out of Mexico, after which he never looked back, or finished the documentary.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This book very clearly illustrates the world of the marijuana user and small-scale peddler, who eventually turns to full-scale smuggling. As you would expect from a journalist the author deals (if you’ll pardon the expression) well with the complexities such a subject will inevitably carry.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Smokescreen is a wonderful account of Allen Long, the nineteen seventies Robin Hood of pot, and his bid to supply the American pot smoking fraternity with nothing but the best quality marijuana grown on this planet, Santa Marta Gold. After running short on funds to finish the making of a documentary, his chosen career, on the farming and smuggling of marijuana into the states, the smoking of which had become one of the fastest growing pastimes since Adam and Eve discovered the apple, Allen Long decides to raise the cash with a one-off drug run from Mexico after which he never looked back.
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?)
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With this the second book I have read of Rober Sabaag (Snowblind the 1st) I now rate him as one of the best writers I have ever encountered.I don't really know if I would say that Smokescreen is BETTER than Snowblind but I would say every bit as good. It is written with the same slick fast racing wit and prose that it's predecessor was and again is truly a book I found unable to put down.After reading the first few pages not only did I realise how boring my life was but also was considering entering the entrepenearial lifestyle as depicted of Allen Long.Long is seen to be a true modern day hero (given even that his exploits occured during the 70s) and along with his compadres all become a lovable group who you do truly hope survive and flourish in their smuggling business.A superb read and a worthy follow up to the excellent Snobwlind.Buy it NOW!
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I bought this book after reading Blow: How a Smalltown Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost it All, and getting interested in true story drug running books.

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.
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If you enjoyed Mr Nice - Howard Marks or Snowblind - also by Sabbag, this is a wothy addition to your library. A great smugglers tale, which if full of cunning, panache and plenty of humor.
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great characters, really great story telling. you know something is good when you are rooting for the people that you would be usually steer clear off in your everyday life...
the only book of this genre to match it is Snowblind, Sabbags autobiographical book.
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