#allthebookreviews – Hotel Scarface by Roben Farzad

Happy belated release day!

Thanks to Berkley Pub for the copies in exchange for our honest reviews.

HOTEL SCARFACE by Roben Farzad (released yesterday, October 17th, 2017)

The #allthebookreviews duo read this nonfiction history lesson in the hey-day of Miami and the Cocaine Cowboys.


Chandra’s Thoughts: Enjoyed – No Rating

I’m not usually big on non-fiction. It has to be a subject matter that truly interests me for me to really dig into a true story. When I received this book I was extremely intrigued. The rise and fall of The Mutiny. The hot spot in the ’70s and ’80s where the cocaine cowboys reigned. Sex, murder, drugs, high profile people. What’s not to like??

I did struggle with reading this as I felt like I was reading a history lesson…. which I guess for all purposes, that’s exactly what it IS. You get pummeled with a ton of information right from the start. I found myself skimming through most of the book. You know where it’s going. All the money that’s thrown around.. crime that is committed… Miami in it’s “hey day” and then the crack down. The fascinating part is that this all actually happened and that is what keeps you reading. Again, I mostly skimmed through this book as my interest level kept rising and falling.

I think those who like history, true crime and are interested in Miami culture at that time would truly love this book. It didn’t quite work for me the way I had hoped it would but that’s just a personal interest thing and nothing to do with the quality of the writing.

No rating as I skimmed through this mostly.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

I’m a huge nonfiction fan. Especially if it’s around true crime and drugs. It’s always been intriguing to me how that whole lifestyle is/was – and HOTEL SCARFACE is about the 70’s – 80’s when everything was at it’s peak. Drugs, sex, money, The Mutiny club, celebrities, cartels, Miami, and the Cocaine Cowboys.

Going into this, you should know that it is nonfiction and definitely more of a history on the topic and time period. This does not read like fiction. If these are topics that intrigue you, then this will definitely be up your alley. Roben Farzad definitely did his homework. I love the classic mafia movies – Goodfellas, Scarface, Godfather, and others – so this lifestyle has always had my attention. There are a lot of characters and people to follow in this book, but Farzad did a fantastic job making them come to life. I had many moments of “wow, this person exists” or “this really happened??” as I was reading.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I think it was more fun going into it without too much background. If you’re like me and enjoy reading a more factually saturated nonfiction book, then this will be perfect for you. If you’re more of a fan of the nonfiction written more like a fiction book, then this probably won’t be for you!


Any other nonfiction fans? Curious about drug cartels?



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