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BookforumBrian ODea tells all: The book includes excerpts from his prison diary, scenes from him work as a drug counselor, and a clear-eyed reckoning of his intoxicated multinational adventures. ForeWordClark Isaacs...a look into the seamyMoreBookforumBrian ODea tells all: The book includes excerpts from his prison diary, scenes from him work as a drug counselor, and a clear-eyed reckoning of his intoxicated multinational adventures. ForeWordClark Isaacs...a look into the seamy life of drug smuggling.Kirkus ReviewsBlistering memoir by a once-notorious drug smuggler and addict...an unusually revealing account of a criminals rise and fall.Philadelphia City paperNowadays Brian ODea is on the up-and-up, gainfully employed as a film and TV producer in Toronto, but back in the 80s he operated a $100 million-a-year, 120-man trafficking business (the largest marijuana haul in U.S. history), and picked up a nasty cocaine habit along the way.Publishers WeeklyIn this wistful but honest look at a life subsumed by drugs, now-reformed smuggler ODea (a Canadian film producer) pulls back the curtain on the machinations and motivations of a hugely successful, outrageously addicted 1980s drug trafficker whose redemption came too late to save him from prison...Throughout his lifes many ups and downs, however, ODea remains a charming, relatable narrator you cant help but root for.Booklist[High] is refreshingly unapologetic, about as far away from inspirational autobiography as you can get. Its the story of a man who made it big and paid the consequences, told in a straightforward style that contrasts ODeas regimented life as a prison inmate with his exciting, risk-driven years as an international criminal. Hes a good, writer, too, nicely capturing the atmosphere of his two worlds and their inhabitants. The book is hardly an endorsement of the lifestyle of a drug smuggler, but, as with movies like Scarface, the intoxicating allure of money and power is made perfectly clear.