Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler

Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler

by Chris Mosquera

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DAMIAN GARCIA: THE OPIUM/HASHISH NETWORK...This is a story of Damian Garcia, and the international drug trade in Opium and Hashish, by graduate students in New York City, circa 1972. It is a story of friendship, family, loyalty, and an exceedingly discreet and extremely profitable international drug smuggling business plan. The business plan was a new combination of Opium and Hashish product, the family branded as O/H. The targeted demographics for O/H were graduate students at major university campuses, and nurses and doctors, attorneys, and accountants worldwide. O/H became the professionals' drug of choice. The financial returns vastly exceeded their wildest imaginations, totaling in the mega millions, with significant monies invested in social services helping those in need, professional development, and legitimate international business investments that prospered. Money laundering is the back end of the international drug trade. The combination of both opium and hashish into a high profit, higher quality product, was a true marketing genius for the time. It took the combined brains of graduate students in international business, banking, and law to put into practice what they studied in school. If only their professors knew how talented their students truly were! The mood of the country was fading from the glory of the Woodstock nation of 1969, to the realities of the Vietnam War of 1972. The music was changing, and free love was fading into free infections. America was turning from a nation of peace and love to a nation of hate, violence, and hard drugs. Graduate students were intellectually curious, politically liberal, and anti-most things establishment, and definitely anti-police. They were the perfect consumers for marketing the business model for opium and hashish. O/H became an international enterprise unknown to all but a few. Those that knew would never tell; that was the family code. Damian Garcia was a street-wise New Yorker in spirit and attitude.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478709916
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Chris Mosquera is also the author of Is Organized Labor A Decaying Business Model? published by Outskirts Press.

The author may be contacted: damiangarciathebook@gmail.com

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Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything you need to know about the smuggling and money laundry businesses.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ginna Lamkie for Readers' Favorite Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler by Chris Mosquera is the story of a “family” of starving grad students who formulate a designer drug and business model that goes global. The story is set in 1970s New York. The rag-tag group of students is broke and looking for a way to stay fed and stay high while finishing grad school. They all bring a different skill set to the group. When they put their heads together and the wheels start turning, they formulate a plan to manufacture and distribute a high quality designer drug they call O/H. The plan starts small but snowballs and grows faster than any of them imagined. Before they know it, their product has gone global and provided them with enough income to live comfortably as well as give to social causes.  I really enjoyed PhD Drug Smuggler. The whole time I was reading it, I felt as if I was watching a movie. I found myself rooting for the characters. In my head I knew they were breaking so many laws but I still found myself rooting for them. There were a few scenes where they had some very close calls. I found myself clenching my teeth until they squeezed by. The characters always seemed to get through any trouble that arose. There was no talk of addiction. There was no ugly side to the drug world in this book. I would almost describe as a light-hearted look at drug smuggling.  I would recommend this book to those with an open mind about the drug world, and willing to look at it from all sides without prejudice.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Nobody would suspect Damian Garcia, a graduate student, is also a streetwise international drug importer and money launderer. Live your life in the shadows and always below the radar – this is the basis for safety, survival and success for Damian and it is an imperative requirement for O/H (opium/hashish) Incorporated operatives and clients. Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler by Chris Mosquera is a thrilling story about a lucrative international opium and hashish trade by PhD graduate students in New York City in 1972. Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler is action adventure fiction at its best. Chris Mosquera has written a story that is undeniably savvy. Characters’ developments are exceptionally detailed and the plot progresses at a perfect pace. Protagonist Damian Garcia definitely fits the description of the title – running a drug business and perfecting it as if it is a highly valuable doctorate. Ironically, as a graduate student, he does not seem to care when he misses his classes. Mr. George Carlin Dog – a real dog from the street that Damian and his friends adopted – is a humorous addition to the family of O/H masterminds. There is also a ‘Robin Hood’ element – minus the stealing – to the group, as they invested their earnings to non-profit humanitarian foundations. Thus, I find it hard to really hate them even though they misuse their intelligence in an illegal activity. This is an enjoyable savoir-faire novel for everyone to read.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite "Damian Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler", published by Outskirts Press, is an action adventure fiction written by Chris Mosquera. The story follows Damian Garcia and New York City Ph D graduate students through the world of opium and hashish in 1972 as they come up with a new business plan and a new drug product, O/H. Their multi-million dollar creative business venture takes center stage in a tale of love, loyalty, and the lucrative drug trade that plagued America in the 70’s. My copy was 283 pages of a critical perspective on how lives are changed when they involve drugs, dealers, and millions of dollars. The narrative was a little frustrating as the story began by describing the protagonist. Damian faced the Vietnam draft and was preparing to flee to Vancouver using only his instincts and street-wise experience to keep him from becoming “fodder.” Early on, Damian learned that perception could be manipulated and a person could change how the world sees them. Unfortunately, some editing/punctuation errors made reading awkward. I was torn about the ending - it left me wondering if there are plans for a sequel. The familiar plot line of 1970’s drug smuggling was transformed as Mosquera did a good job putting his own creative, business-minded spin on it. Chris also wrote another Outskirt Press title (about business) lending credibility to the explanations of the O/H Inc. business practices. While I think some of the methods seem implausible today, the setting becomes an important plot element of what went on. This was a fun fictional look back at a part of American history that has changed our society in so many ways.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite In New York City of 1972, a PhD graduate student, Damian Garcia, gains an education of a different kind in the international drug trade in opium and hashish, a new combination aptly called O/H. Together with his fellow graduate students, Damian puts up a brilliant plan to market the new product making it the professional’s drug of choice worldwide. Told through the eyes of Damian, this is a story about love, friendship, family, loyalty and an extremely discreet drug smuggling business that reaps unimaginable riches in the process. Chris Mosquera provides the audience a story that is great fun to read. This is an excellent book about graduate students and the opium/hashish network. If you are interested in getting some perspective regarding the international drug smuggling business in New York City in around 1972, and the realities of the Vietnam War of the same year, this is an ideal book to read. This is a truly amazing action/adventure novel that will definitely take you to different places you have never been to. Mosquera shows us a true marketing genius of the time in a compelling and suspenseful storyline. Here is a book that tells you almost everything, if not all, about drug trafficking without spoiling the whole experience. The development of the story core is fast-paced and it therefore guarantees that there are no dull moments. Thanks to the author’s rock-hard realism and relentless insight, we get to experience the thrill of the entire story the way it should be. Are you ready for the ride of your life?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christine Nguyen for Readers' Favorite "Damien Garcia: PhD Drug Smuggler" is a novel about a group of poor graduate students in apartment 3A in New York City starting up an international drug ring called O/H. O/H is 25% opium and the rest hashish and made to not flood the markets, making it an exclusive designer drug so that demand increases. The students want to help humanitarian social causes with the profits from the O/H Inc. They all fly under the radar to not get detected and caught and develop a brilliant business model with investor-franchise networks to keep their drug cartel within a select group of people that become close knit family members. Their code is “no gangster stuff,” meaning no violence, no ripping off anyone, killing anyone, and no hurting other people and animals. Author Chris Mosquera writes a compellingly creative tale about “honest” drug-smugglers and criminals who are actually brilliant graduate students that come up with a way to make money while they are in school. At times, the reader thinks this is a memoir that actually happened because it is so life-like. The mystery will always be there if this is a work of fiction or real life weaved into fiction. All the graduate students are a unique set of dynamic and multi-cultural characters who are all fascinating since they are so intelligent. George Carlin Dog is the most endearing and lovable character, but you have to read about his role as chief of security and director of all things human. This book should definitely be made into the big screen as the tale is so intricate with brilliant details and characters.