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June 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
- June 5, 2018
- 8:00 pm
- Books & Books in Coral Gables
- 265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Glamour, excitement, and money were thrust upon Miami in the late 1970s. Seemingly overnight, it transformed from a sleepy Southern town famous only for its retirees, to an exciting mix of wealth, style, and violence. It was the Cocaine Era, when mountains of cash, bricks of coke, and men with assault rifles changed everything.
And it changed the people living there, as well. Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas, a couple of local boys who met at a Little League game, became best friends and star high school wrestling teammates. They were even featured in Sports Illustrated.
Alex, who was so big and powerful that he wasn’t allowed to play football with the other kids, was on his way to bigger things, possibly the Olympics, when a series of tragedies derailed his dreams. Instead, he used his natural strength and ferocity to start robbing drug dealers and selling what he took. Before long, he caught the eyes of the Colombians and became the biggest home-grown cocaine dealer in the United States.
Kevin, half Alex’s size, became a wrestling champion through self-discipline, hard work, and drive. After graduating from West Point, he saw his family life deteriorate because of drugs. After divorcing his coke-addicted wife, he came close to suicide until his mind changed. He realized America’s enemy wasn’t Iran or Russia or any other country, it was drugs. He went to work for the DEA, and on his first day, Kevin found out that his old friend, Alex, was their primary target. And, years later, after the pair faced conflict, personal turmoil and (for Alex) a long prison sentence, the pair reunited and teamed up to do what they perhaps always should have–coaching high school wrestling together.
About the Author:
Chuck Malkus is an author and content creator based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His books include The Ultimate Ponzi: The Scott Rothstein Story and his writing career began at the Miami News, where he covered Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas. His work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Atlanta Constitution and Journal, Sun Sentinel, and South Dade News Leader.Malkus also serves as a business strategist who has received national acclaim as an expert on public relations, branding, and reputation management. He translates his rich industry perspective into inspirational keynotes that provide value to employees at every level, from young professionals to CEOs.