Review: Latin American Review of Books - May 11, 2009
"That havoc within Colombia is portrayed with angry passion by the determined Garry Leech, that now rare beast in the jungle of journalism prepared to put his own life at the service of the truth. Beyond Bogotá is a remarkable and captivating personal account of the drug war that unfolds mostly in Colombia. The author also describes it as a search for meaning in the midst of violence and poverty."
Review: London Progressive Journal - February 1, 2009
"Exciting . . . enlightening . . . journalism in its purest form."
Review: Truthdig - January 5, 2009
“[S]uspense and drama remain present throughout the book …. [Leech] writes with the raw passion and vivid energy of a wartime correspondent who regularly risks his life to cover stories ignored by major international media outlets. While most writers on Colombia only talk abstractly about policy, Leech goes into villages, speaks with people on the front lines and peels back the skin. . . . Demonstrating considerable courage and persistence, Leech managed to visit the hottest areas of Colombia’s conflict, survive shootouts and detentions, interview high-ranking leaders of the FARC and the AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia) and visit coca farms and cocaine labs. He describes all this with compelling narrative and evocative characters, taking the reader with him on his investigative adventures. While his descriptive ability makes the reading enjoyable, it is his conclusions that leave the strongest impression....This book is an excellent way to familiarize oneself with a multifaceted conflict that sadly shows no sign of letting up soon.”
Review: Kirkus - November 1, 2008
"Eye-opening look at the drug war in Colombia . . . Excellent reportage—highly recommended for would-be journalists as well as those interested in geopolitics."
Review by: Sarah Statz Cords, Library Journal - September 15, 2008
"In this arresting hybrid of journalism and memoir Leech relates his experiences investigating political, economic, and drug-related stories throughout Latin America. . . This enlightening book, which mixes a readable level of detail and background with personal narrative, should be in every library, public and academic."