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Winslow, Don

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 1439183384
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,25 cm


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Jul 19, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have to admit I was somewhat afraid that this would not be as good as the movie. Luckily I was very pleasantly surprised. As good as the movie and the movie was outstanding loved it. Very easy to read and impossible to put down. Alot more information on all the characters big and small and you even get to get into their heads. Warning it is not exactly the same as the movie but even with the little differences it is still a must read. I read this book in less than 2 days.

May 24, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ben and Chon are two laid-back buddies, born and raised on the beaches of Southern California, playing volleyball and chasing girls. Ben grew up to study finance and botany, while Chon trained as a Navy SEAL and is a veteran of the Iraq War. They are also makers and distributors of the finest marijuana in the state – their stuff is so potent and so popular, they attract attention from the Mexican drug cartels, who want to move in and take over the business.

Don Winslow is a master craftsman of crime fiction, a mix of the dark energy and style of James Ellroy with the insightfulness, quick wit, and memorable characters of Elmore Leonard, placed in the surf and drug culture of SoCal. Winslow, a former private investigator, writes his fiction in the same tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but with a modern edge, pushing the envelope with lean, staccato prose that comes off as dark poetry.

The title of the novel is in itself a recurring theme: as drug dealers, they consider themselves sophisticated and above the usual rabble, refusing to rip clients off or participate in the endless round of turf wars. In a business of crime and savagery, they strive to keep a level or two above the fray. Unfortunately, the fray finds them, as the leader of the Baja Cartel with a particularly brutal reputation – they leave video clips of beheadings in their rivals’ email – wants in. They kidnap Ben and Chon’s beautiful but empty-headed girlfriend, Ophelia, and hold her for ransom. The friends have to drop their pretense and become savages to rescue the girl and to save themselves.

Excellent for those who like their crime fiction humorous, violent, and literary, Don Winslow is a postmodern craftsman with a excellent grasp of both character and action. Highly recommended.

Sep 04, 2012
  • Joker1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Like most, I will keep this short and to the point.
Savages = time well spent. Lots of action and twists to keep any reader hooked till the last page. Read and enjoy.

Aug 10, 2012

When I read this book I had already seen the movie which is something I would normally never do. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was excited to see it, and I didn’t even know that it was a movie. That same day I was in a store and saw the book, so I picked it up with the intentions of reading it before the movie came out. That’s not exactly the way it turned out and I was blindsided into seeing the movie first. I really hate reading a book after seeing a movie because you know what’s going to happen. I guess these days screenwriters and directors often change the plot so much you can barely recognize the story, but I digress more on that later.

This is not normally something that I would read. I don’t like reading about drugs in any form really and this book is a little too adult for me. I actually liked the storyline, but with some of the acronyms and slang talk I struggled to really enjoy the book. I did like some of the characters especially Ben I liked what he stood for. In one way it was okay to read the book after the movie because I could picture things happening. I also like that with the book of course we get more background information like about the Esteban character. I would probably rate this book at a 2.5. The movie was a pretty good adaptation of the novel except of course for the ending. I don’t know why Oliver Stone ended the movie the way that he did…I would also rate the movie about a 50% (It was rated 53% on Rotten Tomatoes)

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Jul 19, 2011
  • daymakerdave rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I like Don Winslow's style. Good, fast reading that uses contemporary language. You probably wont get any smarter reading Winslow but you'll have fun for sure.

Apr 18, 2011
  • deRougemont rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Crime fiction at its very best. Winslow moves beyond the conventions of the genre and breaks new ground, both in the tale and in the telling.

Dec 25, 2010
  • texlongone rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting read. Winslow is all over the map with this book, but as usual he keeps you interested.

Dec 20, 2010
  • gwsuperfan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Winslow's conception of the divergent attitudes of various folks involved in the drug trade is right on. In many ways this book highlights the dichotomy between the "mellow dealers" who try to make their customers feel comfortable and almost run things like a legitimate business, versus the ones who will kill a rival without a thought for trespassing onto their turf.

Dec 17, 2010
  • c_anderson rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I generally enjoy Don Winslow's work, but this novel felt rushed, glib, and it is halfway towards being a movie script already.

Dec 07, 2010

Fast, funny, dirty, and very clever. An expert crime writer, Don Winslow exposes the dark side of his sunny SoCal setting.

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Jul 19, 2011
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