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Savages by Don Winslow

Savages (edition 2012)

by Don Winslow

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Authors:Don Winslow
Info:Le Livre de Poche (2012), Poche, 399 pages
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Ben and Chon sell the best hydroponic pot Laguna, maybe in SoCal, and they’ve made a ton of money. So good the Baja Cartel wants to take over their operation and make them employees. Ben is the brains behind the weed and Chon (it used to be John), a former SEAL, is the enforcer – the hard man. Ophelia, known as O, is girlfriend to them both. They’re not going to bend easily and the cartel doesn’t negotiate.

This could be a typical drug war story, but Winslow’s crisp writing elevates it to something more. Not only crisp, but stylish and intelligent. This is a story that flows, and every word is perfectly placed. The research and craft that went into it are evident. ( )
  Hagelstein | Apr 13, 2014 |
Ben & Chon are two Southern California dope dealers who manufacture and distribute some of the most potent pot available. Ben, a Buddhist and Chon, a gun-toting ex-US solider run into trouble with an invading Mexican drug cartel. When their mutual girlfriend, O (short for Ophelia), is kidnapped - all bets are off. Ben and Chon must do whatever it takes to ensure her safe return, even if it means risking their lives to do so.

Absolutely incredible.

I tried listening to the audio version of this book but was seriously turned off, immediately. I almost just about gave up but picked up a copy from the library instead. What a mistake that would've been. Geez.

Everything. From the prose, to the story, to the characters to the ending. All of those elements blend together to create an intriguing and fast paced thrill-ride. Also, I've yet to experience an ending that had my heart pounding as quickly as this one.

Where did this author come from? I've never heard of him before reviews started popping up on Good Reads declaring this novel an instant-classic. I definitely need to get my hands on more of his material and soon; he's that damn good (forgive me, I appear to be thinking out loud).

In closing, Winslow has written one of my favorite passages I've ever read. Here is that passage:

We reinvented ourselves every day, remade our culture, locked ourselves in gated communities, we ate healthy food, we gave up smoking, we lifted our faces while avoiding the sun, we had our skin peeled, our lines removed, our fat sucked away like our unwanted babies, we defied aging and death.

We made gods of wealth and health.

A religion of narcissism.

In the end, we worshiped only ourselves.

In the end, it wasn't enough.

  branimal | Apr 1, 2014 |
Winslow has a unique style of writing, which I think you either enjoy -- or not. Very short chapters, choppy sentences. Storytelling here is enjoyable -- about two buddies in the pot business in southern California, making a good living and enjoying life until a Mexican cartel wants to take over their business. Lots of funny social commentary. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Aug 20, 2013 |
Like a great rock album - fast, loud, doesn't outstay its welcome, and a whole lot of fun. The opening page gambit is going to either hook you or push you away - go with your instincts because you'll be led in the right either way.

A more profane, Rock 'n' Roll kind of review at Raging Biblioholism: http://wp.me/sGVzJ-savages ( )
  drewsof | Jul 9, 2013 |
It was read in a hot summer without much expectations and found wanting even so.
Provocative? really? would have been good. ( )
  Lucy_Skywalker | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Part-time environmentalist Ben and his buddy Chon run a successful marijuana operation in Laguna Beach, and things are going smoothly until the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, sending them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. Don Winslow's stylish new novel pits young kingpins against a major drug gang, offering a sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond.
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Drag your mind through mud /
Find no moral.  Vice-virtue.
 / Clever.  Good girl porn.

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Running a lucrative marijuana operation in Laguna Beach, sometime environmentalist Ben and mercenary Chon confront a dangerous adversary in the Mexican Baja cartel, which kidnaps their playmate and confidante Ophelia, compelling the duo to plot ingeniousnegotiations.… (more)

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