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Savages by Don Winslow


by Don Winslow

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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 ingenious negotiations.

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A definite page turner and I like Winslow's prose style, although the characters are flatter and the writing less original than in his Cartel trilogy. (I took almost no notes.) ( )
  breic | Jul 6, 2019 |
Since I have seen the first season of Breaking Bad, this book felt unnecessary. Also, I disliked the attention-getting gimmick of starting the book with "F--- you." (I am much like my father, who actively roots against teams with coaches who throw chairs and "act a fool", and who still has not forgiven the state of Indiana for Bobby Knight.)

I am awarding one bonus star for a funny fantasy sequence in which a character imagines herself on various talk shows, which culminates in her calling Dr. Phil an unkind name. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
'm late to the Don Winslow party, but I'm damn happy I finally found it. I'm going through his catalog in reverse order, it seems, and every novel is excellent. 'Savages' is another SoCal drug book, and along with 'The Power of the Dog' and 'The Cartel', goes a long way toward educating readers about the issues at our southern border. Savages is more of 'micro' view, while the other two are more sprawling in scope.

Savages' plot is pretty simple. Two SoCal buddies, one an ex-Seal and the other more of a pacifist type, develop a killer strain of marijuana from seeds brought back from an overseas posting by the ex-Seal. A Mexican cartel member gets wind and decides they want the action. The two buddies aren't interested, so the cartel decides to exert a little leverage. The bargaining chip ends up being a young lady who's the shared girlfriend of the buds. There's lots of violence and other action involved, which seems to be a trademark of Winslow's work.

It's taken me awhile to appreciate Winslow's writing style. Of the 4 novels I've read, the structure of Savages is the least conventional, with lots of missing punctuation, odd sentence lengths, etc. Once you get used to it, it's actually sort of refreshing in that he's trying, I think, to match the sort of unpredictable nature of the story. His dialogue is great and the characters are clearly developed through the book. By the end, you tend to know what each participant will do, which is the mark of a good character writer.

Savages is a great novel that'll whet your appetite for more Winslow! ( )
  gmmartz | May 17, 2018 |
I always rate crime novels differently because this genre requires me to use a different grading style then I use for "literary fiction". This is my second Don Winslow novel and this one was bit light compared to "The Cartel". The narrative prose is excellent but the characters are all cliches which is about what you expect in these type of books. That is doesn't occur with writers like Kate Atkinson and Dennis Lehane who have taken the crime novel to a higher level. That being said, this was a page turner which is what I want from a crime novel. Takes place in Laguna Beach and deals with drug turf wars that involved Mexican Baja Cartel. This is an easy introduction to Don Winslow who is one of the best in the crime novel area. ( )
  nivramkoorb | Mar 1, 2018 |
I did not love book as I expected. This was maybe my 6th Don Winslow book and I gather a fairly popular one since it was made into a major motion picture, including the prequel. I do blame this in large part to the poor narration, I listed to an audio version as I have all his other books. It felt less like a work of fiction than a long spoken word monologue and not well read at all. But maybe that's how it was supposed to read.

I did not come to love Winslow's characters like I have in his other books. There really was no depth to them or the plot. Just shock and awe. I can't imagine exactly how little I would I have cared about them if I hadn't read the prequel first.

I've got the movie waiting for me now at the library and I'm not even sure I want to watch it. ( )
  she_climber | Jan 21, 2018 |
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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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2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400117666, 1452607796


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