Savages (Savages #1)
Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele...more
If these two wordsmithing masters of dialogue, tone and hip colloquialisms ever had a literary LOVE CHILD…..it would DON WINSLOW.
I loved, loved, loved every single page of this thrilltastic story. Don Winslow has instantly become an author whose next book I will buy sight unseen. His writing, his tone, his slick as shit story-telling are all intelligent, original, hiply sparse and kick-ass coolio.
The basic plot is very simple (though the execution of it is anything but). Chon and Ben are the 2...more
“Something they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School.
‘Savages, How to Deal With.’
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly an infamous trio the three amigos and the three stooges funny trios.
When it comes to threesome there are many.
One trio you will soon be taking note of are the likes of Ben, Chon and the wonderful O or her real name Ophelia, in this Drug cartel solid thriller from Don Winslow.
The story is about lucrative money making with a specially brewed drug herb that the trio or...more
Savages by Don Winslow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Blurb: The smash hit thriller about two young marijuana dealers who are blackmailed into a partnership with a Mexican cartel."Baditude." Bad attitude. Ben, Chon, and O have a bad case of it, but so would you if you were the twenty-something, Laguna-cool producers of the best hydro on the Left Coast and now a powerful and vicious Mexican cartel wants in on your business. Ben's a genius botanist out to save the world. Chon's a former SEAL with a "Lack...more
I tried listening to the audio version of this...more
Explicitly violent, explicitly sexual and explicitly... well one of the most entertaining books I’ve read this year. It was a radicalized and ripping rush of a...more
First of all: Ooooh. Don Winslow also wrote The Death and Life of Bobby Z. Hence, the stiking similarities in tone, setting and subject matter.
Secondly: glad I read this for book club-- I mean, aside form subjecting your sweet little eyes to to such vulgarities, my dears-- because I honestly haven't yet d...more
There have been occasional minor threats to the business...more
And so starts a non stop thrill ride of drugs, sex, violence, and big business cartel warfare.
When I first read SAVAGES, I was blown away by how engaging the characters were and the second time round is no different. O is unique, funny, and deeply in love with her boys, both of...more
A totally played out story line (which was unbelievable BTW), with recycled storytelling, featuring snappy, hipster dialog that tries SOOOOOO hard to have pop cultural significance in the vain attempts of being ingratiated into thos...more
I can say this with all honesty...I dare you to put it down after the first page. It's such a intriguing intro that wills you to read more. Then its a snowball down the mountain and before you know it you've finished it.
And I don't get it. I will say that pages 175-250 were good, insofar as things actually happened. And quickly. The rest of it...
Don Winslow inserts his (or the narrator's) voice between the reader and the character, as a character of its own. But that character is indistinct. That character thinks he is incredibly clever and funny. And after he makes a funny, clever comment, h...more
If you think the former joke was lame, you should read the book. Now THAT`s lame!
I loved "El Poder del Perro" by the same author. It was a page-turner, yes, it was an airport book, but it was also a solid structure and a believable plot. Seemed there was a good research behind: I bought all those stories about American foreign interventions in Latin America following defeat in Vietnam. Characters were nothing to write home about but their reactions, their background were...more
This is a speedy read, and it is pretty much gripping once it gets going, and it does have funny bits, but something is lost: we never feel a lick of genuine interest in these characters, and they never feel like more than types being pushed around in something made for the movies. It's just awf...more
Ben and Chon are high end drug dealers who sell hydro, chronic, a/k/a marijuana in California. They use specially imported plants from Afghanistan to make the best dope people can buy. Ben,uses the money to finance a variety of green projects around the world. Chon, an ex seal enforces the B & C brand with his gun. Both guys are involved with Ophelia, or as sh...more
"Don't do it," Chon says.
"Don't do what?"
"Don't waste your energy feeling guilty about these guys," Chon says.
May I remind you that these are the guys who –
It's hard to believe that this is the same author that wrote THE POWER OF THE DOG, one of the great crime novels of the last twenty years. Both are meditations on the border, but while THE POWER OF THE DOG spans y...more
I accidentally watched the movie before I read the book, not knowing that this Major Motion Picture was previously a book. I loved the movie so much (but who wouldn't? Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch), that I went out and bought the book.
Needless to say, I flew through this book. It was fantastic. I mean, seriously fantastic. It had witty humour, and the characters were likable and desirable. You were rooting for...more
Winslow wrote Dawn Patrol in a specific style that never got in the way of the substance. In Savages, Winslow also writes in very specific style. Problem is, that style not only gets in the way of the substance, it trips the substance down a spiraling marble staircase and leaves it twitching at...more
This violent state of mine!
I can sum up your decision to read or not to read this novel in six words: YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOVEL!
As a avid reader and collector of books, I know Don Winslow is near the top for crime fiction. I own a few of his other popular novels "The Power of the Dog", "Dawn Patrol", but I just haven't found the urge to read them yet. "Savages" beckoned to me from the new release rack last week when I saw it and I knew it was going to be special.
Winslow shows many different inspiration for his book. Savages reads like Tarantino, William Shakespeare, and S.E. Hinton all threw something in a pot and what resulted was this hyper-erotic, una...more
Right from the start the book was a page turner. It looked like the perfect utopian approa...more
His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An...more