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
“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
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
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 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 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
Right from the start the book was a page turner. It looked like the perfect utopian approa...more
Ophelia, O para os amigos, namorada de Chon e Ben, em simultâneo, é raptada pelo Cartel de Baja como garantia de que os dois produtores de droga passam a trabalhar exclusivamente para o Cartel, mas estes amigos estão decididos a não o fazer e preferem pagar o resgate por O.
A partir daí o autor tinha...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
l'ho preso perchè Oliver Stone ne sta facendo un film,
solitamente i libri hardboiled/thriller/gialli
mi piacciono, ma questo è un pasticcio pieno di stereotipi
con sesso messo là per vendere, come direbbe Buk...
i personaggi sono banali al massimo, spessore nullo:
c'è il pacifista che coltiva erba e va in giro per il
mondo a aprire ospedali coi soldi dei genitori, il suo amico addestrato
come militare di carriera che va in guerre sporche per conto
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
It's entertaining, but it's written in a "high octane" style that I find annoying. It's very similar in tone to James Patterson's recent co-authored stuff. I've read a few of them, mostly to pass the time, but honestly, I wouldn't recommend any...more
The good news is that in terms of just the reader (or watchers) experience the book just works better. The manic, free floating text of the book works much better than the weird after-thought voice-over narration.**
On the other hand, I actually liked the story of the movie better. Showing the relationship between O and Elena was a nice touch, and the twist a...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
I have been on this kick lately, where I want to read the book before I see the movie. Well this is one of those times where the book is supposed to be better than the movie...I haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm guessing it's better than this book.
Don't get me wrong; all the etymology was great and entertaining. But this was just not my cup of tea. Learning about the drug cartel and pot is just not what I wanted to read about.
I knew that the basis of the book had to dea...more
i usually read a book before i see the movie. unfortunately, the oliver stone directed "savages"(2012) was one of the very few (3 to date) movies i saw before getting a chance to. i didn't find out the movie was based on a book until i saw it. it doesn't really matter because the book is always better than the film. you know- there's always soooo much shit that has to to be left out or pared down, usually because of time constraints, and you end up feeling at least a li...more
I'm more of a YA paranomal/fantasy/contemporary type of gal, but my friends insisted that I had to check out SAVAGES. When I first started reading it, I didn't understand the lack of dialogue and quick chapters. After about 10 pages, it shames me to say that this is when I finally realized SAVAGES is written in prose. I know, I know! How can I call myself an avid reader and not pick this up sooner? I have no idea. Maybe because it completely caught me offguard? Who knows.
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
In recent interview...more
Let me just say that the voice of the narration is such that the book is definitely an Oliver Stone sort of book. Myself, I loved the style of the writing. With more than 250 chapters, some were pure narration, some chapters were short poems, some were television script formats. Though potentially gimmicky, these changes had a rhetorical weight...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