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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow
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Feb 15, 2011

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Read from February 27 to March 07, 2011

I picked this book up because I had read Winslow's "Cool Breeze on the Underground" years ago and really enjoyed it. I also wanted to read something fairly undemanding -- I was in the mood for a good action adventure novel. Well, I didn't get exactly what I was looking for...

...First, there was 150 pages of slow-moving, backstory-heavy writing. It wasn't compelling, the surf-guy narrator was tough to get used to, and I was tempted several times to put it down. If I hadn't enjoyed the other book I'd read of Winslow's, I probably would have given up. Then, around the middle of the book, the action really took off.

There was a solid 100-page chunk of what I was looking for in the first place -- action, adventure, mystery, even a little bit of suspenseful courtroom drama. All of a sudden I couldn't put it down.

Then, there was the ending, which was really very dark and disturbing, and unpleasantly jarring. For me, the slow start wasn't a problem, but the ending was really kind of hard to take. Up until the last 50 pages, I was thinking it was a four-star book, so I was a little let down.

Even so, I will give Winslow another try. I do like the way he wove the plot around the incoming monster wave, and the backstory-heavy first portion of the book ended up being very relevant to the action toward the end.

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