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message 1: by Courtney (new)

Courtney | 300 comments Mod
Post your thoughts on The Force by Don Winslow here.

"All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is "the King of Manhattan North," a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force." Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

This is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city on the edge and of a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban realism full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting us today."


Lance (sportsbookguy) I listened to this one about three months ago and absolutely loved it. I do remember enough that I can post my thoughts, but I will wait a little while to allow everyone to read it. It is a tough gritty book and lots of adult language in case some don't want to read that kind of talk.


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Courtney | 300 comments Mod
Lance wrote: "I listened to this one about three months ago and absolutely loved it. I do remember enough that I can post my thoughts, but I will wait a little while to allow everyone to read it. It is a tough g..."

I've started reading this and I can definitely say it is NOT what I normally read. At all. Ever. So I'm kind of excited to try a new genre, and so far, it's not bad. I have noticed like Lance said that there is a lot of cursing but so far it makes sense with the type of book it is and it's not too much (I might change my mind on this later haha).


Lance (sportsbookguy) Blame me for selecting something not normally read by this group. I'll accept all blame proudly! :)


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Sheri Vincent | 51 comments Great book choice Lance! I really enjoyed this book, I got into the characters, action, the way the story and characters developed, the writing.....but...... I really didn't like the way it ended!


Lance (sportsbookguy) Yeah, I have to agree Sheri - it was such a gripping, compelling story, and I LOVED Denny's character. It was a shame the way it ended.


message 7: by Courtney (new)

Courtney | 300 comments Mod
Alright, I finished this book a couple of days ago but it has taken some time to decide how I feel about it. It was a worthwhile read, and definitely took me out of my typical reading comfort zone.

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Lance (sportsbookguy) Something I found interesting was the "initiation" into the special task force -I expected that to be a lot worse than what it was!

Also something I would like to hear from others - how did you feel about the fact that while the money was "dirty" if a cop died on this task force while on duty, his family was taken care of?


Lance (sportsbookguy) Courtney, I did get another of Winslow's books, The Cartel and while I didn't finish due to time constraints, I liked what I read and will pick it back up when I catch up on my reviews of sports selections.


Lance (sportsbookguy) One more thought, on Courtney's Bechdel test - I think I have read too many book club selections that have all three of those or at least two of the three and I needed something else! Since I review sports books, I don't use this test for my books (obviously!)


message 11: by Courtney (new)

Courtney | 300 comments Mod
Lance wrote: "One more thought, on Courtney's Bechdel test - I think I have read too many book club selections that have all three of those or at least two of the three and I needed something else! Since I revie..."

It's funny because I didn't consciously realize that was happening in my books, I just really noticed when it wasn't happening in this one!

I felt really conflicted about the dirty money idea. I've been thinking about it like this: If I were one of the women put in that situation, I wouldn't want the money. I would hate the idea that I was reliant on something that directly or indirectly led to a loved one's death. However, I could see why someone would take it in order to send their kids to college so they could avoid the same fate. I don't think I would accept it personally though.


Lance (sportsbookguy) I understand where you are coming from, but remember that not all cop deaths are from busts or incidents like this. Some may have no idea that their spouse died because of this. For all they knw, their loved one may have died due to a robbery gone bad. Also, aside from just the college fund, that money may be needed now for other bills. If it were me, I would accept.


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