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A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, Savages is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond.

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. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can't handle--the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a "no" is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high.

Following "the best summertime crime novel ever" ( San Francisco Chronicle on The Dawn Patrol ), bestselling author Winslow offers up a smash hit in the making. Savages is an ingenious combination of adrenaline-fueled suspense and true-crime reportage by a master thriller writer at the very top of his game.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.
ISBN: 9781439183366
Branch Call Number: WINSL
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 25 cm.


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Feb 26, 2018

Anything about drugs will end up badly for someone, sometimes beyond bad. Addiction seems to be one of the curses of humans and this book should make us all think twice about the very flawed human condition. What other animal deliberately ingests items of no nutritional value some of which will cause death and will kill others of their kind to have access to such WMD's so we can feel "high"? DUH

Jul 23, 2017

I derive a sick pleasure watching my bipolar friends and family freak fully out at the state of affairs. Depending on which way they swing it's either the best of times or the worst of times. I'm just sitting over here like nothing is ever going to change and we're all going to die. The coral reef is missing but their is an over abundance of glyphosate along with cancer. Despite the 80's my moms even made it to the ripe old age of 49 which a million years ago was ancient. Anywho, once again I was wrong and despite Hollywood's ruination of all things good Winslow is still batting a 1.000. In this old sailor's humble opinion, Savages was truly amazing but now like a damn liberal even I'm depressed. I thought I had one more Winslow piece to go only to find out it was a German version of one I've already read. Thanks Trump.

Aug 24, 2016

Fast, fun read. However, once you put the book down you start thinking of a bunch of things that make no sense (some decisions made, some data that is manipulated, etc.).

emerald2pac Jul 19, 2013

I have to admit I was somewhat afraid that this would not be as good as the movie. Luckily I was very pleasantly surprised. As good as the movie and the movie was outstanding loved it. Very easy to read and impossible to put down. Alot more information on all the characters big and small and you even get to get into their heads. Warning it is not exactly the same as the movie but even with the little differences it is still a must read. I read this book in less than 2 days.

JCLGreggW May 24, 2013

Ben and Chon are two laid-back buddies, born and raised on the beaches of Southern California, playing volleyball and chasing girls. Ben grew up to study finance and botany, while Chon trained as a Navy SEAL and is a veteran of the Iraq War. They are also makers and distributors of the finest marijuana in the state – their stuff is so potent and so popular, they attract attention from the Mexican drug cartels, who want to move in and take over the business.

Don Winslow is a master craftsman of crime fiction, a mix of the dark energy and style of James Ellroy with the insightfulness, quick wit, and memorable characters of Elmore Leonard, placed in the surf and drug culture of SoCal. Winslow, a former private investigator, writes his fiction in the same tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but with a modern edge, pushing the envelope with lean, staccato prose that comes off as dark poetry.

The title of the novel is in itself a recurring theme: as drug dealers, they consider themselves sophisticated and above the usual rabble, refusing to rip clients off or participate in the endless round of turf wars. In a business of crime and savagery, they strive to keep a level or two above the fray. Unfortunately, the fray finds them, as the leader of the Baja Cartel with a particularly brutal reputation – they leave video clips of beheadings in their rivals’ email – wants in. They kidnap Ben and Chon’s beautiful but empty-headed girlfriend, Ophelia, and hold her for ransom. The friends have to drop their pretense and become savages to rescue the girl and to save themselves.

Excellent for those who like their crime fiction humorous, violent, and literary, Don Winslow is a postmodern craftsman with a excellent grasp of both character and action. Highly recommended.

Sep 04, 2012

Like most, I will keep this short and to the point.
Savages = time well spent. Lots of action and twists to keep any reader hooked till the last page. Read and enjoy.

Aug 10, 2012

When I read this book I had already seen the movie which is something I would normally never do. When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was excited to see it, and I didn’t even know that it was a movie. That same day I was in a store and saw the book, so I picked it up with the intentions of reading it before the movie came out. That’s not exactly the way it turned out and I was blindsided into seeing the movie first. I really hate reading a book after seeing a movie because you know what’s going to happen. I guess these days screenwriters and directors often change the plot so much you can barely recognize the story, but I digress more on that later.

This is not normally something that I would read. I don’t like reading about drugs in any form really and this book is a little too adult for me. I actually liked the storyline, but with some of the acronyms and slang talk I struggled to really enjoy the book. I did like some of the characters especially Ben I liked what he stood for. In one way it was okay to read the book after the movie because I could picture things happening. I also like that with the book of course we get more background information like about the Esteban character. I would probably rate this book at a 2.5. The movie was a pretty good adaptation of the novel except of course for the ending. I don’t know why Oliver Stone ended the movie the way that he did…I would also rate the movie about a 50% (It was rated 53% on Rotten Tomatoes)

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daymakerdave Jul 19, 2011

I like Don Winslow's style. Good, fast reading that uses contemporary language. You probably wont get any smarter reading Winslow but you'll have fun for sure.

Apr 18, 2011

Crime fiction at its very best. Winslow moves beyond the conventions of the genre and breaks new ground, both in the tale and in the telling.

Dec 25, 2010

Very interesting read. Winslow is all over the map with this book, but as usual he keeps you interested.

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