Don Winslow has a terrific reputation, and some think that this is one of his best books. I had read California Power and Light a couple of years ago and thought it was okay, about a B+. I was looking forward to Power of the Dog and really wanted to like it. But it just did not work for me. The gist of the problem is that the plot develops too slowly, with too many long diversions, to the point that I found it difficult to stay engaged. Yes, there is quite a bit of action and plenty of violence. But it gets dribbled out so tediously that it seems to lack real punch. The narrator adds nothing of value to the enterprise, in my view. His voice and pacing are like those of a TV news anchor, and his attempts at dramatic dialog (particularly his accents) are distractingly weak. I wish I could be more positive, but this one was a big disappointment.
This may be a very good book. Certainly the narrater is excellent. But after 90 minutes I finally had listened to more than enough violence. Maybe the violence and story line are too close to today's headlines. If you buy this book be prepared for an extreme level of brutality and mayhem.
I found this book interesting but extremely difficult to follow. There are too many story lines. It would have been better if he had made it into sequels. I finally gave up at the end of Part 2.
I think it would make a good movie like the God Father movies.
Compelling story, but difficult to listen to because of the kernel of truth you sense behind it.
The music at the end meant I didn't have to listen to it any more! I couldn't have cared less about the characters and what happened to them. The book jumped around from character to character, time to time, and was very difficult to follow. It was one of those books you force yourself to listen to until the bitter end because you spent your precious credits on another over-hyped book. The narrator was very good, and that is perhaps the only reason I made it to the end! I was very disappointed.
The glowing reviews for this book slay me. It's a gruesome overload of unimaginable violence. I like Don Winslow. I love his surf stories and was on board for "Savages," at least until the very end, which made sense in the context but is an emotional sucker punch. Here, the brass-knuckle punches keep coming, and the stench of tortured corpses is pervasive. I made it to the scene where the nice young college student is forced by the police to inhale gasoline and then eat (and swallow) shit, following, of course, the murdered babies and their moms, plus the bodies of men with their fingers cut off and stuffed in their mouths whose faces had been peeled off, and gave up. I want to know who these people are who love this, so I don't run into them in a dark alley. Fiction this dark is pornographic.
I listened to about three hours worth. The language was so bad- I just could not take it. I know the drug scene is rough, but I don't need the f-word in every sentence.
Cliche-ridden over-the-top account, entertaining at times, of a tortured DEA agent, a kid who got mixed up with the mob, and a hooker with a heart of gold, all mixed up in [SPOILER ALERT] a US government conspiracy to allow S. American cocaine to be smuggled through Mexico by local drug lords.
The book has its moments, its not the worst book I have listened to, but its just the story takes place over a very long length of time, and there are a lot of characters and plots. I listened to it on vacation, so it was pretty easy to listen to while lounging poolside but I cant recommend this to most readers.
Typical Winslow good guy characters are very likeable and makes you want to be part of thier story. Since I came to the author looking for that it was a disappointment not to find it. That is not to say the story is not good (kind of like the movie "Traffic") it was in its way but it was not the kind of book I would have gotten if not for the Winslow name. Winslow's book with surfing characters are the best. If you are looking for a drug trafficing thriller with multiple characters then you'll have a good time.