I love books!
A first time author for me, he's a graduate of the U of Nebraska. This is the prequel to the book Savages which was made into a successful move. Set in SoCal (Southern California) part in the 70 & 80's, part in current day, it all deals with SoCal life, drugs, drug dealing and everything that goes with it. In reading the reviews, it seems those that haven't experienced SoCal don't like it but those that have think it's great. I've been going to San Diego and its beaches for 30 years and know a bunch of the places, in fact, for those in Mt Ayr, one scene was in the Newport Beach Yacht Club owned by Frank Ramsey. Written in a fast paced, hip SoCal kind of way, it moves fast. I enjoyed the book but am glad i wasn't raised in this environment, this way of life. I suppose in some of my fantasies from years gone past, it would've seemed exciting but nah, not really.
Love the characters.
None I think it is an original!!!!
I loved how the author jumped back and forth in time. It answered so many questions and you get to know the characters well.
The author tries way too hard to be "cool". Not a bad read once you get over his too cool language.
Favorite Character is Chon. He's a do-er more than a talker.
The performance was just OK. It didn't seem to fit with the too cool language.
I think the movie will be better than the book.
Architectural Photographer based in Florida
Really enjoyed the fun story mostly because of Holter Grahams delivery. My objection was that the book read like a screen play with over 300 chapter markers including scene setups. Seems a bit lazy on Winslow's part as if he didn't want to do a rewrite for the movie.
I enjoy good sci-fi and fantasy books. I also enjoy listening to Mysteries and Business marketing.
It was semi predictable but the dialogue was good.
It was fun throughout.
He definitely brought the book to life.
Holter Graham also narrated a great new book "No Easy Day". Hearing Holter's voice again after listening to this book, the Kings of Cool was a distraction. The Kings of Cool was just hard to listen to, and the numbered sentences ( into the hundreds ) sucked. Its like, here comes one sentence - or two, then the number is announced "148". Then two more sentences then "149", then another sentence, "150", and on and on... I guess there is movie speak for whats going on here, but it sucks to be on the receiving end. The book jumped all over the place. I'm a worker. I listen to books while doing other things. There are so many great books on Audible. Books like," No Easy Day" and "Steve Jobs". " I Heard You Paint Houses" (Unabridged)- and "Griftopia" a Matt Taibbi book, - "Legacy of Ashes" by Tim Weiner, and on and on, that you can stay with and not have to go back to get a point, well this book is not one of them. Hard to listen to, and a book that leaves you with a feeling of relief- That its over!!! No redeeming value in this book.
The narration is fantastic, the writing style is a bit unconventional. At first it's difficult to follow until the reader understands it is non-linear and quickly jumps from scene to scene. It might initially be easier to follow in print, but the tone of narrator brings it to life.
The plot is as twisted as it gets and the dialog is hip and funny. Once the reader begins to understand the interconnection of past and present it becomes extremely compelling.
The opening scene had me hooked immediately. The three main characters are believable and likable although far from the norm.
Most of all I laughed. The use of acronyms as a form of unique communication between the three friends cracked me up. It challenged me to pay close attention to the dialog, because the author also uses acronyms with other characters throughout.
Don Winslow is a genius. His sense of place and characterization is a good as it gets. Holter Graham lends a particularly sardonic tone that illuminates Winslow's characters in a way that might be missed in print. This genre is new to me, but I'm hooked and cannot wait to begin "Savages."