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"A spellbinding, tour de force that is utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the finest novel I have read in years." (Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception)
This book has been really well reviewed and I was anxious to hear it. I typically enjoy Winslow, but someone has convinced him he is a lot more clever than he is. Predictable plot with characters that you could care less about - but the worst part is Winslow's insistence on trying to make clever barbs about people, places and events that fall flat and after awhile just become annoying. Check out Winslow if you haven't, but skip this one.
there was always something happening and the narrator has a great voice
no extreme reaction, but there were some very sexual parts
Characters that did not warrant being hunted by a murderous drug cartel. Three hours in I was beginning to side with the bad guys.
I will be more careful with the author since he has shown he can go from absolutely excellent works, to something like this.
With the material, he did the best he could. His narration was what kept me listening as long as I did.
I would have handed it back to Mr. Winslow, and reminded him of the bar he set with The Power of the Dog, and The Winter of Frankie Machine.
It sounded like the writer was trying to sound
I dont really know wtf that was supposed to be...
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Look, I saw the trailer for the movie that???s getting made about this book and I was curious, so I bought it. What a huge mistake! I really tried to like this book, I really did, I let this travesty of the written word wage an all-out assault on my intellect for about 4:26:09 till I could finally take no more. It???s not that the author is terrible it???s just that all the characters are so damn DUMB, and spending time in their heads will only make you feel stupid! I know the author was going for deep nonconformists who could wow you with their insight. However, they just come off as annoying emo stoners, which will do anything to get back the even more annoying skinny white chic their both in love with. SAVE YOUR HARD
EARNED MONEY PEOPLE!!!
In the best tradition of Don Winslow, Savages is a brutal story of drugs, pure love, purer hatred, power, corruption. The narration brought out the best of Winslow's style in a way I may not have been able to as a reader.
I say that headline in a good way. It is a rough cut story, brutal and not pretty. The title sums it up. Savages.
Take a nice quiet little town like Laguna Beach, add a pair of drug dealers who grow their own strains of premium weed, toss in a sex nympho who shares the two dealers, and a Mexican drug cartel led by a very strong character woman... You get Savages.
This story is not for those folks offended by straight talk, by blunt talk, by raunchy sex, murder or people who are getting high. It is not for people who cannot handle trash talk against John Wayne, Republicans, Democrats, the government in general.
Michael Kramer reads this story as if it were written just for him to read. His rich deep voice gives the characters life.
This book takes place in Orange County, CA and since I used to live in Irvine, I enjoyed all of the author's detailed references about the places and people.
I liked the book in spite of a few implausible scenes, but found the end to be disappointing. It was like the author ran out of ideas.
He portrays the protagonists as sharp and capable all the way through the book, but then has them knowingly give up at the end, in spite of being in a position of possibly succeeding.
It was reasonably engaging and "page-turner". I just don't think it offered any insight whatsoever into the cartel/US drug game. Never really cracked the surface and focused too much on sex.
The narrator did just fine I only think the material was "nothing special"
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