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Savages: A Novel | [Don Winslow]

Savages: A Novel

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.
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Publisher's Summary

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante. O's abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate listeners eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of an amazing high.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Dennis Chino Hills, CA, United States 08-29-12
    Dennis Chino Hills, CA, United States 08-29-12
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    "One of my all time favorite listens!!"
    If you could sum up Savages in three words, what would they be?

    A brilliant story


    What other book might you compare Savages to and why?

    I really can't think of anything else to compare it to. Winslow is one of a kind and I think this is his best, better than Dawn Patrol. Better than Power of the dog. I only wish it was longer. I really found his one word chapters interesting and amusing.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael Kramer is the perfect actor for this story. The way he read it portrayed the personalities of the characters perfectly. I've listened to it three times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 08-18-12
    Vee Cel Bronx, NY 08-18-12
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    "Entertaining"

    0ne. The story is simply entertaining. It's not great but it helped me get through my commute and work day.

    Two. Michael Kramer's performance was fun, comedic, wry and soooo Laguna Beach.

    Three. Winslow's writing style works for this tale.

    Four. Short pause.

    Five. I really don't care for the chapter markers. Question, this audiobook contained how many chapter markers?

    Six. This is the end of my review.

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    Pat Concord, MA, United States 07-30-12
    Pat Concord, MA, United States 07-30-12
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    "High Intensity Ride You Won't Put Down"

    Winslow's laces this thrill ride with edgy atmospherics and witty social commentary. His major and minor characters are all living dangerously in the San Diego - Mexico border drug scene. While I have not yet seen the Oliver Stone movie, it will have to be quite a trip to top this "page turner".

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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-26-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid""

    Meets the "Real Housewives of Orange County". I agree that the characters were not very likable or well developed, but they had their own unique appeal. The novel brings to mind the first time I saw that "reality" TV show. The characters are so awful you just cannot look away. It is fun to peek into something foreign and so far removed from most of our realities. I stuck with the book unlike the TV show. A much more enjoyable way to spend some time. I loved Winslow's pace and his prose.

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    07-25-12
    07-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "SoCal Don Winslow Style"

    This is my fourth Don Winslow book and he is amazing. He certainly has his finger on the culture of the "underbelly" of Southern California. He supplies us with a rich tapestry of life styles so different from our own. He knows the history of the area and weaves these interesting stories into his books. His sense of humor, including a large dose of sarcasm, always has me laughing out loud. His style has you not wanting to shut off the player.

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    Carl W. Vanvalkenburg Conroe, TX 07-23-12
    Carl W. Vanvalkenburg Conroe, TX 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely incredible narration of hackneyed plot"
    Would you listen to Savages again? Why?

    I have never listened to an audiobook a second time, but might make an exception in the case of Savages--the narration was just so breath-takingly brilliant!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mild surprise.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't imagine reading the book to myself with the imagination that Kramer obviously possessed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one moment in particular, no.


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    Dawn SALISBURY, MA, United States 06-30-12
    Dawn SALISBURY, MA, United States 06-30-12
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    "LOVED IT!"
    Any additional comments?

    I think people will either love this book or hate it. This is about a drug war, hostages, and going to the edge of the world for the ones you love. This is not a book for the "soccer mom" type. It is a sexy but very violent book. I loved this book. :)

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