But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police. He blames himself, just as almost everyone in the department did, for not being able to save her.
Unexpectedly, he finds himself with the chance to make amends, and this new investigation gives him a wilder ride than any he's ever imagined.
©2008 Don Winslow; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[A] terrific thriller....Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved." (Publishers Weekly)
Reads like an ABC Friday night cop show. Not too deep. Very predictable. Decent action and setting. Fast moving and quickly forgettable. Ray Porter is a pro and does the best he can with the material. Porter has a classic old school cop story voice. Makes me want to go back a re-listen to Raymond Chandler stories. This book feels old before it's time.
This was waaaaaay outside my usual genre, but it got such high praise from so many people I thought I'd try. They were right! This is a great book, well performed, memorable.
Funny thing is, I know all of those beaches all up and down the California coast, San Diego to Bolinas, lived next to some of the Japanese strawberry fields near Santa Cruz, spent time interviewing and writing about some of the farm workers -- but... I was never a part of the surfing community, so I knew next to nothing about any of that, unbelievable as that may sound. A big plus for me was that the author so cleverly worked in tidbits of the history of the area, the people and of the sport, something I found absolutely fascinating -- I probably liked those parts better than I did the actual story line.
This is one I'll listen to again, I know that. But right now? Gotta go make a fish taco -- with some avocado, red onion and mango salsa. One thing the author got exactly right: everything tastes better on a tortilla.
Don Winslow's ability to create believable characters goes beyond the individual protagonists. San Diego becomes another fleshed out character, and "surf culture" another! It's important to note that this novel has both a light and a (very) dark side. This is not a lightweight experience....some of it is tough and gritty.
As with all of Don Winslow's books (at least the seven or eight I've read) there is an immersion that happens to the reader....you become part of the world almost instantly and begin to care about what happens to them.
Ray Porter is one of the best, if not the best narrator that I've ever heard. His voices, accents, and stylizing in places, is incredible. I'm going to search for other books by him and listen to them just because he's the voice.
I did! Well, almost. Two sessions on a road trip. My wife and I stopped on the side of the road to finish listening to chapters before we could get out to make a pit stop or grab a bite to eat!
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Oh man I really enjoyed ‘Dawn Patrol’. It has a great plot along with some great character. The author does a wonderful job of building the relationships between the dawn patrol and giving the listener enough background on both the characters and the culture to make them invested in both. He also does a wonderful job with the descriptions of the scenery and action which really makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of pacific beach. Now listening all of this you would think that its lacking for action but no, it does a great job with balancing the narrative and giving the listener a lot of action making it feel like it’s always moving forward. The only thing that was a bit strange was the author seems to slip in an out of taking the story from Boone’s point of view to a third person point of view while in the same scene a couple of times. I’m actually surprised I picked up on it and it didn’t take away from the story at all but I could see it driving an english teacher mad. Any ways I can’t say enough about how great I thought this book was and I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the beach and thrillers.
Ray Porter does a wonderful job with all of the characters as always. He really brings the book to life.
most: the San Diego history. Least: the stereotypical characters
This book was too cheesy for me. The characters seemed too stereotypical. There was a little bit if a twist in the book which was good but the surf competition was too reminiscent of Blue Crush.
Be warned a third of this book is CA history, I think. At least there's a lot of back story on CA and surfing how much is true I don't know and don't care. I could have done with less of it but the book is still good. The story has a slow build with a frantic end and a truly disturbing crime to be solved. The narration fits well with the characters although the one Brit could have been performed better. I would say this is a good summer vacation read on a lawn chair somewhere.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Don Winslow is capable of writing great mystery/thriller novels. The Power of the Dog (2005) and The Cartel (2015) are examples. He also writes a lot of garbage novels. Dawn Patrol is simply mediocre.
Ray Porter does a great job of narration.
The Winter of Frankie Machine, also written by Don Winslow, is absolutely brilliant on every level. This book, written after Frankie Machine, is so much worse that I can't believe it came from the same creative mind. It's like Frankie Machine was written on a computer and Dawn Patrol with a crayon. Not sure what happened on this book, but it came out very cheesy. I suspect someone told Don Winslow to write something more mainstream. Or maybe less effort went into it. Whatever the case, it's really hard to think the same guy who wrote Frankie Machine wrote this. That said, the reviews on other Don Winslow books (fire and life, the cartel) have me confident that Winslow is still writing great stuff. So I'll be going back for more of his work. But this particular book is pretty lame. My $.02.
Disappointing all the way around! Storyline seemed unimaginative and boring. Language offensive. Sorry but cant recommend.
Maybe just not my type book. But love true mysteries!
Totally awesome book!
The way things were described. Oh my gosh, you feel like you are there and can completely understand what is going on and the feelings that are being portrayed.
Maybe Hang 12.
But honestly I am a huge fan of Dick Hill and Ray Porter ALMOST blew him out of the water. He was possibly the best narrator I have heard! So,so good.
Well of course the end had me on pins and needles, which I love. But waiting to see if Sunny Day would make it (although she had to!) was maybe the part that I couldn't wait to hear.
I am an avid reader or listener as it turns out. I have my top five or six books that I absolutely love. I have been counting them up since I was about 13 and now I'm pushing 50.This books just moved into the top group! I was amazed at the way things were described and how much a part of this book I felt.
I have never reviewed a book and never thought I would but I had to with this one.
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