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)
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.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will 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.
At age 72, I have been an avid reader all my life, and am especially interested in Sci Fi, Action, Spy, and Detective books.
This is one of the best, most enjoyable books that I have listened to in a long time, and I have listened to hundreds. The storyline is excellent, and the character and the story background descriptions are absolutely first rate.
Boone is probably my favorite character, although all of the characters were vividly portrayed and came totally alive in the book.
Ray is an excellent narrator. His ability to give each of the many characters, male an female, his or her own unique voice is remarkable. His inflections and timing are perfect.
As a man, I hate to admit to crying. However, I did. Not tears of sadness, but of joy and exultation at Sunny's success in riding the wave of her life. The narrative was so good, that I felt it was me riding that wave--and I have never been on a surf board in my life.
I was delighted to learn that Don has written many other books. This book was the first of his that I have "read," but now that I have finished it, I intend to listen to them all!
I can't speak for everybody but for me I like it when the plot twists. This story is unpredictable like the analogy of waves that runs throughout the book.
In addition, the characters are very well developed. Clearly, the author knows what he's talking about. And he is passionate about it.
This is a fun read with a lot of simultaneous mystery sub plots tangled in the mix. It is equally funny and dramatic.
The author drops a lot of history into the characters and plot, revealing a deep connection to the California surf culture, ties to the land and to its history. As well as a love of culture.
Sometimes the characters are cliched but it's also true that people who identify with a lifestyle can become caricatures of themselves.
Hence the main character is sort of always the odd man out pretending to cliches.
Several supporting characters bear out the cliches but not to distraction. Again, it strengthens the fictionalized accounting of an ethnographic subculture with strong mores and taboos.
Anyone will enjoy the ride.
Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy
I first listened to a Don Winslow audible book about a month ago and since then I've become totally hooked on the surfing scene he writes so wonderfully of..a scene I grew up with in the late 1950's and 1960's, first surfing at Ventrura County Line in 1958 when my family was camping on the beach for a month..something my folks loved to do...set up an old canvas army tent right on the sand and live at the beach for free..long before pay to camp parks with all the luxuries (like out houses).
Makes me long to go back when I hear the dialogue in The Dawn Patrol...it was a wonderful time and this is one wonderful book.
Well worth the listen-there is a lot more to the plot than riding waves and it really drew me in
Enjoy this series..I sure am!
I loved this story by Don Winslow; in addition to enjoying the narration by Ray Porter. He was the perfect narrator for it.
The characters were well developed and I could vividly imagine them as I listened to the audible. I especially liked the main character, Boone Daniels, the private investigator in San Diego, California.
There is a lot of action and mystery in the story which made it all enjoyable. I also liked the historical reflections about San Diego and surfing.
This book was as good as Don Winslow's “Power of the Dog” which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.
What an amazing book. I have to admit I torn into Don Winslow because the book "Savages" was so god awful. However, Dawn Patrol is one of the best book I have ever read, and I'm not really into surfing. The setting and the characters have a lot of depth. The plot will defiantly keep you interested and not wanting to put this one down. Strangely even with all the drama and action taking place in the novel your going to walk away feeling great and with a surprising knowledge about surfing. If you can get through this novel without the sudden desire to have a BBQ on the beach with your close friends.... Than you might now have a soul. seriously by this book.
I've been on a real kick with Don Winslow's books. From start to finish, these storylines have me glued. I'm only able to listen in bits and pieces, and that always leaves me wanting more. I highly recommend giving his books a read/listen
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.
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