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)
I highly recommend this book. Great story and Ray Porter did an awesome job.
Can't wait for more Boone and his crew!
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.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
At this point I've read many Don WInslow books and have enjoyed them all with various degrees of fulfillment. I'm very familiar with his formula, which I look forward to, however, this one was hard to get thru. The characters were there, but they weren't as developed as they usually are. The surfer backdrop sometimes got in the way and not because it was about surfing. I actually enjoy this part of Don. For some reason it felt more like he was daydreaming about a time gone past. Things just didn't tie together like they usually do. He would go off on a tangent and then pop back to the matter at hand, bringing nothing back with him that helped the story.There really should have been about 3 or 4 characters. In the end that's what it felt like.The best part, was the interaction between Boone and Petra.
Probably not, for the reasons already stated.
Yes. It was typical and by typical I mean amazing.
Unfortunately, I'd have to say no. LIke I said I've listened to many books by Don, roughly 7, and this one just didn't do it.
Don is still a favorite and I guess at some point the perfect Don listening streak had to end.
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.
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.
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.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
Brian the previous reviewer said exactly what I wanted to say. I too lived in San Diego (La Jolla) and all these place names resonate with me. The story is great and Ray Porter does just an excellent job. On the the "Machine"!
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
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