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The Dawn Patrol | [Don Winslow]

The Dawn Patrol

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Every morning, Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[A] terrific thriller....Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-28-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Totally Awesome"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Talbot los angeles 07-28-15
    Victoria Talbot los angeles 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    latte lady

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    "Lotta twists"

    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.

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-16-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay, but was this a history lesson?"

    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.

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    jack 03-27-15
    jack 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely must get"

    My new found favorite book loved everything about it the list of things that are good is awesome and everything does taste better in a tortilla

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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 10-05-14
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Elementary

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    "Exceptionally entertaining!"
    Where does The Dawn Patrol rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds, so it's tough to place specifically; however, it's in the top tier!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was very entertaining. The author's knowledge of surfing (likely coupled with tons of research) made the west coast dialog truly believable and quite cool. Storyline was unexpected, but also timely and compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Don Winslow / Ray Porter coupling. Ray did a stellar job of narration. Characters were brought to life, each uniquely interesting that, when combined, kept me engaged.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wooohooohooohooo.... Wipeout!!!


    Any additional comments?

    My first Don Winslow novel. Can't wait to get the next!

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    Melanie Raleigh, NC 05-17-13
    Melanie Raleigh, NC 05-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good and suspenseful but too much surfing....."
    Any additional comments?

    I like Don Winslow's books and this one didn't disappoint overall. However, I am not a surfer and I think some of the surfing interludes went on too long and distracted from the story. The characters were good and like some of his other novels, I enjoyed how they moved back to the past to provide context. If you enjoyed Frankie Machine and the Power of the Dog, you should enjoy this although I found the latter two more enjoyable.

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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 07-12-10
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 07-12-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Love story, love reader, love writing"

    Excellent all the way around. Gives San Diego something to be proud of.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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