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 am from Encinitas, CA which is Don Winslow country. I love mysteries and surfing so I decided to check it out. I fell for this book right from the beginning. I loved Boone and his friends. I loved Winslow's storytelling.
But this book totally surprised me. It turned from light and even a little funny to intense and dark. I simply could not put it down. I was so drawn to the characters and the plot action and wanted to find out what happened to Boone and friends.
BTW, the narrator was just great and and really added to the enjoyment. I am reading Frankie Machine right now, by Winslow, and am really enjoying it.
Don Winslow is my favorite new author. Check it out.
How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!
I was blown away by the story, the characters, the humor. It is fast paced and clever. Ray Porter is magnificent with the linguistics.
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I would highly recommend this tail to all mystery buffs. This story is much like board riding, you can bet the story takes turns that challenges your equilibrium.
This story tends to lead you by the nose; right off a cliff. You get led down the story line until your sure you know what comes next, then the script turns a sharp left and you are left hanging out wondering why you didn't see that change coming.
I loved it when Sunny blew everyone out of the water. Hard work paid off in spades. I also remember sitting on my board in the early morning just off Mission Bay, waiting on a wave as the Sun broke over the horizon - an incredible peaceful feeling.
Remembering San Diego, the beach and water. Good times from long ago.
Don Windlow is a great story teller. I would say he is a perfect cross between Chris Grabenstein and Clive Cussler. This story starts out light and even humorous then turns very dark before good over comes evil. Mr. Porter is a master narrator. He has mastered many voices, dialects, and cultures. Mr. Porter is the verbal equivalent of the "Rolling Stones."
Fun story. Usually like the author and wasn't disappointed. Story surrounding a surfing community is cool and gives story a feel good vibe. Great reader too. So what's not to like.
This was a great story that would not let me sleep without finishing. The surfing is a great back drop with interesting characters. The story is a little dark but believeable. I hope to see more adventures of the Dawn Patrol.
I came upon Winslow by accident. Wow, what a great author. This guy delivers and just when you think you have things figured out, a rogue wave comes in and knocks you off your feet.
I'm not a surfer, and you won;t have to be one to enjoy Dawn Patrol or it's sequel, Gentleman's Hour. But you will enjoy this story.
I'm a big fan of Michael Connelly amd Joe Wambaugh, but Don Winslow is at the top of his game and I'm happy to be along for the ride.
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 have been a consistent, possibly obsessed audiobook listener since 2003. My listening ranges from suspenseful mysteries to science and technology, but I return again and again to the unexpected depth and breadth of books which fall into the "Mysteries and Thrillers" category.
I assumed, because I am a terrible snob sometimes, that a suspense novel about surfing would have to be dumb. In fact I learned a whole lot about the deeper side of surfing and was drawn, as I always am, into the rich, odd characters that Winslow creates and consequently rediscovered the grace and humor and tough charm that he, so quirky in this genre, offers us in almost every one of his books.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Winslow has the chops to play audience like a cello. But...
Imagine you've got an uncle who's a good photographer and insists you watch his summer slide show. And the pictures are lovely, but... how much lovely can you take?
The plot in Dawn Patrol is exciting, the cast interesting, and the narrative stimulating. But there are those damned deviations to look at Uncle Don's slides of Southern California. And while each of the little stories are pretty, they grow to become boring distractions away from the story arc. Pointlessly. Winslow wants to give us a poignant sense of place. Instead he gets syrupy and distracting.
I wish Winslow's editor had cut about 25% of those bursts of pretty descriptive slides away leaving a tighter story .Hey, I enjoyed Dawn Patrol but wish it had been better focused on the lead core of characters, location, and sense of moment. Ray Porter does make the cast come alive with potent acting talent.
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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