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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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    Brian Encinitas, CA, USA 07-20-08
    Brian Encinitas, CA, USA 07-20-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-12-09
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-12-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Fun Ride"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-26-08
    D. Jacksonville, FL, United States 06-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Dawn Patrol"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 08-06-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 08-06-12

    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.

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    "Really Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Remembering San Diego, the beach and water. Good times from long ago.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Capt. 10-21-11
    Capt. 10-21-11

    Capt. Bill Miller

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    "Don Winslow, Mackin' Epic"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 12-08-08
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2002

    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.

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    "What he said"

    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"!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 11-11-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Great mystery story!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 11-04-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Way cool!"

    I was blown away by the story, the characters, the humor. It is fast paced and clever. Ray Porter is magnificent with the linguistics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 10-05-14
    C. Johnson Chester, VA United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2007

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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