A young philanthropist called Ben who got his fortune from growing and selling a rare type of marijuana with his less philanthropic, more aggressive partner called Chon, decides to leave the drug game behind and pursue a life of peace and goodwill. Unfortunately getting out is not going to be straightforward. And when their friend/mutual girlfriend Ophelia is kidnapped by a Mexican Cartel, they have to come up with $20 million to free their friend. Luckily the Cartel has a lot of cash - let the guerrilla raids on the Cartel's money begin!
The fast moving story shoots from one character to the next in rapid focus. Chapters blur past as the action accelerates from the first page until the last. The tone is stylish, urbane, clever, and totally compelling. Any book that opens : "Chapter 1: F**k You. Chapter 2: ..." has my immediate attention. Luckily Winslow doesn't let "baditude" dictate the story and instead builds it masterfully until it's grisly conclusion.
Part of it's strong readability is perhaps (and I'm speculating here) because this novel started life as a script for either TV or film. It's 300 pages long which is the usual page count for Winslow but it's a short 300, as every page is double spaced with extra breaks for chapters which occur nearly every paragraph. There are also moments in the book where the presentation literally goes from novel to screenplay with stage directions and dialogue. Oliver Stone is thanked in the acknowledgments and it's no surprise to see Stone has bought the film rights to "Savages" and is in the process of turning it into a movie. Good on him!
A supremely fast paced, well written, interesting and funny novel from a devilishly talented writer with a strong sense of storytelling, "Savages" is a great read and great fun. Drug deals, gun fights, Skype-d executions, assassinations, threesomes, and a shootout in the desert - who could ask for more in a novel these days? Give it a go, I guarantee a fun time.