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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009957666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099576662
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload. Winslow's stripped-down prose is a revelation" (Stephen King)

"Rejoice - Don is back on the drugs ... Winslow has few equals" (Independent)

"Winslow on rip-roaring form, his most stylish, pacy and blood-soaked novel yet ... A brilliantly clever game of cat and mouse ... Vibrant, stylish and captivating ... A true thriller" (Henry Sutton Mirror)

"Savages is a wild ride...The language is limber and lean, the pace adrenalin-fuelled and the killers downright terrifying ... Will linger with you long after the final page" (Time Out)

"A frighteningly convincing depiction of big-time drug cartels at work" (John Harvey)

"Utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the best novel I have read in years" (Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception)

"Don Winslow's best book yet" (Janet Evanovich)

"...a thoughtful, prescient satire on the war on drugs, packed with neat twists and funny-horrid set pieces. The characters stay with you, too" (Guardian)

"Savages [. . .] is both a gripping heist story, and a remarkably astute history of organised crime in Orange County, from the 1960s to the present." (Guy Adams Independent)

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A brilliant thriller that pits young, independent marijuana kingpins against a Mexican cartel

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lou pendergrast on 8 Dec 2011
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"Something they don't teach you at Harvard Business School.
`Savages, How to Deal With.'
Savagely."

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly an infamous trio the three amigos and the three stooges funny trios. When it comes to threesome there are many one trio you will soon be taking note of are the likes of Ben, Chon and the wonderful O or her real name Ophelia, in this Drug cartel solid thriller from Don Winslow.
The story is about lucrative money making with a specially brewed drug herb that the trio or really Ben and Chon deal and solely profit from. Others want a cut of this market and Ben and Chon are just not having it. They have more than enough money and want to get out of the drug world and retire on sunnier sands. As always with a woman involved matters can get personal and you are taken to the knife-edge of showdowns. The boys need to have their killing skills at full capacity to keep what they love. The other big boy in the drug cartel is really one big girl Elena the last line of a drug mafia family who is just as brutal as any man. She also has something precious in the swing of matters a daughter Paqu.

Just discovered that this highly charged full throttle drama is to be released as a movie in 2012 directed by Oliver Stone and has a full cast of good actors with Pulp fiction team Travolta and Thurman acting the part of Dennis and Paqu. It will make one hell of a movie, I heard Oliver stone was writing the screenplay before the book was published. Another of Winslow's books that I hope to read soon that is to be adapted is Satori and will have Di Caprio starring in it.

The novel is written with the right pace and flows well, easy to read not a mind storm to get through, I cant fault it at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jules on 31 Dec 2011
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I love reading reviews on Amazon and yet rarely write one myself, but after reading this book I feel compelled to do so.

I am away travelling at the mo and got this book from a local library because it was in the "recommended reading" section. It is not a genre I would have picked myself, I am more a spy/murder mystery kind of gal.

Wow! I absolutely LOVED it and I will be checking out Don Winslow's other books FORTH WITH! This book is fast and furious - it's funny, witty, clever and thoughtful - I loved it and I really recommend it.

I won't go into the ins and outs of the story as it's in the Amazon synopsis other than to say that it's about the drug cartels in South America that are trying to take over a "home grown" pacifist college dude's eco-business. I reckon it's enough to know that the story is fast paced and the characters are strong. I went outside my normal genre by reading this so I wasn't really expecting to like it. I am now keen to read all this authors other works as, from the Amazon reviews, I am in for a real treat!

Gotta say I was surprised by the mixed bag of reviews and I can only think that his other books are mega, mega awesome and that reviewers are comparing this prose to that. I totally recommend this book and I hope that you like it as I have. Happy reading :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lmb on 7 Aug 2012
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What's with the hype? This book was a snooze. A hatchet job. A pastiche of Tarantino, Roger Avary, Ritchie, Brett Easton Ellis etc. My advice...stick to those guys because chances are you've seen it & read it all before only much, much better.

Savages, Schmavages.

A totally played out story line (which was unbelievable BTW), with recycled storytelling, featuring snappy, hipster dialog that tries SOOOOOO hard to have pop cultural significance in the vain attempts of being ingratiated into those too-cool-for-school kidsters everyday lexicon.

This was such a blatant suck up to prove how down he is, I kept picturing Winslow skulking at the back of the class going, "oh! Oh! Me! Me! I know! I KNOW! Pick me! Pick me!" Then getting all pissed off because he was overlooked AGAIN so he goes on to continue writing his, "I'll show them" novel where he proves he's SO tapped in, the kids who never gave him the time of day now wish they did.

The characters were 2-dimensional. The action short & boring. The storyline trite. I completely understand why Winslow kept having to remind the audience that the title of the book was called Savages because really...what was the point this was so tepid? There was nothing Savage about it. Redundant? Yes. Savage? More like Average.

In some ways I was amazed Stone chose this to reintroduce his proof of cultural zeitgeist (long gone are the days of Wall Street & Natural Born Killers especially thanks to Alexander & Wall Street Never Sleeps).

Like I said, not only does this book have a been there and done that feel....it's not even good. However, it's easy to understand that its glossed over snap, crackle and flop dialog was enough for Stone to have read it & re-imagined his glory days. See? Redundant.
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