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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434020826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434020829
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Savages is Don Winslow's best book yet - a wickedly funny and smart novel, with a ripped-from-the-headlines story that gets your pulse racing as the story unfolds. Razor-sharp plot twists, a cast of ruthless antiheroes, and, of course, Winslow's superb adrenaline-fuelled prose make this scorching, drug-infused thriller an addictive and entertaining read" (Janet Evanovich)

"A spellbinding tour-de-force that is utterly impossible to put down. Savages is, bar none, the best novel I have read in years" (Christopher Reich, author of Rules of Deception)

"...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 a wild ride...The language is limber and lean, the pace adrenalin-fuelled and the killers downright terrifying...Ben, Chon and their funny, nervy, best girl friend Ophelia are one chummy trio who will linger with you long after the final page." (Time Out)

"He has long been lauded by fellow crime writers as a man to watch. For the uninitiated, Don Winslow's prose style sits somewhere between Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy...Savages is Winslow on rip-roaring form, his most stylish, pacy and blood-soaked novel yet...A brilliantly clever game of cat and mouse...Savages is more vibrant, stylish and captivating then just about anything that comes from our dark, damp shores. A true thriller." (Mirror)

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

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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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Don Winslow is an exemplary author who has mostly stayed within the crime genre throughout his career, but has explored it fully. He has written classic feeling noir, contemporary sweeping epics and even written an excellent sequel to another author’s work. In would seem that when he puts his mind to it he can do anything, but can he go gonzo? Can he write something that is more out there and surreal? A book that explores the LA drug scene and the encroaching Mexican cartels? The answer is - this is Don Winslow, of course he can do it.

‘Savages’ is unlike any other work by the author and this can take a little getting used to. It is told from the perspective of various villains in the drug trade and bounces around from one to the other at a very fast rate. For the first 30 pages or so you are just spending the time trying to get to grips with how the book is written. In lesser hands this would have completely unbalanced the book, but if you persevere the style comes into its own as the book opens up.

There is a dark humour at the centre of ‘Savages’ that is reminiscent of the burnt tongue fiction of Chuck Palahniuk. Winslow has never shied away from violence in his work, if it is called for, but here he basically basks in crimson on occasion. The book gets down and dirty, but you are constantly aware that Winslow has researched as well as always. The relationships between the stoner heroes, drug cartels and DEA are broken, but feel very real.

It may seem a little odd for long term fans of the author to suddenly be reading the most hip and youthful book he has written after so many novels already out. However, this is an author continuing to develop and experiment. ‘Savages’ represents his fun novel and although it misses on more occasions than some of his work, this is always likely to happen when you have written something as brilliant as ‘The Power of the Dog’.
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I like Winslow's books.The winter of Frankie Machine was terrific and crying out for De Niro to play the part of Frankie in a film. The Gentleman's hour and Dawn Patrol were excellent and begging for another installment involving the same characters.
But Winslow is also uneven-California Fire and Life being a missed opportunity for another terrific story.
Savages is run-of-the-mill drug story.We have seen it all before, and there is nothing new.The main characters are particularly unsympathetic.Maybe he meant it to be so, in which case he has succeeded.Frankly,I didn't care what happened to them, and eventually they get what they deserve.Am not sure it is a good idea to write a book where the reader has no one to "root for", even if it is meant to be that way.So I read it with complete detachment, and the thought running through my head was that the main trio were complete morons. Not sure that the author intended for me to wish for the Mexican drug bosses to dispatch this trio as soon as possible, but that is what I found myself doing.
Let's hope his future efforts return to the form of Frankie Machine etc., as Winslow has great talent.
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"Something they don't teach you at Harvard Business School.
`Savages, How to Deal With.'

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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