by Don Winslow


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ISBN-13: 9781439183373
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 71,953
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Don Winslow is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Force, The Cartel, The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Gentlemen’s Hour, The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, and The Power of the Dog. He lives in Southern California. To learn more, follow Don on Twitter at or visit

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"Savages is full of wild-card moves.... Its wisecracks are so sharp, its characters so mega-cool and its storytelling so ferocious...thanks especially to Mr. Winslow's no-prisoners sense of humor." —-Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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Savages 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
BandNgr More than 1 year ago
Written by T. Wenger Don Winslow's "Savages" opens in the living room of a Laguna Beach house, headquarters of Ben and Chon's marijuana operation. The partners grow the best hydro money can buy. Business is brisk - and so profitable that Mexico's Baja Cartel is demanding a piece of the action. Ben and Chon resist the cartel's pressure until their best friend and playmate, Ophelia, is abducted and becomes a pawn in the BC's vicious quest. Propelled by anger, they launch a violent, serpentine plan to keep the BC off balance and begin no-holes-barred negotiations for O's release. The author of more than a dozen novels, including Shamus-winner California Fire and Life, Winslow offers a raw, close-up view of an underground industry in which brutality and bloodshed are inherent, and loyalty to a cartel equals enslavement. With brilliance and humor, he tells the story from both sides of the border through the eyes and ears of each character, masterfully employing technology and current political, ethnic and social themes.
SavageBS More than 1 year ago
This violent state of mind, This violent state of mine! I can sum up your decision to read or not to read this novel in six words: YOU NEED TO READ THIS NOVEL! As a avid reader and collector of books, I know Don Winslow is near the top for crime fiction. I own a few of his other popular novels "The Power of the Dog", "Dawn Patrol", but I just haven't found the urge to read them yet. "Savages" beckoned to me from the new release rack last week when I saw it and I knew it was going to be special. From the outstanding first chapter, to the WOW ending, I was very, very impressed with this novel. It felt like Winslow was strutting as he wrote each chapter, knowing just how far he could push it and then taking it up one more notch. I think Don Winslow just put himself in the upper, upper echelon of crime writers with this novel. The writing is witty, the topics very current and interesting. The film rights to this novel have already been picked up by Oliver Stone and the book is gaining excellent praise every day by reviewers. Ben and Chon are two laid back Southern California boys that also just happen to run a very successful marijuana business. They've got everything they could ever want. Ben is the college educated brains of the operation and Chon is the Navy Seal trained muscle, the enforcer that has killed men and will kill more. Their female friend O (short for Ophelia) is possibly one of the best female characters I've come across in a crime novel in a long, long time. She is of course, a completely unrealistic everyman's fantasy, but she's so much fun to read about! A few quick O facts, her friends call her Multiple O for obvious reasons, she is a nympho, she has numerous tattoos and a slacker attitude to match. Ben and Chon's business is going great until the Mexican Baja Cartel wants a piece of the action, not a piece, all of the action. They want Ben and Chon to keep doing the work, while the Cartel reaps the benefits. Bad decisions are made, lines are crossed and pretty soon, Ben and Chon have much, much more then they every bargained for. O is kidnapped by the Cartel. The MBC wants two million dollars or three years servitude from Ben & Chon for O's release. Throw in a crazed Mexican hitman named Lado, think "No Country for Old Men" type crazy and dangerous, covert ops, IED's, a Barrett .50 cal sniper rifle, sex, drugs and you've just begun to stratch the surface of "Savages"! Any reader will tell you how most books end, the good guys win or the bad guys win / get away. Alot of authors continue to follow that same path, even though its been done over and over. Don Winslow steps it up a notch and takes it in a whole new direction with his ending! "Savages" is a literary bloodbath! READ THIS NOVEL! Enjoy~
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
This book os like crack. Impossible to put down twisted and hilarious.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In affluent Laguna Beach, California, Ben and Chon manage a profitable marijuana business. However, the Baja Cartel wants to expand into the Laguna Beach theater of operations and two punk Americans will not prevent them. Ben agrees with the Mexicans' assessment as he wants no trouble. However, former SEAL Chon, as Ophelia describes, has a "baditude" who does not mind a fight though he would also prefer a peaceful solution. The partners reject the foreign demands, but ignore the cartel until the Baja banditos go too far when they snatch O. They plan to take the war to the cartel as late night second half buffs Letterman and Leno in order to rescue O. Don Winslow savages the American war on drugs (and immigration) with this wild bloody thriller. In between the flowing of red and profanity, celebrities and politicians are lampooned as capitalism at its oligopoly best. Mr. Winslow makes a case for more of the trade insanity of Second Amendment selling of weapons to the Mexican Cartels who sell drugs to the Americans and buy more weapons. Don't read on a full stomach, Savages takes no prisoners. Harriet Klausner
Muffm More than 1 year ago
I caught on to Don Winslow's writing brilliance 7 novels ago. His writing, his characters and his style are pure genius. Savages is Don Winslow at his best. Adding Savages, or any Winslow novel going forward, to your reading list is in any readers best interest. My only regret is that he doesn't write as liberally as James Patterson, you know, one book a month.
chucklake More than 1 year ago
Don Winslow has reinvented himself yet again. I see the old Don in there yet he's developed an even sharper edge, one that cuts deep and splatters blood midst wafts of cannabis. The pace is outrages, yet so is the story, one that is true to these times. Living high in the drug business has an ultimate cost that may not be worth it. Read it. Winslow's seeded the novel with lots of philosphy and no-nonsense descriptions of Life in These United States, California Deparment.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
I love Don Winslow and really liked the prequel ‘Kings of Cool’, but for me ‘Savages’ just didn’t deliver. I felt as a stand alone book it didn’t give enough background on how they go to where they were, and there wasn’t much character development or suspenseful moments (in the first 60% or so of the book). As always the writing is good, but overall it was a bit disappointing from what I’m used to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me two tries to really get into the book, but I was just being picky and impatient. This book is a total easy going read that is also a page turner. Not just another cartel book.
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Lance_Charnes More than 1 year ago
Savages is a triumph of voice and attitude, an all-out assault on everything. Like Aniruddha Bahal's Bunker 13, it's a box full of crazy set in a world where everyone is bent or debauched or sociopathic or some combination of the above. Unapologetically explicit in every way you can imagine (drugs, sex, violence, language, attitude, you name it), it's a book that will either drag you along chained to its rear bumper or will so repel you that you'll flee to something at the more cozy end of crime fiction, such as James Ellroy. Don't expect to find a hero or heroine in this book; there's nobody in here you'd want to hang out with in the real world, but like reality TV, it's fun to watch the train wreck in progress. Also, Winslow doesn't confine himself to linear prose. Some of the bite-sized chapters are free verse, excerpts from screenplays, stoned riffs on whatever, quotes from email and so on. This can work really well or grate like chalk screeching on a chalkboard depending on your tastes and the situation, but it's always interesting. If Laguna Heat was your last exposure to California's Laguna Beach, well, this is the same territory but not the same place. Winslow clearly doesn't have the same warm feelings for Southern California as does Jeff Parker. Shorn of its postmodern trappings, the plot is pretty straight-ahead; there's no mystery to be solved and the ultimate end of the joyride becomes fairly clear about 3/4 of the way through. Nobody gets reformed, lots of people die (that's not a spoiler), hardly anyone learns anything, and since most of the characters start corrupt, there's little room for the corruption of innocence. Savages is a story about crime and death. But boy, what a ride.
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MexicoDan More than 1 year ago
Winslow is an excellent writer. This is a can't-put-down book -- altho the ending is sad, sad.
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This is a page turning marvel. Raw as it gets. Great, just great.
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Great fast pace and exciting!!
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