From the New York Times bestselling author of The Cartel, The Force, and The Border
A New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Chicago Sun-Times Favorite Book of the Year
“A revelation…This is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid on autoload.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“Startling…Stylish…Mega-cool.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut. When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.
Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue propel this visceral crime novel from Winslow (The Dawn Patrol). The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys' beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool $20 million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena "La Reina" Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose a trade that Elena can't refuse, setting the stage for the violent and utterly satisfying ending. Winslow's encyclopedic knowledge of the border drug trade lends authenticity.
I found his writing style also glib.....& attempts of using the 'stoner vernacular' were annoying. Mostly it was close, but for people who know, its a little off the mark.
The characters were interesting ( especially Lado ) , but a few characters didn't act or behave according to the 'archetype' of the character itself. It's hard to explain.
All & all it's a decent read. If your a stoner, or interested in Organized Crime (in particular the Cartels in Mexico), then it will be an enjoyable read.
I was a little turned off by Ben, Chon and O's relationship in the beginning, but towards the end I really enjoyed their dynamic. Winslow's style took me some time to get used to, but he did a great job with the character development. Savages flowed together perfectly and the ultimate message is priceless. Chon is definitely one of my all-time favorite book characters!
Winslow knows how to tell a tale. He tells it quickly. He tells it quirkely. He tells it honestly. He tells is truthfully.
There isn't a vacant moment in this novel of friendship, love, lust, drugs, revenge, violence, intelligence, and humor. So much humor. So much so that you forget it's called "Savages." Savage it is, and savage you hope it stays.
It stays savage. It's worth it. Once I was done I kinda wanted to start it again. I didn't, but I thought about it.
I'll think about this novel for a while. Nicely done, sir.