I recently finished reading Savages by Don Winslow and was very excited to dive into The Kings of Cool. This story is the prequel to Savages and it was very intriguing to discover how Chon, Ben and O came together. This book bounces between the 70s-80s and the 2000s. It felt very much like a puzzle as characters were introduced and it was fun to try and figure out how people were connected. The twists definitely keep you guessing as I had no idea how some of this was going to turn out. I also liked that The Kings of Cool did not just tell the back story of the three main characters but also of the antagonists that were in Savages. It connects all the pieces, pieces that you didn’t even realize needed connecting in Savages. While this book was really fun to read I wasn’t drawn in quite as much as I was for Savages however, I think that is because I was used to the unique writing style this time.
If you enjoyed Savages, I would definitely recommend reading The Kings of Cool.
It has been a long time since I have read a book that was as difficult to put down as “Savages” by Don Winslow. The writing style is like nothing I have ever seen.
It defiantly breaks all the rules of writing I was ever taught and I loved it! The story follows three friends who find themselves going to war with the Mexican drug cartel. The story is told from many view points and they are all vastly different. I am excited to read the prequel, “The Kings of Cool” and discover how it all began. This fast paced and intense novel has become a major motion picture and I am eager to see how they turned such a unique novel into a film.
In Savages, two pals from Laguna Beach pals share the same girlfriend and a thriving business growing and distributing the best-quality pot on the planet. When they resist being muscled by a Mexican drug cartel, the girl is kidnapped and the ransom is every cent they’ve made for the last five years. They agree to pay but hatch an alternate plan to get her back, get revenge, and then get lost.
Riddled with bullets, heated by explicit sex, and splattered with blood, Savages is not for the squeamish, but it’s a must for Winslow fans.
Spare, clipped expository prose and hip, spot-on dialogue have propelled this visceral crime novel from Winslow to early critical acclaim that includes a starred review from Booklist. The New York Times describes Savages as a “startling bid for attention”.
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