Author: Don Winslow
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
From Simon & Schuster: 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.
My Review: Having read Winslow’s recent book, The Force and previously The Power of the Dog, and The Cartel, I wanted to keep the momentum alive so I picked up one of his earlier books. SAVAGES is a hybrid of Winslow’s astute analysis of the Mexican Cartel and ultra-modern love story of a super hot trio residing in the surfing community of Laguna Beach.
Ben, Chon, and O are thick as thieves and an unbreakable bond. Ben is smooth and laid back. He studied botany and marketing at UC Berkeley. He is an intelligent philanthropist with a penchant for Third World countries. Chon is ex-Navy SEALs and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s a badass with ‘baditude’. O, short for Ophelia is a beauty with mesmerizing blue eyes. She takes each day as it comes fending off boredom with shopping trips and frequenting beauty salons. Ben and Chon are her boys and her lovers. She’s the thread that draws the three together.
Chon brings home potent marijuana seeds from Afghanistan and Ben develops a new breed aptly named Ultra White Widow. One toke of the high-class UWW is all that’s needed to get a serious high. The stuff has yielded millions of dollars and the boys want to close up shop and cash out. But the Baja Cartel wants in and they aren’t taking no for an answer. Up to this point the vibe has been Orange County-esque but when the BC abducts O the story shifts into a highly charged, plot driven drama between savages and the less savage. I’m adding The Kings of Cool, the prequel to Savages to my reading list.