The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

Book - 2008
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The author of The Winter of Frankie Machine is back with a razor-sharp novel as cool as its California surfer heroes, and as heart-stopping as a wave none of them sees coming.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307266200
0307266206
Branch Call Number: M WINSLOW
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 25 cm.

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PearlyBaker
Jul 15, 2017

Don Winslow has made surfer noir, drug cartels and police dramas great again. In fact this piece made me ponder my purpose. I am focused now on being fully present with everyone and to increase their quality of life. But shaking the 70's as a white, male, Mormon has been tough. I was taught things like we were the only truth and above animals who we were given dominion over along with the land. I believe this (along with the entirety of their faith) they got wrong. I think we are the servants of the land and animals and have done a horrible job. I think we have gotten so far off the path that we eat these sacred animals and poison the land planting cement and GMO fruit and veg that all taste like iceberg lettuce and cardboard. Like Winslow, I too am trying daily on a much smaller scale to make America great again with all of those in my circle which includes cats, dogs, horses, St Stephen the Lamb, my family, friends, farm, colleagues and clients. But not the rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks attacking my micro farm. I'm going to war with those churlish predators.

JCLGreggW Apr 22, 2013

Don Winslow is one of those great authors who consistently flies under the radar, so his books always have a sense of the undiscovered about them. THE DAWN PATROL is a great title to jump in on. Winslow, himself a former private investigator, kicks off this series featuing Boone Daniels, private investigator, ex-cop, and die-hard surfer, as he investigates a case tied into human trafficking.

Winslow's love of the surfer culture of Southern California shines through every page, and the reader is treated to a history of the sport and the region as well as a liberal dose of "surfbonics" (surfer slang.) What makes THE DAWN PATROL stand out is not only the story and the setting but also the characters. Daniels has a circle of friends he surfs with every morning - thus the title of the book - and their intertwining relationships are just as core to the book as the crime story.

Don Winslow would be a great read for those who like LA hardboiled crime like Michael Connelly or the more character-driven humor of Elmore Leonard.

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chuckcowles
Oct 30, 2010

Engaging story written in a
"laid back" style with lots of twists and turns. Interesting details about Pacific Beach and North County make it even more fun to read for us locals.

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