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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....

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The Dawn Patrol Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-01-06 17:12

    Maybe it’s my landlocked Kansas nature, but I don’t get surfing. Paddling out into the ocean on a board seems like a lot of work just to get drowned or beaten to death on rocks or eaten by some kind of huge sea creature. Plus, fish pee and poop in the ocean so the whole thing is really just a big toilet. But to each their own, and one of my favorite crime writers, Don Winslow, has had several of his characters surf so I’m more than willing to read about it when he’s telling the tale.Boone Daniels is a seemingly laid back surfer in southern California who spends every minute possible on the beach with his group of friends nicknamed the Dawn Patrol. Boone is a local legend not only for his surfing ability, but for being an all-around good guy who acts as an unofficial guardian to the people in his community. He used to be a cop but now he runs a surf shop and occasionally does just enough private detective work to keep him a couple of payments behind on his bills.Boone and the Dawn Patrol are excited that an undersea earthquake has sent a monster set of waves rolling their way that will arrive in two days. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for surfers, but Boone’s plans get interrupted when a beautiful but pushy and ambitious lawyer insists on hiring him to find a missing stripper who is a key witness in an insurance fraud arson case that‘s going to court the next day. Boone hopes to locate her before the big waves roll in. Unfortunately, a sleazy strip club owner and the local pot kingpin don’t want her found, and the whole things turns into a mess that puts Boone at odds with the police and the Dawn Patrol.I enjoyed this one, especially the Boone character. While he seems like a beach bum with no bigger concerns than the next wave and who isn’t any more complicated than his belief that all food is better served on a tortilla, he’s actually a smart guy haunted by the case that drove him off the police force.This isn’t as powerful or dark as some of other Winslow books like Savages or The Power of the Dog, but it’s still a first rate crime story written in his conversational tone and laced with humor. This one also explains surfing techniques and history in such a fun way that even a landlubber like myself was entertained and interested. Even if it is set around the filthy dangerous ocean...

  • Trish
    2018-12-20 17:09

    Oh yeah. Don Winslow has so many great things going on in this novel it is difficult to pick the best thing to tell you about. It is light and dark at the same time. At one point, one of the good guys goes to do something bad, but it turns out good anyway! That was a very cool twist of fate the pen.Winslow manages to make the writing sound like a five-piece band…instead of a mystery with two threads and a protagonist, I felt like I just watched a great concert. Part of the reason has to do with the fact that the main guy, Boone, has awesome backup. His team is called the Dawn Patrol, a group of surfers who meet in the water in the mornings before work. The six, whose interests outside of surfing do not necessarily align, trust one another implicitly, and so when when things in water or on land get seriously out of whack or when one of the team does something really dumb and needs rescuing (happens to the best of us), the team surfaces, spreads out, calls on buddies…Talk about social networking…This is California, after all. Since everyone is fit and smart and good at what they do, having a team like this at one's back is like having a superpower. Surfing for me is a little like fishing. I love reading about it. My first encounter with the concept and culture came in the form of an article by William Finnegan in The New Yorker, written years ago. It awoke in me something akin to awe, and ever since I read hoping to rekindle that early excitement I had about surfing. Winslow does a good job, but most importantly, perhaps, is that he is one of my tribe. Reading and surfing…Boone is a man after my own heart.So this story has many threads…what with all the folks out there, waiting for waves. We genuinely care about these characters with vulnerabilities, so we have skin in the game pretty quickly. The main story is that young (really young) Mexican girls are being brought in to Pacific Beach and sold for hourly trysts. The financial payoff is apparently sufficient to make liars and murderers of many marginally ethical folks, and their pressures exert a downward ‘domino effect’ on the society in which they operate. When this spills over to include Boone, he finds and condemns the source of the pressure.Winslow appears laid back in his vernacular, but anyone that can keep so many balls in the air is not casual in his writing. His writing is fit and tight and his storyline exercised and exorcised of fat. I love this stuff. If you are missing California, or not seeing enough of it in your daily commute, put a little light in your life with Winslow’s series. He gives us a sense that there are still people who have their values screwed on straight.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-01-15 14:47

    Classic PI story updated to the San Diego surfing scene, a fun and predictable read that offers up a raft of characters whose skills misdemeanour's improbably all interconnect at the denouement in a way that is only possible in a cliched detective novel.It suffers from not being dark enough, original enough, from not being a Kem Nunn novel or even one of Winslow's own stellar efforts, but it excels with Winslow's conversational writing style and the inclusion of passages on the history of San Diego, immigration, surfing, life saving etc. that double as backstory and character history; those are the more interesting sections of story and a prime example of why Winslow is so highly thought of by those in the know.

  • Darwin8u
    2018-12-20 17:48

    "Onto the beach, into the fog"Don Winslow, The Dawn PatrolClearly, I'm a Don Winslow fan. One danger with grading any author is the scale gets warped by their most amazing books. When I judge 'The Dawn Patrol' next to The Power of the Dog or The Cartel, etc., I tend to be really hard on the book I just read. However, if I try to evaluate DP for itself and for what it is, I find I really enjoyed it. 'Dawn Patrol' is escape candy, beach noir, hard-boiled surfer pulp. It has a narrative drive that is one of the big draws of Winslow. He easily delivers when it comes balancing between a page-turning plot, and laid-back details. I will jump into Don Winslow when I'm tired of wrestling with Vollmann or Gaddis. His characters are interesting, but at the margin they DO sometimes flirt with cliché. But overall? I liked it. It isn't Raymond Chandler, or Pynchon's Inherent Vice, but Winslow is edging closer to James Ellroy territory. And in Window's more brilliant moments (there are some in this book) and more brilliant books (Cartel, etc), he can sit easily with the most literary of crime writers.

  • Lance Charnes
    2018-12-26 15:43

    The Dawn Patrol is Winslow’s fifth book set in Southern California and comes one book back from Savages, which, you may recall, I liked a bit. It’s less experimental than Savages, which by definition makes it more accessible, but the sensibility and style is much the same.This one actually has a hero of sorts, though ex-cop Boone Daniels is an unrepentant surf bum in every way someone can be a surf bum. He ekes out a living in San Diego-adjacent Pacific Beach by being a sort-of PI, guest-bouncing at his favorite watering hole, and generally doing as little as possible in order to get away with surfing with his buds at sunrise (thus the title). Trouble comes to this slacker paradise in the form of an outwardly simple job offer extended by an annoying-yet-hot lawyer named Petra that leads Boone down the rabbit hole into the sort of depravity Winslow does so well.Boone isn’t bad company at all, although you’ll want to slap him more than once for the heedless way he screws up pretty much everything in his life. His attitude and philosophy seems authentic enough for a creature such as he, and Winslow has internalized the language and ethos of the 21st-Century surf culture in a way that makes us believe Boone and his homies have grown up in it. Several of Boone’s pack grow into being real people and not just the supporting cast, embarking on their own arcs that sometimes intersect with the main action and sometimes spin off into their own thing, either way being pretty entertaining.The settings are atmospheric enough to enable even flatlanders to see where the characters are hanging. The main plot holds together and even makes a certain amount of sense once Boone puts together the pieces. The real star here, though, is the author himself. Writing in present tense, his prose is sharp, immediate, attitudinal, slangy, sometimes poetic, and often funny. He gives us extended riffs on the sociology of strippers, high-end cosmetic surgeons and expat Pacific Islanders. While he doesn’t launch into the wilder flights of fancy here that he does in Savages, the book is perhaps the stronger for it.Like getting wilted cabbage in your fish taco, the good comes with the less good here. The two primary figures of mainstream badassery are each fairly one-dimensional in their own ways. The main heavy is flabby, nasty, brutal, bigoted and misogynistic because that’s what he is, with no clue given as to why or how; the megarich borderline-manic kidlike dope kingpin is a junior-league version of the screwed-up megarich dope kingpins Winslow gave us in Savages. Boone’s brutal, procedure-busting cop nemesis is similarly a type rather than a person. And annoying-yet-hot lawyer Petra ends up being another type; she starts out promisingly sharp-tongued and understandably disdainful of Boone’s general existence, then melts under the influence of his slacker charms (not a spoiler – you’ll figure it out pretty quickly), even though he’d given no good reason for someone like her to want to get involved with someone like him. That I’m still willing to give this four stars makes me wonder what this book could’ve been had Winslow given these characters the same room to develop as he has Boone, Johnny Banzai, High Tide and Sunny Day.There’s a sequel (The Gentleman's Hour) I’ll get around to; stay tuned for those developments. You can read The Dawn Patrol as either a pretty-good SoCal Noir crime story, or as a master’s class in style and attitude. It works well either way. Whichever way you take it, if you haven’t tried Winslow yet and/or any of this sounds at all interesting, give the book a spin.

  • Kirk
    2018-12-17 18:54

    Fun, slick, slightly cartoonish ... sorta reminds me of watching Riptide starring Perry King and Joe Penny back in the 80s (before Joe Penny went on to that great boob-tube masterpiece Jake and the Fat Man with William Conrad, who was indeed THE fat man). In other words, The Dawn Patrol is thoroughly entertaining but not really real or scary or particularly original. Winslow is first and foremost a stylist, and he's found a nice voice with the short chapters and telegraphic sentences. If I rewrote this review in his style it would be something like:Point of view: roving.Take a creative writing class and the pointy-heads tell you to stick with one, brah. It's the curse of Henry James. Limited omniscience. The writer isn't supposed to reveal himself as the hand of God. Better identifying with characters, too. More deep interiority.Only those limitations feel limiting. What good is a rule if you can't break it once in a while. Don Winslow is a surfer. Surfing is all about riding the wave, not trying to control it. Take the POV where it takes you, brah.Point of view: freedom.The mystery itself seems almost perfunctory, though it takes a few nice turns and the woman you figure for a patsy is ... well, read it yourself. Extra props for the chick surfer Sunny. I love me a surfer girl any day. And I like the multicultural sweep, if that doesn't sound too PC. Slight demerits for such cliches as the stripper, the strip club, the strip club owner, the plastic surgeon whose clientele consists entirely of strippers, etc. Our collective American fascination with strippers should have run out when Lindsey Lohan played one. If this review sounds negative or even ambivalent, it's not. Dawn Patrol was a nice break from the angsty noir I usually wallow in. And I loved the way the history of surf culture is weaved into the narrative. The favorite chapter, in fact, nicely encapsulates the commercialization of surfin usa as measured by the changes along the Pacific Coast Highway. Especially the line about how Boone Daniels, riffing on the old Ethics 101 question about strangling Adolph Hitler in the crib, would bash in Brian Wilson's baby head if it meant preventing the Californication of California culture. Good one, brudda. I recommend this book be reread alongside Inherent Vice---they make nice companion pieces.

  • brian
    2018-12-28 19:47

    naw, man... the new winslow ain't nearly as great as his last two... but, shit. after the demented masterpiece that is Power of the Dog and the wildly enjoyable The Winter of Frankie Machine... well, you've earned a misstep. at least. but, check it: neil young's solo in cinnamon girl. it's one motherfucking note. one note! played over and over. because it's over a changing background, because the rhythm guitar and bass are changing it up, young sounds like he's doing more than playing one note. nope. one note. and it's perfect. and only neil would know and feel and choose to play one note over and over in a form in which the best compliment is 'you shredded it, man!'don winslow writes sentences like neil young solos on cinnamon girl. one word. one motherfucking word. ask me how this sentence can make sense: Is is's how: Josiah Pamavatuu is a good man, no doubt about it. Now he drives a truck with two wet and shivering women at his side and his best friend in the back, a man who is like family to him. But like ain't is.Is is is.that's how don winslow writes like neil young plays guitar.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-01-16 18:11

    Review An ex-cop surfer turned P.I. surfer provides listeners genuine characters, a plausible plot, heart-rending moments of truth and terror on and off the waves. I enjoy Don Winslows gritty Characters and how he can keep my attention. Another one of his that I liked was "The Winter of Frankie the Machine". Ray Porter, (one of the best), has an easy way of adjusting my emotions with subtle shifts in his timber.

  • Eric
    2019-01-15 15:02

    The Dawn Patrol is an interesting combination of history/surfer culture/crime/murder mystery/weak love story. I listened to the audio book and narrator Ray Porter does a fantastic job bringing the story and characters to life. I would rate the story as 3.5 stars. Ray Porter's performance makes the audio book a good way to read this book to round it to an overall 4 stars.The Dawn Patrol references a group of surfer friends who sit on their surf boards at dawn watching the waves for a ride. They are colorful group with names like High Tide, Hang Twelve, Bonsai, and Sunny Day (the only female member) just to name a few. Boone Daniels is also a member who is more of a full time surfer and part time private investigator. The PI job is what is supposed to pay the rent and barely manages to do so. Boone's food philosophy is that, "food always tastes better on a taco shell."Boone's cash flow happens to be running negative so Boone takes on a job to find a stripper so she can appear at a civil hearing involving a warehouse fire and some shady business. Boone is joined by a "hot" but obnoxious lady lawyer (Petra). Boone and Petra aren't the only ones looking for the stripper. There are "bad" guys after the stripper as well intent on keeping her quiet.Interwoven in the main story is a back history on the San Diego area, each of the major characters and shore breaks for surfing along the southern California coastline. All of which are interesting but after awhile seems a bit like "filler" to the mainline story. This background info does have relevance to the overall story. Also a major part of the story is the almost reverence to the surfing subculture where priorities are established around the waves that happen to be breaking on the beach. Here again, this blends in rather well to the overall story although there a few rough spots at the edges. My biggest complaint is that the ocean and surfing metaphors get wearisome after awhile.I think the characters are well crafted and colorful. The dialog is also well done creating a nice chemistry and dynamic between characters. The colorful dialog keeps the pace of the story moving along. I found myself smiling and laughing often throughout the story.Overall, The Dawn Patrolis an interesting and thought provoking read. A surfer private investigator (and another surfer character is a detective in the police department) is certainly a different twist to mystery/thriller genre. The surfer/cop shtick is rough in places. Also, parts of the book reminded me of Bruce Brown's Endless Summermovies. I like the surfer thing but I think it gets a little overplayed in the book.In the end though, I enjoyed the book. And for the audio book readers/listeners, Ray Porter nails the character voices and dialog exchanges. I think the audio version is the best option for this book.

  • Michelle Curie
    2019-01-09 16:56

    There are about as many private investigator stories out there as there are grains of sand on beaches. When those private investigators roam around those beaches though, things get different. The Dawn Patrol is the story of Boone Daniels, a passionate surfer, who keeps himself afloat (just about) by solving a case every now and then. It is just when the biggest swell of his surfing career is about to hit Californian shores that a new case gives him the ride of a lifetime. I have read many crime stories with a well-crafted plot and I have read others with carefully considered characters, but what makes a thriller truly enjoyable for me is when both aspects come together. And they sure as hell did in The Dawn Patrol! Boone is an awesome character. He's got all the traits of your average surfer dude ("If Boone was any more laid-back, he'd be horizontal"), but you see, the thing is: he's not. Hidden beneath all that coolness is somebody who's smart, driven and witty. It makes an engaging protagonist and somebody who I was more than keen to follow on this ride. And it's not just him, but it's his entire friendship group I fell in love with. The gang calling themselves The Dawn Patrol meet up every morning before work to catch some waves. We've got folks like a girl literally named Sunny Day, who knows of a much darker side in Boone; there's Hang Twelve with the inability to stop eating, nicknamed after his twelve toes and Dave the Love God, who's a life guard with a particular interest in keeping those tourist ladies safe. Their support for each other feels as real as their passion for surfing, which plays a big part in this. I mean, I have surfed before, but there's no way I can call myself a surfer, so I feel like I gained some proper insight into San Diego's surfing community and the way the industry behind it is constructed.The most impressive aspect of this novel is how effortless it seems. The style of writing feels as casual and conversational as its protagonist, but the well-crafted and beautifully tied together plot makes it clear that this is not the kind of book that you pen in one sunny afternoon session. This is a fine novel. It has the ability to keep you company in those sunny summer days or bring some warmth into your life on a bleak winter's day. This is most definitely not the last time Don Winslow has made an appearance on my reading shelf.

  • John
    2019-01-14 13:59

    There are few things more potent in literature than accurately described physical endurances. As Sunny Day, the female surfer in Don Winslow’s evocative mystery The Dawn Patrol, trains for catching Big Waves off the San Diego coast we get a description of what it’s like to be held under water after a wipeout. I’ve spent enough time bounced along the ocean floor disoriented in which way is up and wondering if my breath will last longer than the waves holding me down to know how that feels. Winslow perfectly describes the combination of fear and calmness that envelopes surfers when they’ve hit beach bottom. The Dawn Patrol balances the power and beauty of surfing throughout a storyline mixing mistaken murder, illegal border importation and a nasty arson trial. A wide array of characters inhabits an edge of San Diego which Winslow fills in with local history. Boone Daniels, ex-San Diego cop, is the focal point of a morning surf crew that calls themselves the Dawn Patrol. They nominal avoid thinking about the day facing them with meta-discussions while waiting for the rising waves. But Daniels is soon wrapped up in a gnarly bit of business that conjures up past hauntings of cop work. The Dawn Patrol, each with their own demons, soon confronts a Samoan drug lord, a reptilian strip club owner (is there any other kind?) and cops who need help with anger issues. Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach crash into the toney mansions of La Jolla until the whole mess ends up in the ripped out heart of ancient strawberry fields. This is another in a long line of adroitly described Southern California mysteries in the vein of Ross MacDonald’s The Goodbye Look and T. Jefferson Parker’s Laguna Heat. The Dawn Patrol starts in the surf but ends up in a completely different rip.Sidebar: Other surf titles to consider –I grew up in San Diego wasting far too much time on Mission Beach, PB, OB, and D Street (with its vicious shore break.) I enjoy books that capture the essence of a place and unique communities that hold their own against the world. Surfing holds a place in the imagination that almost matches the power they try to ride. There are some books worth considering when waiting for your next set to come in . . . Fast Times at Ridgemont High, by Cameron Crowe. While not an essential surf novel Crowe’s novel about Redondo Beach High School in the late 70s perfectly places the angst and confusion of those dreadful years at the losers table. This is a fast paced look at teenage cliques which naturally includes surfers. Fast Times certain has the most famous fictional surfer: Spicoli Lives on. . . .somewhere, dude. Breath: A Novel, by Tim Winton. Winton captures Australian surf with rich lyrical language exploring a rivalry created by a surfing guru. Lives are transformed unexpectedly as Winton weaves a dark tale. Tapping the Source, by Kem Nunn. The first of several surf novels by Nunn which centers on the surf center of Huntington Beach. This is Nunn’s first foray into surf mystery but the story also explores the effect of the ocean on a young man’s search for his sister’s killers. The Dogs of Winter, by Kem Nunn. A photographer chases down a legendary big wave rider trying to tame a remote beach in Northern California. A death involving a local boy pushes this novel into metaphysical examinations of the dark side of interlopers. Is this where the Heart of Darkness catches the last wave? Tijuana Straits, by Kem Nunn. Damaged lives, lost souls and environmental wastelands make up the last of Nunn’s surf trilogy centered on the border between San Diego and Tijuana. There is beauty here in characters looking for redemption among the toxicity of the landscape, both human and natural. The image of the border fence sinking into the sea is indelible. The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey. From the non-fiction side of the surf aisle this is a mesmerizing look at big wave riders and the scientific study of waves. Casey deftly weaves the physics and the astounding power of large waves through historical phenomena and showcases world class surfers in pursuit of the ultimate ride. A thrilling ride indeed.

  • Don
    2019-01-11 18:46

    Winslow can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants to write a taut, suspenseful mystery/thriller or a colorful, casual guide to the San Diego surfing scene. Ostensibly a detective novel about a part-time private investigator/part-time surfer hired by a local law firm to find and protect a missing witness in an insurance matter, for most of the book the plot advances only in brief,sporadic bursts. The author spends most of his energy describing the main character and his group of surfer buddies (the "Dawn Patrol" of the title) and their relationships with each other.AS the book comes to its end, the plot accelerates, grabbing my attention more than earlier, but it never really becomes compelling. Part of the reason for this is that Winslow inserts a whole bunch of complications right near the end, too late, in my view, to make it work.The other part of the problem with the mystery/detective aspect of this novel (as opposed to the travel guide aspect) is that there is no real heart of darkness at the core of the book. Really memorable books in this genre (and I'm thinking of James Lee Burke, Jonathan Kellerman, etc.) offer up a villain or villains who are truly evil; they become struggles between good and evil. Perhaps this comes across as overblown from time to time, but it does lead to a more memorable and affecting read. Winslow's bad guys just seem kind of ordinary, even though the crimes involved are really evil. Winslow's bad guys should be, but aren't, particularly interesting, and for me that's a real problem here.My other problem with this novel is that Winslow frequently digresses with fairly lengthy "back story" segments--backgrounds for the different members of the Dawn Patrol and other characters, the history of surfing, background on different parts of the San Diego area, etc. For a novel like this, you certainly need some of this material, but particularly in the first half of the book these digressions seemed to me to slow the momentum down. I should also add that, although this book seems ripe for a sequel, Winslow seems to have held nothing back in terms of back stories on the main characters, so he won't have much material of this sort left to include in a follow-up.

  • Will Johnson
    2018-12-23 20:44

    What starts out as a pseudo-comedic caper book (in the vein of, maybe, Elmore Leonard) becomes a rather moving, and unsuspectingly dark, crime drama that analyzes life itself.The first half of the book fleshes out the characters and explains the world they live in (perhaps too much so) ... and remains generally light. The humor is present in both the prose (fluid, not showy) and the dialogue (more forced) and the characters are, for the most part, approaching three dimensions. This first half is low on plot and very low on mystery, but that is kind of the point. This is a unique world ... a surf-bum world ... and one that seems more alive and less convoluted than Thomas Pynchon's roller coaster Inherent Vice which dealt in a very similar setting with a very similar protagonist.The second half of the book takes these light-hearted, pseudo-comedic vignettes and turns them on their head, unleashing a brutally graphic and disturbing mystery involving, but not contained too, sex trafficking and rape. Part of Winslow's point is to show that for every idealized world with 'problems' (like our hero, Boone Daniel's, need to get his case over with so he can ride some waves), there is a darker world underneath where Boone's problems are so inconsequential they should, by all means, be non-existence, relative or not.And that leads to the second half (and, thus, the book's, entire point): life, at some point has to change. The Dawn Patrol, itself both a light-hearted name for a group of beach bums AND a sinister name for a rather digesting group of people, is, at one point, a movie-like unit of witty barbs and expected relationships clashes (not to mention each member having a unique power or characteristic) ... but will eventually become disjointed. But not by melodrama, but by the realities of that dark underworld I mentioned before.No character leaves The Dawn Patrol unscathed and, after reading the first half, you'd probably be surprised to hear that. But brace yourself ... this wave starts out kinda slow and doesn't challenge you much but, when you least expect it, it crashes over your head and sucks you under.

  • Michael
    2018-12-29 14:08

    Take the perfect climate in San Diego, add a former police officer turned PI, give him a love to surf addiction, and put in an attractive woman who wants to hire him to find and protect a star witness and you have the ingredients of this dandy mystery. Boone Daniels is the central character. He is so good that he is, in effect, almost a characture of goodness. His heroic deeds go from saving a prisoner fro a beating by another cop, saving a young boy caught up in the surf, to persuading a money hungry woman not to seek a divorce settlement from his friend, and then Boone not accepting money for his good deeds. Boone is a legendary figure to his fellow surfers and after saving the child of a drug dealer, he is owed a debt. Dan Silver, aka Daniel Silvieri, a strip club owner, burns down one of his warehouses for the insurance money. Based on physical evidence the insurance company denies the claim. Silver sues. Tammy Roddick, a former girlfriend witnessed the act and is willing to testify. Boone protects Tammy but something happens at the trial and the reader finds that there is much more going on than arson. Without revealing the plot, this is a dramatic change that is heart catching. Tammy found something that was being hidden from the public and wants to do something to remedy this injustice. Daniels uses his skill to make things right and the author can take credit for another supurb novel full of plot twists drawn together like a grandmother stitching a quilt for a new grandchild. Well Done!

  • Dave
    2018-12-26 19:12

    I remember the first time I read Dennis Lehane (A Drink Before the War), Robert B. Parker (WALKING SHADOW), and Ross MacDonald (The Drowning Pool). All of those books just sucked me in with voice and character.It's all about character, isn't it?People say that everything's been done in the PI novel already, and ultimately, that's probably true. But in Don Winslow's latest novel, THE DAWN PATROL, he gave me the same feeling I got when reading the author's listed above. I was sucked in. Dragged in. Pulled like I was caught in the undertow of the ocean. I could not put the book down.Boone Daniels is a PI who'd rather surf than do PI work. On the surface, he's loose, good hearted, and funny. He hangs out with a bunch of other surfers, aptly named "The Dawn Patrol." But when Boone is hired to find a missing stripper, things go to hell and fast.To say anymore would ruin the book. But know this, once you start to care for Boone, you won't be able to put the book down.Yes, the book hits beats every PI novel hits, but because I was so invested in Boone, I didn't care.Winslow knocks this one out of the park and I hope Daniels' is back for more. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Alex
    2018-12-25 19:56

    This is a cracker of a tale. Boone Daniels is the archetypal laid back surfer cum PI, a former San Diego police officer who has chosen to spend his days with his group of close knit friends collectively known as the Dawn Patrol.The story takes off when a stripper witnesses some shady goings on involving her boss and pimp. Boone gets involved in investigating the wrongful murder of another stripper that leads to busting a ring of pedophiles all while the local surfing community is gearing up for a major life changing surf swell. Winslow masterfully keeps this page turning plot going at a rapid pace. What sets this story apart from the norm are the friendships that are beautifully and realistically drawn.I can't recommend Don Winslow highly enough. He's the real deal!

  • Jim Crocker
    2019-01-16 15:59

    WINSLOW HITS ANOTHER ONE OUTTA THE PARK!! Chapter 102 is probably the best chapter I've ever read."You get a gun pointed at your head, it changes you." Don Winslow, The Dawn PatrolAfter listening to a recent interview with Don Winslow, I am pleased and excited to hear that another adventure with Boone and the gang will be in the works.

  • Heidi Pedersen
    2019-01-03 22:02

    Wow - I have a completely new perspective of San Diego, surfing, connections to friendships and what they really mean....!

  • Eric_W
    2019-01-06 18:42

    I've got to figure out a better way to write reviews as I read. It used to be easier when I wrote them on paper. Such is life. Anyway, now that I have finished the book, a couple of comments. I still liked it, but the plot took some turns at the end that made it much more dark. The whole ***SPOILER ALERT**** pedophile thing, I thought, wasn't necessary and seemed a little contrived as an attempt to tie everything together. Still, the book held my interest and I enjoyed the surfing cultureIt's a light read. Lots of humor, oddball characters, and some laugh-out-loud scenes. I have no idea what the surfer culture is like, but Winslow would appear to know what he is talking about and that's good enough for me. The clash between the guys is live for the perfect wave and the pressures of the rich wanting to live near the beach provide a nice cultural milieu for this unusual detective novel.There's a short section where Winslow describes the founding of the Sand Diego Lifeguard service. He invented a name for the following Hawaiian. I thought I would steal the information from for the quote from the real hero:1918 from the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:"In 1918, 13 people drowned in rip currents in a single day at San Diego’s Ocean Beach, garnering local and national news attention. Beach attendance that day was estimated at 5,000. City officials cited inadequate lifeguard protection as a cause of the tragedy, and as a result, initiated a municipal lifeguard service. The ocean conditions have changed little since then. San Diego’s local leaders view the 17 miles of oceanfront shoreline, which include Ocean Beach, as a safely managed tourist attraction due to the presence of lifeguards. Despite an average estimated annual attendance of 15 million people and over 7,000 rescues at the major lifeguarded beaches, the average number of drownings in areas under lifeguard protection is between zero and one annually."Six cardiologists founded the American Heart Association in 1924.When Duke Paoa Kahanamoku of Hawaii (1890 - 1968), the father of surfing, inventor of the rescue board, six time Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Olympic 100 meter race in 1912 and 1920, using a six-beat kick, with his size 13 feet, was asked who taught him the crawl stroke, he said "no one." He had been swimming a stroke he saw older natives of his island swim. He kept his records until he was 34, when 20 year old Johnny Weissmuller (who eventually set 51 world records and became Tarzan of the movies) beat him in the 1924 Paris Olympics.Kahanamoku became the first person inducted into both the swimming and surfing halls of fame. In 1925 he rescued eight people from a overturned fishing boat, using only a surfboard. Of the 29 people on board the Thelma when it overturned in very rough seas, only 12 were rescued.Later he said:"In that instant my knees went to tallow, for a mountain of solid green water curled down upon the vessel. Spume geysered up in all directions, and everything was exploding water for longer than you would believe. Then, before the next mammoth breaker could blot out the view again, it was obvious that the Thelma had capsized and thrown her passengers into the boiling sea. Neither I nor my pals were thinking heroics; we were simply running -- me with a board, and the others to get their boards -- and hoping we could save lives... I hit the water hard and flat with all the forward thrust I could generate, for those bobbing heads in the water could not remain long above the surface of that churning surge. Fully clothed persons have little chance in a wild sea like that, and even the several who were clinging to the slick hull of the overturned boat could not last long under the pounding... It was some surf to try and push through! But I gave it all I had, paddling until my arms begged for mercy. I fought each towering breaker that threatened to heave me clear back onto the beach, and some of the combers almost creamed me for good... Don't ask me how I made it, for it was just one long nightmare of trying to shove through what looked like a low Niagara Falls. The prospects for picking up victims looked impossible. Arm-weary, I got into that area of screaming, gagging victims, and began grabbing at frantic hands, thrashing legs."

  • Orsodimondo
    2018-12-17 19:12

    STRAWBERRY FIELDSIl surf, sia come sport che come filosofia di vita, è lontanissimo da noi: non abbiamo l’oceano, non abbiamo quelle onde - e neppure quelle spiagge (epperò, a Roma, in una piccola traversa a senso unico della circonvallazione Gianicolense c’è un negozietto dentro un garage che vende assi da surf!)Eppure, lo conosciamo bene, ci è familiare, come tutto quello che riguarda gli US: gli yankees hanno sempre usato il cinema per colonizzare il mondo, esportando e rendendo vincente il loro lifestyle, l’ideologia, la filosofia dei vincenti, e certo anche lo sport, surf incluso. Il primo pensiero va ovviamente all’immarcescibile ‘Big Wednesday’, seguito a ruota, o forse battuto sul filo di lana, da “Point Break”.E dopo il cinema, la musica: quindi, vai col surf pop e surf rock, surf music in genere, amata anche da Tarantino (cinema e musica chiudono il cerchio).In questo romanzo, le pattuglie dell’alba sono due: quella composta dai protagonisti, novelli moschettieri, tutti per uno e uno per tutti, autentici surf addicted, splendidi esemplari di essere umani dai muscoli lunghi e scolpiti, cuore d’oro e nick un po’ cazzoni (Boone, il protagonista tra i protagonisti, Hang Twelve, che ha dodici dita dei piedi con le quali rimane incollato alla tavola, Johnny Banzai, Dave the Love God, più bello e rimorchione di gesù, High Tide, Sunny Day). L’altra pattuglia è formata da un gruppo di bambine messicane fra gli otto e i quattordici anni, che appaiono all’inizio nella nebbia del mattino in una scena che non si dimentica: giovanissime schiave bianche vendute come prostitute, stanno andando incontro ai loro clienti, e vivono nei campi di fragole, come nella versione acida della canzone dei Beatles.Ma non è certo, o non è solo, un romanzo sul surf: prima di tutto è un noir, con il classico occhio privato che indaga, prende le botte ma non demorde, pieno di rimorso sofferenza e compassione per il dolore umano. La ficata è che l’investigatore privato, oltre a essere un ex poliziotto, è un dio del surf, nato e cresciuto sull’oceano, nelle onde, dentro l’acqua. Non completamente rincretinito da sole sabbia e sale, visto che passa ore a leggere i classici della letteratura sdraiato sul divano di casa (villino a palafitta sull’oceano). Ha fretta di risolvere il caso che gli è stato assegnato perché su San Diego sta per abbattersi una mareggiata di quelle mitiche e imperdibili, di quelle che cambiano la vita, in grado di farti capire qual è il tuo preciso posto nell'universo.È bravo Winslow a innovare il classico, a scegliere un tono apparentemente scanzonato per trattare temi nerissimi, a mischiare il surf, l’amicizia, l’amore, l’indagine, la violenza, il sangue. Ma le mie pagine preferite sono quelle dove racconta la storia della California del sud, come è nata e sviluppata, dando basi solide e realistiche alla sua storia di surf e sfruttamento.

  • Filippo Bossolino
    2018-12-17 17:10

    La pattuglia dell'alba è composta di sei amici, quanto più diversi l'uno dall'altro, ma con una passione assoluta che li accomuna, quella del surf e che fa sì che ogni mattina, all'alba, prima dei rispettivi lavori, i sei si ritrovino a pagaiare e surfare a Pacific Beach. In questi giorni è imminente l'arrivo di una mareggiata incredibile che porterà le onde più alte degli ultimi venti anni. Boone Daniels, uno dei sei della Pattuglia, ex poliziotto e ora detective privato, accetta a malincuore - considerando che mancano 48 ore all'evento - un caso di ritrovamento di persona, una spogliarellista testimone di un incendio doloso…Ma questa è soltanto la punta di un iceberg che ricopre traffici ben più loschi e pericolosi, dalla pedofilia alla tratta delle bambine messicane; il tutto poi fa tornare a galla il passato del protagonista, con una vicenda / un caso non ancora concluso.In più Don Winslow soprattutto nella prima parte del libro ne approfitta per fare una vera e propria storia di San Diego, Pacific Beach, i primi bagnini, le comunità hawaiane, samoane e giapponesi, la Marina US, i Beach Boys e tanto tanto surf, senza essere pesante e nozionistico, ma a corredo - leggero - del romanzo.In definitiva, il romanzo mi è piaciuto, apprezzo fin da altri episodi questi capitoli corti e la coralità di più personaggi, tutti protagonisti; i sei della pattuglia tutti meritevoli, dal bagnino Dave the God, all'unica ragazza Sunny, dall'enorme samoano High Tide, al giovane Hang Twelve (per i piedi da sei dita) a Johnny Banzai poliziotto di etnia giapponese; oltre a loro Red Eddie, Tammy, Mick Penner, Petra, Teddy Cole, Dan Silver; tutti descritti così bene che è impossibile non visualizzarli. Mi sembra l'ennesimo lavoro di Winslow già pronto per essere "girato" su pellicola.

  • Themeister
    2019-01-12 15:54

    I have read two other books by this author. I started with The Cartel, which totally captivated me. so I picked up Power Of The Dog, and although it had some long, somewhat dreary moments, I still thought it was very good. So I got hooked on Don Winslow, and decided to pick up two more of his, The Dawn Patrol and Savages. What can I say about The Dawn Patrol? Ah well, it was a huge letdown for me. The pace is slow, the story never really goes anywhere, and I never "felt" anything for any of the characters, including the main one, Boone Daniels. QUite frankly I couldn't wait to get to the end of it. I know that I'm not giving much detail here as to what I specifically didn't like, but all I can say is that it (in my humble opinion) simply was a boring story with lifeless characters. i didn't care what would happen to Boone Daniels (or any other member of the Dawn Patrol, for that matter). At this point I'm not even sure if I can get started on Savages. (Although I probably will, as the storyline seems interesting.)

  • DaViD´82
    2018-12-25 20:00

    Pacifický noir, který klame tělem. Dlouho se zdá, že na Winslowovy poměry je to nezvykle přímočaré a šestákové, byť samozřejmě napsané "vysoce i nad ty nejvyšší žánrové poměry". Ovšem postupně se to zašmodrchá až do ellroyovských rozměrů.Co tomu nasazuje korunu kvality je punc rozměru "jak se žije v San Diegu", který by jeden čekal spíše ve velkém americkém románu než noirovce o soukromém očku. Je z toho cítit silné genius loci posthippie Kalifornie, kde se mísí hispánské vlivy, vlivy japonských starousedlíků zhrzených separací po Pearl Harboru, ekonomických naplavenin z celého širého Pacifiku, historie surfingu a kultury kolem něj apod.Výsledkem je mišmaš mnoha Winslowových stylů a přístupů, ale mišmaš je to stejně tak čtivý jako zdařilý. Jen každou z těch poloh již předvedl jinde i lépe, byť nikdy takto na hromádce a na pouhých třech stovkách stran.

  • Ashley Lauren
    2019-01-15 13:54

    This was a fun read. Coming from a place where waves don't exist (Wisconsin) it was nice to read about a completely different life. The premise was overall interesting and although I never got that heart-pounding mystery-thriller kind of feeling I thought the plot line and events were pretty well done.The characters were interesting and THOROUGHLY well described - almost too much at times. Also, it seemed that people were either angels or devils in this book - with few flaws in between. But the characters were diverse and Winslow at least attempted to break down some societal stereotypical boundaries, which I always applaud.Overall I enjoyed myself. It was a worthwhile read - and I did learn a life lesson. Everything tastes better on a tortilla.

  • Bon
    2019-01-01 19:57

    Beautifully written. It was amazing how the characters, who make up the west coast communities; the tourists, the surfers, Hawaiians, Samoans, Japs, Mexicans, the rich, the poor, the desperate, the law enforcers, the criminals.. plus the place, and its history - were all nicely knit. The story's transition from CHILL to DARK was abrupt but effective. And like a perfect tuberide, the dawn patrol were able to find their light at the end of the barrel and rode off, but not without the unforgiving punishment by the reality of the lives they chose live.

  • Sandi
    2019-01-05 14:10

    Another winner from this author. Loved the San Diego surf setting, really liked the main character, a former cop turned PI who lives to surf, and was impressed with how the author unraveled the plot which, at first, seemed like it might be a bit lightweight but turned rather dark. Listened to the audio version narrated by Ray Porter who did a great job with all the surfer slang and kept the pace brisk.

  • Angie
    2018-12-28 22:03

    What made this a 4-star book was the author's easy use of surfer slang, which makes you smell the soft tang of the ocean and lay back easy in your chair, until you read about the crimes our intrepid detective is investigating They're so heinous that you might not want to be there, but justice is finally meted out. The Dawn Patrol as surfboard slinging cowboys. Give me more.

  • Aaron
    2019-01-09 20:53

    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.

  • Martin
    2019-01-13 14:42

    Hardboiled San Diego, I enjoyed it. It reminded me quite a bit of a Travis Mcgee book, with the author throwing in political outlook and critiques of history which don't come from any character. I was disappointed that the big reveal didn't have more clues leading into it and was not very cleverly exposed to the reader.This is my first Winslow book. He receives shout outs from other authors I like and the WSJ loves him. It's certain I'll read/listen to some of his other books.The narrator is above average.

  • Devin
    2019-01-13 13:50

    Way different than I thought this was going to be. Cool to have this story set on the beaches I surf with regularity. Crazy story though. Thought it was going to be a surfing book, but ended up being a murder solving police thriller with human trafficking and a side story about friendship and how life is constantly changing. Really enjoyed this book.

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