June 7, 2013

Book Club - 6.07

It's time for Book Club with Heather!

This week I'm reviewing:

A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, Savages is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond. Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can’t handle—the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a "no" is unacceptable.
When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys’ playmate and confidante. O’s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high.

Less than thrilling. I really thought I would like but it just didn't work for me, though it wasn't any single thing; just the combination of the characters, plot and writing style. I also found it to be unnecessarily sexual. I watched the movie to see if that would change my perspective but alas, it was [as usual] even worse. I've heard good reviews for this from others so mine is just one bad one, but in my opinion, don't waste your time.

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  1. Oh no- this is so disappointing! I've heard such good things about this one! Oh well, hope the next one is better!

  2. i am reading one of his, the dawn patrol, at the moment and i'm not liking it. its the first of his i have read and i always feel compleled to finish a book whether i like it or not. to me, in all aspects it seems over the top and i feel it alienates the reader - surprising to me given that it is a book about surf culture. given what you have written he'll be one i stay clear of in the future.


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