The Kings of Cool

The Kings of Cool In Savages Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon twenty something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love O Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory and now a maj

In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory and now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone Savages was picked as a best book of the year by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Janet MaslinIn Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twenty something best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O Among the most celebrated thrillers in recent memory and now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone Savages was picked as a best book of the year by Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, Janet Maslin in The New York Times, and Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times Now, in this high octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, The Kings of Cool is a breathtakingly original saga of family in all its forms fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers As the trio at the center of the book does battle with a cabal of drug dealers and crooked cops, they come to learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents history A series of breakneck twists and turns puts the two generations on a collision course, culminating in a stunning showdown that will force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their loyalty to one another Fast paced, provocative, and wickedly funny, The Kings of Cool is a spellbinding love story for our times from a master novelist at the height of his powers It is filled with Winslow s trademark talents complex characters, sharp dialogue, blist

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  1. Don Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award The Death And Life Of Bobby Z will come out as a feature film in March of 2007, starring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne His upcoming novel, The Winter Of Frankie Machine, has been purchased for Robert DeNiro to play the lead role.Don lives on an old ranch in the San Diego area with his wife, Jean, and son, Thomas Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.

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  1. I dislike acronyms They irritate me We are inundated with them at work, and plagued with them in the news and on social media This novel is rife with them Not sure what writing style is being used here, but I couldn t cozy up to it On the upside, the characters were drawn quite well I liked Chon and O, and especially gentle Ben, the one genuinely concerned with karma A good point is made to not fall into the bad habit of having a habit Paranoia is noted as a perfectly good survival technique I l [...]

  2. Hey, George Lucas Now THIS is how you do a prequel Don Winslow s Savages instantly became one of my favorite crime novels, and I was a little worried about him doing another one that takes place before it Frankly, it seemed like a rush job done to capitalize on the movie version of Savages which comes out tomorrow I should have had faith in Winslow He has expanded the backgrounds of the characters from Savages and uses their stories to give us an idea of the rise of the drug trade in southern C [...]

  3. One of my favorite books of the last several years was Savages, by the incomparable Don Winslow It was hip, cool, very funny and enormously engrossing The trio at the heart of the book included three early twenty something Southern Californians Ben and Chon, two life long friends turned drug producers who grew the best weed available, and O, the enormously beautiful and appealing woman who loved both of them The book was not only a great read, it was a compelling meditation on the nature of frie [...]

  4. The truth always come home Don Winslow, Kings of CoolI actually preferred Winslow s Kings of Cool to Savages Both are slick and sexy Southern California crime novels, but KoC the prequel to Savages is structurally a complicated novel Backstory on the genesis of the Savages Kings of Cool was interesting and allowed Winslow to explore the rise and changes in Southern California drug culture And, I know I know Steven King LOVED Savages What s my problem then It might just be me I just found both S [...]

  5. Honestly, after reading this, I can t believe this book was anywhere near as good as it was In fact, it was down right awesome.Savages is a tremendous novel It was my first exposure to Winslow and I immediately fell for his razor sharp prose It s just so cool Is that word OK to use or does it make me look uninspired and boring I don t care Whatever That being said, I didn t know what to expect with this prequel Could this be something Winslow wrote to capitalize on the motion picture adaptation [...]

  6. We once again visit the bad ass trio Ben, Chon and O.Contained within these pages you ll find sun, surfers, hippies and W.D, standing for war on drugs, wars with drugs and wars and drugs.Surfers and hippies take you back to the origins of Chon and his family, back to when he wasn t given this oriental sounding name that has nothing to do with his ethnicity but just a funny moment in his life.There are plenty of humorous moments delivered with sharp dialog and blistering social commentary.The fam [...]

  7. Show of hands how many of you thought we really, really needed a prequel to Savages Yeah, me neither Don Winslow obviously did, and here it is, carrying with it both the good and the bad from the original along with its own virtues and vices.This is actually two stories mashed together One is a slice of Ben s, Chon s and O s earlier careers, before they were the kings of the Laguna Beach artisanal pot world The other is an origins story not for our trio of future savages except in a very abstrac [...]

  8. I m reviewing Winslow s Savages and the prequel, Kings of Cool, as one entity since I read the novels consecutively and separate reviews seem excessive Also, both earn three stars, maybe three and a half, as I d probably read Winslow but I m not pushing elderly women and jogger stroller moms aside in a barefoot sprint toward the local library to snag of his books Both novels read quick, noir, and pulp y, mostly in a good way Each contains about twelve thousand chapters but some contain as few [...]

  9. Winslow s Bruen like delivery of Ben, Chon, and O s story prior to SAVAGES is sparse, lean, and subtle yet not without substance It s a style that leads the reader deep into their own imagination while still populating the written landscape with enough direction and keynotes to maintain a consistent yet vividly well rendered train of thought Spanning past and present crimes, THE KINGS OF COOL encompasses the lives of Ben, Chon and O in a beautiful interlocking plot that not only binds their frie [...]

  10. Wow I read this book in two days I just could not put it down It s definitely my idea of a page turner In the crime mystery thriller genre this is one of my favorites Be forewarned there s lots of sex, drugs and violence I haven t read Savages yet but I ll go buy it this afternoon The author doesn t seem to want to use any words that aren t necessary Many passages are in single words or short phrases Chapters can start or end in the middle of a thought or even in the middle of a sentence Chapter [...]

  11. Don Winslow is fast becoming one of my favorite storytellers, and Savages, the book this novel was based on, was one of my favorite novels of 2010 While the conclusion of that book limited the options for a sequel, it did offer many unanswered questions about what came before, questions that Winslow spins into another excellent story with this book This story has a split focus, one half of it following the developing marijuana empire of Ben and Chon and their lady friend O as the develop it in t [...]

  12. 4.5 5 This book was awesome a smart, sharp, badass page turner that never felt cheap I was surprised by how much I liked Savages when I read it a couple summers ago and this book cemented that I need to immediately read all of Don Winslow s work He really is the king of cool.

  13. This is the prequel to Savages and while not quite as powerful this was still a very good look at the California drug trade I loved the writing style of both books, the humor, and thought the narration of the audio by Holter Graham was quite good.

  14. Bisher hat mich das u ere eines Buches nur selten verleitet, dar ber etwas zu schreiben Aber in diesem Fall ist die Aufmachung so ungew hnlich, dass ich einfach einige Worte dazu verlieren muss Eckig und v llig schwarz kommt das Buch daher, inclusive aller Seitenschnitte Titel, Autor usw sind hingegen in wei en, schn rkellosen Buchstaben dargestellt Wer die Hardcoverausgabe von Unendlicher Spa von David Foster Wallace kennt, hat hier nun die Negativform vor sich liegen.Doch ein Buch nur wegen se [...]

  15. 3.5 starsUnfortunately, everything new I read that comes from Winslow, I compare them to The Power Of Dog and the Dawn Patrol and also the second book in that series, The Gentlemen s Hour Those three books are the actual kings of cool to me and are damn near flawless especially Power of the Dog This prequel to Savages was merely ok to me I enjoyed Savages far than I did this one and I couldn t really tell you why What I did love about this book though, was his integration of two protagonists of [...]

  16. I had read The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow a couple of years ago I loved it but hadn t read another of his books until now Ten pages into The Kings of Cool , I couldn t help but wonder why I had left it so long to return to this author This book is a recently released prequel to Savages The backdrop to the book is the Californian drug scene from the nineteen sixties to two thousand and five, and follows our three main characters, Chon and Ben, partners in the marijuana business and their chi [...]

  17. Let me preface this review by stating that I haven t read or seen the film The Savages or anything else by Don Wilson That being said this prequel starring a trio of drug dealing characters was vaguely interesting The story jumped around a bit through time, which was okay, but what really drove me batty was its style chopped sentencesand poetry like paragraphs with someSCREENPLAY FORMAT randomly thrown in It actually detracted from the book and I felt there was no good reason for it Maybe he wri [...]

  18. The trouble with action mysteries prequels is that you know who is going to survive, you just do not know how As a general rule most sequels prequels are not as good as the original This one is not the exception It lacks the comedy and sex action of the first book Savages Do not get me wrong it is a very good book, just not in same category If you like Winslow, you will like this book I also liked the reader in the original better.

  19. Extremely fragmented The jump to time period to time period confusing Felt like an overly long prologue than a prequel I am wondering if you needed to read Savages first in order to fully understand it, in which case, it should be book 2 not book 2

  20. SAVAGES was one of my favorite books of the last 10 years This is a prequel, and it is fantastic It is a crime novel told like a lyric poem in many parts Don Winslow is amazing.

  21. Tante storie che confluiscono in una complessa vicenda.Winslow si destreggia alla perfezione tra i suoi tanti e variegati personaggi, tratteggiandone con cura il passato ed evidenziando di ognuno il carattere e il comportamento.La vicenda intrisa di violenza, ma l autore riesce comunque, grazie alla sua particolare scrittura, dove abbondano ironia e una sorta di leggerezza, a mantenere un equilibrio che rende la sua narrazione oserei dire perfetta.

  22. Smart people sometimes get stupid, but stupid people never get smart Never Ever You can come down the evolutionary ladder, Chon has observed to Ben and O you can t climb up view spoiler The Kings Of Cool was my TBR jar pick back in June, but I ve only just came around actually reading it Which is basically almost two months of neglecting this read, shame on me I still don t know why it took me so long to pick up this prequel novel by Don Winslow, because I ended up really enjoying this read I ve [...]

  23. Returning to his biggest success in years, Savages , Don Winslow makes the trip backwards from that book to tell the story of how Ben, Chon and O got together in the first place, how they began their business, and a history of the Southern California SoCal drug trade starting in the 60s and which inexplicably involves all of their parents While I m excited whenever Winslow puts out a new novel, I was surprised to see he had written a prequel to Savages rather than a sequel What needed to be esta [...]

  24. A couple years ago, Don Winslow made waves with his fast and edgy novel, Savages , in which young drug entrepreneurs , Ben and Chon, embarked in a war against a Mexican drug group who kidnapped their shared girlfriend, O It was, arguably, one of the best thrillers of that year and even spawned a film adaptation by director Oliver Stone Now, Winslow returns to this version of California in a prequel, The Kings of Cool.The novel centers on two main stories, one taking place around 2005 and the oth [...]

  25. Ein bisschen Scarface, ein bisschen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas die ganz Gro en.Don Winslow wandert w hrend der 349 Seiten, die man als Leser im Drogenmilieu der sonnigen K ste S dkaliforniens verbringt, auf einem schmalen Grad entlang und schwankt dabei m chtig, sodass ein Mix aus white trash Weisheit und verblendeter Drogenextase herauskommt Nein, findet Chon, das Problem mit Politikern ist nicht, dass sie auf Droge sind, sondern dass sie s nicht sind.Dabei gibt es jetzt so gute Mittel gege [...]

  26. The Kings of Cool is Don Winslow s prequel to earth moving novel, Savages The prequel aims to give the back story of Savages protagonists, including the parents of Ben, Chon, and Ophelia the lineage of the Baja Cartel and the role of local and federal government in the War on Drugs Ben and Chon, a.k.a BC, are two fledging drug dealers in Laguna Beach, California As we know from Savages, Chon brought back some killer weed from his tour in Afghanistan and Ben cross bred it to make a mind numbing, [...]

  27. Savages was a scorching thriller with smart characters, diamond sharp dialogue and cinematic scene construction, leading up to a shattering conclusion Now the author, Don Winslow, shows us how all the characters in that book got to be where they were via this book, The Kings of Cool It s just as smart and sharp as Savages was, but with a better sense of history, as Winslow jumps backwards in time not just to 2005, when his main players of Chon, Ben and O were first getting started, but all the w [...]

  28. This is the Prequel to Savages, a blockbuster blood and guts epic from Oliver Stone, starring Taylor Kitsch Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights hopefully Rig will get out of his rut with this movie after the horrendous bombs, John Carter and Battleship.Kings of Cool looks at Life Behind the Orange Curtain Orange County, California specifically the glitzy corridor between San Diego and Seal Beach The bullseye is Laguna Beach It s kind of like a less funny California style Blues Brothers set agai [...]

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