Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Savages by Don Winslow
Savages is the story of two friends, Ben and Chon, and their (shared) girl, O. Ben studied botany and business in college, while Chon went into the military and became a Navy Seal. After college and tours in the Middle East, the two friends started a successful marijuana business and enjoyed life with O. All was good until one of the Mexican cartels decided Ben and Chon should work for the cartel. Ben and Chon declined the offer of employment, so the cartel added an incentive to the job offer by kidnapping O. We (the readers) then get to see how far the boys are willing to go to get their girl back.
I cannot say this book is for everyone. It's violent and vulgar at times. On the other hand, it is a page turner, largely because of the voice and language. Overall I would say this book is about how no matter how much we try, in the end we are all savages, willing to go to great lengths to protect our own or get what we want.