Partners Chon and Ben have a profitable marijuana operation in the Laguna Beach area. They are informed that the Mexican Baja Cartel intends to take over the marijuana operation in the area. However, they want the partners to stay in business and sell their product to the cartel. Then, the cartel will make most of the profit.
When representatives of the cartel make their offer, they are turned down. The Mexican drug leader tells them that "no" is unacceptable and kidnaps their friend "O" who is Ben and Chon's playmate.
This sets in motion Chon and Ben's plan to rob the cartel, disrupt their business and when the cartel members are preoccupied, to rescue "O" (Ophelia).
This story provides a quick read. Ben and Chon are intriguing characters, rebels against authority and witty in their responses with Chon being the rambunctious one and Ben the voice of reason.
A film adaptation of "Savages" to be directed by Oliver Stone is under way. I can't wait.
OK, it's great. Yes, candy. Kind of like the first chocolate covered cherry with cognac you ever had. Sex, drugs, rock&roll ultra violence. The Mexican drug wars ignite in Laguna. No heroes - bad bad guys and good bad guys, but the good bad guys (and truly terrific bad girl) are so nice, lovable even, even altruistic if not a little naive, that I couldn't help but want them as friends. The bad guys are the Baja Cartel, dripping in blood and deceit. Bad, bad guys. … more
Is there such a thing as intellectually crude humor? There must be because how else could you explain this book? I read this book based on a tip from some friends who live in So-Cal. And you really can't go wrong with book recommends from buddies who live in So-Cal. Up till this book I hadn't read anything by Mr. Winslow so I went in with my mind wide open. Which was a good idea because I needed all the cerebral space for every little bit of everything this book had to offer. The … more
Winslow has been compared to Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard for his hip novels of Southern California and the sly wit of his writing. But anyone who has read The Power of the Dog will understand this author's grasp of politics and culture, appropriately cynical about the nature of bureaucracy, the war on drugs and the folly and waste of it all, as played out in his two protagonists in Savages: Ben and Chonny. Ever the idealist, Ben chooses to walk away when the Baja Cartel makes a move on their … more