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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 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, blistering social commentary—that have earned him an obsessive following. The result is a book that will echo in your mind and heart long after you’ve turned the last page.

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"This prequel to Savages, Winslow's 2010 bestseller and now an Oliver Stone-directed big-budget film, features the author's trademark punchy dialogue, and will more than satisfy fans of drug-crime thrillers. Here, Winslow provides the background story of Savage's three main characters: Ben, Chon, and O. Ben and Chon sold marijuana in Laguna Beach, California, before running afoul of a vicious Mexican drug cartel, which abducted O, the dealers' mutual love interest, and ushered the pot-peddling trio into a sordid world of violence and corruption. But that all happened later — this story opens in 2005, with the carefree 20-something friends playing a game in which they predict 'each other's sexual preferences,' and soon shifts back to 2003 to offer a somewhat unconvincing explanation for how the drug-dealing began: 'Actually it was the fact that O had no freaking idea what she was going to do with her life that led Ben and Chon into the marijuana business' as a way to claim a 'vocation.' Later, the story leapfrogs back even further in time to 1967 to reveal the origins of an earlier drug ring — one with foreboding familial ties to the focal trio. As with many prequels, this will work best for those already familiar with Savages, but on its own, Winslow's penchant for consistent entertainment makes it a great read in its own right. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Published to coincide with the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone’s major film of Savages from Universal Pictures in July 2012—starring John Travolta, Blake Lively, Benecio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, and Salma Hayek—this is the much-anticipated prequel to Don Winslow’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller.

In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated literary thrillers in recent memory, Savages was a Top 10 Book of 2010 selection by Janet Maslin in The New York Times and Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly as well as Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times and publications around the world.

     Now, in his 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, it is a tale of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the younger generation 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 ultimately force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their love for each other.

About the Author

Don Winslow, a former private investigator and consultant, is the author of twelve novels, including The Dawn Patrol, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, and The Death and Life of Bobby Z. He lives in Southern California.

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lrob, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by lrob)
First, let me state up front that I'm a big Don Winslow fan. This is not his best book, but it's a very good one for those that like his style (and he has several of them). This book has something like 250 "chapters" that are sometimes as short as one or two lines. As noted on the cover, this is a prequel to Savages. I think it is the better of the two books. Essentially, this book lays out the genesis of the three main characters (as well as supporting characters and characters from other Winslow books), literally from conception, and provides the details about how they became very successful pot dealers living the good life in Southern California. As with Savages, the book is violent, but it is a story about drugs. All-in-all a fun, quick read for those who like Winslow and/or thrillers.
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ISBN:
9781451665321
Author:
Winslow, Don
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
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Thrillers
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Literature-A to Z
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Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
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Don Winslow, best selling, Savages, Ben and Chon, O., Oliver Stone, Stephen King, Janet Maslin, Sarah Weinman, 1960s, Southern California, The Kings of Cool, family, father and son, mother and daughter, friends, lovers, drug dealers, crooked cops, novel,
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Don Winslow, best selling, Savages, Ben and Chon, O., Oliver Stone, Stephen King, Janet Maslin, Sarah Weinman, 1960s, Southern California, The Kings of Cool, family, father and son, mother and daughter, friends, lovers, drug dealers, crooked cops, novel,
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Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
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9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This prequel to Savages, Winslow's 2010 bestseller and now an Oliver Stone-directed big-budget film, features the author's trademark punchy dialogue, and will more than satisfy fans of drug-crime thrillers. Here, Winslow provides the background story of Savage's three main characters: Ben, Chon, and O. Ben and Chon sold marijuana in Laguna Beach, California, before running afoul of a vicious Mexican drug cartel, which abducted O, the dealers' mutual love interest, and ushered the pot-peddling trio into a sordid world of violence and corruption. But that all happened later — this story opens in 2005, with the carefree 20-something friends playing a game in which they predict 'each other's sexual preferences,' and soon shifts back to 2003 to offer a somewhat unconvincing explanation for how the drug-dealing began: 'Actually it was the fact that O had no freaking idea what she was going to do with her life that led Ben and Chon into the marijuana business' as a way to claim a 'vocation.' Later, the story leapfrogs back even further in time to 1967 to reveal the origins of an earlier drug ring — one with foreboding familial ties to the focal trio. As with many prequels, this will work best for those already familiar with Savages, but on its own, Winslow's penchant for consistent entertainment makes it a great read in its own right. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Published to coincide with the release of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone’s major film of Savages from Universal Pictures in July 2012—starring John Travolta, Blake Lively, Benecio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, and Salma Hayek—this is the much-anticipated prequel to Don Winslow’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller.

In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Among the most celebrated literary thrillers in recent memory, Savages was a Top 10 Book of 2010 selection by Janet Maslin in The New York Times and Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly as well as Sarah Weinman in the Los Angeles Times and publications around the world.

     Now, in his 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, it is a tale of family in all its forms—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends and lovers. As the younger generation 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 ultimately force Ben, Chon, and O to choose between their real families and their love for each other.

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