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By Steve L on 07-13-17
Winslow continus to amaze
This is my 6th or 7th Winslow book, and is possibly one of his best. While shorter than his other works, it's captivating, fast paced and sprinkled with enough nonfiction to make it hard to turn off.
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By D. Fyler on 07-21-17
Like Training Day x 20
Classic Don Winslow. A bit more moralistic than The Power of the Fog and the Cartel, but just as intense. The characters are full fledged and believable, mostly. As in his other books, he does have a problem in fleshing out his female characters.
The narrator was very good. I do believe that he is a native New Yorker as he is able to mimic the dozens of accents that New Yorkers display
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Darwin8u on 06-24-17
The Fire THIS Time
This would have probaly just been another very good cop thriller without Don Winslow's race nuance (sometimes clunky, sometimes heavy-handed) and the novel's final act. Overall, 'The Force' is not as good as his Cartel series (The Power of the Dog, The Cartel), but in my opinion better than Savages. I'll detail this a bit later, but Winslow doesn't pull many punches when dealing with drug dealers, dirty cops, dirty politicos, etc. He really does get some major props from jumping right into the Black Lives Matter, Blue-on-Black dynamics. The novel's characters are arranged in such a way that the issues of Ferguson, NYC, Baltimore, LA, etc., are inescapable from the novel's narrative. You can't really tell a story about NYC cops and corruption and NOT step into issues of race. Winslow doesn't flinch.
He is also a helluva story teller and a decent, nice guy. I met him a couple weeks ago at a lecture and book signing and his reputation for being kind to his fans was evident. The publicity grind (books signings, lecturs, readings, etc) that all writers do more or less appears to be mostly grind, but Winslow was cheerful, funny, kind, patient, and carries a natural gift for engaging people and a real curiosity about humanity. In his work it is obvious that he is seeking first a good story, but he is also very interested in people. He doesn't give a shit if it cop or criminal, he likes finding the bends, the cracks, and the dark corners.
I did get to ask him a questions: "Which contemporary writers intimidate you? Make you feel like hanging it up? Question why you even write because they are THAT good?"
1. Dennis Lehane
2. Richard Russo
3. Jim Harrison, RIP
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By kurdis teed on 01-25-18
The Force: not for the squeamish
Would you listen to The Force again? Why?
The story was great and the narrator was perfect, but I don't listen to audiobooks more than once.
What other book might you compare The Force to and why?
I don't read a lot of crime novels, though that may change now. I will check out some of Winslow's other work.
What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?
I don't think they could have found a more perfect narrator for this book. Graham's voice is gritty and fits the bleak Harlem, NY setting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It was too long for that, but I continued to want to turn it back on when I wasn't listening. I got through the book in about 3 days, which is fairly quick for me on a book this long.
Any additional comments?
If you like crime novels at all, listen to this recording. Even if you don't, listen to this recording. It's a very good book, no matter the genre you prefer. It's well-written and the narration is fantastic. This audiobook comes highly recommended from this reviewer. 5 stars all the way across.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
By D. Smith on 11-21-17
complex and exhilarating
I loved this book and the reading of it. Graham perfectly captured the feel and grittiness of New York City. Ranks among Don Winslow's best. not for the faint of heart, though less graphic than his last book, The Cartel.
23 of 25 people found this review helpful