The Dawn Patrol : Boone Daniels

  • by Don Winslow
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • Series: Boone Daniels
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every morning, Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water.But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police. He blames himself, just as almost everyone in the department did, for not being able to save her.Unexpectedly, he finds himself with the chance to make amends, and this new investigation gives him a wilder ride than any he's ever imagined.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] terrific thriller....Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Don Winslow always surprises me

I assumed, because I am a terrible snob sometimes, that a suspense novel about surfing would have to be dumb. In fact I learned a whole lot about the deeper side of surfing and was drawn, as I always am, into the rich, odd characters that Winslow creates and consequently rediscovered the grace and humor and tough charm that he, so quirky in this genre, offers us in almost every one of his books.
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- Hannah

Surfing as Catharsis Metaphor

There is a rhythm to this book's pacing, as if the sea's changing waves dictate its pace. Don Winslow tapped into this familiar harmonic, placing characters and plot astride a big longboard so we could all ride the waves.

This story of ex-cop surfer turned P.I. surfer provides listeners genuine characters, a plausible plot, heart-rending moments of truth and terror (on and off the waves), and the soothing crooning of Ray Porter's voice as he adjusts our emotions with subtle shifts in timber.

If you have surfed, watched surfing, or wished you could try it someday; the reason for that near-mystical attraction to ride waves is explained in this novel - so to is the mystique of California's coast and wave riding history.

There is a lot in this book - great character twists, plot turns, over-the-falls action, devotion, transformation, an excellent close-out, and, of course, surfing. Surfer? Get it!! Not a surfer (definitely get it)!!
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- Craig

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.