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.


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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Uncle Don's Slide Show

Winslow has the chops to play audience like a cello. But...

Imagine you've got an uncle who's a good photographer and insists you watch his summer slide show. And the pictures are lovely, but... how much lovely can you take?

The plot in Dawn Patrol is exciting, the cast interesting, and the narrative stimulating. But there are those damned deviations to look at Uncle Don's slides of Southern California. And while each of the little stories are pretty, they grow to become boring distractions away from the story arc. Pointlessly. Winslow wants to give us a poignant sense of place. Instead he gets syrupy and distracting.

I wish Winslow's editor had cut about 25% of those bursts of pretty descriptive slides away leaving a tighter story .Hey, I enjoyed Dawn Patrol but wish it had been better focused on the lead core of characters, location, and sense of moment. Ray Porter does make the cast come alive with potent acting talent.
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- Ted "Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination."


I am from Encinitas, CA which is Don Winslow country. I love mysteries and surfing so I decided to check it out. I fell for this book right from the beginning. I loved Boone and his friends. I loved Winslow's storytelling.

But this book totally surprised me. It turned from light and even a little funny to intense and dark. I simply could not put it down. I was so drawn to the characters and the plot action and wanted to find out what happened to Boone and friends.

BTW, the narrator was just great and and really added to the enjoyment. I am reading Frankie Machine right now, by Winslow, and am really enjoying it.

Don Winslow is my favorite new author. Check it out.
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- Bryan Stern

Book Details

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