The Kings of Cool

The Kings of Cool

Book - 2012 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
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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 , 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451665321
Branch Call Number: F WIN
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 19, 2017

The rants and insights on the decline of the republic were priceless. After hippies came Charlie Manson, assassinations and overdoses of all our heroes, to the greed and excess of the cocaine 80's making conspicuous consumption, pecuniary emulation and invidious distinctions all the rage. We had Bush Senior selling cocaine to pay for black ops, to Clinton's sperm on interns dresses to a coked up W being handled by evil, old dudes making up lies and spreading weaponized fake news to get us involved in useless and totally unnecessary, endless wars. Then the post Orwellian Change agent came and started drone striking "terrorists", women and children around the world and lying about ending the Patriot Act but creating a true nanny state with the help of the NSA. The devolution continues and maybe the kings of cool are right and drugs are the only sane reaction to the insanity our world has become.

emerald2pac Jul 19, 2013

Great book loved it. Impossible to put down , great story flow , great back stories on all the characters new and old. Very interesting connections are revealed. A must read ,finished it completely in one night and left me wanting more.

Feb 24, 2013

The Winter of Frankie Machine, also by Don Winslow, is one of the best books I've ever read.
Frankie is a mob hit man. He didn't really WANT to be a hit man, but he was so GOOD at it.
Twenty years later, retired, divorced, with a daughter who has just been accepted to medical school, everyone is trying to kill him. And, of course, he HAS to kill or be killed.
Quite a violent book, but each one of them deserves to die.
Excellent read.

6ATE4are Dec 26, 2012

Don Winslow provides a suspenseful plot and at the same time slicing and dicing California society. He says California has been the starting point for every major American trend. If you want to read an intelligent novel that includes answers to the question of how we arrived at this condition in our society (and I include Canada although our problems aren't as severe), then read this.

Aug 17, 2012

Great lead up to Savages. If you liked Savages, then this should be on yer "Wanna Read" list!

Aug 13, 2012

Don Winslow is one of the best writers of crime fiction in America today. This prequel to "Savages" (recently made into an Oliver Stone film) provides the back stories of the main characters in and sets up the events in that book. Focusing on the Southern California drug business, the tale is told in a style that underlines the title. The prose is interwoven seamlessly with elements of poetry and scriptwriting. It snaps. The social commentary is biting.

rhuber6202 Jul 29, 2012

Love this guy's writing! Short, punchy, full of intelligence, and something I can read in a day!I'm actually glad I read it after "Savages."

Does anyone recommend any other of his books? Thanks.

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