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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he’s 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 PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos, and in the water whenever the waves are “epic macking crunchy.”

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. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he’s ever liable to encounter, not to mention putting the Dawn Patrol in serious harm’s way, but the new investigation gives him a wilder ride than any he’s ever imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Think Philip Marlowe if he were still sleuthing—and had taken up surfing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A high-octane tale featuring a private eye, equal parts lethal and laconic, and a lady lawyer with the quipping style of Katharine Hepburn. Plus it’s a stellar meditation on one of California’s favorite pastimes: surfing. Winslow’s measured, pitch-perfect sentences bring to life the aching dreams and disappointments, both casual and devastating, that befall Boone and his close-knit circle of wave-riding friends.”


  • “Funny and full of colorful characters.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Don Winslow writes tough…The Dawn Patrol pounds its story forward like a relentless surf…The novel makes Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer adventures seem like a middle school Christmas play.” 

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A well-crafted book that unfolds at breakneck speed…The interplay between the quirky surfer buddies is laugh-out-loud funny…The pace quickens, the stakes grow higher, and the bad guys reveal themselves as truly evil.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Dawn Patrol might be the best summertime crime novel ever. Don Winslow writes about surfing as if saltwater flows in his veins.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Colossally cool…Grab your board, plant it nose-first in the sand, lean back and catch a ride on what may be this summer’s zinc-slathered-nose read…The Dawn Patrol captures the essence of Southern California itself: forecast sunny and clear, with an undertow of darkness.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Don Winslow has completely convinced us of both his skill at constructing a rousing thriller and his deep sense of morality.”


  • The Dawn Patrol is a thrill ride all the way…Filled with action and humor, good guys who win our hearts and bad guys we’ll never forget, it’s one of the most entertaining beach books of this—or any other—summer…A rocketing thriller.”

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • “A terrific thriller…Mildly comic…But it’s also dark, violent and plenty serious as Winslow keeps raising the stakes, as well as the waves, for all involved.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This mainstream hard-boiled detective novel becomes something special thanks to its sandy setting and the panache with which Winslow writes about the light and dark sides of San Diego and the wave-crashing characters who call its coastline home.” 


  • “Fast-paced, seemingly nonstop action…A terrific story…Porter delivers the goods in a strong masculine baritone voice, and he is marvelous with Samoan slang greetings and myriad voiced characters.”


  • A 2009 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Dilys Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trax | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this one, too. Boone and the rest of the characters are great. Also, you can do a lot worse than "everything tastes better on a tortilla" for your mantra. Great book and I really do love Winslow's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/11/2014

    " I like Don Winslow - also read the "Frankie Machine" story. Liked this one for its characters and the grim and gritty side of LA, plus the surfer community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Timothy Hallinan | 2/4/2014

    " Oh, just buy it. Buy all of them. Make him rich and famous. He deserves it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by C. J. | 1/28/2014

    " I am trying to not give so many 5 star ratings, and only give the for books that change my world a little bit. This one did. Don Winslow really brought it home for me with The Dawn Patrol. He was a little heavy handed with the cop stereotypes, but I loved the story so much I decided to forgive him. Boone Daniels is the man, and I loved all the other members of the dawn patrol as well. "

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