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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: October 2008 ISBN: 9781455190256
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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.”

    Newsday

  • “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.”

    Oregonian

  • 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.” 

    Booklist 

  • “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.”

    Kliatt

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerin | 1/28/2014

    " Gets into the Southern California surfing sub culture. Lots of cool slang and cooler characters. It was a good read for the dead of winter in the Northeast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mb | 1/23/2014

    " The book starts off slow with a lot of time spent on character back stories and the history of the Southern California coast setting. Fortunately the book ends strong and left me wanting to know what happens next with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/19/2014

    " Read this for the solidity of the main character and his love for surfing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sugardaddiecom | 1/19/2014

    " Combine a good Private Eye novel with the Southern California surf culture and you have "Dawn Patrol." Incredibly beleiveable characters in situations you can really understand keeps this one a page turner. Boone Daniels is the kind of guy you'd like as your best friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissyclarkmckee | 1/9/2014

    " LOVE a book that keeps me guessing to the end. Winslow's writing style is fast and vivid - I felt like I was right in the middle of the story and didn't want to emerge back into the real world until I finished the very last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Nagel | 1/7/2014

    " Another winner from Winslow. Looking forward to picking up The Gentlemen's Hour. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristopher | 12/20/2013

    " An awesome book it hits a perfect balance between power of the dog and savages "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Booker | 12/10/2013

    " I hadn't heard of this author before so I thought this sounded like a good summer read. It turned out to be a pretty involved mystery with lots of California surf town history and background information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec Gray | 12/9/2013

    " Always entertaining (The Death and Life of Bobby Z), Don has one of his better recent efforts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommylord | 12/9/2013

    " Non cambierei nemmeno una preposizione in tutto il libro. Meraviglioso "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Crites | 11/21/2013

    " An excellent read. If you enjoy the sometimes bland P.I.-murder genre, this is the way it is done... minus the 'bland'. This is solid and grim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daman | 11/20/2013

    " Decent, but not at the level of some of the other Don Winslow books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 7/7/2013

    " I think Winslow is one of the masters of suspense/noir; very SoCal, very cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/23/2013

    " Having grown up on the west coast (but sadly moved away), I still have a soft spot for all things ocean/beach. I enjoyed the setting and mystery of The Dawn Patrol, but, as another reviewer commented, it turned a little too dark for my taste at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 6/9/2013

    " Page-turner with a good group of characters and a compelling, dark mystery. The surfing philosophy gets to be a bit much at times, but the Dawn Patrol is so likable that it's not a problem. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/16/2012

    " Winslow is a master. Period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli | 5/22/2012

    " Got this book for my bday, and finally cracking it open. I did love Power of the Dog by the same author... so far so good! Especially since it's about the neighborhood I currently live in! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 4/17/2012

    " I reaslly enjoyed this book....He makes me want to keep on to see what happens next.....I wish he would write a sequel to find out what happens to Boone..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/12/2012

    " Took a long time to get going but when it did it was worth it. Boone suffered a bit from Jack Reacheritis, he was a little bit too perfect. I hope one day he gets 'roids. Might give this author another read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 11/1/2011

    " I can't get enough of Don Winslow. He is the first author I've ever read more than two books from. This is my 5th from him thus far. I love that he creates original stories with most of his books. I am not a series person at all. Too much damn commitment for a bruddah like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/26/2011

    " Outstanding crime fiction, set in San Diego with lots of local surfer color and dialog. One of my top 25! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daphne Atkeson | 6/21/2011

    " This guy *nails* characters and setting. A simple mystery/suspense but deeply embedded in surf culture with an ensemble cast that are wonderfully well drawn. Great dialogue. Impossible escapes you buy because of well set-up motivations. A master of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 5/10/2011

    " This is the first book of Don Winslow's that I have read and I loved it. A very smooth writer and he does short chapters, I love short chapters, lol. I will definitely read other books by him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 3/22/2011

    " Winslow's surfing detective . . . bland and pleasant, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 3/16/2011

    " This is the first book of Don Winslow's that I have read and I loved it. A very smooth writer and he does short chapters, I love short chapters, lol. I will definitely read other books by him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 2/7/2011

    " I can't get enough of Don Winslow. He is the first author I've ever read more than two books from. This is my 5th from him thus far. I love that he creates original stories with most of his books. I am not a series person at all. Too much damn commitment for a bruddah like me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 12/21/2010

    " Characters even more engaging than Frankie the Machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 11/6/2010

    " Pretty much Point Break in novel form (stylistically, not plot-wise) so I loved it. May be a turn off for some, but I'll definitely be on the lookout for more Boone Daniels adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/4/2010

    " Gnarly amounts of radical surfer dude/detective wholsome goodness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 10/5/2010

    " Outstanding crime fiction, set in San Diego with lots of local surfer color and dialog. One of my top 25! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/28/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a light read. Cool mystery with a lot of San Diego history and that makes it especially fun if you are a native. The story jumps around but the author brings it all together in the end. I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 6/1/2010

    " Like how Don Winslow writes, this is another good story. A little too much surfer lore but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 5/20/2010

    " Good author- he has a formula but it works. Love the San Diego location. "

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About the Author
Author Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of the highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning novel The Cartel, a New York Times bestseller, which also garnered the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and made the “Best Books of the Year” lists for the New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Amazon. His other books have won the Shamus Award, Maltese Falcon Award, and the Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize. Winslow has also written for film and television.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.