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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (818 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don Winslow Narrator: Darrell Larson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780739354322
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When Tim Kearney draws a license plate across the throat of a Hell's Angel, he's pretty much a dead man. It's his third crime and, according to California law, that gives him "life without the possibility of parole."  Killing a Hell's Angel also makes him a dead man on any prison yard in California. That's when the DEA makes Kearney an offer: impersonate the late, legendary dope smuggler Bobby Z so that the agency can trade him to Don Huertero -- northern Mexico's drug kingpin -- for a captured DEA agent. Tim Kearney bears an uncanny resemblance to Bobby Z, and, with some training, he might be able to pass.

Or not. But, really, what choice does he have?

So, he's off to a compound in the middle of a desert that's been designed by Huertero's number-two man to look like the Arab fort in his favorite movie, Beau Jeste ("The Santa Fe thing had been done to death.") Kearney's surprised when he meets Bobby Z's old flame, Elizabeth, who was never mentioned in his training, and her son, who she claims belongs to him. It's a short vacation by the pool before Kearney's on the run from drug lords, bikers, Indians, and cops ... and the kid's along for the ride. Some of the pursuers want Bobby Z, and some want the considerably less legendary Tim K. Whether he pulls it off, whether he can keep the kid and the girl and his life, makes for a hilarious, fast-paced, and truly touching audio. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Packs the wallop of a semiautomatic weapon. Newsday“Fast-paced . . . full of explosive action and deliciously evil characters.
  • "The plot unfolds at the speed of sound. . . . As much fun as a barrel of monkeys--all of them armed. Men's Journal

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McPhee | 2/19/2014

    " yeah ... OK ... a fun read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 12/23/2013

    " This was the best book that I've read in a long time. I can't recommend it enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Niland | 11/25/2013

    " Tim Kearney is a three time loser looking at the prospect of life in the California prison system or a shank in the back when a bright spark at the DEA realizes that he looks an awful lot like the recently deceased enigmatic drug kingpin called Bobby Z. The feds make a deal, they will release Kearney and then trade him in the guise of Bobby Z. to Mexican drug lords who don't know the truth about the real Z. If all this sounds a little too preposterous to make a good story, it gets even wilder when Tim breaks out of the drug lords lair with a young child in tow and sets up the most unlikely buddy story in a long time. Blasting through the southwest with guns blazing to keep himself and the kid alive, Tim realizes that the only way he can survive is to become Bobby Z. for real, which is when things turn really nasty. Reading Winslow is a blast, he writes with a wry, adrenaline fueled sensibility that keeps the story moving briskly. Filled with dry humor, along with fascinating characters, this is perfect beach reading for crime fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loras | 11/11/2013

    " Fun and fast. Cast of characters is crazy. Liked the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob Rausch | 10/27/2013

    " Confusing, disjointed, and unnecessarily violent and crude. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 9/23/2013

    " The other reviews pretty much capture this - it's a whirlwind franticly paced tale. An action movie waiting to happen, a la Crank or Two Smoking Aces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 8/18/2013

    " Another great book that got turned into a mediocre movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/25/2013

    " Pulp fiction for the 90's, staged in So. Cal geography. Fun. Would have been 2x better if the last 3 paragraphs were cut out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 7/18/2013

    " Not as good as the last one, but still action packed and driving. A tad too sentimental, but a neat plot about a three-time crook who gets set up as a master drug dealer and has to deal with all the baggage that comes with that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/16/2013

    " Very disappointed. I so impressed with Power of Dog decided to read another of the same author. Well didn't work out. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/5/2013

    " Another awesome Don Winslow book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/10/2012

    " Katy turned me on to this author. He writes lightweight, fun-to-read books about losers who redeem themselves. I've read three or four of his and haven't found a bad one yet. Thanks, Katy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Greenberg | 8/1/2012

    " Good book. Funny, violent. Happy ending. Not surprising it was better than the film. Which was a dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Rasic | 5/25/2012

    " Really enjoyed the holy hell out of this one. Aside from a few one dimensional characters and a staggeringly abrupt ending, this is easily one of Winslow's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 4/5/2012

    " Perfect summer read! Fast paced - with like able characters. My only complaint is Tim Keatney was described as a 3 time loser. But later he was explained to have been a decorated marine with skils. A bit contradictory. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig Spraggon | 3/12/2012

    " Loved some of his later books. This one is ok...to obviously written to be filmed ...long chase scene in centre of book is boring. beginning is ok...ending is too hollywood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 1/28/2012

    " After moving to San Diego County, I read every novel by Don Winslow that I could find in print. Surf, dope dealing, the border, local culture... it's all here, including the best place in La Jolla near the beach for a good hamburger.I enjoy good thrillers and these books certainly filled the bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/23/2012

    " If I could give this seven stars I would! Yet another masterpiece from Don Winslow... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Krogmann | 9/15/2011

    " The first of Winslow's books I read. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirk | 8/23/2011

    " Fun fast paced read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Gall | 5/30/2011

    " An excellent, face paced, easy read for a few hours long bus trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 4/8/2011

    " Another great book that got turned into a mediocre movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 3/24/2011

    " Not as good as the last one, but still action packed and driving. A tad too sentimental, but a neat plot about a three-time crook who gets set up as a master drug dealer and has to deal with all the baggage that comes with that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 9/24/2010

    " This is my go to book. When I can't find anything of interest I pull this one out and read it again. I think this is around the 15th time I've read it. Not a great book, I just like the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/8/2010

    " Bang Pow Kaboom!
    superfast exciting twisted unbelievable violent sexy thrilling ready-for-film book.

    I liked it a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/5/2010

    " This early Don Wimslow is a lot like Elmore Leonard. Try Power of the Dog to start with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk100 | 12/19/2009

    " A fun, smooth ride all the way. The book was really enjoyable, the movie less so. In fact, the book reads like a test run for a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/27/2009

    " Katy turned me on to this author. He writes lightweight, fun-to-read books about losers who redeem themselves. I've read three or four of his and haven't found a bad one yet. Thanks, Katy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/26/2009

    " yeah ... OK ... a fun read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 4/12/2009

    " This was the best book that I've read in a long time. I can't recommend it enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 5/12/2008

    " Good characters and plot with lots of action - held my interest. Fans of Elmore Leonard would enjoy this book. In fact, if the author's name wasn't revealed and I was asked to guess the author, I would have said Elmore Leonard.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/25/2008

    " I wish they had 3.5-star reviews.

    This is high-octane easy-reading completely implausible crime fiction that goes down easy. It's almost perfect for what it is -- which is fundamentally lightweight but a lot of fun regardless. "

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About the Author
Author Don Winslow

Don Winslow is the author of nineteen, award-winning, international bestsellers—including the #1 international bestseller The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, Savages and The Winter of Frankie Machine. Savages was made into a critically acclaimed film by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone. The Cartel is scheduled to begin production next year by master filmmaker Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox. A former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in California.