Savages (Savages #2) by Don Winslow

Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach-based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can’t handle — the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, sending them the message that a “no” is unacceptable. –Simon Schuster, 2010

Book Review:

Set during the late 2000s during the Obama administration, Savages’ short cast includes two drug dealers, a horny- rich-do-nothing and the Mexican cartel.  That about covers the character development. Each character is given a label and more or less stick to it.  The cartel says, ‘hey gringos, give us your weed or else’, the drug dealers say, ‘here take it, we’re getting bored with the biz anyway,’ but of course, it wouldn’t be much of a story if the cartel was civil about it or if the story was told in a consistent style.

The cartel takes the drug dealers’ horny- rich-do-nothing to incentivize them into doing things their way.  Which does nothing but start a war with both sides fight for what is theirs.  Their pothead-plaything, their territory, freedom, etc.  Political commentary taking jabs at Republicans, Democrats and the Iraq War are sprinkled throughout the fast-paced tale that never quite answers who is the real savage is.

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Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson

The true story of the “world’s greatest entertainer”revealed by the man most qualified to disclose it, his longtime live-in lover. –Tantor Media Inc; 2013

 

Review:Knowing that the audience is reading the story for Liberace, Thorson only includes small inserts about himself before he met Liberace, his life after their break up and after Li’s death.  Focusing mostly on the rise of Liberace’s fame and their life together.  Although the tid bits about growing up in in foster care, going into witness protection, finding religion, surviving a mob hit and countless drug relapses, in addition to dating a celebrity, promises a good read should Thorson ever write a book focused on his life.

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