Broken
In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.With his trademark blend of insight, humanity, humor, action and the highest level of literary craftsmanship, Winslow delivers a collection of tales that will become classics of crime fiction.

Broken Details

TitleBroken
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
Rating
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Action, Audiobook, Adult Fiction

Broken Review

  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Broken is Don Winslow's latest book, but for a change of pace, he doesn't give us a novel, but a collection of six novellas, each with enough heft to them to make a novel by itself. Winslow tells us these stories in his trademarked staccato style, always personalizing the men and women on both sides of the law and order line, cops and robbers, you know. Broken, the title piece, is a taste of law and order in the Big Easy. It's about as good a crime story as you'll ever hear. The action is so Broken is Don Winslow's latest book, but for a change of pace, he doesn't give us a novel, but a collection of six novellas, each with enough heft to them to make a novel by itself. Winslow tells us these stories in his trademarked staccato style, always personalizing the men and women on both sides of the law and order line, cops and robbers, you know. Broken, the title piece, is a taste of law and order in the Big Easy. It's about as good a crime story as you'll ever hear. The action is so sharp, so nasty, so intense, it almost comes as a disappointment when you realize that the story doesn't continue all the way through this volume. It's the story of two brothers, rather different in their approach to life. It's the story of revenge and retribution and paying dues. Crime 101 takes the action to the 101 Highway in northern San Diego County. It's a classic cat and mouse game between the clever crook planning the million dollar heist that'll allow him to retire and the canny police detective on his trail. The San Diego Zoo brings back that canny detective and injects a bit of humor cause the perp is a chimpanzee with a gun, literally, wandering through Balboa Park.Sunset is a look into the bail bondsman business. What Winslow does here though is he revisits some of his greatest hits of the past as he throws on the gnarly surfers of the Dawn Patrol and even an aging Neal Carey from several of Winslow's earlier novels. It's great to ride the waves with all these familiar characters.Paradise might take place in Hawaii, but it revisits everyone's favorite trio from Savages, Ben, Chon, and of course O (Ophelia). They are still in the game but trying to set up shop on the islands. And, don't be surprised if others make surprise appearances (but let that be a surprise). Winslow knows these characters well and it's a fantastic story. The Last Ride is a bit more overtly political than is Winslow's usually stock in trade and as fiction it suffers from that. Here the focus is on the border, the border patrol agents, and the situations they have to deal with. But, Winslow has a political point to make and that's his real focus.Overall, this is a highly enjoyable collection and there's no need to read any earlier novels as a prerequisite even though old characters are revisited.
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  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    January 1, 1970
    Don Winslows BROKEN is a gift, one bequeathed at just the right time. What we have here is six original novels, each of which reads like a short story yet contains the stimulating heft of a full-length book. This collection is aimed boldly and squarely at two groups of readers: folks who have been with Winslow from the very beginning of his fiction-writing career (or have come to him at a later point and hastened to fill in the gaps) and those who are unfamiliar with or only marginally aware of Don Winslow’s BROKEN is a gift, one bequeathed at just the right time. What we have here is six original novels, each of which reads like a short story yet contains the stimulating heft of a full-length book. This collection is aimed boldly and squarely at two groups of readers: folks who have been with Winslow from the very beginning of his fiction-writing career (or have come to him at a later point and hastened to fill in the gaps) and those who are unfamiliar with or only marginally aware of his work. There is plenty here for both, with stories that introduce new characters and others that revisit old friends --- and enemies.Those who regularly read my humble opinions here are aware that I try to keep this space a “no-spoiler” zone. I will do my best to adhere to this rule while discussing BROKEN, even though I am tempted to do so. Let me get it out of my system by first talking about “Paradise,” which bears the subtitle “Being the Intermediate Adventures of Ben, Chon, and O.”The trio of the piece --- the sexually fluid O and the Eskimo brothers Ben and Chon --- were introduced in SAVAGES, with their backstory provided in THE KINGS OF COOL. “Paradise” is set in Hanalei, Hawaii in 2008, where Ben, Chon and O have traveled for a combined business and pleasure stay, and find that by their mere presence they have inadvertently upset the delicate ecology of the local drug trade. So they feel duty-bound to save their erstwhile partners in the proposed business venture, with markedly mixed results. I give away their identities only because of the subtitle reveal. As it happens, a couple of other folks previously introduced by Winslow wander into the flora as well, each of whom packs a surprise or two.A walk-on of sorts also occurs in “The San Diego Zoo.” It’s a fairly innocuous title that begins when a San Diego patrolman named Chris Shea responds to a report of an armed chimpanzee at the zoo. What results earns Shea lots of YouTube notoriety, as well an excruciatingly slow-budding romance. There’s a mystery here as well, consisting of how a chimp got hold of a handgun. Shea solves this one, too, with the encouragement of another character who plays a larger role in “Crime 101” and appears yet again in “Sunset.”“Crime 101” involves a very patient and smart jewel thief who does painstaking research before each heist and is as careful in his execution as he is in his planning, spacing out each one so that as a group they appear to be unrelated, except to a cuckolded San Diego police detective. Then there is “Sunset,” which brings protagonists from two of Winslow’s early series together in an unforgettable tale about a wild hunt through San Diego for a fugitive from justice. It’s a terrific story whether or not you’re familiar with the principals, and it will make you want to stop what you’re doing and leave for San Diego just to walk in the footsteps of these characters. There is also a gem of a West Coast jazz playlist Easter-egged into the narrative that supplies a perfect soundtrack for your reading not only of BROKEN but of anything else.The four stories mentioned above are bookended by the title piece and “The Last Ride.” “Broken” is a violent tale of revenge times two carried out on the streets and in the buildings of New Orleans with an over-the-shoulder view of its neighborhoods, as a police officer carrying an understandable grudge attempts to get his own back from an up-and-coming drug dealer. “The Last Ride,” which closes the collection, is the very definition of a contemporary western in all the best ways. A somewhat jaded Border Patrol agent who feels that he has nothing left to lose finds himself haunted by a detained little girl and becomes determined to unite her with her mother, despite opposition on both sides of the border. It is hard to pick a winner among these stories, but this one stayed with me, reminding me --- for reasons that I can’t quite describe --- of one of John Steinbeck’s best-known works.BROKEN elevates and transcends the crime fiction genre from which it springs. Those waiting for the television adaptation of Winslow’s Cartel Trilogy will find his latest masterpiece to be the perfect companion in the meantime.Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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  • Tom Dooley
    January 1, 1970
    Mr. Winslow knocks it out of the park on BROKEN! I fortunate enough to receive a early copy from The Story Factory. This one isn't is 6 short stories packed into this book. You start with BROKEN which is about police officer who's brother is brutally murdered and he's out for vengeance. Then you move to Crime 101 about a character who does high end heists. You can certainly skip around to read them all in this book. Each storyin this edition is a stand alone. Mr. Winslow brings back characters Mr. Winslow knocks it out of the park on BROKEN! I fortunate enough to receive a early copy from The Story Factory. This one isn't is 6 short stories packed into this book. You start with BROKEN which is about police officer who's brother is brutally murdered and he's out for vengeance. Then you move to Crime 101 about a character who does high end heists. You can certainly skip around to read them all in this book. Each storyin this edition is a stand alone. Mr. Winslow brings back characters from his past writing like Boone Daniels, Ben,Chon,O and Frankie Machine. This one is a must read! If you haven't read any Winslow, your missing out! You'll either read this one and enjoy some familiar faces or you'll want to go get Mr. Winslow's back catalog!
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  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    More novellas than short stories, they are all exceptional. How incredibly cool is it for Don Winslow to revive those unforgettable characters from past books like Bobby Z, Ben, Chon, O and Boone Daniels and the Dawn Patrol. Like a reunion with old friends! It's one of those "stop what you're currently reading and jump on this one" books. You'll be glad you did!
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  • Thomas Pluck
    January 1, 1970
    6 great short novels... they are technically novellas or long short stories but they read like the fast little pulp novels of old, and every Winslow fan will have something to enjoy.
  • Jay Dwight
    January 1, 1970
    Another 5 star read from one of my favourites.6 wonderful short stories. "Broken" is vintage Winslow. "Crime 101" is just as addictive. "The San Diego Zoo" is laced with humour, laugh out loud funny in places. "Sunset" mixes crime with the surfer culture. "Paradise" involves crime syndicates in Hawaii, and "The Last Ride" deals with the Border Patrols on the US/Mexico border and the situation of children in detention separated from their parents. A must read.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Stephen King recommended book. He tweeted: "THE UNWILLING, Braffet; BROKEN, Winslow; THE SECOND SLEEP, Harris. I can't say enough for the clean lines and narrative power of these very different novels. Want to write? Here is your class and three textbooks."
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  • Leftbanker
    January 1, 1970
    This book could not have come at a better time for me as I am now entering my 5th week of lock-down here in Spain. This means that I can only leave my apartment for essential things like buying groceries. Skype calls and piano practice can only take me so far, and forget about TV. Im so bored that I am considering watching Tiger King. Im sort of saving that like the last can of pork and beans in my pantry, or whatever the canned food equivalent of the series may be.So, when I read in the New This book could not have come at a better time for me as I am now entering my 5th week of lock-down here in Spain. This means that I can only leave my apartment for essential things like buying groceries. Skype calls and piano practice can only take me so far, and forget about TV. I’m so bored that I am considering watching Tiger King. I’m sort of saving that like the last can of pork and beans in my pantry, or whatever the canned food equivalent of the series may be.So, when I read in the New York Times that Don Winslow has released a book of short novellas, I was all over it. I inhaled them like my life depended on it, and it did in a way. My mental health certainly needed a major distraction. I sat out in the sun on my little balcony with coffee in my very comfortable Adirondack chair and ripped through these stories like a bullet through soggy drywall.Even though I was disappointed in this collection, I read the damn thing in 24 hours. I really, really needed something that was completely engrossing and made me forget that I couldn’t go outside on a gorgeous spring day and ride my bike along the Mediterranean, something that I have never taken for granted on any of the thousands of bike rides that I have already taken here but will cherish even more if I can just do it one more time.I thank Don Winslow for a very good day. Now what the [email protected] do I do today?Broken This was a little too cliché for my taste and about as complicated as it’s similarly titled cousin, the film Taken. Jimmy and little brother Danny McNabb work are both cops in New Orleans. Jimmy is violence and angry while little brother is gentle and does volunteer work at center that gives care to abandoned chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers, or something like that. Not much went into little brother character.You can guess what happens next. Either little brother man’s up to help out big brother, or big brother goes on crazed torture-killing spree to avenge his precious younger sibling. Little brother’s killer seems to have broken into the Madrid Museum of the Spanish Inquisition to steal torture gadgets and books on torture to fully paint himself as the truly evil bad guy in this story. The police radios are silent, but Eva’s board is lighting up like a Christmas tree on crack. I’ve never seen a Christmas tree on crack.Always the first one through the door, right?Like I’ve never heard that line a million times on cop shows and in novels. I think a good rule should be, if you’ve heard a line before, leave it out.And this description of a kitchen ravaged by a grenade blast I thought was good.Oven door hanging open, crooked on one hinge, like a broken jaw.In conclusion, revenge is a dish best served with a ginormous shoot-out in a residential high-rise building complete with rockets and hand grenades. For Mister Steve McQueenCrime 101This story is dedicated to Steve McQueen, an actor I never really thought much of. He begins with the description of the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 101, get it?) and the moves on to rhapsodizing over a Shelby Mustang, the modern version of McQueen’s ride in Bullitt, a totally over-rated film, at least on my list. Crime 101’s first rule is “Keep it simple” followed by “When you need to get away, you need to do it fast” which, considering the description of the muscle car, seems to be in direct contradiction to the first rule of keeping it simple. A better getaway car would probably be the nondescript, piece-of-shit driven by Lieutenant Lou Lubesnick. You could run over an eyewitness in a Honda Civic and they wouldn’t be able to spot that car in a police line-up. This is far from the cleverest heist tale I’ve ever read. The first robbery is simply a hold-up. Granted, there was a lot of stealth and investigation that went into the robbery, but it was a fairly pedestrian stick-up. For Mr. Elmore LeonardThe San Diego ZooThis one was funny as hell and a nice little police procedural on top of that. Definitely my favorite of the lot and the one most likely to spawn a recurring role by the character of Chris, and possibly Champ the Chimp.SunsetSunset segues from the mention of the bail bondsman, Duke Kasmajian who was with Lieutenant Lou at a baseball game in the previous story—I guess it pays to read these in order. Winslow brings back Boone Daniels in this tale of an ex-surf legend as well as his Neal Carrey invention. It could get crowded in here.Detective Lou is a great invention, although I don't recollect if he is on loan from another Winslow novel. If not, he deserves more room, he needs to be let out (like me in my confinement) and have his own novel.ParadiseSavages was my least-favorite Winslow novel, second least favorite may have been the prequel, The Kings of Cools, so I really wasn’t welcoming the return of the protagonists from this tale.O is way to freaking stupid to ever be sexy. “I guess I wanted someone to raise me,” O says. “When no one did, I just got mad and refused to raise myself.” Pete says, “You’re a smart young lady, O.”Sorry, she isn’t. Sorry, there is nothing sexy and certainly nothing cool about being willfully ignorant of the world around you.Ben sits on the lanai reading a Borges novel.Borges wrote a novel? Must have missed it.And then comes an introduction, of sorts. Mr. Shit, meet Mr. Fan.
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  • Terry Bates
    January 1, 1970
    Listen listen listen! Im not a fan of short stories or novellas. You just dont get a chance to really connect with characters enough to care for them.But in comes Don Winslow....I literally felt and fell for new characters and was excited to read about old favorites! Winslows story telling is downright godly. He masterfully takes you along a journey that leaves you desiring more and more and more. At this point, Ill read whatever he writeseven doodles on a napkin Listen listen listen! I’m not a fan of short stories or novellas. You just don’t get a chance to really connect with characters enough to care for them.But in comes Don Winslow....I literally felt and fell for new characters and was excited to read about old favorites! Winslow’s story telling is downright godly. He masterfully takes you along a journey that leaves you desiring more and more and more. At this point, I’ll read whatever he writes—even doodles on a napkin
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Especially if you've read Winslow's other books, you'll enjoy this one--although I would have preferred more Frankie Machine and less of the Savages characters (Savages was the only book I really didn't enjoy of Winslow's).
  • Cgcang
    January 1, 1970
    For the first five stories I didn't really know how much I liked the book. I was in a sense, not broken, but torn. On one hand, all stories are classically Winslow-esque, his writing is strong as ever and as many people also said, his versatility is admirable. On the other hand, I had trouble making my mind up just how well Winslow's unique, epic storytelling translated into short fiction. Now, there shall be spoilers. Broken, the first story that gave the book its name, though very The For the first five stories I didn't really know how much I liked the book. I was in a sense, not broken, but torn. On one hand, all stories are classically Winslow-esque, his writing is strong as ever and as many people also said, his versatility is admirable. On the other hand, I had trouble making my mind up just how well Winslow's unique, epic storytelling translated into short fiction. Now, there shall be spoilers. Broken, the first story that gave the book its name, though very The Force-like, was great, I loved it. The ending felt a bit weak but I could overlook its meagerness. I was surprised really, how some people said it was the weakest story in the whole book. I thought it could have worked better as a full-size novel but we've already got the Force, right?I didn't feel as strongly as that with Crime 101. Winslow's writing and style was nice and all and I saw why people liked Lou Lubesnick, but the story didn't really speak to me I guess. Now The San Diego Zoo was just perfect. Perfect. Fun, exciting, creative... I loved Chris Shea. And I liked Chris and Lou's dynamic more than I liked Lou himself. If Winslow gives people what they want and write a Lou Lubesnick novel, Chris Shea has to be in it. Sunset and Paradise see the return of old, well-known characters. Sunset was solid and Paradise was fast-paced and fun. Ben, Chon and O return in Paradise along with Bobby Z and Frankie Machine. Sunset has quite the ensemble with Boone Daniels, Neal Carey and Lou Lubesnick. I have not read any of the novels with those characters aside from Savages. So I believe if I read them first, both of these crossover stories would have worked much much better for me. The Last Ride, however, is a masterpiece. I don't really know what I can say about it that even corresponds to how good it is. I was worried it would be too political to be artful but it is... Literary gold. Epic, sentimental, masterfully written. It stimulated every cell in my brain that's even remotely involved in enjoying literature. It took quite some time for the emotions it stirred to subside. If the first five stories were unreadably bad, The Last Ride in and of itself would have earned the book a five-star rating. It's that good. And yeah, it casts a shadow over the other stories but that should only encourage everyone to read the whole book.
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  • victor
    January 1, 1970
    Broken is another fantastic book from a master storyteller! Readers and listeners will be treated to a collection of 6 Amazing Stories that perfectly capture the author's talent, brilliance and wit. At the same time, each of these stories will be dramatic, dark, hopeful, funny, gritty and familiar to some fans. We will meet completely new characters, with their own flaws, fears and complicated lives, we will root for them until they reach the breaking point and will continue to do so until their Broken is another fantastic book from a master storyteller! Readers and listeners will be treated to a collection of 6 Amazing Stories that perfectly capture the author's talent, brilliance and wit. At the same time, each of these stories will be dramatic, dark, hopeful, funny, gritty and familiar to some fans. We will meet completely new characters, with their own flaws, fears and complicated lives, we will root for them until they reach the breaking point and will continue to do so until their story ends. Without me giving anything away, I want to tell you that I was delighted to see returning and beloved characters from other works by Don Winslow. I am blown away everytime I listen to an audiobook by his brilliant writing style, by the lifelike characters in his stories and by the way he vividly describes every location, action and series of events. Don Winslow, with the help of his narrator, literally makes you see in your mind's eye everything he has put down on the page and with Broken we have two topnotch actors - Ray Porter and Kaleo Griffith - to entertain us for the over 12 hours of playtime. Bestselling and award winning author Don Winslow is without a doubt one of the best thriller writers out there. I listened to many of his books, including The Cartel, The Force, The Border, The Power of the Dog, California Fire and Life, Savages and The Dawn Patrol and I cannot recomend all these book enough to all of you. I listened to Broken until 4 a.m and actually dreamed about being in one of the stories, so you can imagine what impact this collection had on my mind. Get it, you'll love it! Unputdownable, dramatic, completely immersive and extremely entertaining, Broken is a clear contender for the best short stories collection of the year 2020. If you enjoyed, please give it a Like!I also post honest reviews at the author, narrator or publisher's request, you can get in touch with me for more details. Thank you & stay safe, Victor
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  • John Scheck
    January 1, 1970
    Most publishers and agents wont even look at a collection of stories. Theres no market for it, the chorus of publishing gatekeepers harp in unison. They are full of it, I say, and I hope this new offering by Don Winslow buries this myth once and for all. After writing the three doorstops in his Border Trilogy, you can forgive Mr. Winslow for writing these six pieces which read like taught and furiously-paced TV episodes.For Mr. Elmore LeonardThe San Diego ZooHoly shit, can Don Winslow ever write Most publishers and agents won’t even look at a collection of stories. There’s no market for it, the chorus of publishing gatekeepers harp in unison. They are full of it, I say, and I hope this new offering by Don Winslow buries this myth once and for all. After writing the three doorstops in his Border Trilogy, you can forgive Mr. Winslow for writing these six pieces which read like taught and furiously-paced TV episodes.For Mr. Elmore LeonardThe San Diego ZooHoly shit, can Don Winslow ever write comedy. I’ve read almost every word the guy has ever written and I never knew. Now I do and I want more.Simply one of the funniest goddamned things I’ve ever read, no joke. I would suggest reading these stories out of order and saving this for when you really need a laughing fit, like when you are under house arrest even though you've done nothing wrong.There is also a sweet little romance going on and one of the best characters Winslow has shown me.Without giving away too much, a three-year beat cop looking to move up to robbery volunteers to climb a tree after a chimpanzee that somehow is in the possession of a pistol. His cynical sergeant berates him after the episodes makes a turn for the worse.“Which word in the two-word phrase did you not understand?” Villa asks. “’Don’t’ or ‘Fall’?”
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  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give this 4.5 stars I would. With so many characters from his other novels returning- Frankie the Machine, Ben, Chon & O, and Neal Carey, among others- some of the novels almost come off as fan service, but in the best possible way.For four of the five stories you can tell Winslow was just doing what he loves- writing dark, gripping crime stories of thieves, cops and drug smugglers. What really surprised me is that one of these stories manages to be truly hilarious ("No one knows If I could give this 4.5 stars I would. With so many characters from his other novels returning- Frankie the Machine, Ben, Chon & O, and Neal Carey, among others- some of the novels almost come off as fan service, but in the best possible way.For four of the five stories you can tell Winslow was just doing what he loves- writing dark, gripping crime stories of thieves, cops and drug smugglers. What really surprised me is that one of these stories manages to be truly hilarious ("No one knows how the chimp got the revolver. Only that it's a problem.").The final story is a somewhat ham-fisted tale of a border agent who sneaks a child detainee out of the country. It wasn't exactly a bad read, and anyone who has checked Winslow's twitter feed knows his political inclinations, so not exactly a surprise, either. It just comes across as somewhat belabored as opposed to Winslow's usual exciting style. If you already like Winslow's writing, you will love this. If you haven't read Winslow (and I really recommend that you do), you'd be doing yourself a disservice to start here. The returning characters won't leave you lost, but you will be missing out on how heartwarming (and exciting) it is to see Ben, Chon and Ophelia fight it out in a tropical paradise.
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  • Mindo'ermatter
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting Mix of Crime Story Drama and Action!One book---six short novella stories. Well-written, tight storytelling creates a fun variety of short reading adventures. Perfect read for a fast diversion or break.The first story is set in New Orleans, the next three in San Diego, and the last two in Hawaii and El Paso. All different storylines and plots.Each story focuses on the blurred lines between law enforcement and criminals---while making the characters believable, human, a mix of good and Exciting Mix of Crime Story Drama and Action!One book---six short novella stories. Well-written, tight storytelling creates a fun variety of short reading adventures. Perfect read for a fast diversion or break.The first story is set in New Orleans, the next three in San Diego, and the last two in Hawaii and El Paso. All different storylines and plots.Each story focuses on the blurred lines between law enforcement and criminals---while making the characters believable, human, a mix of good and bad. The collection title, "broken" is the theme of each unusual story, some witty, others tragic, but all worth reading.Interesting characters are well-defined by engaging narrations and edgy dialogue. Some language, tied to specific characters was offensive and distracting at times, but the larger storylines and plotlines were solid and believable.I enjoyed some stories far more than others, but appreciated the author's honest portrayal of the human costs and challenges that working in law enforcement has on those living it every day. These glimpses of the many traumas and struggles in law enforcement are eye opening.Loved the supporting Audible narration that added a sense of reality to the reading experience.I plan to read more by this author.
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  • Romano Perelli
    January 1, 1970
    "Call it what it is, dont call it what it aint.A freakin' masterpiece..."Broken", the latest gem from Don Winslow, is an anthology of six short stories, novellas if you prefer. Some are better than others, some are great, one is absolutely fantastic.- Broken: (5 stars) My second favorite, a cop on the bloody path of revenge. Very cinematic, a movie from this story would be fantastic.- Crime 101: (4,5 stars) I loved it, cop VS thief along the 101 highway- The San Diego Zoo: (3 stars) The story of "Call it what it is, don’t call it what it ain’t.A freakin' masterpiece..."Broken", the latest gem from Don Winslow, is an anthology of six short stories, novellas if you prefer. Some are better than others, some are great, one is absolutely fantastic.- Broken: (5 stars) My second favorite, a cop on the bloody path of revenge. Very cinematic, a movie from this story would be fantastic.- Crime 101: (4,5 stars) I loved it, cop VS thief along the 101 highway- The San Diego Zoo: (3 stars) The story of Champ the chimp didn't click with me- Sunset (4,5 stars) Welcome back Dawn Patrol. Boonie Daniels is back!- Paradise (---) I dislike the characters from the "Savage novel (Ben & Cho). In fact, I didn't like the novel. I passed this short story.- The Last Ride: (5 stars) Wonderful, epic, painful, tragic, absolutely great. My favorite. This story is so good it would have deserved to be a full novel.Highly recommended read.
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  • Tony Nielsen
    January 1, 1970
    In Broken Don Winslow sure gives us value for money. Get set to enjoy six very different and highly entertaining short novels. All of them are well crafted and easy to read.Winslow of course has already drawn attention through his thrillers The Border and The Force. In the six stories that come together in Broken we encounter crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss , betrayal and redemption, sometimes most of them in one of the stories.The voices we hear come from the worlds of high level In Broken Don Winslow sure gives us value for money. Get set to enjoy six very different and highly entertaining short novels. All of them are well crafted and easy to read.Winslow of course has already drawn attention through his thrillers The Border and The Force. In the six stories that come together in Broken we encounter crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss , betrayal and redemption, sometimes most of them in one of the stories.The voices we hear come from the worlds of high level thieves, and low life crooks, obsessed cops and down on their luck private detectives. All of them on the dark highways and byways of America. Perhaps highly appropriate for our shaken and stirred new world order which we are all experiencing right now. The settings include New Orleans, Hawaii, Southern California and rural Texas.Yes, Don Winslow has packaged up six in your face short novels which will definitely keep you entertained.
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  • Steve Angelkov
    January 1, 1970
    Have previously enjoyed this authors work, with the excellent The Power of the Dog trilogy ( The Cartel, The Power of the Dog & The Border), but this is a slightly different tact, with a series of short stories. Great stuff.
  • David Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Yet another superb effort by Mr. Winslow; this book is a collection of either novellas or long short stories - depending on how you define them. The stories are based in New Orleans, San Diego county, Hawaii, and West Texas. I have spent most of my adult life in Pacific Beach and/or close to the Pacific Coast Highway and Winslow just nails the local culture and lifestyle. Not all surprising since the author lives apparently in Julian and I would bet spent a lot of time in Pacific Beach. The Yet another superb effort by Mr. Winslow; this book is a collection of either novellas or long short stories - depending on how you define them. The stories are based in New Orleans, San Diego county, Hawaii, and West Texas. I have spent most of my adult life in Pacific Beach and/or close to the Pacific Coast Highway and Winslow just nails the local culture and lifestyle. Not all surprising since the author lives apparently in Julian and I would bet spent a lot of time in Pacific Beach. The characters may be fictional but the Pacific Beach geography and place names are straight on. Please write a book bases in Oceanside and please Bring back more Boone Daniels’ books those are my fervent pleas although the author is perhaps for his dark takes on the drug trade.
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  • Mark Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    What a nice surprise to find out that these novellas were old home week for the Winslow back catalog. Stories featuring The Dawn Patrol, Frankie the Machine, O/Ben/Chon, Bobby Z, Neal, and I'm sure I'm leaving someone out.Winslow's style has been changing over the years, and not always in a way I adore. I find the Border trilogy ventures pretty far into violence porn. If I had my way I would have stopped his progression as an author at California Fire and Life. But a popular author who's not What a nice surprise to find out that these novellas were old home week for the Winslow back catalog. Stories featuring The Dawn Patrol, Frankie the Machine, O/Ben/Chon, Bobby Z, Neal, and I'm sure I'm leaving someone out.Winslow's style has been changing over the years, and not always in a way I adore. I find the Border trilogy ventures pretty far into violence porn. If I had my way I would have stopped his progression as an author at California Fire and Life. But a popular author who's not progressing, well, I guess that's James Patterson, and we don't want that, do we?Anyway, the first story in the collection was representative of the trend I don't like, the remainder were all a real pleasure for me.
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  • Richard Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    From the Goodreads Blurb: In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without From the Goodreads Blurb: In six intense short novels connected by the themes of crime, corruption, vengeance, justice, loss, betrayal, guilt and redemption, Broken is #1 international bestseller Don Winslow at his nerve-shattering, heart-stopping, heartbreaking best. In Broken, he creates a world of high-level thieves and low-life crooks, obsessed cops struggling with life on and off the job, private detectives, dope dealers, bounty hunters and fugitives, the lost souls driving without headlights through the dark night on the American criminal highway.A glimpse back at themes and characters from Winslow's novels. All engaging and entertaining.
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  • Jason Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Don Winslow will probably be remembered for his Cartel Trilogy, and rightfully so, but these six novellas display a range few in the genre have. Alternately bleak, uplifting, hilarious, provocative and each crackling throughout with an urgency usually saved for the final acts of his full novels, the stories in Broken are among my favorites of his work, up there with The Force and Power of the Dog. I cant think of anyone else who can mix character, plot, emotion and legit laugh out loud dialogue Don Winslow will probably be remembered for his Cartel Trilogy, and rightfully so, but these six novellas display a range few in the genre have. Alternately bleak, uplifting, hilarious, provocative and each crackling throughout with an urgency usually saved for the final acts of his full novels, the stories in Broken are among my favorites of his work, up there with The Force and Power of the Dog. I can’t think of anyone else who can mix character, plot, emotion and legit laugh out loud dialogue like Winslow. Perhaps Adrián McKinty’s Sean Duffy novels get there, but Winslow will give you six for the price of one.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A great introduction to Don Winslow's work! This is a compilation of six novellas- each a perfect read for an afternoon. All of them deal with crime from either the crook or the law enforcement perspective and each one has a little surprise in it. They can be read in any order (although I admit to having read them as they are presented) and if you don't enjoy one, don't worry you can go to the next. I understand that some of these characters appear in his full length novels but don't worry if A great introduction to Don Winslow's work! This is a compilation of six novellas- each a perfect read for an afternoon. All of them deal with crime from either the crook or the law enforcement perspective and each one has a little surprise in it. They can be read in any order (although I admit to having read them as they are presented) and if you don't enjoy one, don't worry you can go to the next. I understand that some of these characters appear in his full length novels but don't worry if you haven't read those. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Think of this is as long short stories for the crime thriller fan.
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  • Trace Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    Really exciting novellas.... action packed, colorful characters, engaging stories. maybe one problem with a book of novellas is that you can't help pick favorites, or in my case, least favorites. Two of the stories fell short... almost felt like they were written by another author or at a very different time in his life. But the others were spot on and made this whole collection a highly enjoyable ride.
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  • Jon Wheeler
    January 1, 1970
    Can't think of a better writer working today.They say what comes from the heart reaches the heart and Mr. Winslow's writing always touches mine. There is also plenty of humor, as in the novella that features a gun toting chimp and is dedicated to Elmore Leonard. It was also terrific to visit memorable characters from his previous work, all of which is brilliant.
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  • Edward
    January 1, 1970
    This book contained six terrific novellas. I was hooked the minute I started reading. Each story had great characters and a story that was compelling. The writing was easy to read and left me wanting for more. I need to get back to the Cartel series. Great writer and a needed read in this time of isolation.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    I went back and forth on this book. Did I like it, did I want to stop reading when I got to the end of run of the stories? I kept reading. Granted, I like the longer books that I can start and just keep reading. There were a few characters that popped up I more than one story. Some of the stories we're a bit better than the others. I did in the end decide I was glad I stuck with it.
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  • Shane Paxton
    January 1, 1970
    Very solid book of short stories. Every one of them was a quick read and got quickly engrossed in the characters and plot line. My least favorites was the first story "Broken" because I thought the ending wasn't logical. I thought the last story was the best of the stories and had the biggest impact because it was about a topic that was very controversial in the last 2 years.
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  • Elzane
    January 1, 1970
    SnippetsAn avid Winslow fan I was excited about a new book. I didnt mind the new format as I disliked the content. It seemed to be offcuts and deleted scenes from his previous books without giving them enough oomph to stand alone. Familiar characters did familiar things and no, dont even get me started on the chimp and the gun. A lazy book from a great storyteller. SnippetsAn avid Winslow fan I was excited about a new book. I didn’t mind the new format as I disliked the content. It seemed to be offcuts and deleted scenes from his previous books without giving them enough oomph to stand alone. Familiar characters did familiar things and no, don’t even get me started on the chimp and the gun. A lazy book from a great storyteller.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    A set of novellas that are all tightly written, fast moving, hard hitting. They show off Winslows breadth of writing style with only one novella reminiscent of the drug war books hes written (read: gory). One story is very funny, another is touching. Narration of this audio book was first rate. A set of novellas that are all tightly written, fast moving, hard hitting. They show off Winslow’s breadth of writing style with only one novella reminiscent of the drug war books he’s written (read: gory). One story is very funny, another is touching. Narration of this audio book was first rate.
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