Very entertaining novel with a surf setting in SoCal

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Betty, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    The Stoner thread got me thinking about this book I just finished.

    It's called Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow

    Dawn Patrol is the name of the surf crew that owns the waves: and dominates every beach in the greater San Diego area: they are frothing because the biggest swell in 20 years is approaching. The surfbonics they use to describe the surfing and other situations got some real chuckles out of me.

    Anyway, the head DP is an ex cop who is now a private investigator for an insurance company re suspicious claims. They want him to investigate an arson: it looks cut and dried, they assured him that he wouldn't miss the swell.

    Well, as the case unfolds, a murder takes place, making his odds to be able to take advantage of the swell lower. A couple of the surf crew pitch in.

    His crew and he are very funny in handling this dilemma.

    Several member of my own crew were entertained by it.
  2. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    I'll see if it's at my local library, I'm a bookworm, need something that's entertaining but not too heavy thinking. I was a big fan of Elmore Leonard and Stephen King for fun reading, Tom Clancy too, but have gone through a bunch in my lifetime. I think I've heard of Don Winslow, never read anything by him, thanks Betty!!

  3. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    I think I'm going to check this out when I finish the book I'm currently reading, "A Stranger in A Strange Place" (the uncut version)
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  4. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Right On Betty. Don Winslow is a very entertaining read.

    If you enjoyed Dawn Patrol I would recommend The Gentleman's Hour also by Winslow. It is more surf fiction. The story centers on an aging surfer, the world weary P.I. Boone Daniels. Good Stuff.

    What a coincidence current book also features heroic levels of ganja intake. Go figure.

    Bass Culture focuses on the rise of ska/reggae/dub music and the Sound System movement. I can not recommend this one for everyone; but for beatheads like me it is crucial stuff. Fully spliffed!

    I love it that some of y'all are readers. Reading opens your eyes.
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  5. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Just finished Visions of Cody. it is Kerouac's character study of Neil Cassidy. The writing style is true beat. goes from free form to transcript and back again. Took a while for me to get through it and read some books in between (found a bunch of Ken Follet paper backs and went through them) but it's worth a go if you like anything out of the Duluoz Legend or other beat stuff.

    I like John Irving and King's stuff. The whole dark tower Rose in the Keyhole stuff still gets me.

    thanks for the recommends I'll look inti them
  6. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    heard, ordered a copy of In Search of Captain Zero a week ago. Not crazy bout fictional reads, but this past year was a bit of a bust on the summer read material. Will chalk these suggestions up
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  7. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    Oct 14, 2012
    Other great reads: "the Soul of an octopus" by Sy Montgomery You will never eat squid again after reading the book.

    The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. Based on real events, this is. a society where the women go out every day to make the money: they do it by free diving and bringing home ocean finds to sell. The men stay home to watch the kids and cook and mainly they sit around and gossip until the women come back, It is a matriarchal society.

    This was in frigid water on an island off of N. Korea, before neoprene existed and they dove under for longer than any one else could. They do suffer deaths because of this.

    It takes place in the 1930's and 1940's and you see the society change with the upheaval of war. There are scenes that will take your breath away.

    This is a tribe of women called heanyeo--live just off of N. Korea (Frigid!) on an island of Jejune .

    They were invaded by the Japanese which were fairly brutal, but within bounds. USA occupied JeJune after WWII and they were ruthless to the locals, outright murderous.

    But the main focus of the book is this group of women who were fearless and I daresay none of us here would pass that test! The hazards they are up against in diving and how they helped each other are breathtaking to read about.

    While the characters are fictitious, they are based upon real people. It starts out with one of the women, now in her 80's , who is remembering this.

    It is not a lighthearted book, but fascinating and moving. And easy to read, you don't have to go back over paragraphs to follow the story, like some of the classics.
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  8. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Captain zero is real life
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  9. curl

    curl Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2013
    Peajay , Allen and reality blends truth , fiction and a lot of good BS. A talented writer , smuggler and add in a dose of insanity . The sinking of stolen Florida Yachts off Montauk , screwing the locals , using Lear jets , having the CG follow u as u scuttle your ship is way more interesting .
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  10. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I'm guessing this is old news, but "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" By William Finnegan is a good read. Its about his (surfing) life, and man he's lived quite a life. From a shat-upon haole teenager in Hawaii to working the surfpunk bars in Sidney, to big cold water in San Francisco. I really liked it.
  11. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    My nephew that just visited has been road tripping for months, inspired by Kerouac, even went to the his grave in Lowell, Mass. before stopping by.I Still haven't read Visions yet, always loved Dharma Bums, almost as much as On The Road. He is a big Bukowski fan like myself, so it was awesome turning him on stuff like Henry Miller who he never heard of ( the youth these days), and Vonnegut for light reading, lol.
    Sometimes you can't beat the greats though, read Hemingways Islands In The Stream and Steinbecks The Moon Is Down this summer, awesome stuff.
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  12. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Neal Cassady. What a character.

    Kerouac is great but I still love Tom Wolfe's wonderful take in The Electric Acid Kool Aid Test. (I read this back in '83 so if the details are a little off I apologize.)

    Cassady is the story's linking mechanism. All the disparate groups that encompass the tale had one thing in common...Cassady.

    Hell's Angels, Hippies, The Dead, The Beats, freaks geeks and anybody else; Cassidy was the Real Deal. Cassady was cool.

    You wanted to party with Neal, but he'd prolly snake your woman in the process. Neal was so cool you wouldn't care.

    Wolfe lays out a fantastic myth.

    Legend has it that Cassady was always seen flipping a sledge hammer. Something of an affectation. Always flipping the hammer, but always catching the handle. No one had seen him drop the damn thing. Morning, noon, night...drunk, straight...whatever. No Drops. On a certain level this is the metaphor that this Cat was in complete control of his world.

    One day … Boom!

    Hammer hits the day Neal is over by a freight train under sketchy circumstances somewhere in Mexico.


    Or...the only thing that can take out this man was a run-away freight train!

    Just in case you couldn't tell; Yeah. I liked the book!
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  13. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Good read! So was Captain Zero. I'll have to check out the others mentioned on this here thread. And "The Island of Sea Women" will be a good one for my crazy merwife.

    Too busy to read novels lately, so I take a copy of Philip Wylie's "Crunch & Des" with me to the beach - Classic Stories of Saltwater Fishing - a collection of great short stories about the Gulfstream Docks in Miami in the 1940s. Stories about the fantastic bill fishing, and the rich tourists, and the local ner' do wells. I take it to the beach with me to escape my crew of knothead kooks while looking out at the ocean and the sleek Viking sportfishing yachts heading out the inlet to the Gulfstream, only a few miles from the beach. Tight lines!
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  14. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    I liked it too.. very entertaining. If you haven't seen the documentary Magic Trip you really need to check it out. It's about the merry pranksters trip, using footage from the journey, told by people who were there. It is priceless just for all the footage of Neal Cassidy.
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  15. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Is this an example of what is referred to as "for Furthur study".

    See what I just did there?
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  16. Manik

    Manik Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2015
    LOL, pun fully intended, nice WBF
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