As I have mentioned in a previous article, Don Winslow is one of my new favorite authors. His writing style and story telling ability is incredible and he knows how to draw a reader in. His novel The Kings of Cool is a fantastic story about drugs and the cartels.
Ben, Chon, and Ophelia, better known as O, are selling marijuana in Southern California and are making a killing. They have made a strain that their customers keep coming back for. Things go south when a cartel wants Ben and Chon to work for them and receive nothing in return.
This novel is the prequel to Savages and connects everything together. We learn how events that happened 50 years ago have led to the events unfolding now. Secrets are revealed and why Ben, Chon and O’s lives have turned out how they did. You can’t bury the past and run away from it especially when drugs and money are involved.
What I loved about this novel is the tone. Winslow tells this tale with a great sense of humor and from the vantage and mindset of spoiled and entitled teenager-turned-grownups. It makes for a thrilling story and Winslow breaks down things so if you have no knowledge of marijuana, he will make sure you do after reading the book.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves cartel books, books about marijuana and adventure books. What unfolds in this novel is beautiful chaos and you will not want to put the book down until you finish it.