The Force by Don Winslow

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I’m generally a fan of the novels by Don Winslow, writer able to create telegraphic chapters and to send the reader in the modern criminal world.

This novel, The Force, ended up being quite different from my expectations; on one side the style: a more articulate narration (sometimes confusing, mainly at the beginning), and longer chapters. On the other side the plot: the criminal here are the policemen themselves.

The main character is Danny Malone, king of  Manhattan North Special Force, that is the police unit that never stops to fight criminals. But Danny – and his fellow colleague brothers – are really corrupted, always ready to take favours or money and to be involved in criminal activities.

The novel focus in on the rise and abrupt fail of Danny’s life, from untouchable cop, a hero, to a man who sees everything he has built crumbling in front of him, and the only choice is whether to become a rat.

The novel is engaging, at least after the introductory part, but the whole political schemes and the betrays make the plot almost surreal, with a climax in the ending part. In the end good, but it’s not the first title that will come into my mind if I’m asked to suggest a novel by Don Winslow.


* The Force by Don Winslow ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english

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Flow my tears, the Policeman said by Philip K. Dick

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Down, vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are black enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.

Jason Taverner is a showbiz star: during his life he was singer and a tv presenter and he is surrounded by charming women like Heater Heart; moreover he is a six, so a human being with improved DNA.
The day following the end of his show Jason gets up in an anonymous motel room and he will have to face the fact that nobody remembers him and that there are no documents proving his existence.

In this novel, with extreme lucidity, Dick brings us in Jason’s nightmare, dominated by suspicion, paranoia and uncertainty.
Jason must face the police, the true power that holds up the nation, noting how, once spotted out, it’s impossible to be left alone.
The main character, in his fight for survival, meets various characters, some who could have recognized him, some new living at the border of the society.

The novel is linear and easy to read, there are no tricks or deceits, at the end the reader will know the truth. As in lots of his novel the writer inserts the theme of the non overlapping realities: Jason had a role in society but suddenly nobody remember him; the paranoia and the anguish derived from this event are in this case the cornerstone of the novel and  the starting point to  understand the social consequences of a police state, where the minimum event can arise suspicion and often a hasty punishment; an extreme situation that in some case is more real than one can imagine.

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* Flow my tears, the policeman said by Philip K. Dick ★★★★☆

*I read this book in English

A scanner darkly by Philip K. Dick

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Recently I’m reading a lot of YA, but this is not a reason to forget my great love for science fiction. And it’s impossible to talk about SF without talking about the most visionary author of all times: Philip K. Dick, master in overlapping reality and non.

In the following the review of one of his novel I read some months ago, maybe the most visionary of all them.

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