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Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Cartel - winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller of the Year - comes The Force, a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as The Wire.

Detective sergeant Denny Malone leads an elite unit to fight gangs, drugs and guns in New York. For 18 years he's been on the front lines, doing whatever it takes to survive in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone himself is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash. Now he's caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk a thin line of betrayal, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Don Winslow's latest novel is a haunting story of greed and violence, inequality and race, and a searing portrait of a city on the edge of an abyss. Full of shocking twists, this is a morally complex and riveting dissection of the controversial issues confronting society today.

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Critic reviews

"Nobody understands the disaster of corruption better than Don Winslow. The Force exposes the dawning horror of how it eats into the best intentions." (Val McDermid, number one best-selling author of Out of Bounds)
"A stunner of a cop novel with dialogue, gritty New York setting and moral pincers all in the service of a devastating plot." ( The New York Times)
"Intensely human in its tragic details, positively Shakespearian in its epic sweep - probably the best cop novel ever written." (Lee Child)

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An Audible Tour De Force

Simply amazing book. One listen is not enough. The narrator is awesome. Brilliant storytelling 😎

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Relentless corruption. Where are the good guys?

Where does The Force rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was gripped for most of the book. I'd say it was the fastest I have ever listened to an audio book . You feel like you've heard it all before though, tough cops, loyal crew led by a Cop Superman.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

He didn't seem to know how to end it and it rambled through many unbelievable alley ways.

What three words best describe Dion Graham’s performance?

I got tired of the excitable relentless, breathy, tough guy talk.
That said, it's a very good yarn and he kept my attention

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who'll protect us from the guys who protect us.

Any additional comments?

This is a very good book but........I'd only spoil it if I elaborate further.
Worth a listen and I'll look out for more of his books. I'd already bought the Power of the Dog and Cartel in paperback as they are highly recommended and are not yet available on Audio.

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Excellent book, well read

Very well narrated, this excellent story kept me interested throughout, with a well structured tempo. Sometimes the story goes where you'd expect, but not often.

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wow

best book I've ever read. like modern day Shakespeare. very very good. and best narration I have heard

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Good story

Good story prob close to reality. Still preferred previous books by author. Found the voice over irritating and annoying

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Loved this from start to finish!

Loved this from start to finish! 5 stars all round! Highly recommended. It had me glued from chapter 1.

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Classic Winslow, gritty and enthralling. Listen now!

I’m a big fan of Don Winslow’s work and glad he never felt the need to make more than a sequel for books, the series out there do not contain the originality required for longevity really imo.

The Force is just as good as The Power of the Dog & The Cartel where all contain multi layered characters, gritty violence, political underhandedness, plot twists and more.

While reviews mention the godfather, I’m reminded of The Wire, The Shield and The Sopranos all set in a contemporary Black Lives Matter United States.

Can’t recommend the story enough even if you haven’t read Winslow’s back catalogue like California Fire & Life or seen the movies ie Oliver Stone’s Savages or Bobby Z

This is my first book with this narrator and he was perfect for the job. African American, American Irish, New York accents didn’t fall into one another and felt seamless between characters while perfect from strong brooding scenes to all out action.

After a few duds and returns, I’m now choosing audiobooks on the narrator also and will be looking out for Dion Graham again for sure.

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Gripping all the way through.

a very well written and read novel. enough so I'm going to be searching for more titles from the reader and author

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Tour the Force

In all fairness, there is nothing to say here but one of the finest police procedurals in any form, novel or otherwise. Strong Wire feel throughout.

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  • Mark
  • Essex
  • 08-09-17

Brilliant Cop Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - definitely. This is Don Winslow on top form. I've read hundreds of cop books and this is head and shoulders above all of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Force?

The big reveal with Malone.

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A pitch perfect reading voice that is perfect for this novel. Like gravel rolling around in syrup. He is excellent with all aspects of storytelling and particularly great on characterisation.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both - laugh out loud in places and heartbreaking too.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this if you love great cop fiction and great fiction in general because this is a novel for the ages. Don Winslow has written a tremendous NYPD novel that is gritty and authentic with all the elements I love - like George Pelecanos on steroids!

The best thing since 'The Wire' and 'The Sopranos'.

I can't wait for the movie but I would actually prefer it to get the HBO treatment over an extended TV series so as to bring the entire novel to the screen.

What I'd love is for Audible to produce an English Language version of 'The Cartel'.

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  • Grant
  • 29-07-17

Powerful masterpiece

Searing and savage, heartbreaking and shocking in equal measure. The opening chapters lure you in as forcefully as the smack so central to the story and the energy doesn't stop until the sad, final end. Superbly narrated with a cast of characters that reflect the complex mix of the great City, without becoming cliches. I thought nothing could top the tearful tragic love story of Mexico told through The Cartel, but this brilliant work is perhaps a greater masterpiece, a fine and fiery indictment of the world we live in. Best book I've read in ages.

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  • Martin Haugen
  • 12-04-18

Denny Malone is a badass...

... but I expected this book to be much better having read the rave reviews. The Force chronicles the rise and fall of New York elite cop Denny Malone, tackling themes like corruption and the urban drug trade, but it does so without breaking any new ground. It's decent entertainment all the way through, but I must admit I was thoroughly underwhelmed.

The narrator does a good job of all the different accents and voices, but only really enforces the cliches and stereotypes (though only the author is really to blame for this).

Listen to this audio book if you are looking for a solid take on the dirty cop theme. If you are looking for something fresh, something other than cliches from a hundred books, movies and tv shows, look elsewhere.

Don Winslow is hailed as a master in the genre, but if that is indeed the case, his lesser collegues must write some awful books. I give it three stars only because it kept me interested enough to keep me listening to the end.

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  • Kai Friis
  • 12-03-18

Not as goods as the Cartel

Not the most exciting book I've "red". But it is well narrated. Well, I listene to end of the book.