The Force by Don Winslow Review

I saw an advertisement for “The Force” by Don Winslow and immediately picked it up from my local library. This book was touted as being like The Godfather, with cops. I immediately jumped into this novel, and was impressed with how gritty it was, and how fast the body of the work went. Winslow really pushes you into the world of corrupt cops, and government legislation. You are interested to a cast of characters that are fighting to take drugs off the street, by any means necessary.

Woa! Sorry to stop your flow of reading. I wanted to interject and say that this is an older review. I know, old content isn’t always great. However, if you’re reading this, just know that this is a review that I wrote after reading the book in 2018. I’m working on 2019’s reviews, and will post them as I can, but this is from my archives. Sorry to break up the flow again, just continue reading, and please try the fish! I mean, buy the book.

I’ve only read a few books this year about law enforcement. This is the first fictional book that I’ve read. The book introduces you to Denny Malone, a man who wants to be a good cop, but in the gritty streets of New York City, the lines get blurred fast. He takes a little here and there, and eventually takes on a lot more, and eventually him and his crew are dirty cops that are trying to keep out of the lens of federal eyes. Over time, things get harder and harder to deal with and the feds have Denny dead to rights. Will he turn, or will he serve time in prison? Will he give up his friends? What will he do with his back against the wall?

“The Force” by Don Winslow was written after a lot of research was done. Winslow spent time investigating the NYPD and has written one hell of a story that is fiction, based on real events, but mostly fictionalized with a deep soul. If you have seen the television “The Shield”, then you know how this book unwinds the difficulty of managing life, being a cop, and avoiding being dirty. The story is fast moving. You’re introduced to Malone and his crew, and then a new member joins and everything starts to become a bit more difficult. While the crew thinks that the new guy is too clean, Malone goes to bat for him, and things star to really get out of hand as the drug war in New York starts to explode, with traps being set throughout the novel.

At the end of the day, “The Force” by Don Winslow is a hard hitting novel. It’s an epic of cop dramas, and is very much like you would see in gritty cop dramas on HBO or Showtime. I saw this as a movie in my head with Mark Wahlberg starring. If you’ve seen the movie, “We Own The Night”, then you kind of see the kind of story that you have here. It’s a solid book, with a lot of hard moments to read through, and action that is no doubt ready to be a movie. It’s a solid book with a lot of heart, and some gritty moments. I loved it. It’s a great book, and definitely gets my highest recommendation. I loved the way the story moved, and how the ending really paid off in my view, with lots of great lines.

“Denny Malone wanted to be a good cop….”

I’m giving “The Force” by Don Winslow 5 stars. This is a great book, and comes highly recommended if you like crime thrillers. This is a cop saga that punches you in the gut and shows off the complexities of human life, love, and police life. It’s a great book, and it’s easy to read. I love it.

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