#BookBeginnings Don Winslow’s The Force

The Force by Don Winslow is making a lot of best of the year lists, so let’s take a look at it for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Force by Don Winslow

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Summary:  Denny Malone is a renowned and decorated NYPD detective sergeant. A hero, he is considered to be part of the law enforcement elite. The only problem is that he has a dirty little secret. He and his partners have stolen some money and drugs during a raid. Will he get caught, and if he does, will he take down all the other dirty cops and politicians with him?

First Sentence:

The last guy on earth anyone ever expected to end up in the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Park Row was Denny Malone.


Don Winslow has worked as an investigator and anti-terrorist trainer, plus he’s written a number of bestsellers. So far this story has a gritty, authentic feel. In fact, I had to check to make sure it wasn’t nonfiction.

I’m only a few pages in, but it seems to be told from a omniscient point of view, which is unusual these days.


What do you think? Have you read anything by Don Winslow?


  1. Maria D.

    I have not read anything by this author – this book does sound interesting though and certainly has a lot of good reviews. Here’s my Friday meme

    • Roberta

      This is the first time I’ve read anything by Don Winslow, but a friend has recommended him before.

  2. Sassy Brit @ Alternative-Read.com

    HI Roberta,

    This sounds just like my sort of read.

    Have a happy NEW YEAR and a great time New Year’s Eve! 🙂 Best wishes for 2018!

    Here’s my choice for this week: http://bit.ly/2EbSyv5
    Luv Sassy x

    • Roberta

      Happy New Year to you, too.

  3. Kathy Martin

    The author is new to me. The book does sound like it could be an entertaining one. This week I have Dragon Blood by Eileen Wilks – the latest in her urban fantasy series. Happy reading!

    • Roberta

      So far it is a very realistic police procedural. The author has a growing following.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I haven’t read this author, but the story and excerpts captivated me. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  5. Ashley S.

    This sounds super intriguing! Hope you enjoy it! Happy New Year! 🙂

  6. Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews

    I like the first sentence!!

    I hope you are enjoying the book.

    Thanks for sharing, Roberta.

    Happy New Year!!

  7. Lauren @ Always Me

    I haven’t tried this author, but his work has been really popular I’ve noticed at the library. 🙂 Happy reading!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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