A popular British weather forecaster is offered a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small aeroplane as a holiday diversion, but he learns more secrets than he should, and back home in England he faces threats and dangers as deadly as any hurricane. From the author of BONECRACK, COME TO GRIEF, ENQUIRY and HOT MONEY.
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Dick Francis's legion of admirers can relax: his year off from writing is over and a new vigour has entered his style. Longtime readers will be happy to find the customary racetrack skulduggery, galvanised by some fascinating new elements. The very opening of Second Wind signals something new, with Francis's protagonist fighting for his life in a Caribbean storm at sea: "But now, as near dead as dammit, I tumbled like a rag-doll piece of flotsam in towering gale-driven seas that sucked unimaginable tons of water from the deeps …"
In flashback, we are catapulted into the world of meteorologist Perry Stuart who agrees to fly through the eye of storm on Trox Island, a blighted place steeped in guano and harbouring a nasty secret. When the reader encounters details of the racing world in Francis's earlier thrillers, it had the satisfying ring of authenticity. The same is true in Second Wind, as Stuart's character was developed with the help of BBC weatherman John Kettley. Although a new venue for Francis, he still has the knack of quickening the readers' pulse with a few carefully chosen words: "Despair was too strong a word for it. Perhaps despondency was better. When they came for me, they came with guns." --Barry ForshawReview:
'Fast-moving action.' (The Washington Post)
'Francis is a genius.' (The New York Times)
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Book Description Book Condition: good. 118 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M00141801077-G
Book Description Penguin Audiobooks, London, 1996. Cassette Case. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 12mo. Second Wind Talking Book 2 Cassettes 3 Hours crack in pespex cover. Bookseller Inventory # 500021976