Second Wind

Francis, Dick

Published by Michael Joseph LTD, 1999
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Synopsis: Meteorologist Perry Stuart's weather knowledge and accuracy has given him high status among forecasters. When he is offered a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small plane he learns more secrets from the flight than windspeeds, and back home in England he faces new threats and dangers.

Review: Dick Francis's legion of admirers can relax: his year off from writing since the 1998 publication of Field of Thirteen is over, and a new vigor has entered his style. Longtime readers will be happy to find the customary racetrack skullduggery, galvanized by some fascinating new elements.

The very opening of Second Wind signals something new, with Francis's protagonist, meteorologist Perry Stuart, fighting for his life as he flies through the eye of storm on Trox Island, a blighted place steeped in guano and harboring a nasty secret. "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 ...."

When the reader encountered details of the racing world in Francis's earlier thrillers such as Whip Hand and Reflex, they had the satisfying ring of authenticity. The same is true in Second Wind--Stuart's character was developed with the help of BBC weatherman John Kettley.

Although this is a new venue for Francis, he still has a knack for quickening the reader's 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 Forshaw

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Title: Second Wind
Publisher: Michael Joseph LTD
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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