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Crackdown [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Cornwell
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The dreams of an idle life in the paradise of the Bahamas are shattered when the discovery of a derelict, bullet-ridden yacht brings in the local police and the drug-runners. Nick Breakspear, desperate to escape his famous parentage, invalided out of the Marines, was heading only for peace, but the quixotic impulse makes him take up a challenge - and a lucrative offer - and he allows himself to be hired, for a private war, by a smooth-talking US presidential candidate. And it is the skills drawn from his depised father's world that will enable him to survive.


Nicholas Breakspear, ready to quit his Caribbean job as a rent-a-captain and sail to the South Seas, commands one last cruise that pits him against cocaine privateers, leading to a firefight on a tiny island.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061438375
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Nov 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YP0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Cornwall Crackdown 8 Feb 2011
By rosie
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I have always enjoyed Bernard Cornwall's writing, this book was good, but as an action adventure story not as interesting for me as his other books
But having said that, I am used to reading his historical fiction stories, so possibly this was the reason that I could not settle with this one, plus I found the ending a little bit abrupt, but again that was my feeling.
The writing was up to his usual standard, so, it is still an excellent read.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Cracker" of a book! 1 Feb 2009
Having read and re-read (and read again!) all of Bernard Cornwells historical novels I approached this, my first stab at reading one of his modern novels. I was not disappointed. His hero, Nick Breakspear is likeable, believable and not a superhuman (unlike in some other author's books where the hero is so macho as to be totally unbelievable) in other words normal. The other characters both "goodies" and baddies" are portrayed with the usual Cornwell precision. What a character Maggot is! The story travels at break neck speed and you won't want to put it down until the last page. I usually judge a book by my desire to read it again and this is definately one of those.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical Cornwell. 17 Mar 2010
By jamo
Crackdown is a adventure book. Simple as that. Don't expect the similar style of writing to Cornwell's others as I get the impression he had deliberately sat down to test another technique. He has succeeded but this is much more of a standard novel rather than an epic style like the Warlord Trilogy or even the Gallow's Thief.

The gist of the story is that an Ex-Marine desperate to escape from the grips of his ostentatious father drifts to the Caribbean isles and sets up as a charter captain. This rest of the adventure is about the war on drugs. I can't help but feel that perhaps Cornwell has a history with the substance and that perhaps a close family member has been affected because he writes with such venom when he describes cocaine. This is an avant garde subject for the early 1990's so it isn't like he is jumping on the anti drug band wagon. The characters are fun and dynamic but don't expect anything too Sharpe like because you will be disappointed but at the same time I finished the book looking forward to hearing from Nick again.

In short I was keen on the book and enjoyed reading it. The subject matter is dealt with in a heavy handed manner but I suspect Cornwell doesn't care if anyone reads it as this is HIS own weapon and his way of hitting out on drug users and pushers. I think he seems himself as the Senator rather than as Nick (maybe a bit of both). Well worth a read if you find a copy or just like Cornwell. The only negative is that he did not have his usual stab at organised religion which I find highly entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking page turner 14 Aug 2014
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Cornwell's Bahamanian set adventure is populated with rogues and heroes, calm seas and high adventure. It's a bit of a favourite of mine and I've stormed through this breezy adventure four times now. This early (ish) tale feels less polished than his more recent work. I like to think that the sailing adventures are learning books for the author and that he's testing themes and styles. In Nick Breakspear, Cornwell gives us an everyman hero who is easy to route for; we're also given a collection of colouful bad guys and a handful of interesting friends to help our man along. The entertaining tale concerns a group of people tied up in corruption and drug smuggling and it also gives us echoes of "Wildtrack" in that the hero is coerced into doing something in order to repair a broken boat before he can pursue his life on the ocean. The story contains much of Cornwell's flair for description and is carried along on a fast paced narrative which, for me, makes the pages fly by.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate thriller 2 Aug 2011
CRACKDOWN Bernard Cornwell 1990

I have for a long time, personally believed, that Cornwell's sailing adventures are some of his best writing. Historical novels are my main interest in fiction and although I am not normally that keen on modern period thrillers, I am happy to make an exception to the rule for Cornwell's five sailing tales, (and those of Sam Llewellyn), particularly as they are set in the decades of my own serious yachting days and therefore have a very familiar nostalgia. I must admit that I was genuinely disappointed when no further novels of the same ilk were forthcoming after the five were published.

The central character of Crackdown is an ex-marine officer, Nick Breakspear, who runs a charter company in the Bahamas. Against his better judgement he accepts a charter from a US senator to take his cocaine addicted off-spring on a curative cruise which ultimately brings him into conflict with Caribbean drug smugglers.

The story is full of action, the characters are well rounded and believable, and Cornwell uses his first hand knowledge of boats, sailing and the local waters to the best effect.

Every couple of years I take down my spare, battered, paperback copies of these five novels and they accompany me on holiday. I am not sure how many times I have re-read them in the past twenty years but despite knowing the stories intimately I never tire of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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Bernard Cornwell book------ as usual brilliant
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
A good read
Published 13 days ago by J G Macknight
5.0 out of 5 stars crackdown review
An excellent read very believable in action and motives.
Certainly a different type of novel from Bernard Cornwell and like his other books very readable.
Published 3 months ago by Mr William A Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
Another well researched Cornwell subject away from historical dramas. Entertaining and great characterisations. I dont sail ...but it didn't matter!
Published 8 months ago by ian chiverton
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking adventure yarn with serious undertones.
An excellent tale of modern day adventure, with serious social comment and information thrown in.
The story was particularly well crafted, full of interesting characters set... Read more
Published 11 months ago by griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Cornwell No 1
His books always gets you involved, and the twists and turns is what I like, this book was an OK read
Published 11 months ago by derrick roland wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Crackdown
Like all his stuff, Great read!!! Good story line and very strong characters, as always, loved it Rock on Bernard Cornwell
Published 14 months ago by ninneyneal
5.0 out of 5 stars Seagoing Thriller, great read, atmospheric, I felt as though I was in...
Great read, underrated series of boating based thrillers from the author of the Sharp series of novels.
I wish he would write a few more. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ian Forrest-Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the Mill
This is out of Bernard's usual style and I was disappointed as it was very superficial, the action was scarcely credible and the climax was very predictable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M.J.Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I wish i had this book read earlier, different story from Bernard Cornwell , should make it into a film
Published 17 months ago by miles brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best!
Had this been my first Bernard Cornwell book, It would certainly have been my last!!!. I took it on a 10 day holiday, with 5 hour flights, plus delays, and I am about half way... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mr. Robert B. Pollard
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