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Double Cross [Mass Market Paperback]

Patrick Woodrow
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4 Aug 2005

When Ed Strachan's parents were killed in a horrific car crash eighteen years ago, they left their son a miserly inheritance: the memory of a mangled nursery rhyme and a cufflink inscribed with a single set of coordinates.

But eighteen years later when a beautiful girl tries to poison Ed and steal the cufflink he guesses it may have greater significance than he had imagined. Christine Molyneux is just the first of many who will stop at nothing to get hold of it.

Ed is soon prime suspect in a complicated homicide and immersed in a mystery that goes back way before his parent's death. It is a mystery that lies hidden off a coral island in the South China Sea; that has already cost thousands of lives and that will cost many more before it sees the light of day again.

Fans of Clive Cussler will love Double Cross: a breathtaking mixture of mystery, action and undersea adventure.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (4 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478591
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Woodrow was born in 1971. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with first class honours in English. He worked as a strategy consultant for 15 years in London, Seattle and Singapore before becoming a writer. To date, his books have been translated into seven languages including Chinese, which led to Double Cross becoming a no.3 bestseller in Taiwan. Passionate about the great outdoors, his thrillers often draw on personal experiences, ranging from diving with sharks to climbing volcanoes and exploring third world jungles. Patrick lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, daughter and dysfunctional dog, Chilli

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"'Double Cross moves at double time, twisting like a sidewinder and kicking like a mule. Woodrow plots like Dan Brown and sets locations like Clive Cussler, but his characterisation is superior to either - a refreshingly imperfect hero, a femme more feisty than fatale, and a supporting cast expertly rendered in shades of light and dark. For a debut thriller - come to think of it, for a thriller full stop - Double Cross is exceptionally accomplished. If this is the first you've heard of Patrick Woodrow, rest assured it won't be the last.' - Boris Starling, bestselling author of Messiah."

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Coral islands, riddles, and non-stop action in this stunning debut thriller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A word of caution about reviews 29 Sep 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the greatest benefits of online shopping are customer reviews (as long as they're not just a few effusive comments that could have been written by company employees!). I have been saved from many a bad purchase of e.g. electrical goods, by consistent but constructive bad reviews. However, where it is a matter of taste, rather than function, it must be taken into account that anyone can write a review. I was so alarmed by one person's one-star review of this book, a review which is more of a rant than a review, that for the first time ever I looked into the author and the other reviews written by him. From seeing the sort of material to which this reviewer awards five stars, I concluded that his tastes are so diametrically opposed to mine that I should dismiss his negative review entirely and not let it influence me. I suggest others also look into negative reviews and decide whether the person posting the negative review is someone whose opinion they might respect.
I'm a fan of Clive Cussler and thought 'Double Cross' to be in the same vein. I've yet to find a book that starts badly and gets better (I've struggled to stick with books in the past but always to no avail) and though I'm not far into this book (audio version) yet, it has me gripped.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read. 7 Dec 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are into scuba diving then you'll love this book. Got a twist at the end which kept it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A five star is born! 18 Mar 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Highly recommended for prisoners of airline seats, sick-beds and Her Majesty. Not recommended for busy readers who cannot afford the time to guzzle 400 pages at one sitting. The average chapter length is only 5 or so pages - but alas they provide no obvious put down point as each ends with a barbed fish-hook for your attention. A swashbuckling treasure hunt both above and below the ocean's surface. The excitement is relentless and the style free flowing. I was fortunate to get a preview copy. I wish now I hadn't opened it until my next flight back to Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read for a long time 9 May 2005
By JB
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up a copy of Double Cross at the airport a few days ago (it is not on general release yet) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Woodrow's style is punchy, sharp and witty - the book is a joy to read. With 77 chapters over 400 pages it is written to allow you to put it down and come back later. But the gripping plot (the end is truly spectacular) means that the book is unputdownable.
This has to be the best thriller of the year. I can't wait for Woodrow to write a sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 31 Aug 2005
By RichieP
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My wife bought this for me at the airport, on the outbound journey of a long w/e. Well, Ed Strachan's adventures provided a journey enough by themselves - I was engrossed from Page 1! Whether I was in a queue, walking through the aiport or in a hotel reception, 'Banbury' held my attention at all times. Fantastic book. Great plot, love all the metaphors - Woodrow's style paints wonderful pictures in your mind. Felt like I had been there myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time flies by 1 Sep 2005
By Jack
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On a recent flight to the US, I picked this up to kill a few minutes before the film started. Several hours later I put it down, finishing it just as my plane touched down, with my headset still in its plastic bag.
The plot is intelligent, fast-paced and gripping. The hook at the end of each chapter means it is impossible to put down. Only start this book when you have enough time to finish it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars absolutely boring 17 Jun 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first and last book i shall read by this author i can only agree with the other reveiwer its not worth 1 star let alone 5.It seems some people are so easily pleased but dont go out and buy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If only I could give this less than one star...
Um, what the hell was this? Are we all reading different books here? 1) The plot is convoluted - yet too simplistic. 2) The characters are overdeveloped yet repugnant. Read more
Published on 4 April 2010 by Mr. D. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over Cussler!
Double Cross is simply one of the most exciting and credible thrillers you will ever read. From the very first page, I found this book impossible to put down and had to devour it... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr. E. J. C. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Well Worth A Read.
This book was found amongst the shelves of Boyes of all places and I wondered if it would be value for money. It starts at a fast pace and keeps you going throughout. Read more
Published on 2 May 2007 by Mr. C. Brittain
5.0 out of 5 stars What a debut!
Double Cross is a triumph of a thriller in the vein of Clive Cussler. The complex plot twists and turns keeping the reader riveted. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Book
Bought this book on spec and it was great.
Perfect for reading whilst by the pool, kind of cross between James Bond and Wilbur Smith.
Published on 11 Aug 2005 by Chris H Balham
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary pringles - Once you pop you just can't stop
'Double Cross' got my pulse racing. Gripping story, brilliantly drawn characters and some funny and wonderfully observed lines. I miss Ed Strachan like an old friend.
Published on 27 April 2005 by Ms. Sa Ritchie
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