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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (8 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330391933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330391931
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.7 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick Francis has written forty-two novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

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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 Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dick Francis has written thirty-seven international bestsellers and is widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest thriller writers, having first been a champion National Hunt jockey. His awards include the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger for the best novel and the Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre. The Mystery Writers of America have given him three Edgar Allan Poe awards for the best novel of the year - the latest for Come to Grief - and in 1996 made him a Grand Master for a lifetime's achievement. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dick Francis has written in excess 60 books, many if not all of them international best sellers. Many short stories, his autobiography and the biography of arguably the greatest jockey that ever lived, Lester Piggott. Dick Francis himself was of course the Queen's jockey. So there is not much, if anything he does not know about horse racing, the background to virtually all of his novels

The one thread that always runs through the books of Dick Francis is meticulous research. The odds are that you will learn something new every time you read one of his novels. For those interested in horse racing, which to be honest I am not, they must be manna from heaven. But it is definitely not essential to be interested in the sport of kings.
As with all books and particularly with the number that Dick Francis has written, some appeal to the reader more than others but the author has always maintained an extremely high standard with his books and there is not reason to believe that this one is any different.

This book takes us into the realms of hurricanes, something we know little or nothing about in England. The enormous power that they generate is difficult to understand for someone who has never witnessed one. When Perry Stuart, a meteorologist goes on a hurricane chasing ride in the Caribbean, he learns about a great deal more than the speed of the wind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "antoniah" on 21 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought it was great. It is a good read...as usual Francis creates pictures with words - while the plot was easy to follow, characters not complicated... a perfect afternoon entertainment- I quite enjoyed it. If you like all the action to take place on the race course, this book is not for you... but if you want to follow a meterologist's trek... good fun. Maybe he will bring the character back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry, Mr. Francis I wish I had read these reviews before buying the book - I wouldn't have wasted my money.
For the most, readers of Dick Francis novels most probably like the horseracing world background - there was none to speak of in this novel. As for it being a "Thriller" I didn't feel that at any stage of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Kris Ironside and Perry Stuart enjoy working as BBC meteorologists who are personable, popular and well recognized. However, the similarities end as Kris is a maniac-depressant with a suicide wish while Perry is a stable individual. Perry does odd jobs to insure his beloved grandmother receives top of the line elderly care.
The two men go on vacation at the same time during the hurricane season. Kris wants to fly through the eye of a hurricane and surprisingly Perry agrees. When Odin strikes as a Class V storm, the two meteorologists, thanks to their host Robin Darcy begin their journey with a side stop on Trox Island. The hurricane destroys their plane. Perry washes ashore on Trox Island where he finds a notebook that lists nuclear weapons and the clients who want to own them. After being rescued, Perry returns to England. Perry realizes that his life is in danger by unknown assailants who apparently want his knowledge buried with him.
SECOND WIND is an understated British thriller in which legendary Dick Francis cleverly describes his violent scenes as if he wanted a PG 13 label placed in his novel. The tension mounts and the chill never eases, demonstrating Mr. Francis' abilities as a story teller. The friendship between Kris and Perry seems enigmatic at first, especially since the former continually leads the duo into dangerous scenarios. Still, that angle augments Stuart's character by showing that beneath his loving concern for his grandmother beats a more reckless individual dying to get free. The flight through the eye of the storm adds to the overall feeling of being out of control that permeates much of the story line. This multi-layered story may provide Mr. Francis with his fourth Edgar.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's just as good as the others. It does involve the Racing World and although it also involves a lot about the hurricane too, Francis is a writer of who-dunnits (superior who dunnits mind!) which happen to often involve the Racing World but are not ABOUT the Racing World. If you like Francis you'll like Second Wind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dick Francis has written in excess 60 books, many if not all of them international best sellers. Many short stories, his autobiography and the biography of arguably the greatest jockey that ever lived, Lester Piggott. Dick Francis himself was of course the Queen's jockey. So there is not much, if anything he does not know about horse racing, the background to virtually all of his novels

The one thread that always runs through the books of Dick Francis is meticulous research. The odds are that you will learn something new every time you read one of his novels. For those interested in horse racing, which to be honest I am not, they must be manna from heaven. But it is definitely not essential to be interested in the sport of kings.

As with all books and particularly with the number that Dick Francis has written, some appeal to the reader more than others but the author has always maintained an extremely high standard with his books and there is not reason to believe that this one is any different.

This book takes us into the realms of hurricanes, something we know little or nothing about in England. The enormous power that they generate is difficult to understand for someone who has never witnessed one. When Perry Stuart, a meteorologist goes on a hurricane chasing ride in the Caribbean, he learns about a great deal more than the speed of the wind.
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