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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0241955610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241955611
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of the Warlord Chronicles and the Sharpe series, is married and lives in Cape Cod, USA.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
Couldn't agree less with the other, negative reviews. A great read for the armchair sailor. This is a ripping yarn, and probably my favourite of the four Cornwell novels with sailing themes (Wildtrack, Sea Lord, Crackdown). Wish he'd write some more. The only comparable modern sailing thrillers I've read are those of Warwick Collins' Challenge trilogy (also highly recommended if you can get hold of them).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Nov 2000
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Well, I was a bit surprised by the other reviews I read of this book. I found it to be an interesting account of how different personalities can meet and find common ground, with a good bit of action thrown in. I found the main female character to be eccentric but with VERY strong principles - and definitely no large breasts - and the narrator a flawed but likeable man. If I had to compare this with Cornwell's other books, I would say it is a more mature story than the Sharpe series - I won't compare it with the Warlord Chronicles, because NO book can stand that comparison!
If you want to read a modern-day adventure tale, pick this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Say Again on 8 April 2011
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I love reading books set around sailing, especially military or thriller stories. Sometimes, however, when I pick up a new book I still get a little apprehensive that the narrative will slowly become bogged down in dry and irrelevent descriptions of rigging and manoeuvres. This book, as one would expect of something penned by Bernard Cornwell, manages to avoid these pitfalls. The book revolves around the plot, not the sailing. There is still some excellent descriptive sections about the sailing, but without the overly technical passages which haunt some similar books. There are, of course, sailing terms used, but the strength is that it adds to the tone which the sailing aspects of the book set.

As for the rest of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it - finishing it off in less than two days... The prose was fast-paced and encourages the reader to keep turning the pages, always wanting to know what's next and if there is another twist in the works. The early stages of the book nicely provide some character backgrounds which helps the reader to feel a connection with all the characters, and to some extent, feel a tinge of pity for the main characters eternal optimism.

Overall, a very good page-turner. Not a piece of literary genius, but, for its sheer un-put-downable-ness, it's a good 9/10 from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ Norris on 30 Sep 2007
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Love it or hate it this book definitly gets a reaction. It is a book that touches a nerve as can be seen in many of the other reviews, no one wants to accept that family hatred could go this far. I believe that this is Bernards' best 'stand alone' novel.
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I keep using the term "ripping yarn" to describe Bernard Cornwell's stand alone books - and this is no exception to the rule. It brings together all the good aspects of an excellent thriller - the calm before the storm; missing children; exploiting, Green action groups; It takes us through uncharted seas, quite literally, around the southern most tip of South America. You can feel the cold and wet! Maybe you have to be a sailor to appreciate it, but its a long time since I paddled around the yacht basin in Chichester and I loved it. Stormchild
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It's one of those books you won't want to put down. If you enjoy sailing you will love the setting.
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Some of the nautical terms may baffle but the plot is good and as always, a good read. You can always rely on attention to detail and all loose ends tied up nicely.
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By A. Stacey on 2 Mar 2014
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If your into Bernard Cornwell novels, it follows the usual formula we all like. Not quite as good as his best novels, hence the 4 star, but like all his sailing novels a refreshing change from the historical ones
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