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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Orbit (1989)
  • ASIN: B000NSDIA8
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,926,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944 - a 'warbaby' - whose father was a Canadian airman and mother in Britain's Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect called the Peculiar People (and they were), but escaped to London University and, after a stint as a teacher, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years. He began as a researcher on the Nationwide programme and ended as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland. It was while working in Belfast that he met Judy, a visiting American, and fell in love. Judy was unable to move to Britain for family reasons so Bernard went to the States where he was refused a Green Card. He decided to earn a living by writing, a job that did not need a permit from the US government - and for some years he had been wanting to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars - and so the Sharpe series was born. Bernard and Judy married in 1980, are still married, still live in the States and he is still writing Sharpe.

Customer Reviews

The plot develops well and has some surprising twists.
Henry Y. Stuart
Cornwell is a sailor so, if you love the sea and boats and sailing, you will probably love his book.
David A. Vandenburgh
I only kept reading it in hopes that things would be resolved and they were not.
Sarah DeBree

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. J. C. Wise on September 22, 2008
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I thought I was familiar with all of Cornwell's novels. Guess I was wrong. But I noted the copyright date of 1988 on this one, so it's been around for a while. Maybe he's got a new publisher. At any rate, this is very different from his historical novels. His main character is an ex-British Army Captain, severely wounded in the Falklands, who wants nothing more than to go to sea in his old, much-restored, wooden sailboat. There are hints of Nevil Shute's aviation-based stories, and of Dick Francis's racing stories -- essentially a story built around technical details of sailing and a reasonably plausible "thriller" plot. I noted in the Kindle edition a listing of five books in "The Sailing Thrillers" category. Think that I'll look for them. If you're looking for typical Cornwell historical fiction, this isn't it. If you like a nice read with modern sailing challenges, this is pretty good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Henry Y. Stuart on June 29, 2008
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The first thing the reader becomes aware of is that Cornwell really knows sailing. He know all the terminology, and ins and outs of sail craft. His characters are plausible and appealing. The plot develops well and has some surprising twists. Bernard Cornwell is a master story teller. Anyone who loves the sea and adventure stories will love this book.
Henry Stuart
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce B. on July 15, 2010
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To fans of Cornwell's great historical fiction, the novels in the thriller series may disappoint. These are modern mysteries (inverted detective stories) with sailing themes and accurate accounts of seamanship and nautical lore. The thriller series includes "Wildtrack" (1988), "Sea Lord" (1989), "Crackdown" (1990), and "Storm Child" (1991) -- so these were published during the release of several novels in the Sharpe series. For the nautically obsessed, these are highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MALCOLM E NORRIS on March 16, 2014
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I have read most of Bernard Corwell's books. Every one has been a 5 star book. I loved his Sharp's Rifles series, Saxton Chronicals series, etc, etc. This was a stand alone book and his apparant love of sailing comes through load and clear. He could not of written this way without personally being a sailor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sayingsmany on May 18, 2014
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I had heard this book on Audio and have looked for it ever since. Finally I came to Amazon and within three weeks I had the book and had read it. Fantastic read, full of suspense as Cornwell achieves so well with his sailing adventures.
I recommend this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john barnes on February 22, 2013
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Cromwell is one of my favorite writers but this one was only mildly interesting. From now on I will stick to the Gothic and Sharpe stories.
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By Gary Selikow on February 23, 2015
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A book about sailing and boats which are not usually my interest, but as I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell's historical novels. I thought Id give this one a chance.
I quite liked it and finished it over a weekend

The hero of the book, Captain Nick Sandman wounded in the Falklands War and told he will never walk again by doctors is a stubborn man, and hi sonly wish is to sail his boat Sycorax to New Zealand. The boat is impounded and a well known wealthy media mogul, Tony Bannister, wants to make a film of Nick's story.
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Soon he comes up against an Arab American billionaire , Kassoluli, who wants to destroy Bannister who he believes killed his daughter
Good plot, good characterization, especially of Nick and his love interest Angela, and well paced.
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A sailing yarn...no battle porn or blood pudding. Cromwell uses "Jesus Wept" to considerable excess, both here and in the Sharpe series, but otherwise his dialogue is convincing.
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