A gifted storyteller and orchestrator of suspense.Philadelphia InquirerBernard Cornwell is to the yachting adventure novel what ex jockey Dick Francis is to the racetrack thriller.Orlando SentinelThe New York Times bestselling author of The Fort, the Saxon Tales, and the immensely popular Richard Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell has been called, perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today Washington Post He demonstrates another side of his extraordinary storytelling talents with Scoundrel, a contemporary tale of excitement and danger on high and treacherous seas A gripping tale of an outlaw yacht captain who decides to cross the Irish Republican Army for a 5 million payday only to find himself pursued by intelligence agents, terrorists, and killers across perilous open waters, Scoundrel is a masterful thriller in the Tom Clancy veina masterwork of suspense from one of todays most versatile and accomplished popular novelists....
|Title||:||Scoundrel: A Novel of Suspense (The Sailing Thrillers)|
|Publisher||:||HarperCollins e books Auflage Reprint 13 Oktober 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||475 Pages|
|File Size||:||677 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Scoundrel: A Novel of Suspense (The Sailing Thrillers) Reviews
Simply a wonderful book again by Bermard Cornwell. I have read almost all his books now and I am sad I'll have to wait for new ones to be published now. Bernard has an inimitable way of writing stories full of suspense and humour. Just buy one of his books and you can't be wrong
"Scoundrel" is a typical well crafted Bernard Cornwell novel. The characters were interesting, and the insights into IRA activities brought a whole new vision to me of the IRA and other terrorist organizations. I lived in England during some of the worst parts of the "Troubles", and appreciated Cornwell providing a viewpoint I hadn't seen, that England was stuck in a mess that they wanted out of, but Ulster intransigence on both religious sides prevented a resolution. I came away knowing that terrorism makes no sense, but that terrorists have no sense and no idea of what they think they can accomplish. It's a journey with no end, and left the Scoundrel contemplating a future with no resolution.
I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwell, having read the Sharpe novels as well as some of his other series. The Scoundrel, however, is not historical fiction but instead promises to be a "sailing thriller" and that may be part of the problem in that there is no historical fact pattern to guide Mr. Cornwell to a conclusion. The premise of the book is that an ostensible IRA operative/native born Boston Irish is asked to sail a boat filled with gold from Tunisia to America in exchange for Stinger missiles. The book meanders, there is excess, clunky dialogue and much of the so-called double crosses don't make sense. Personally, I would remain a reader of Mr. Cornwell's historical fiction but will avoid the "sailing thrillers" in the future.
This is my first of the sailing series and I was somewhat disappointed that only a small portion is spent aboard. However the boats play a very central role throughout. The storyline is very engaging and I would recommend this book highly.
A nearly perfect book. It us far different than his historical novels. But, as usual the protagonist is a deeply-flawed thug. This work takes us into the Gulf War era and the Irish Republican Army where loyalties are uncertain. A real page turner, a geopolitical barn burner. I noted a misused metaphor, as in "the dice were thrown," instead of die (as in tool and die, the origin of the phrase) was cast. A typo or two in the Kindle version. But still great.
as usual, Cornwell delivers a thriller worth reading. Enough detail to provide the reader with authenticity but not so much that you get bogged down.