A Novel of Suspense

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"A gifted storyteller and orchestrator of suspense."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Bernard Cornwell is to the yachting adventure novel what ex-jockey Dick Francis is to the racetrack thriller."
--Orlando Sentinel

The 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 vein--a masterwork of suspense from one of today's most versatile and accomplished popular novelists.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2011]
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed.
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780062082381
Branch Call Number: FIC Cornw
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 05, 2010

Over the years, Bernard Cornwell has become known best for a whole slew of historical fiction novels, usually showcasing a memebr of Britain's Rangers by the name of Richard Sharpe. And thus we've been treated to such novels as Sharpe's Revenge; Sharpe's Eagle; Sharpe's Battle; and others.
In this novel, Cornwell fast-forwards to the present-day and proves that he is just as capable of entertaining us with a novel in a contemporary setting.
Thisd is a novel of espionage. It features operatives from the IRA; a Middle-Eastern terrorist group; and five million dollars worth of gold that our protagonist must deliver to the States where is will be used to pay for 53 Stinger missiles destined to be used by the IRA against Britain.
Five million dollars gold is a lot of temptation to which our hero inevitably succumbs. He kills the two minders who have been assigned to him to sail the boat for the Mediterranean to the USA.
The novel is well written and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The plot moves along as fast as a sailboat with a following wind. You can never eb quite sure who's on the good side and who's on the bad. And tghe biggest surprise: the boat was never meant to deliver godl --- it held a far more lethal cargo.
This is another Cornwell novel well worth reading.

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