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Publisher's Summary

The catastrophic power of a giant hurricane can raise coastal waves 30 feet high and blow through houses at devastating speeds. For TV meteorologist Perry Stuart, however, such predictions are generally hypothetical, as he chiefly predicts periods of English drizzle, with bursts of heavier rain and sunshine to follow. Stuart's profound weather knowledge and accuracy have given him high status among forecasters, but no physical baptism by storm.

Until, that is, a fellow forecaster offers him a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small airplane as a holiday diversion. But a frightening accident teaches Stuart more secrets than wind speeds, and back home in England he faces threats and danger as deadly as anything nature can evolve.

Dick Francis "has simply never failed. Every one of his opening sentences pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the last, perfect word," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

©2008 Dick Francis (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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"Fast-moving action." ( The Washington Post)

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Narrator too intense

What made the experience of listening to Second Wind the most enjoyable?

I love Dick Francis books and would love to see more of them on audible (not co-written). I enjoyed the story very much, it is always interesting to learn about something I know very little about, so the weather aspect was fun for me. However, this narrator drove me nuts, his tone and voice so intense, like he's on a constant half shout. Calm down!

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Mediocre entry in his many books.

I missed the regular narrator and this book was too far afield from his forte---Racing!
Didn't care for it.

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Another great thriller!

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Another great one from Dick Francis.....this one just a bit different from his others, but still a super read!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, Francis always keeps me there!

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Another Excellent "read"

This book contains many elements of interest but flying and weather are the tops.There is also a mystery of course and that is the main theme and the slowly revealed cause of some erratic behavior by the main characters. This is a good fast moving book. The characters are well drawn and one loves or hates them accordingly. The beauty of Francis' books are the element of education you get from them all twisted up in the mystery and I love that. I learned about hurricanes, weather fronts and flying. If only school was like this!

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Doesn't sound like Dick Francis!

I quite enjoyed the sciency aspects of this book, especially the meteorology. But the characters were caricatures. And the tone of the narration was less-than-adept: on the shrill side, especially females. Missed Tony Britton and Simon Prebble!

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Why knew Physics could be entertaining

An interesting story set away from horse racing. Quite enjoyable.
Racing still has a bit part as the basis from which all else flows.

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One catastrophe after another

Tense and hopeless most of the time . Didn’t make me happy reading it. I like the grandmother though

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enjoyable

not Dick Francis' best, but I still enjoyed it. the narrator did a nice job. some times British narrators have trouble with American accents, especially women, but he was pretty good.

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Narrator is awful could not listen. I love Dick Francis but this was impossible, grating

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Not my favorite...very little about horses

It was ok...plot was a but hard to follow at times, and it felt like a lot of stuff was assumed. Almost nothing about horses or racing, which is one of his trademarks, so that was disappointing.