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Sea Lord (Thrillers #2)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  496 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Johnny Rossendale has spent the last four years on the seas, away from the titled family he despises. But now he must turn his sailing cutter, the Sunflower, around and sail to Devon, where his mother lies dying. When Johnny makes landfall, though, he finds that his return is eagerly anticipated by some very sinister foes. After an attempt on his life, he realises that som ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 27th 1993 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1989)
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May 21, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Another seafaring thriller from Bernard Cornwell. The story in this one is quite slow, and flavoured with romance, and there's lots of technical detail when it comes to the sailing; Cornwell can't resist showing off his proficiency. Despite all this, it's a cracking read with some wonderful chapters.

This time around, the action is centred on the English channel with a plot slightly reminiscent of the likes of LOVEJOY or BERGERAC, although of course with Cornwell there's a harder edge to the acti
Wayne Zurl
Feb 26, 2015 Wayne Zurl rated it really liked it
KILLER’S WAKE by Bernard Cornwell

Bernard has not written a modern novel since 1992. KILLER’S WAKE (Originally called SEA LORD everywhere but in the US) came out in 1989.

Lord John Rossendale, 28th hereditary Earl of Stowey, is returning to England for his mother’s funeral. With a title like that, you’d think he occupied a first class seat on the concord and flew in luxury. But not Lord Johnny, a self-exiled, almost penniless vagabond who arrives home during a gale, sailing his 38 foot Bristol Ch
Oct 17, 2010 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read all of Cornwell's historical novels I am going through the five books of his thriller/mystery genre. This is the fourth I have read and it is definitely the best so far.
It has a lot of sailing which I like and also a nice little love story which I liked. The writing is very good and the mystery story is very good. No Cornwell fan should miss this book.
Aug 18, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Cornwell since my first few books, and have read practically all of his Historical novels except the newest two. So for me looking at his roots was a great experience, especially as this novel is way above and beyond what I was expecting.

In a way I would claim that this book is in fact a better novel than any he has written. It felt to me as if he was a different person when he wrote this book, and I am struggling to reconcile this writing voice with his work in Historical
Aug 18, 2015 Sonulik rated it really liked it
Im usually not at all fond of thrillers but I enjoyed this one a lot. A mixture of dramatic detective story, family troubles and a fragile love affair. I liked the main character and I despised his enemies. The ending was thrilling and surprising. Recommend to all thriller lovers. It was a good holiday reading for me. ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Jon rated it really liked it
Did I like this because it's such a lean, fresh-feeling thriller in an uncommon setting, or did I like it because I picked it up somehow thinking it was a period piece on pirates and therefore set the stage for me to be constantly surprised.

We'll never know, but I had a good time regardless.
è scritto in lingua straniera a me totalmente ignota(quella dei marinai). Nonostante ciò c'è una certa forza narrativa che mi ha permesso di arrivare alla fine volando sulle onde senza (s)cazzare

Diane Cranson
Jun 15, 2016 Diane Cranson rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, mystery
I enjoyed Sea lord very much. I picked it up despite mysteries not being my usual reading fare because Bernard Cornwell is one of my favourite historical authors. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The sailing detail was interesting, the story clever and the suspense gripping.
Jan Locher
Apr 22, 2014 Jan Locher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book

A good book

the book is nice has an exiting plot. I read it on my holidays on the canaries watching the yachts going by. splendid
Diane Wachter
Killer's Wake, Bernard Cornwell, RDC-M #5-89, 11/89. A novel about an earl and his yacht, a desparate family and a van Gogh painting. Good.
Jun 24, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had been reading Cornwell's Sharpe series, so picked this up at used book store. Not a bad stand-alone mystery with a satisfactory ending.
Aug 12, 2008 Purple rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cornwell lovers and boat people!
Recommended to Purple by: My father.
Shelves: crime-fiction, 4-star
I was staying at my parents house while they were away, and I foolishly forgot to take any reading matter. My dad (not the most prolific reader) lent me this. I was wary to say the least - a book about a lord at sea not the most inspiring. However, it was really good! Not only is it hardly located at sea at all, but it it's actually quite a gripping tale of treachery and deceit, violence and theft! Hurrah!

I wouldn't necessarily seek it out as a book to read, but if you find a copy and have nowt
Mar 25, 2016 Craig rated it really liked it
If you are not into boating then work through all the nautical jargon and references as they do not deter from the story. Enjoyed the book.
Delores Alger
Jun 30, 2014 Delores Alger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
didn't finish
Jeff Yoak
I was long overdue for a Cornwell book not about Sharpe that I really loved. I was starting to lose faith.

Cornwell's obvious love of sailing comes through in this work about an English Earl turned sail bum. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time as the mystery unfolded. The love story touched me. The ending surprised me. It has everything you'd want from this sort of genre piece.
Feb 04, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book has the same name of the antihero in the Sharpe series "Waterloo". In "Waterloo" Sharpe confronts Lord John Rossendale, who cuckolded Sharpe, and shows Rossendale up as a coward. Lord John is killed in battle while trying to retrieve his honor. Is there a connection? Maybe.
Jul 23, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
It reminded me a little of a Nevil Shute book. Lots of detail and obvious excitement and interest in the subject of sailing, but not so complex you were not able as a landlubber to understand the plot.
Colin Powell
Nov 25, 2013 Colin Powell rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable thriller. A loner living aboard a yacht travelling where and when he pleases comes home to Britain and moors his little world, only to be plunged into intrigue, murder and mystery.
Aug 12, 2010 Gina rated it really liked it
So far, so good.... more modern than I expected. Cornwell still painstakingly researches his subject, this time boating. While a bit predictable, I still found the book entertaining.
Dona Krueger
I was very dissapointed in this book by one of my favorite authors. I feel he has grown tremendously in his writing skills since 1989, but this is unfortunately to me, not one of his best.
Judi Fisher
Nov 19, 2011 Judi Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at the used book sale at the office--turned out to be a real page-turner that I thoroughly enjoyed. A good mystery, a bit of romance and laced with sailing lore.
Mike Currie
Aug 25, 2012 Mike Currie rated it it was ok
Very dissapointed in this as I normally love all Cornwalls books. Slow, tedious and lead character was confused. took me weeks to get through this rather than days.
May 27, 2013 Neil rated it it was ok
Shelves: modern-fiction
Not my favourite Bernard Cornwell book. Still a good read but I would suggest his other books before this. Good book if you are into sailing.
David Foster
Nov 02, 2012 David Foster rated it really liked it
Great adventure mystery. If you're a sailor you would want to read this book.
Michael Jody
Dec 18, 2012 Michael Jody rated it really liked it
Not his smartest, but still a very fun read. This book is also called Killer's Wake.
Jun 10, 2010 Rusty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
A different type of book from a noted historical fiction writer. Good read.
Apr 07, 2013 Oismiffy rated it liked it
It was OK - bit obvious who the baddies are and the ending is a bit weak.
Mar 07, 2010 Xdw rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
yachting mystery. cornwell knows boats. not bad as a sea story.
Dec 26, 2015 Tips rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
So good, you can smell the salt in the air!
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Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother, who was English, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People, a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, C ...more
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