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Second Wind

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,262 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Meteorologist Perry Stuart is offered a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small aeroplane as a holiday diversion. But he learns more secrets from the flight than wind speeds, and back home in England faces threats and dangers as deadly as anything nature can evolve.
Mass Market Paperback, 213 pages
Published 1999 by Pan
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I have read a lot of Dick Francis novels, although before I started putting reviews on here. Most were entertaining, well crafted and at least moderately believable. In general they follow the same pattern, boy meets girl, gets beaten up, falls of a horse, has broken ribs and is nursed back to health by his latest paramour whilst uncovering some dastardly plot. All well and fine, the Holiday Inn or Mc Donald's of reading, easy going, light and comfortable.

This one I picked up from a box of junk
Balaji Dutt
I have been a huge fan of Dick Francis for a long time; and have read most of his work; always enjoying the consistent quality of his work. Second Wind unfortunately, breaks the trend. The main characters are well fleshed-out as always - the mild Englishman central character; the love interest; the eccentrics etc are all there. The central plot with its horse racing link is tenuous at best. Surprisingly for a Dick Francis novel; most of the villains are revealed early on - leaving only one myste ...more
What is there to say about Dick Francis? As I think about all of his books (yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I've read them all) I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society - either directly or indirectly. The heroes aren't always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.

But more tha
After my November shoulder surgery, I re-read about 20 Dick Francis mystery novels. This was maybe my least favorite, but still made for a pleasant diversion during recovery. Some of the Francis novels I like much better and they are all good vacation (or recovery) reading, in my opinion. Francis is a former champion steeplechase jockey, turned sports columnist, turned mystery writer. Every book a bestseller, Francis uses the racing world as a context for his inductive heroes (mild-mannered, non ...more
Most of Dick Francis' books are fast-paced, gripping stories that teach you a little about a career, as well as entertain. In this book, however, he seems to have problems coming up with something exciting for a weatherman to do. Rather than change the setting from England to somewhere with more dramatic weather, he sends the hero on a trip to Florida for a hurricane, then returns him immediately to England after the token weather event. There isn't even a good villain to focus on, and the only ...more
It’s been a while since I read a book by Francis. This was not your typical Dick Francis book. Perry Stuart is a TV weather man. His passion for the weather takes him into the middle of hurricane Orin. Literally. It also throws him into the middle of a secretive plot within a group of traitors. This book peaked my interest and the pace moved along nicely. However, I felt a little bit disconnected from it. It was choppy in parts. The usual race horse theme did make an appearance but it seemed to ...more
This was a good story, but I would have enjoyed it much much more had at least one character been more likeable. I just could not get involved in the people even though the situations were frequently compelling. When I relate to the characters I engage emotionally in the story. That was missing here.
R J Mirabal
Has elements of international intrigue along with the usual Francis elements of horse racing. Not a nail biter, but a good read. It was interesting to see how the main character would deduce what was really going on as the story progressed. I learned a lot about hurricanes by reading this book!
This has been one of my least favorite books from Dick Francis. I'm not big into horse racing, but I have come to enjoy this part of his books. However, this book had very little racing, and the mystery aspect of it seemed a bit disjointed and was often confusing.
Fat Al
One of Francis' weakest novels since slayride.

If you've got a friend wanting to try Dick Francis books, don't recommend this one.

Weak writing, weak plot, and characters you couldn't care less about.

One for the completists only, I'm afraid.
Most of the Dick Francis books I have I read rely heavily on horse racing for the backdrop. In this book horse racing plays only a small role. The story is about a meteorologist who inadvertently becomes involved in a tangled web of treason and greed. He flies through the eye of a hurricane with a friend and becomes lost at sea and lands on an island where he finds strange ledgers and a herd of cows. He survives his ordeal and is rescued, but the intrigue of the ledgers draws him into a plot to ...more
Spring Read finally posting all my read books.
An Odd1
"Second Wind" by Dick Francis is the other side of the dead eye at the center of a hurricane, and seems too influenced by aging author's meteorologist-physicist son Felix. Narrator Perry Stuart drowns in the prologue, visualizing his only relative wheelchair-bound gran only relative's heebie-jeebies, after flying into storm. The poetry is boringly bad. I know I've read this once, so skipped ahead. Complicated plot not a reader sortable mystery, but cleverly clear threads.

Fellow celebrity manic-
I couldn't put the book down. This is my third and favorite Dick Francis book. Contrary to some of these low-star reviews, I thought the characters were great. Certainly they are sufficiently developed, carry out important roles and I happened to like all of them. The one character I cared the least for actually drops off to become a bit player. The story is engaging from the start and only gets better.

The plot turns and deepens without grabbing onto crime drama clichés or positioning any charac
This novel was my first time reading a Dick Fracis book. He has a different writing style and way of telling a story. For the first seventy some pages I was wondering why it was deemed a thriller, but at about page 75 you can see a shift begin to emerge. The book seemed to get better as it went illustrating that things were not as they appeared with much deception embedded in the horse-racing enthusiast characters. But the novel was just not as thrilling as I'm used to I guess. Some of the facts ...more
More beach reading.

The hero this time is a meteorologist, so there is plenty of info on tropical depressions and barometer readings. The hurricane sequence is well done, but there were too many "players" in the multiple bad guys to really create that palpable sense of menace that Francis' best mysteries create.

Really, I do think this one suffered a bit from an overambitious scope. It didn't work all that well as a minor transformation into espionage novel. At least the love interest in this one
Heather Mcginnity
Did not love this one like all the others, to me it was harder to follow. And in fairness it might have been more because the stupid kindle format seemed to be messed up. I should have gone back to Amazon. BUT, I still think the that the Dick/Felix Francis books are not as good as the older Dick Francis. Maybe I've read too many...still enjoy them and will always read the new releases.
Susan  Odetta
Well- written, but a bit dated with the witty repartee and lack of any sexuality in any of the characters. How do you combine race-horses with meteorology with dare-devil small airplane flying with a group acting as middle man for the sale and purchase of nuclear materials and cows with an adaptive form of TB? Very cleverly.
This is another enjoyable entry in the Francis series. The plot is a bit muddled and complicated and doesn't always make perfect sense, but there's a lot of good descriptive prose throughout the book as well as a lot of action and intrigue. It's a fun read.

If you're listening to an audio version, try to get the recording by Tony Britton. There's several American characters in this book, and Britton is still the only Francis narrator I've found who can do a decent job with American accents. He ev
Book Description
When a hurricane-chasing plane is downed on a Caribbean island, TV meteorologist Perry Stuart barely escapes with his life. But he can't escape what he saw on the island--and if the people who've tracked him back to England have their way, Stuart will have a zero percent chance of survival.

The very opening of Second Wind signals something new, with Francis's protagonist, meteorologist Perry Stuart, fighting for his life as he flies through the eye of storm on Trox Island, a bli
Normally I don't read crime mysteries, but I noticed this one had a lot of WEATHER-related stuff in it, so I picked it up. Dick Francis has an interesting method where the characters are often more in-the-know than the actual reader. Dick Francis feeds out the information bit-by-bit, leaving you to speculate for most of the book.

I found this to be pretty much a formula novel though, with nothing extraodinary about it. The part that happens in a Category 5 hurricane is solidly researched, and so
GS Nathan
Quite an unusual story for Dick Francis. The racing is not up and center, it is more incidental in the sense that a couple of race horse owners and trainers are involved in a criminal enterprise brokering sales of rogue nuclear bomb making materiel. And in the tradition of a good Dick Francis novel the hero is a weatherman on the BBC who has a brain the size of a truck, who manages to figure out the layers of deceit and treachery that wraps the crimes. Stuart Perry navigates manic depressive col ...more
I enjoyed this book more than the last couple of Dick Francis books I read. I have read quite a few of his books and enjoyed most of them. After having not enjoyed much the last couple of his books I read, I was pleased this book brought back the enjoyment for his books. I thought I was tiring of them, but this book says I wasn't. Relatively little horse racing in this book, which was a change. It came over to me that the book could have got by without racing and horses, but it's Francis' thing, ...more
Meteorologist flies through a hurricane. Visits a desert island. Discovers a nuclear weapons group. Works with British intelligence. Far fetched. Not the best.
Really 3.5 stars. Not one of Dick Francis' best, but still a very good read. Always interesting to learn about stuff I don't weathermen.
Maggie Shanley
Good story of a meteorologist who stumbled on a plan of race horse owners to use their traveling to cover nuclear weapon sales.
Cornelia Boldyreff
A very quick read and an opportunity to learn about flying into tropical storms. I have bookcrossed this book.
A very minor mention of horse racing, but it's there. This book is mostly about the intrigue of a private island and what mystery surrounds the people who own (or don't own) the place. Second Wind was my first Dick Francis book and I have many more to go before I can judge this against any of his other books, but the story was interesting. There were some times when I found myself frustrated at the writing style or annoyed with the main character's seeming stupidity (he had to have people repeat ...more
Oct 08, 2007 Stephanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who reads everything Francis writes
Every prolific author must have a worst book, and this one is it for Dick Francis. Like all of Francis' books, this one has nice prose, reads quickly, and requires very little from the reader. However, unlike his other books, everything in this book is a little bit too much. The bad guys are over-the-top bad, and we have hurricanes, nuclear bombs, and food poisoning, all in one novel. If you just read everything that Francis writes (as I do), then you should read this. If you've never read Franc ...more
Renée Mee
Predictable and entertaining.
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