Westwind: The classic lost thriller
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It always starts with a small lie. That's how you stop noticing the bigger ones.
After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"...
Refusing to stop...more
This republication of a "lost" thriller ...more
REISSUE DUE 14 NOVEMBER 2019. PRE ORDERED IBOOK. Could never find this book! Have read all by this writer. Out of print for 30 years! Very nice preface written by the writer.
A quiet start to this read but it’s quite a thriller! Storyline set in the late 80s easily could be happening for real in our current world politics, which makes it a chilling and thought provoking read!
Martin Hepton suspects things happening at the facility he works at are not quite right and ...more
One star but it should be no stars.
Writers write because they have something to say or they want to entertain; they may right because they want to earn a living. All fine reasons, especially when they coincide.
Ian Rankin has something to say, and has said it well, with his award-winning, bestselling series featuring the Harry Bosch of Edinburgh, Detective Inspector John Rebus. Rebus has entertained me, and millions of others, for a very long time and has earned his ...more
Rankin made ...more
In the end I gave up trying to remember who everyone was and just read it to get to the end.
There wasn't enough explanation of the technical details to make the story engaging or believable.
The low rating would be more due to the topic rather than the writer's craft.
The author's notes were interesting, it's amazing how far technology has advanced since he first wrote the book.
Ian Rankin is one of my favourite authors. His Rebus novels are excellent and I was really looking forward to reading this book. In fact I asked for it as a Christmas gift.
My copy had an introduction by the author. He state that after reading through the original copy of Westwind, he only made a few alterations.
My thought is that a rewrite and updating would have been more appropriate. I also wonder why his agent and publisher allowed this book to be re released. Being ...more
Ian Rankin is most famous for his Detective Rebus novels. This is not a Detective Rebus novel. Nor is this a new novel by Ian Rankin. It was originally published in 1990s. It wasn’t the success we now associate Rankin with. After some persuasion by his loyal readers, Rankin has lightly updated this and Orion republished the ...more
Though I have not yet had the opportunity to read any of Ian Rankin’s other works, my mum is a huge fan of John Rebus and it was she that chose this as my latest read! (As you avid bookworms would know, we sometimes get a little too caught up in the mountain that is our TBR piles, and it takes a special someone to select our next book!)
As I read this story, I was ...more
"After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work - and then goes missing - Martin Hepton doesn't believe the official line of "long-term sick leave"...
Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move.
The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson - the only journalist who will believe his story.
But neither ...more
Reading the forward, I was intrigued that this was originally published some years ago and had been slightly revised for a second publication.
The story centres a Martin Hepton, who works at a central monitoring unit. Something strange happens when the satellite is down for a few minutes. Martin is ...more
But i’m glad it was re-released! It is a satisfying Post-Xmas read! The baddies are bad, the goodies fight hard and the girl is worth fighting for! The plot is not inconceivable and the writing Rankinesk! There are twists and turns, suspense and surprise!
Over the Christmas break, I got the chance to find out. This is a fast-paced spy thriller with a well developed range of characters including the main protagonist Martin Hepton and the woman who evolves into his nemesis, Harry. It also
envisages an interesting alternative reality where US forces are kicked out of Europe leading to tensions between government and military.
Unfortunately, I feel like I have been totally ripped off by an author regurgitating and old story that was way below the standard that he has regularly achieved with the Rebus and other books.
To be frank, it was absolute tosh!
The story was weak. It felt like he had tried to create a UK Tom Clancy, but fell way short.
We've been fooled into a pure profit generating action by Rankin and his publisher.
Don't be ...more
In the preface the author tells us that this is one of his early works published before Rebus had taken off and he acknowledges that he mucked about with it an awful lot - mainly on the instructions of others who supposedly were attempting to knock the novel - and aspiring new author? - into ‘shape’. What we get is a novel with too many stereotypical characters. What we also get is a novel about spies etc that has a distinct filmic feel.
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982 and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987; the Rebus books are now translated into 22 languages and are bestsellers on several continents.
Ian Rankin has been elected a ...more