Another fast moving Dick Frances novel, this time *not* about the race-course. If you like learning about hurricanes, flight, weather, and physics, this is the book for you. Suspenseful, it will keep you guessing until the end (and I guessed wrong! won’t be the first time).
Meteorologist Perry Stuart gets the chance of a lifetime when offered a seat on the plane his friend Kris is piloting — through the eye of a hurricane in the Caribbean islands. Sent on a mysterious errand that Kris decides to keep silent about, Perry ends up in a precarious position unraveling the motives of a close circle of questionable acquaintances. Like every hero in the Frances mystery series, though, Perry is well suited for the job.
Lucky for Perry he has a doting grandmother who doesn’t give up on him and thoughts of her keep him going. Stranded on a deserted island after the plane crashes, Perry is able to call on resources he never knew he had. “I still had no impression of hours. Day was light, night was dark. When day began fading again I finally put some resolution into things and with more effort than normal struggled to my bare feet and very slowly trudged up from sea level to the village…”
Perry will realize that his adventures have just begun.
For the most part I enjoyed this novel. The passage descriptions on physics and weather patterns for me were interesting at first but they do become a little involved (just a small warning), but the the plot as usual, is fast-paced and the characters as believable as always! It was refreshing to read a Francis novel that wasn’t centered on racing (as most of his are. Although they are still well-done), “Second Wind” is multi-layered. Whether the layers mesh well or not is a decision best left with the reader.