Run Before the Wind (Will Lee Series #2)

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Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land...
 
Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal-blue waters. Then an explosion of senseless violence drags the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. Now Will Lee must run for his ...

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Overview

Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land...
 
Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal-blue waters. Then an explosion of senseless violence drags the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451215949
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Will Lee Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 111,076
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods
Stuart Woods
With several successful mystery series going at once -- the most popular featuring jet-setting cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington -- Stuart Woods more than manages to keep focused on a bestselling streak that shows no signs of slowing down.

Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2009

    Not my favorite

    I love the books by Stuart Woods but this one was OK. I finished it because I do like his books. Would I read it again? No.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Disappointed.

    Not a great read after finishing "Chiefs". I was disappointed. Did not finish....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Love Stuart Woods books

    We have really enjoyed reading all of the Stuart Woods books. They are quick reads and very enjoyable.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Good read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was the very first Stuart Woods book I read and liked the way he wrote. I learned a lot about boats and the plot kept me going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Developes background on Will Lee

    This book gives insight into the character of Will Lee. The book lays the groundwork for who Will eventually becomes. It was a page turner and I throughly enjoyed it

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Touchy Start

    The beginning was a little rocky it was hard to see where the author was going, although once you got into the book it was amazing. The characters were really good and it was very hard until then end to patch in the bad guys, very well thought out. Recommendation to all thriller readers out there!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    Mr. Woods Best Effort

    There is no better Stuart Woods book than Run Before the Wind. Mr Woods took most of the events that surrounded the 1976 OSTAR race and incorporated them into a stunning novel. If you love Stuart Woods, (as I do) you will love Run Before the Wind!

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