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Stuart Woods
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June 1 1988
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. But an explosion of senseless violence is dragging the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. For the fires of hatred rage unchecked in this place of lush, rolling hills and deadly secrets. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own-and he will find no sanctuary on the rolling waves of the Irish sea.

Run Before the Wind

A breathtaking novel of suspense and high-adventure by New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods. 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.

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Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia, a small town in the American South.He was educated in the local schools and at the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1959.He served in the United States Air Force, in which he says he "...flew a truck," as an enlisted man during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.

He devoted his early adult years to a career in advertising , as an award-winning writer for agencies in New York and London.It was while living in London in 1973 that he decided to pursue an ambition held since childhood, to write fiction.he moved to a flat in the stable yard of a castle in south County Galway, Ireland, and while working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency to support himself, began work on a novel.Shortly after beginning, he discovered sailing and , as he puts it, "Everything went to hell."The novel was put temporarily aside while he spent all his time, "...racing an eleven foot plywood dinghy against small children, losing regularly."

In the autumn of 1974, a friend invited him to help ferry a small yacht up the west coast of Ireland, and the bug bit even harder.Shortly thereafter, his grandfather died, leaving him "...just enough money to get into debt for a boat," and he immediately decided to go to the 1976 Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR).He moved to a gamekeeper's cottage on a river above Cork Harbour and had a boat built at a nearby boatyard.He studied navigation and sailed on other people's boats every chance he got, then, after completing a 1300-mile qualifying voyage from the Azores to Ireland, he persuaded the Race Committee to accept him as an Irish entry.

He completed the race in good form, taking forty-five days, and in 1977 his memoir of the Irish period, Blue Water, Green Skipperwas published in London and New York.While sporadically working on the novel, he completed another book, A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland,published in 1979.

Chiefs, Woods' long-awaited novel, was published in 1981 to wide critical and popular acclaim, garnering excellent reviews and winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award.Chiefs was filmed for television as a six-hour drama starring Charlton Heston.Following his success with that novel, Woods published a string of fiction that established him as one of the most popular writers in the world.

Orchid Beach is Stuart Woods' eighteenth novel.His previous books, Run Before the Wind (1983), Deep Lie (1986), Under the Lake (1987), White Cargo (1988), Grass Roots (1989), Palindrome and New York Dead (1989), Santa Fe Rules (1991), L.A. Times (1992), Dead Eyes (1993), Heat (1994), Imperfect Strangers and Choke (1995), Dirt (1996),Dead in the Water (1997) and Swimming to Catalina(1998) have been translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Japanese, and Hebrew and there are millions of copies of his books in print around the world. Several of Stuart Woods' novels have been optioned for feature films and television movies.

Stuart Woods lives on the the Treasure Coast of Florida and Litchfield County, Connectict.He still flies his own plane, and sails.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Will Lee or Willie? Sept. 7 2001
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I'm sure I'm in the minority of Woods' fans when I say that I like Will Lee as a character over Stone Barrington, the suave socialite who replaced Lee in later novels. Stone is okay in a movie-star kind of way, but Lee is much more intriguing, and RUN BEFORE THE WIND is where the reader sees Lee as a truly complex character.
That's largely because of the circumstances which Woods had created for Lee. College kid, screwing up in law school, son of a Georgia political bigtimer with his sights on Jimmy Carter, alright let's just say it. Lee comes from a rich and powerful family.
So his decision to shoot off to Europe for a summer to contemplate his college career is the sort of thing a rich kid would do. What happens over there is far from typical.
If you like boats, you might get more out of this story than I did, but in no way is that necessary. It adds an exotic nautical aspect to the suspense, though the suspense does fine on it's own.
Lee is growing up, and that's a big part of the story. Growing up means a lot of things. Taking responsibility where you once ignored it, seeing tasks to their completion, gaining independence, and, this being a Woods novel, some sex of course.
But the casual reader gets what they want. Intrigue, suspicion, and my personal favorite, anticipation. Mark, one of the primary players, is a bit of a mystery until the ultimate end, and I'm still trying to figure out if his resolution was complete.
Maybe that's a good thing. For once Woods slightly strays from convention, the ending not as happy as you might hope it to be and leaving you with a few questions. Questions you hope to be answered in a later novel. Not about Mark, but about Will Lee himself.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Stuart Woods, and Will Lee. Or Willie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Woods does a Pat Conroy June 24 2001
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As many other reviewers here correctly point out, this one is not the usual Stuart Woods suspense yarn--it's a coming of age story that is definitely in the Conroy mode. As a Conroy fan, I don't find it so much a letdown as a change of pace that works well. Will Lee (later on in 2001 he's Presidential candidate Will Lee--but that's another story) is a bit of a stick-at-naught kid who according to his father Billy can't even finish model kits. So he decides to do the cliche "year abroad" thing after he gets his bachelors. He thinks of trying the "free man in Paris" number (you know, like that Joni Mitchell song) but he visits his mother's family in Ireland just in time to land in the middle of the 1960s era of the "troubles". One hell of a dilemma for a nice Georgia boy who just wants to find himself. As a real-life member of his generation, I was able to relate to that back then. As another reviewer points out, this is volume 2 of the Lee Family Saga ("Chiefs" before it--"Grass Roots" and "The Run" after), but when you look at all four books, I would have to say this is the opener of a Will Lee Trilogy, with "Chiefs" as a prequel. And it stands as proof that Woods can write about more than suspense. A good thing for a reader like me--Pat Conroy books are few and far between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reading experience. A modern classic! July 24 1997
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I've read this one long time ago, and wish someday I could read it again. I couldn't remember it clearly...it's about a boy grew up in England and built a boat and sailed it back to East coast of Ameirca and become a man. Wonderful story, it actually made me wet my eyes. The sequel"GRASS ROOT" I was also rated it a "10". Both books were the gems of the primetime production of this author, after these two, it's a downhill slide, the author has gradually became a mediocre writer with those DIRT, CHOKE, DEAD EYE, IMPERFECT STRANGER Craps! Even wine list and food might become big deals in his horrible lousy new books
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a suspenseful, can't put down this book! Oct. 30 2000
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Run Before the Wind was the second book in the Lee series. At this time, Will Lee IV is in law school and not doing well scholarly. He decides to take a year off and travel England and Ireland. In the course of his travels, he meets up with a couple who sail and are in the process of building a boat for a reclusive businessman. He joins them on their adventure which includes problems with terrorist. I was disappointed in this book. It's not the suspenseful, can't put down this book that most of Woods work is, and the book is more of a disappointment after reading Chiefs, the first book in the Lee series.
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