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Cornwell's fourth seagoing adventure ( Wildtrack ) features boatyard owner and solo globe-circler Tim Blackburn, devastated when his wife is killed by an explosion in the English Channel. Tim has already lost his son, who was murdered by IRA terrorists, and his daughter, Nicole, has joined a band of eco-activists led by charismatic, slightly sinister Caspar von Rellsteb. Tim is convinced that von Rellsteb plans to have a brainwashed Nicole hand over her inheritance to his group, Genesis, and, after a period of mourning, he tracks von Rellsteb to Florida, where Genesis is disrupting a environmentalist convention. Tim meets Jackie Potten, a mousy young American reporter certain that Genesis is a fascistic group and a big story. Eventually Tim and Jackie team up to sail the steel-hulled sloop Stormchild to von Rellsteb's island base off the fierce Patagonian coast of Chile. Cornwell unleashes danger and violence, from both man and nature, and terrible revelations before a lethal confrontation off Cape Horn. Lots of sailing action--which may confuse some landlubbers--and a nice, quirky love story round out this page-turner. Cornwell also wrote the Sharpe series.
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A British yachtsman sails to Cape Horn to reclaim his daughter from eco-terrorists--in another deep-sea adventure from the author of Wildtrack and the Sharpe military series. British boatyard owner Tom Blackburn, who has lost his wife and son to separate, unrelated bombs, pulls himself out of an understandable depression and makes it his mission to find and rescue his only daughter Nicole. After her twin brother's death, the embittered Nicole threw herself into every available self- destructive activity, finally casting her lot with Caspar von Rellsteb, a green guerrilla from Canada. The charismatic von Rellsteb and his followers call themselves Genesis and specialize in sabotage of deep-sea fishing operations, but Genesis is so secretive that nobody knows how to find them or where they get their money. Blackburn's detective work puts him in touch with the mother of another Genesis member and with a flaky young American reporter, Jackie Potten, who, in turn, track down von Rellsteb's history and learn that he has inherited an estate in southernmost Chile. Blackburn sails off to South America with Miss Potten in the yacht Stormchild. Miss Potten learns to navigate and loses her pallor, but before romance can blossom there is a misunderstanding and she is replaced by Blackburn's clergyman brother. The Blackburns find the dismal, dangerous eco-camp in Tierra del Fuego and--with the help of the resourceful, returned Jackie Potter--go to war. Ridiculously exciting adventure in splendid scenery. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Exciting Nautical Thriller!! April 2 2005
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
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Stormchild is the story of a British boatyard owner Tim Blackburn. When his wife is killed by a bomb, the police suspect Tim's estranged daughter of the crime. (His daughter, Nicole ran away several years earlier with the Manson-like leader of an eco-terrorist group).

Tim, determined to find his daughter and deliver the news of his wife's death joins forces with a ditzy vegan reporter. Together they cut their ties to society and travel the oceans tracking Nicole. I really enjoyed Stormchild. I've read quite a few of Cornwell's historical novels and have enjoyed the blend of action and history. This novel was a refreshing change from his historical works.

Two things about this book I didn't care for. Tim's relationship with the reporter bugged me. Not a big fan of older man, younger woman relationships. Also, I felt the ending was a little too Rambo-esque for me. Up until the end, Tim had behaved logically and used logic to solve problems. I wish Cornwell had continued this theme through the end. It seemed a little silly for him to suddenly become the Terminator at the end of the book.

I would like to see a sequel to this novel. Tim and his girlfriend were fun protagonists.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
OK Thriller Nov. 23 2005
By Mr. Lu. - Published on Amazon.com
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Cornwell deviates one more time from his Historical Fiction trademark novels and offers us a thriller. The results are mixed, the book is very well researched and written as are his historical ones. On the other side the story is formulaic and predictable, there is no real mystery here. There is one female character that gets increasingly annoying as the story progresses, and her relationship with the main character is forced and out of place.

This will not go down as a classic as many of his other books may but if you need an airplane ride or something for a quiet evening `Stormchild' will do the trick.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You MAY like this book if you are into boats & sailing Aug. 4 2013
By Jane Mahan - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are into sailing or are familiar with boating terms & structure, you may like this book. But for me, it was a struggle from the first page to continue reading - the 4 in the 'sailing' group simply are paragraph after paragraph of sailing terms, boat terms, sea terms. I could not believe it was a Cornwell book. My eyes have been opened, & they burn from the salt water contained on every page.
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Keeps you turning pages. Oct. 30 2007
By Jeff G. - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice easy read that keeps your attention. I am the type of person that lays a book down and never picks it up, not this book.
Worth the price, and a nice book to hand over to the next person.
not great, but pretty good June 22 2012
By Jay Stafford - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I don't sail, I enjoyed all of the descriptions of sailing throughout the book; it gave me a glimpse into a world that I'm not familiar with. Also, the story was definitely not boring; it's a pretty good page-turner.

Having said that, the story line is a little weak and contrived, and the central character is such a pathetic, spineless jellyfish that he got a little irritating. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I'm a big fan of older men going out with younger women, and anybody who doesn't like it can take a long walk on a short dock. That should have been the attitude of Tim Blackburn, but instead he was weak, gutless and annoying throughout the entire book.

If you can get past that, though, it's a good read.

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