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.
©1983 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Recorded Books
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I read Stuart Woods "Chief" and was impressed with the quality of writing and story telling. This is book two in the series of the Lee family. This book drops a generation to Will Lee Jr. He is drinking and not pulling effort into his law school studies, so decides to take time off from school and visit his maternal grandfather in Ireland. The story takes place mainly in Cork in southern Ireland. Woods does provide a good deal of information about the country side. The opening of the book grabs your attention but you will have to wait to the end of the book to find out what happed. Will meets an English couple and helps them with the building of a sail boat for a cross Atlantic race. The story is suspenseful, with information about Irish politics of the 1970's and the IRA terrorist attack's against the English. There is some romance and humor in the story. Will has a lifetime habit of not finishing anything he starts so part of the story is will he finish the boat, run away when the situation get tough, will Will and Connie get married, will he grow up into a man? John Keating did a great job with the narration and all the accents.
Compared favorably to Chiefs which may be the best book I've ever listened to.
I liked them a lot.
Nothing comes to mind!
I had listened to all of the Will Lee series prior to listen to this. As far as I know the audio version of this one had not been available until fairly recently. The Will Lee series is one of my all time favorites, and I have listened to audio books constantly for close to 20 years.
I started this series with Chiefs of course and have listened to many of Stuarts Stone B. series books, however I have to say this book is my absolute favorite. The story kept me engaged, I loved how the characters were developed and intertwined. The only thing about the book I didn't care much for was the ending and the closing one way or another of Will's and Connie's relationship. I was rooting for them to get back together, but alas, it appears not to be so in this book. I guess I'm on to the next book to see.
Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.
Well narrated, but I have no love of sailing and my knowledge of 1970's Irish rebellion is spotty. But even in all my ignorance, I found the plot lines predictable and pretty dull. I chose this book because I was delighted to find that Woods had written a series on Will Lee. This one focuses on a year during law school where Will hangs out in Ireland and goes from being a boy to a man. Romance and tragedy about, but he comes out stronger for it all in the end.
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I listened to the entire book non-stop on my drive to the beach, a total of 16 hours. Great book.
I've downloaded and listened to almost every Stuart Woods book but I found this one didn't hold my interest at all.
Toward the bottom of the list.
Narrater was ok but he couldn't do much with the material.
Even though some of Stuart Woods more recent Stone Barrington books have become rather blah and predictable, they are still more entertaining than this book.
the story had lots of twists, but several were resolved way too conveniently or not at all...which left me frustrated. plus the main character was so put out with those who betrayed him, yet he betrayed just as many people. bothered me.
nice character development, great narration.
I am very interested in England/ Ireland cultural tension from the 60's and 70's and found it fascinating.
I was sad when it ended. I ordered chiefs thinking it would be a prequel of the same excellent quality (no)
I usually find boating and sailing details boring but the narration was great and it didn't bother me.
I loved Chiefs. That is why I bought this book. It just drug on & on to a let down of an ending.
Having really enjoyed listening to Chiefs I immediately downloaded a second Stuart Woods, Run Before the Wind. It was disappointing the main character is a narcissist with misogynist leanings. He seeks wisdom and reason to believe in himself, although the book appears to validate the latter it is unclear as to whether or not he gains wisdom. The end is anti-climactic but kudos for leaving a tiny breath of possibility.
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