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Westwind

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Europe, 1990. As the US begins to pull out its troops in a tide of isolationism, Britain is torn between its loyalties to the USA and its continental neighbours.

In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: a British man named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters.

Halfway across the world, Martin Hepton, an English ground control technician watches as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton's who suspects something strange is going on is signed off sick, and never comes back.

Hepton decides to investigate his friend's suspicions and his trail leads him to Dreyfuss, MI6, the American military, and back to his former girlfriend, Jill, who is an up-and-coming journalist with the contacts and the courage to cover the story.

But there is much more at stake than anyone realises - and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade....

©2019 Ian Rankin (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Brilliant Ian Rankin once again!

Fast-paced novel set in 1990s with lots to remind us of how far technology has moved since then. A great read!

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British SciFi Spy Novel Rocks (Quietly)

British spy stories are the best: Rankin's futuristic, murder mystery weaves genres to an exciting plausible read.

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  • Felixstones
  • 05-03-2020

What a disappointment.

I had heard good things about Rankin’s writing. So I was particularly looking forward to this. Unfortunately it reads like a juvenile attempt to cram every cliched 70s and 80s spy thriller and conspiracy plot between two covers. The story line is weak and characters are inconsistent. It just does not stack up. It is well read. But even the greatest reader could not save this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-2020

Should not have been published

Plot ridiculous and intricate Should not have been published Story well read but I debated whether I could be bothered to finish the book

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  • Felicity Wills
  • 15-03-2020

Gripping

A 30 year old story about satellites and hi tech would normally be way outside my comfort zone. However, this is by Ian Rankin, and is up to his usual very high standard, and I was gripped within minutes. The narrator is good, making it easy to know which character was speaking. I can’t say much about the plot in case I reveal too much. Do read it though, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • K4t3B
  • 15-10-2020

I tried!

Love Ian Rankin but could not get on with this book Tried three times but I understand the mixed reviews when it was first published. Its just not my cup of tes. Unlike the later books.

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  • Mr.S.A.Windsor
  • 03-08-2020

Not Rebus but.....

Loved it. Great story and remarkable that it is current considering written a long time ago. Great read.

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  • L C
  • 29-07-2020

Increasingly good!

After an initially slow start, it picked up pace to become increasingly enthralling and the characters became robust enough for one to invest in.

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  • Paul
  • 03-06-2020

Enthralled

In the prologue Ian explains the history of this book and how it was either rejected or ignored in the shops in the late 20th century. I began to think I’d maybe got a dud. But within a few minutes I was hooked. Yes it was set over 20 years ago with references to old technology but it was a fast paced thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat. Buy it, listen to it and you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Andy
  • 29-03-2020

Ok

A rerelease of an old book a bit dated, but can be viewed as nostalgic

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  • GavinBoyle
  • 04-03-2020

Dull narrator

Very early rankin. Not greatest of works but the narrator. Man oh man he's a sleepy one to listen to. Almost like your boss giving you a grilling you just want him to shoosh and get on with it

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  • John
  • 13-02-2020

Iam Rankin Was Right Not To Publish Years Ago

What a disappointment! Rankin is a favourite author with subtle greys of characterisation in a tangible, realistic setting. None of this is evident in this early and immature book. For the part I actually listened to, the mental picture was of puppets in "Joe 90" or "Thunderbirds Are Go" with characterisation and dialogue to match. Avoid.