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Westwind

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (24 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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  • Adam PIerce
  • 11-01-2020

A good listen

Some of the vocabulary is a bit dated but if you can see past that it's a good paced read. If the ending a little abrupt

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2019

really enjoyed this

really like this book and recommend this to anybody else this would really be good if reset follow on book from this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

An updated story

The author starts with an explanation about the evolution of the story/book. It turns out it was written many moons ago but recently updated.
It is a good story and well presented but it feels dated.
This updating of old work is becoming more popular and I’m not sure if is a good idea.
Come on Ian let us have a new story in context.

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  • Natty
  • 09-12-2019

Very Gripping

Very gripping couldn't stop listening. Very well narrated, loved it edge of seat stuff. excellent

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  • yorkieboy
  • 04-12-2019

Rankin’s Great Lost Thriller

Hard to believe that this novel took so long to be published until you realise that ,at the time, only one Rebus’Knots and Crosses’ and one thriller,‘Watchman?’ had been written and Rankin was not the stellar name he is today.
Although of its time this is a rattling good yarn with worrying echoes in today’s uncertain climate-highly recommended!

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  • critical friend
  • 01-12-2019

Early work by big name author shows its age

There is an explanation at the beginning by the author himself of how this work first published in 1990 came to have a 2019 imprint. Despite revisions and re-editing it is very much last century. Fascination with car central locking and name dropping now deceased models of cars as a shorthand for status and style remains and will bemuse readers who haven't heard of them.
There are some clever plot twists, but several main characters have improbable survival and although there is a satisfying tying up of story threads, I thought that the ending was rushed and again mired in hacking and satellite surveillance being novel and wondrous.
Someone wanting to complete their collection of
Ian Rankin's work may be interested to see the formative stage evident here. It is a different genre than the one in which Rankin made his name and is an illustration of how such stories can become outdated and trite.

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  • Italy A
  • 23-11-2019

Thank goodness IR improved with time.

Not a patch on the later works. I listened for as long as I could out of a sense of loyalty but the characters got the better of me. I will await the next offering - hopefully with Rebus, Fox or Siobhan.

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  • martin cook
  • 08-12-2019

don't know why he bothered to republish this one

This is not one of Ian Rankin's better books and I'm surprised he bothered to republish it. It was first published in 1990 and the author begins by telling the reader about the initial lack of interest and the number or rewrites he had to do - not a very promising start! And very soon you can tell why - the story is poorly constructed, the whole premise on which the book is based is never adequately explored or explained and the technology he describes so glowingly is extremely dated.
Very disappointing from such a well-renowned author.

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  • JULIE
  • 02-12-2019

Bring back Rebus!

Poorly constructed. Normally an Iain Rankin fan but this is not what we have come to expect from him, very disappointed.

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  • Earnest
  • 25-11-2019

Editors were right-shouldn’t have seen the light of day

Being dated is the least of the problems with this novel.
Turgid, predictable and bland prose make this such a boring listen. All the basis of future writing is there- the only ‘lyricism’ is about cars or which road to take..groan. Where is the characterisation? Where is there ANY novelty?
The narrator does his best with the dull not story.

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