Publishers: Penguin Books
Pages: 313 (Paperback 1994)
Crackdown is the adrenaline pumping thriller based on drugs and money. You may be surprised to know that it is written by my favourite novelist Bernard Cornwell. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Cornwell wrote a series of books know as his ‘thrillers’ which are based on sailing. They are very different to any of his other novels but I think they are all great.
Crackdown is set in what was at the time of its publishing the modern Bahamas. It follows Nick Breakspear, Captain of the luxury yacht Wavebreaker. Nick, a British ex-soldier, is getting used to ferrying multimillionaires around on Wavebreaker. It keeps him away from a father he despises and lets him spend his days doing the things he loves, sailing. His life however takes a dramatic twist when he takes a job ferrying two young rich socialites around the Bahamas, as a favour to their rich Senator father.
Nick sees this job as a quick and easy way to make some money, just baby sit two 20 something’s for a few weeks, piece of cake. Nick soon finds out that it won’t be that easy and is plunged head first into the world of drugs and money.
This was a great read full of adrenaline which keeps you on the edge of your seat. As I said above it is something totally different to what Cornwell usually writes, but it is still brilliant and shows how diverse a writer Cornwell is.
I loved this book and would suggest it to any of you that is a Cornwell fan, or any of you that just likes a good thriller, if there are any questions about the book feel free to leave me a comment.
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