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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. NWill 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....

Title : Run Before the Wind
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ISBN : 9780451215949
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Run Before the Wind Reviews

  • IslandRiverScribe
    2019-03-30 09:43

    As we first meet Will Lee, he is in his mid-twenties and has just taken the last of his second-year law school exams. But he has not yet finished law school; there is still a third year to go. In fact, Will Lee has never finished anything in his life, other than school courses, and is emotionally adrift in a sea of insecurities and failed expectations. And when the dean of his law school forces him into an educational sabbatical so that he can "find himself,” Will has absolutely no idea just how adrift at sea he will find himself, both literally and figuratively.Will embarks upon the traditional “year abroad” that so many of the upper class and motivationally lost students of the Sixties and Seventies used to flee from both themselves and the Vietnam War. After a few weeks with his grandfather in Ireland, Will is waiting on the docks at Cowes (in Britain) to take a ferry across the English Channel to France. As he waits, Will spots a yacht that has slipped its mooring in the crowded harbor. The tide is swift and several other boats, including the Queen of England’s yacht, are in its path. With the help of a young lad and his dinghy, Will overtakes the yacht, leaps aboard and, after several attempts and several battered vessels, succeeds in getting a line secured to an immovable source and stops the drift and destruction, just shy of the Queen’s yacht.Having missed his ferry, Will is making plans for another when he meets the beautiful and gregarious Annie Pemberton-Robinson, immediately falling in lust with her. A short time later he meets her husband, Mark, accompanied by Derek Thrasher, the owner of the yacht he saved. It turns out that Thrasher has commissioned Mark to build for him a 60-foot sailing racer. After Mark learns of Will’s experience with sailing, carpentry and diesel engines, he convinces Will to join him in the project as his right-hand man.And thus begins the most terrifying coming-of-age story that I have read in some time. When Stuart Woods has Will step aboard the Robinson’s boat, headed back to Ireland and the boatyard where the racer will be built, neither Will nor the reader has any idea just how much he will have to endure, emotionally or physically, in order to survive his “year abroad.”It takes 15 pages to establish the basics of Will’s situation. But it only takes 5 pages to understand that Will’s sections will be told in first person and that the story is being told from the vantage point of hindsight, many years of hindsight. And the allusions of “had I known then…” lead the reader early on to determine that Will Lee will be the last person standing at the end of the tale, literally and metaphorically.Wood’s use of this literary device makes for a tale that is both tense and spellbinding. And you do not need to intimately understand the world of sail boating to understand this storyline. While knowledge of boating – either power or sail – would smooth out some areas, the building of the boat is not the main focus of this story. It is simply the plot device that allows for the emotional, political and financial plots to transpire.And as those plots transpire, tumbling over each other and compounding, the book becomes one that you simply do not want to put down. But put it down I had to do, if only to step back momentarily, catch my breath and prepare myself for the train wreck that would so certainly occur before the last page was done.In the end, Stuart Woods has taken events and places from his own past to form the background of the story. He has, by his own admission, taken people from his past, who, in their living and in their dying, became the inspiration for several of the major characters in the novel.And, using both tactics, he has written the story of a young man lost at sea metaphorically, if not literally. It is a story of innocence lost and gut-burning maturity found. And it is a story of the pivotal events that form the character that Woods will, in later novels, make President of the United States.

  • Bella Claybourne
    2019-03-28 13:42

    Will Lee, or Willie, as he is called later in this book is the son of Will Lee, the attorney in Stuart’s book Chiefs. It’s a tale of, the law, love, and the IRA. Taking place around 1971. Will Lee is asked to take some time off Law School due to the fact that he was not living up to his expectations. So he travels to Ireland, the land of his mother, and spent some time with his grandfather. He meet a girl named Connie who teaches at a local school. When he can’t get what he really wants from Connie he moves on traveling to England. He meets a couple named Annie and Mark after saving a boat from crashing into other boats. Mark is a slightly eccentric ex Royal Marine is having issues with his wife Annie but is slightly oblivious to it. The boat that Will saved belongs to a man named Derek Thrasher. Thrasher is a very secretive man who has a high financial standing but likes to remain very private. Thrasher is sponsoring Mark to build a boat that Mark will sail in a single handed race and then turn the boat over to Thrasher. Mark asks Will, only after having known him for a few hours, to help him build to boat. Willie agrees taking the job that leads them back to Ireland to the same small town that his grandfather lives. In a pervious life, Mark killed a young member of the IRA while he was still severing in the Marines. When word gets out in this small Irish town it stirs up a lot of trouble for the three new friends. When Mark re-injures his knee, an injury that originally occurred the night he killed the kid in the IRA, and has to go back to England to have it repaired leaving Willie in charge, all the while trying to sneak the boat out of Ireland because Thrasher is being sued and it has been found out he is the true owner of the boat and the lawyers are trying to attach the boat to the lien. After a spat with Will, over a trip to Paris, Will hooked up with Thrasher’s personal secretary; Connie still helps Will finish the boat. While Thrasher’s law troubles are handled things start to settle down. It turns out that Connie’s best friend who was a nun is in the IRA and is the cause of major trouble for Mark, Annie, and Will. What keeps Will safe is his father is a prominent politician in the US and the IRA does not want to harm him because it could cause loss of support in the states. With the IRA after Thrasher, Mark and Annie the tale is intriguing. This reviewer believed since, it was the second book Mr. Woods published he really found his style here. The book started out very slowly but about half way through it really pick up and almost could not be put down. Giving this book a four star rating. With a list of books to read it might be a little bit before this reader orders the next in the series.

  • George
    2019-04-02 08:22

    This is a coming of age story in the age of terrorism and is set in the 1970s. The author's theme and point of the book is terrorism and the stupid "vendetta" style killings around Northern Ireland in that time period. While that's going on, the sailing story is absolutely engrossing. Admittedly, some of the terminology is the arcane language of sailing: jibs, stays and bilge to name a few. There are few characters and our hero, Will Lee, is involved with all of them--book's written in the first person...seems that he has woman problems and just can't get it right with them. Little knowledge of the first book in the series is required to like this one--there's a 30 second summary near the beginning. I presume that the third book will be the same.

  • Allynn Riggs
    2019-04-06 12:19

    Listened to the CD while driving 3,100+ miles in ten days. Excellent narrator. I usually listen to thriller books while driving as they keep me awake. This on felt a bit slow until about half way through for me. I wanted the main action much sooner. In the end, however, the build up of the background was necessary to show the growth of the main character, Will Lee. I appreciate the attention to the small details. I discovered I wanted to have the book in hand so I could go back a few chapters to reread some sections to verify suspicions - there is an advantage to having a hard copy. Fascinating information about race sailing and the financing of such. I am eager to read/listen to more about Will Lee.

  • Robin
    2019-03-24 16:22

    Firstly, I read all of Stuart Woods' books - Stone Barringtons are his cash cow. Will Lee has appeared in a few of the books, but this one is different. This tells of a summer job Will got after his second year of law school. By chance he met a couple who were building a 60 ft sailboat for a wealthy client. Will gets pulled In and there's a lot of excitement! Of course there are some beautiful women, but not as much graphic sex as Stone partakes of. There are scenes in the Isle of Wight, scenes in County Cork, Ireland, scenes at Plymouth, England. There are a few shootings, explosions, betrayals, fatal accidents, etc. There is A LOT about sailboats and sailboat racing, both of which I love!

  • Dan Smith
    2019-03-20 09:37

    Situated in the 60's, the story of a young man trying to find himself.. He leaves law school to take a break and visits his grandfather in Ireland..and from there the story takes off.It was a very entertaining tale. I enjoyed the book... I think this was the second Will Lee Book written by Woods. i gotta start reading them in order.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-06 09:30

    Book Two in the Will Lee series. Very nautical, which often bores me, but there's enough intrigue and machinations going on that I was able to stay engaged.

  • Judith Wrinkle
    2019-04-12 08:24

    Not so interesting to me, as I am not into boating. Ad lot of adjectives, too many for my liking. Much about boating, and though a decent mystery, too much boating info for my interest.

  • John
    2019-04-15 16:43

    Woods hit it out of the park with this novel. if you like sailing, ireland, UK, you will love this book. Nicely done, and a cut above the Stone/Holly novels. Much better writing

  • Richard
    2019-04-01 14:28

    I really enjoyed Chiefs, the first book of this series, which had a historical theme set in Alabama between 1920 and the early 1960’s. This book continues with Will Lee's son (also called Will Lee) as the main character and narrator. It is set mainly in England and Southern Ireland during the early 1970’s. Both books are superbly written, with Stuart Woods' silky smooth writing style to the fore. However, the plot of this book is nowhere near as interesting as the first. At times, it was more like a sailing instruction manual. I love boats but the large amount of technical content ground me down a little. It won't stop me from carrying on with the series, but I'll give it a rest for a while.

  • John Sklar
    2019-04-04 15:25

    Wow! Strong interesting characters, a suspenseful story and great twists of plot. Interesting reading a book written in the 80's. No cell phones, email or other modern tech. The story might even be a coming of age story of sorts. Will Lee learns a lot and we learn a lot about him. I think I'll read another.

  • Sheldon
    2019-03-31 13:46

    Maybe Woods should have stuck to Barrington but I guess every author wants to write a great novel of the sea. Hoping you like the story more than I did.

  • Theresa
    2019-04-13 10:23

    Picked this book up at a book swap. Could have skipped this one.

  • Judy
    2019-04-13 09:31

    After I got over the shock that the rest of these books' main character would be Will JUNIOR. I got into the story. Good character development.

  • George Hancock
    2019-03-30 15:33

    Catching up on the characters, in this case Will LeeThis novel fills in some blanks from the series

  • D.B. McBrierty
    2019-04-07 09:45

    A wonderful story I loved itThis book is full of surprises and suspense I had not read this one before and enjoyed it completely sad that it ended

  • Marie
    2019-04-19 12:46

    I've read most of Stuart Woods' books and I've liked them all. However, I must say this one moved very slowly and the story did not engage me. For once, I did not like a Stuart Woods book :(

  • Milt
    2019-04-15 10:46

    Another magnificent listen.

  • Linda Roberti
    2019-03-27 13:32

    Most enjoyable book. Different type of story for me and I like the character of Will Lee.

  • Rodney G Mogen
    2019-04-05 15:17

    Good bookAnother interesting saga in With Lee saga. The story moved. If you are not used to English, the real one, then it gets a title long, but good.

  • Will
    2019-04-12 15:33

    Will Lee comes of age; sails the Atlantic. Losing interest in law school, Will heads out for adventure to Ireland, UK and France. Invariably, he hooks up with an Irish lass Connie, but must keep moving. In England, he stumbles upon Mark & Ann Robinson at Cowes Week on Isle of Wight, and meets their sponsor Derek Thrasher. Mark and Derek hatch a plan to build an 'around alone' sailboat, while Will hatches serious lust for Annie. The Robinsons invite Will along to sail south England, and they land in Cork, Ireland to build the big boat. Mark's former life as a Royal Marine in Belfast incites the wrath of sleeper IRA nationalists, and trouble slowly builds to murderous proportions. While meeting his parents in London, Will calls Derek and is invited into his circle where Lady Jane begins the process of extracting all of his precious bodily fluids. Shunting Connie aside, Will and Mark build the boat until IRA mischief lands Thrasher in financial woes, the boat's deed is jeopardized. Following Mark's reinjuring his damaged knee, Will completes the outrigging of the boat and singlehandedly sails it to Plymouth, England. Mark, Annie & Will take her to the Azores, where they win the race and Will finally gets it on with Annie and begins juvenile planning for a future with her. Will is rejected, flies back to Ireland and licks his wounds as Connie roundly ignores him. In Plymouth again to kick off the transatlantic race, Annie is electrocuted, but Mark mans up and goes with the race. Mark is lost overboard while reefing the main in the Atlantic, and wills the boat to Will, who sails it across and on to his next adventure.

  • Frank
    2019-03-20 08:41

    Stuart Woods used to be one of my favorite authors. I read several of his novels several years ago. I have a lot of catching up to do! This one was a great thriller telling the story of Will Lee after he pretty much gets told to take a break from law school and try to get his act together. Lee's first appearance was in Woods super novel Chiefs which is probably my all time favorite of his. In this one Will travels to Ireland to visit his grandfather and while there, he makes acquaintances with Mark Pemberton-Robinson, his wife Annie, a local girl named Connie Lydon, and others. Mark is building a boat under the sponsorship of a rich backer named Derek Thrasher, to race in 20-day unassisted yacht race. Will makes friends with Mark and agrees to help in the building of the boat in Cork, Ireland. It turns out that Mark is a former British soldier who had conflicts with the IRA in Northern Ireland and is still a target by the IRA. Thrasher is also an IRA target. In any event, the building of the boat does not go as smoothly as it could have with Thrasher going into hiding and Mark getting injured. This book was written in 1983 and takes place in the early 1970s when there was still a lot of conflict between the British and the IRA. Overall, a lot of action and information about yacht building and sailing. I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to more Woods.

  • Marti
    2019-04-17 14:37

    i had been a fan of stuart woods for quite some time, and was delighted to find this 1983 paperback in a book sale. the will lee books that i have read deal with his life after his law school days, so that this seemed like a prequel, as they say. it is quite entertaining, very exciting in places, and informative if you have no background in sailing. it takes place mostly in ireland, reflecting the political background of that time. mark robinson and his wife annie race and build boats, connie is a love interest for will, and her deadly friend, the former nun, maeve is a true villaness, along with her cohorts.

  • Joe White
    2019-04-03 14:37

    This is one of Stuart Wood's earlier books. In my opinion it is one of the best fiction books I may have ever read. It involved sailboats and fine women, but in a very tense and straightforward manner of marching forward in time against adversities caused by the perversities of the Irish-English conflict in 1972.It contained as much action and tension as any of today's political action thrillers, but with such realistic characters that this almost could qualify as mild historical fiction.The plot ties were a little too entwined for any believability, but at a small price for such a good fiction read.Finished Sunday Easter 4/4/10

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-03-20 14:40

    Now that I've finished this quick page turner set in the 1970's about a year in the life of the third (?) generation of the Lee family, I understand how there can be a continuing series. A bit more about sailing here than my non-nautical mind could handle -- Patrick O'Brian did a better job of explaining -- but the plot about the Irish underground/terrorists was intriguing. 9/30/09 --Just finished Chiefs and wondering how there can be a #2 (and more) in this series.

  • Judy
    2019-04-05 13:31

    Not what you would expect from book #2 in a series and that made it all the better. Book one was about Will Lee's father and book two is about Will Lee and his adventures as he takes some time off from law school to go find himself overseas. He meets some interesting characters both friend and foe and is a great entertaining read. The story itself revolves around sailing and yachting and has a lot of marine vernacular but that it isn't so cumbersome that it distracts from the page turning story.

  • Drew
    2019-04-05 16:25

    I've read a couple books by Stuart Woods, and I've enjoyed them all, but this was the best one so far. The main character (Will Lee) is great, and I can't wait to read the other 6 books in the series. Even though this is #2 in the series, it stands alone very well.This story contained many beautiful sections, bordering on fine literary fiction. It also contained some great action and suspense. Great characters, great dialogue, wonderful plot.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-03-20 08:18

    The continuation of Chiefs is about Will Lee, grandson of the first Chief of police in Delano, Georgia. Taking a summer off law school, he manages to not only fall in love, but to end up entangled with the IRA and more. Very bleak in comparison with Chiefs and too much sailing to keep the interest all the way up.

  • Greer Andjanetta
    2019-03-29 15:28

    SW's books are always a pleasure to read but this was the best story of his that I have read in some time. The son of one of his recurring characters, Will Lee, drops out of law school intending to tour Europe but gets involved with a boat maker in Ireland, a couple of women and the IRA. An excellent story, easy to read and enlightening about the savagery and dedication of the IRA.

  • Myra
    2019-03-28 09:19

    When Will Lee is asked to take a year off from UGA's school of law, he goes overseas to tour Europe. However, his plans get side-lined when he meets a young man who has been commissioned to build a racing yacht. Will soon finds himself with a dream job but he also finds himself mixed up in Irish terrorism. My second Stuart Woods finish and a fun read.