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“A cat-and-mouse caper…Mr. Grisham is an irresistible writer. His prose is fluent and gorgeous, and he has an ability to end each segment with a terse sentence than makes it all but impossible not to turn the page.”–Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Leo spun to life in late July in the restless waters of the far eastern Atlantic, about two hundred miles west of Cape Verde. He was soon spotted from space, properly named, and classified as a mere tropical depression. Within hours he had been upgraded to a tropical storm.
For a month, strong dry winds had swept across the Sahara and collided with the moist fronts along the equator, creating swirling masses that moved westward as if searching for land. When Leo began his journey, there were three named storms ahead of him, all in a menacing row that threatened the Caribbean. All three would eventually follow their expected routes and bring heavy rains to the islands but nothing more.
From the beginning, though, it was apparent that Leo would go where no one predicted. He was far more erratic, and deadly. When he finally petered out from exhaustion over the Midwest, he was blamed for five billion in property damages and thirty-five deaths.
But before that he wasted no time with his classifications, advancing swiftly from tropical depression to tropical storm to a full-blown hurricane. At Category 3, with winds of 120 miles per hour, he hit the Turks and Caicos head-on and blew away several hundred homes, killing ten. He skirted low beneath Crooked Island, took a slight left, and aimed for Cuba before stalling south of Andros. His eye weakened as he lost steam and limped across Cuba, once again as a lowly depression with plenty of rain but unimpressive winds. He turned south in time to flood Jamaica and the Caymans, then, in a startling twelve-hour period, he reorganized with a perfect eye and turned north toward the warm and inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico. His trackers drew a line straight at Biloxi, the usual target, but by then they knew better than to make predictions. Leo seemed to have a mind of his own and no use for their models.
Once again he rapidly grew in size and speed, and in less than two days had his own news special on cable, and Vegas was posting odds on the landing site. Dozens of giddy camera crews raced into harm’s way. Warnings were posted from Galveston to Pensacola. Oil companies scurried to extract ten thousand rig workers from the Gulf, and, as always, jacked up their prices just for the hell of it. Evacuation plans in five states were activated. Governors held press conferences. Fleets of boats and airplanes scrambled to reposition inland. As a Category 4, and veering east and west along a steady northbound trek, Leo seemed destined for a historic and ugly landfall.
And then he stalled again. Three hundred miles south of Mobile, he faked to his left, began a slow turn to the east, and weakened considerably. For two days he chugged along with Tampa in his sights, then suddenly came to life again as a Category 1. For a change he maintained a straight course and his eye passed over St. Petersburg with winds at a hundred miles per hour. Flooding was heavy, electricity was knocked out, flimsier buildings were flattened, but there were no fatalities. He then followed Interstate 4 and dumped ten inches of rain on Orlando and eight on Daytona Beach before leaving land as yet another tropical depression.
The weary forecasters said farewell as he limped into the Atlantic. Their models ran him out to sea where he would do little more than frighten some cargo ships.
However, Leo had other plans. Two hundred miles due east of St. Augustine, he turned north and picked up steam as his center spun together tightly for the third time. The models were reshuffled and new warnings were issued. For forty-eight hours he moved steadily along, gaining strength as he eyed the coast as if selecting his next target. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B081Y4HFXG
- Publisher : Dell (April 28, 2020)
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3286 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A sequel to Camino Island, familiar characters and landscape. Intriguing story of nursing home fraud, murder, and the FBI.
If you are a Grisham fan you will enjoy it.
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A storm, a murder, a huge Medicare fraud. a bunch of amateur sluthes who with a little help from FBI and local and state troops eventually solve the case.
By the end I couldn't care less who did what to whom and I'm a big Gresham fan!
Clearly, readers of a novel have differing expectations of a book - expectations that may never be realised in any one book, no matter who the writer of the book happens to be. A writer's mind is generally specific to a single range, or genre, of literature. In John Grisham's case this genre has to do with lawbreakers and the function and action of various persons associated with the breaking of the law - various crimes and their investigation, lawyers' activities, court cases, sentencing or acquitting from crime capers. Grisham's professional background serves him admirably in this genre of novel writing and, rightly, he has an international reputation in such a field, having over the years written many detailed, inspirational, and educative novels on his preferred topics.
However, John Grisham has had the personal and literary courage to attempt to write about adjunct subjects to those in which he specialises - "Skipping Christmas", "Playing for Pizza", and the short stories of "Ford County" (not to mention his admirable "Theodore Boone" series for younger readers - and readers who feel young!). So, "Camino Winds" may not be what some John Grisham readers expect from him, but, for aficionados like the present reviewer, it assumes its place in the canon of competent, readable, and worthwhile books from this source. The reader can appreciate and enjoy the breadth of Grisham's literary skills. The contents of the book have been adequately explored by several of the book's reviewers.
As previously mentioned, however, “Camino Winds” is not a direct follow-up to “Camino Islands”, and the novel can be enjoyed for its own distinctiveness. However, the link between the two books is a factor in appreciating Grisham’s literary art (see also “A Time to Kill” and “Sycamore Row” for the Jake Brigance sequence of novels). The main narrative concerns the death of a friend of the book’s main character, Bruce Cable. The latter is the proprietor of Bay Books, in Santa Rosa, Florida, and is the main man from “Camino Island”. Cable is a book dealer who lives an affluent lifestyle, and he brings together several friends with an interest in literature. One such friend was the writer Nelson Kerr, and he was amongst numbers of people who decided to remain in Santa Rosa and ride out the devastating storm. However, when the storm abates, Nelson Kerr is dead.
Initially, it is thought that Kerr was an unfortunate victim of the storm, but evidence suggests that the storm was not the cause of his death - “he had received several mysterious blows to the head.” So begins an investigation into Nelson Kerr’s death. With the police investigation seemingly getting nowhere, as well as the focus of the authorities being on the storm damage, Bruce Cable begins to seriously consider Kerr’s death. Could it be linked to the shady characters in Kerr’s novel? Is the still unpublished novel more fact than fiction? The key to Nelson Kerr’s death could be contained in the computer-held manuscript of his novel. This research by Cable, and what his search reveals, is the shocking and key ingredient of the book’s narrative, as well as containing the most compelling pages of the novel.
After writing over thirty novels before he turned his attention to the group of friends and literary companions that gather and were involved in intrigue on "Camino Island", and then were battered by the hurricane and death in Santa Rosa in “Camino Winds”, John Grisham is well-attuned to his subjects and shows his skill in developing the characters. As with his earlier novel, the narrative of “Camino Winds” offers plots and sub-plots that may differ from his earlier novels, but Grisham’s ability to present these stories make this novel one that is well worth the read, even if it fails to be every fan's favourite.
Nevertheless, "Camino Winds" is a sufficiently straightforward and well-written book to win over those readers who may not be familiar with John Grisham's output, as well as telling a story that will generally satisfy those for whom the writer needs to provide no apology. It may not be the best novel that John Grisham has written (this reviewer has awarded the novel a 4 star rating to signify this comparison), perhaps it is a bit escapist and certainly a bit different, but it is, nevertheless, another recommendable read from a writer who is considered by many as being in a league of his own.
Mercer is a peripheral character in this one , which centres around Bruce, the bookstore owner. It's a murder investigation, linked to hiding a huge fraud.
It was a good read. I knocked one star off because the end was overlong, filled with loads of lawyers and loads of money, in the worst of the ways of America.