A good book to read whilst in traction, entertaining enough to avoid the boredom but not sufficiently rewarding that you wouldn't be keen to leap from your bed as soon as recovery neared. In this book, the protagonist is a weather man who becomes involved in a plot to steal nuclear materials to make bombs with right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. View all 3 comments. Just don't take it as the acme and omega of what Francis could produce. No such worries in a Francis novel. This wasn't up to the normal standard, easy reading, entertaining yes but the plot was weak and confused, weapons grade uranium, mysterious tubercular diseases and an admittedly interesting splash of meteorology thrown in for good measure.
Too far-fetched and not enough background.
Whether the layers mesh well or not is a decision best left with the reader. In fact, the real problem--if you want to call it that, since "Second Wind" is still a perfectly respectable thriller--is the way the book skips lightly over the emotional stuff, blithely allowing Perry to have casual relationships of all sorts and moving briskly through some pro forma romance and so on without really digging into them. I've always liked Dick Francis's mysteries that involve the race track but this story was different. This one I picked up from a box of junk in a friends garage and fear that it had been placed there with good reason. A perfect place to meet was amid a crowd at the races.