Ian Rankin – Westwind

Out of print for nearly 30 years, this masterpiece of cat-and-mouse espionage suspense from the “genius” best seller Ian Rankin is as timely and urgent as ever (Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught in the middle. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: a British citizen named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters.

Halfway across the world, at English ground control headquarters, Martin Hepton watches with dismay as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton’s who suspects something strange is going on disappears. Hepton realizes there is much more at stake than anyone knows – and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade . . .

Author: Ian Rankin
Narrator: Ian Rankin, Julian Rhind-Tutt
Duration: 9 hours 19 minutes
Released: 20 Jul 2001
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Language: English

User Review:

alkali mystified

Always iffy to hear a story read by its author, but Rankin does a wonderful job. I’m a fan of his Rebus books so this was a complete departure and I went into it hoping for the best. In the introduction, he says that he wrote the book several decades ago but was inspired to bring it out again since so much of what he talked about in it seemed eerily like much of what seems to be happening today. Well read, well written, very interesting.