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Some readers may quibble at the ambiguous ending, but Cornwell's first modern-day novel, after Redcoat and the Sharpe series, works very nicely. Narrator Nick Sandman, Falkland Islands hero and Victoria Cross recipient, is determined not only to walk again after a war wound but also to sail his ketch Sycorax to New Zealand. After two years' hospitalization, he is, barely, walking again, but Nick's return to Devon finds Sycorax beached and vandalized, apparently at the behest of TV talk-show host Tony Bannister. Legal difficulties force Nick into making a TV movie for Bannister in exchange for salvaging Sycorax. Complications arise immediately: Bannister is out to win the Cherbourg-Saint Pierre race and wants Nick to be navigator; Bannister's ex-father-in-law is out to avenge his daughter's ''murder'' aboard Bannister's ocean racer Wildtrack and wants Nick to help; Bannister's beautiful mistress Angela is out to make that TV movie; and Nick falls in love with Angela. The climax comes with Nick racing across the Atlantic in a howling gale to prevent Bannister's murder. Even landlubbers will enjoy Cornwell's terrific pacing, colorful characters and dry humor, and perhaps, will learn a few things, too (e.g., in sailing jargon, ''scuttles'' means portholes).

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1994 : USA Hardback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Cornwell Bernard
ISBN: 067090791X / 9780670907915 (USA edition)
Publisher: Claremont
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August 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: "Wildtrack" (Windsor Selections)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0862203112 / 9780862203115 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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April 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Wildtrack (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0816147167 / 9780816147168 (USA edition)
Publisher: G K Hall & Co
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July 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Wildtrack (The Thrillers #1)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0399133755 / 9780399133756 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
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June 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: "Wildtrack"
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0718130138 / 9780718130138 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0241955645 / 9780241955642 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0241955637 / 9780241955635 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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May 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Wildtrack: A Novel of Suspense
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0061462640 / 9780061462641 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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May 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 014017723X / 9780140177237 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0061122475 / 9780061122477 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
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August 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0515101214 / 9780515101218 (USA edition)
Publisher: Jove Pubns
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March 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 074740187X / 9780747401872 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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January 1989 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0722101872 / 9780722101872 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sphere
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Audio Editions

October 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Wildtrack (The Thrillers #1)
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 0736682678 / 9780736682671 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape, Incorporated
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December 1989 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Wildtrack: Unabridged
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 1854962639 / 9781854962638 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell

Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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November 2006 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Wildtrack
Author(s): Bernard Cornwell

Publisher: Penguin
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