Turbulent Wake

Turbulent Wake

4.22 (95 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.22 (95 ratings by Goodreads)

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As a young man comes to terms with his father's death, he is forced to face his own demons, and confront the possibility of change... A stark, eye-opening and exquisitely poignant novel spanning the globe and probing the issues that define our times, by the author of the critically acclaimed Claymore Straker series...

'This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places all come alive on the page...' Literary Review

'Searing ... at times achieves the level of genuine poetry' Publishers Weekly


Ethan Scofield returns to the place of his birth to bury his father. Hidden in one of the upstairs rooms of the old man's house he finds a strange manuscript, a collection of stories that seems to cover the whole of his father's turbulent life.

As his own life starts to unravel, Ethan works his way through the manuscript, trying to find answers to the mysteries that have plagued him since he was a child. What happened to his little brother? Why was his mother taken from him?

And why, in the end, when there was no one else left, did his own father push him away?

Swinging from the coral cays of the Caribbean to the dangerous deserts of Yemen and the wild rivers of Africa, Turbulent Wake is a bewitching, powerful and deeply moving story of love and loss ... of the indelible damage we do to those closest to us and, ultimately, of the power of redemption in a time of change.


'The quality of Hardisty's writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets this above many other thrillers' West Australia

'Turbulent Wake is moving, it caused me to ache deep inside ... a rather beautiful read' LoveReading

'The writing is sublime! So different from the Claymore Straker series but just as compelling - a round-the-world journey through a lifetime of regrets. Wow!' Off-the-Shelf Books

'If you like literary fiction with heart then you MUST read the stunning Turbulent Wake - powerful, evocative, profound; I savoured every word' Karen Cole

'A truly beautiful story ... what a special book this is' Jen Med's Book Reviews

'Evocative, compelling, a pull-at-your-heartstrings page turning read! A book that you will absorb into your very soul! Go and get a copy today!' Crime Book Junkie

'Powerful, evocative, profound; I savoured every word' Hair Past a Freckle

'Compelling and inspiring, it is an adventure, a journey, a exploration of life, a fascinating novel' Swirl & Thread

'Heartbreaking, honest, wonderful. This novel needs to be read by many, so they can see what damage they cause' Steph's Book Blog

Praise for Paul E. Hardisty

'A stormer of a thriller - vividly written, utterly tropical, totally gripping' Peter James

'A fast-paced action thriller, beautifully written' Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography

'Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character' Lee Child

'A trenchant and engaging thriller that unravels this mysterious land in cool, precise sentences' Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald

'Gripping and exciting ... the quality of Hardisty's writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets this above many other thrillers' West Australian

'Beautifully written, blisteringly authentic, heart-stoppingly tense and unusually moving' Paul Johnston

'The plot burns through petrol, with multiple twists and turns' Vicky Newham
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 198 x 129 x 21mm | 260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912374714
  • 9781912374717
  • 1,283,991

Review quote

"The quality of Hardisty's writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets this above many other thrillers." --West Australian
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About Paul E. Hardisty

Paul E Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a cafe in Sana'a.

Paul is the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.
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95 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 49% (47)
4 32% (30)
3 13% (12)
2 4% (4)
1 2% (2)
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