- Publisher: Vanguard Press
- Edition: 1st edition
- Available in: Paperback and Kindle
- ISBN: 978-1843866077
- Published: 31st May 2010
A knife at his wife’s throat and his two young daughters gagged by rough hands; Ian Vaughan spun round in alarm only to be knocked unconscious by the stranger he had just helped.Isolated and forced to sail a yacht across the Atlantic at the mercy of sadistic maniacs, Vaughan knows he must not anger his captors, whose comrades are holding his family hostage but, his innate sense of duty compels him to figure out a way not only to escape, but to stop the deadly plan that they are executing.Vaughan’s quick-thinking and bravery help fuel suspicions that have been aroused amongst friendly parties both in the UK and USA who must gamble on the scant information they have to fit together all the pieces of the puzzle before the plan comes to its deadly conclusion.
Rachel Peiro 5th May 2017 (e-mailed from New Zealand)
Amazon 5 Star ***** 9th July 2016
Richard Frankland is a very talented and knowledgeable writer, who keeps us gripped with a different kind of thriller. A fast-paced, expertly crafted adventure spanning oceans and continents, this is a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By P. G. Gomer-Smith on 12 Oct. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wish to congratulate Richard Frankland, on the writing of his first novel, A CAST OF HAWKS. I personally, have no knowledge of sailing, but found the sea adventure in this story extremely exhilarating. A very gripping story from beginning to end which had me reading into the ‘early hours’, as I just could not put the book down! I then carried on to read Richard’s second novel, BATSU, which follows on from A CAST OF HAWKS.
BATSU is another brilliant story, just as captivating and enthralling. I am about to start reading his third novel, SHADOWS IN SUNSHINE and am sure I will be heading for more’ late nights’! I will look forward to more novels written by Richard.
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Caroline Hodgsonon 25 October 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
The book grips you from the first page and takes you on a roller coaster ride until the end. The book is written in a style that is an easy read with some interesting characters binding the plot together.
By Carole Clement 14 December 2014 ‘A Cast of Hawks’
Fascinated to learn that you were an author I acquired A Cast of Hawks and have not been able to put it down since. What a brilliant book! and how fortunate to have chanced upon you that day. I shall definitely be recommending you to my friends and relatives and intend to seek out the rest of your novels to read. Thank you.
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read, 1 April 2014
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This review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Kindle Edition)
the book is a very good read with the story preventing you form putting it down, cant wait to see if the second offering from this author is as good.
Helen Cooper Senior Librarian Tavistock Library 19th June 2013
Cast of Hawks. Fast moving, exciting, frightening. Believable characters and well researched. Very ‘boys own’ – it is great for me as a branch librarian to be able to recommend a new author that fills a niche in the market.
Becky Chantry 11th July 2012. (Letter to publisher)
I just wanted you to know how glad I was that you encouraged me to purchase a copy of your novel in the Bromley Waterstones on Saturday.
I started reading on Sunday evening and was instantly enthralled – I even missed my bus stop on the way home from work on Monday as I was so engrossed!
I found the plot very enjoyable, particularly the multinational elements. I also loved the way small decisions and random events can have such significant impact. It very much reminded me of the inquiries after 9/11 and the London bombings. How if small actions had been taken the plots may have been discovered. It makes me wonder how many real life attempts may be foiled, with the General Public never finding out.
Thank you again for such an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more of your work.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read – hard to put down, 13 Mar 2012
By MG – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
I read this recently while on holiday. Normally a book will last me a week, reading a few chapters morning or evening. But this one lasted just two days! Once I started I couldn’t put it down. It’s very well written and the story has pace and excitement right from the beginning. The writing is so mature and interesting it’s hard to believe it’s a first novel. Can’t wait for number 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Reading?, 26 Oct 2011
By Ty – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
A believable story which rarely stalls, has enough different characters, skates across our visceral fears, has been carefully written and selectively indulges in its own knowledge, but takes you into unknown areas of emotional stress and political attitudes – a page turner, but not a day’s read, with some underlying serious themes.
Roger Smiths review for club newsletter Ebb and Flow 2011
A Cast of Hawks by Richard V. Frankland
I found out about the author after talking about sailing with his daughter Caroline who then told me about the book, which sounded quite interesting.
I wasn’t disappointed – The story involves a normal (sailing) family guy who, by quirk of fate gets dragged into a plot to attack targets on the east coast of the US. The action starts in and around Bosham in Sussex, where the family are getting ready for a sailing holiday and involves a kidnap and holding hostage of his family and a tough sail across the Atlantic in a Victoria 34 yacht. Here our hero (as he turns out to be) does what he sees as the right thing and ends up saving the day.
Although parts of the story might stretch the imagination a little bit (it is just a story after all) the attention to detail and knowledge of many of the subjects covered, together with the characters developed in the story make it much more believable. I would say it would actually give some of the James Bond stories a good run for their money and would make a pretty good film too.
Overall rating: Amazon 4 out of 5 Stars
By Cheryl Hill – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
This is a fantastic book with a brilliant very believable story. Like other reviewers I could not put it down and normally I am an historical novel girl. I think it would make a great film with somebody like Orlando Bloom in the lead. Very impressive for a first novel and I hope Mr. Frankland has more in the pipe line.
Margaret Robinson 20th June 2010. (Letter)
A great book, thrilla minute at every turn, kept me on the edge of my chair all week.
Look forward to the next book.
Brian 16th August 2010. (Notelet)
I enjoyed your book immensely. It was full of exciting drama from the first page to the last with an intreguing plot to captivate the reader. Well done.
Ann Owen 25th August 2010. (Letter)
I don’t normally enjoy blood and thunder books but I found this one quite gripping and on occassions could not put it down. Chris, my husband, has booked it for our next holiday.
Not too difficult to go through the pages as well, but not too easy. Also there’ll be a sequel, which is always good when you’re choosing new fiction, right?
Richard Frankland’s debut novel is a stunner!It sails along at a great rate of knots. (A play on words since a lot of the book involves sailing ! ) Our hero is a decent and honourable and -even more importantly – believable man , who is coerced by terrorists into sailing them across the Atlantic. If , like me , you have absolutely no sailing knowledge whatsoever , you’ll like the fact that the author , while not talking down to us landlubbers , makes us realize exactly what is happening. A really clever piece of writing.The story has everything — suspense, action , humour and pathos. A couple of the side-heroes were engaging and I particularly liked the use of our fine men of the coastguard! Looking forward to the next book!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cast of Hawks, 2 Aug 2010
By BLACKBROOK – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
My wife and I both enjoyed ‘A Cast of Hawks’ very much indeed. It was not my wife’s usual type of novel however she enjoyed it very much. The author Richard Frankland has an extremely descriptive style in his writing that transports you into the adventures of Ian, the main character of the book. The plot was fast moving and we quickly became hooked on what was to happen next. Would make an excellent film also so hope someone spots its potential. Thank you for a great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT READ, 17 July 2010
By MO – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
THIS IS NOT NORMALLY THE TYPE OF BOOK I WOULD BUY, SO WAS THEREFORE SURPRISED TO FIND MYSELF THOROUGHLY ENJOYING THE READ, AT TIMES NOT BEING ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN. I FOUND THE STORY GRIPPING AND VERY WELL WRITTEN. LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT BOOK.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 28 Nov 2010
By GI – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
A good read, will keep you interested from the first page to the last. Lots of sailing stuff – but only enough to help you understand what’s happening, so if you’re not already a sailor you’ll learn a thing or two.A well structured plot, plenty of action and excitement.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping fact action story, 14 July 2010
By Sherman Glendenning (Portsmouth, England) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
The story skillfully weaves the plot from peaceful English south coast harbours to the centre of American national security. The tension and pace of the story smoothly build to a dramatic ending. The characters are utterly believable and the author has used his expert knowledge and well informed detail to inform as well as entertain. Thoroughly enjoyable, a must read for anyone interested in sailing, action and adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, 9 July 2010
By Moo – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
I did not expect to enjoy an action packed book but I did. It was exciting and excellent for taking on holiday.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cast of Hawks, 19 July 2010
By Avid Reader – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
This book was not just good, it was great and totally unputdownable. The best thing for me is that it is based locally, it’s not often that you get to read a book that is set around the area you live in. Can’t wait for the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, 14 July 2010
By Alamo – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
Excellent Story and very well written. The author’s expertise and knowledge on sailing as well as on international business makes the story very vivid and gripping. Dealing with terrorism, it also gives interesting insights into cultural aspects of different parts of the world which obviously comes from the author’s experiences.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawk a great book., 29 Jun 2010
By Badger (uk) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: A Cast of Hawks (Paperback)
As his first fiction book, I was concerned that it wouldn’t be up to the mark, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found this gripping, well paced and beautifully written. I really love the menacing picture on the front cover too! Great work.
The best book of its kind:
Gripping. Intelligent. Believable.
A Cast of Hawks
by Richard V Frankland
Richard V Frankland has mastered the art of taking a reader through a rich tapestry of fiction; combining meticulously crafted plotlines with etymological finesse. This is a highly recommended book for the discerning bookworm.
Originating from the author’s own nautical experiences, the gripping tale begins with an innocent sailor; Ian Vaughan who is forced by a group of terrorists holding his family hostage, to travel the seas. The book follows the twists and turns of the locations and relationships, which evolve with such well crafted language that the reader is drawn through the fiction, into the real world of the characters. The interwoven multitude of plotlines and inferences has been expertly crafted into an explosive climax; demonstrating expertly planned research and attention to detail by the author.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is that through its multi-faceted plotlines, there is an articulation of fundamental human behaviour, laid out such a way that any reader is able to access and enjoy. The characters feel real, the plotline is believable, and the locations and events are underpinned by expert knowledge, which makes them tangibly realistic. Richard V Frankland’s own familiarity with the ways of the seas manifests itself expertly in the subtleties and nuances, which underpin the explosive drama that evolves.
This is a book that will hold your attention and capture your imagination.
If there is a most-recommended book to read this spring, A Cast of Hawks, by Richard V Franklandis most definitely it.
Fiona Aubrey-Smith MA(Ed) MMus PGCE BA(Hons)
Doctoral Researcher, NAACE Fellow & Head of Educational Development, UniServity
A CAST OF HAWKS
A masterful action packed thriller.
Masterful blend of fact and fiction has produced a truly magnificent action
story. How can so much excitement and action be blended into a single novel?
By Martin & Jane Reid