Reader's Digest Condensed Books Volume 2 1991 Author:Reader's Digest Editors This book contains the following stories: — Longshot by Dick Francis — The Women in his Life by Barbara Taylor Bradford — Crackdown by Bernard Cornwell — Something to Hide by Patricia Robinson — From the back cover: — "Cliff-hangers — The hero runs, breathless. Ahead is only a sheer wall and the open void beyond. Behind him a hulking figure. Our hero m... more »akes a split-second decision. He lunges - over the side! He grabs for a handhold. He ...
It's the adventure novel - stories of men at work, according to one critic. But what work it is! The adventure hero may earn his living piloting some sputtering craft through the Azores or skippering a luxury yacht past whizzing bullets in the Bahamas (See Crackdown, on page 339, for that story.)
Our passion for high adventure has been with us since the dawn of storytelling. Think of those drawings on the cave walls of Stone Age man. What tale to they tell? Nothing less than the intrepid adventures of some early hero as he goes out to slay the bison and bring home the bacon.
What's behind the lasting appeal of these books? For starters, they tell smashing good yarns. But they also allow us to experience risks we're far too sensible to take on our own. We can feel the chill of danger, the tingle of fear - all from the comfort of our easy chairs.
So, cut to the chase. Bring on the villains. And may the good guys prevail! - The Editors"« less