From international best-selling author Dick Francis and his son, Felix, comes a gripping new racing thriller. Captain Thomas Forsyth’s tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. Tom’s world is torn apart by the injury - the Army is his life.
Six months of recuperation leave is a daunting prospect - but not as bleak as the probability of never rejoining his regiment. Tom returns to Lambourn, to his childhood home, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the ‘First Lady’ of racing.
Never having seen eye to eye with his parents, Tom doesn’t expect a hero’s welcome - but even he’s not prepared for the reception that awaits him.... A complete and unabridged reading by Martin Jarvis.
©2010 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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"Martin Jarvis = 10 stars, story = 1"
The usually hugely enjoyable D Francis fails in this yawner of a novel. All I'm going to add (which anyone who listens should appreciate) is that if the hero used, or said he was going to use, or said he *had* used, his "Voice of Command" one more time, I'd have locked him in the damn stable myself. Oops, spoiler alert. I think he used it 10 times in the last chapter alone, and fat lot of good it did him.
Martin Jarvis, as always, is a pleasure to listen to, even in this snoozefest.
"caught in a crossfire"
yes it was a good story
it was a good read story was interresting good plot
yes he is a good reader story is interesting
it was that sort of book when you get into it you get hooked
"perfect read, real 'Francis'"
Great storyline, real Francis (father and son this time) all the way
Nothing, he did it justice and improved my level of entertainment
Must listen and read
"Excellent story, poor narrator"
Dick Francis delivers his usual excellence in murder mysteries, but Martin Jarvis does not hold a candle to Tony Britton in his narration. The nasal voice is not pleasant to listen to, and he doesn't distinguish characters very well. The emotion/inflection you would expect in most passages is off. Plus, the female characters tend to sound irritated and impatient, even when they are flirting, which is ridiculous. Unfortunately the performance detracts from the enjoyment of the book, which is an excellent story with mouth-dropping surprises. If Felix Francis is to follow in his father's foorsteps, he needs to find a better narrator for the audio versions of his books.
"Another Dick Franics Classic"
Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.
An excellent story Dick Francis never fails and always writes edge of the seat stories. Thoroughly recommended
"Not up to standard"
I fully agree with Jane. Martin Jarvis's reading of this book was not enjoyable at all - I kept hearing 'William' of 'Just William' fame coming through. I'm normally a fan of Martin Jarvis but not in this case. He totally failed to capture the tone and character of Dick Francis's hero and spoiled the book for me. The story itself doesn't gallop along as other Francis's books do - lots of repetition that gives the distinct impression of 'padding' and a strong feeling that the author is NOT Dick Francis. If you love traditional Dick Francis you won't enjoy this. Don't buy this one and stick to Tony Britten's excellent narrations in future.
I have read, listened & loved Dick Francis books for many years. But this book read by Martin Jarvis is simply awful. It is clear that the book was NOT written by Dick Francis but by his son Felix. If I'd known I would never have bought the audio book. The reader is not up to the standard of Tony Britten who has narrated many of the Dick Francis books. Don't buy this if you are used the a better class of Dick Francis audio book!
This is very easy to listen to, up to usual Dick Francis standards and very enjoyable
"Crossfire is too much army and too American"
I was curious as to whether this posthumous Dick Francis/Felix Francis book would be a good read. Sadly, it would be fine if you are interested in the army and its battles, rules and regulations. But even apart from that, my greatest problem, and the reason I only read three-quarters of the book was that the americanisms drove me to despair! Written by two Englismen,read by an Englishman, set in that most English of counties and yet we had 'parking lots', 'divided highways', etc all the time. It bacame so distracting that, for the first time ever, I did not finish my favourite author's latest book. Shame on the editors for not spotting it. When I read books written by Americans and/or set in the USA I expect American language. I have all his books, and have read and re-read them all, but that is the last I shall read, don't waste your money on it.
I'd not read Dick Francis for 20 years - forgotten how great the stories are.
I think Felix's best. only problem is the plot required too much naivety from the characters.
The excellent narration and good plot made this a fab audiobook. If you are a previous Francis reader you wont be disappointed and a great place to atsrt if you are new to Francis.
"Why not to leave a chap inactive."
If you leave a highly trained and motivated officer (even missing one leg) with time on his hand for 6 months, then drop a mystery on him with some very nasty people in the background, thing are likely to get out of hand! When he gets introduced to torture (the receiving end) it's just his traning that keeps things from going over the top as well as allowing things to get a little out of hand.
Well read, but not my favorate Francis.
"Dick and Felix Francis at their very best."
gripping from the first page, deffinately a cant put downer, just as we have come to expect from Dick Francis, exciting, brilliant storyline. loved it.
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