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Dick Francis
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13 Sep 2010

Crossfire is the new thriller from father son team Dick Francis and Felix Francis.

Captain Thomas Forsyth's tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he is badly wounded by a roadside bomb.

Returning home, to his mother - a racehorse trainer and the 'First Lady' of racing - Tom discovers the training business is on the edge, and facing a threat far more dangerous than a run of bad form.

Tom finds himself on a very different, but just as deadly, battlefield where his military skills are tested . . . kill or be killed?

From Felix Francis and Dick Francis, the bestselling co-authors of Dead Heat and Even Money comes Crossfire, the latest Dick Francis novel. Packed with all the hair-raising suspense and excitement readers know and love from Dick Francis, Crossfire is the most dazzling yet.

Praise for the Dick Francis novels:

'The Francis flair is clear for all to see' Daily Mail

'Spare, efficient and unflashy . . . inexorably draws you in' Daily Telegraph

'The master of suspense and intrigue' Country Life

'Still the master' Racing Post

Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories and the biography of Lester Piggott.

Dick Francis died in February, 2010, at the age of 89, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick's two sons. Since 2006, Felix has taken a more significant role in the writing, first with Dead Heat and then increasingly with the bestsellers, Silks and Even Money. Crossfire is the fourth novel of this father-and-son collaboration.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (13 Sep 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1408467755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408467756
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who – in the last decade or so -- wrote the novels of Dick Francis? For quite some time there was a question regarding the work of the late thriller master. His sharp and involving novels, strongly evocative of the racing milieus within which their tales of corruption and murder were set, have long been highly thought of, and much read – but who was their real author? Rumours were rife – mainly that their nominal author was less involved in them of late than the moniker on the jacket indicated. But now we know: for some time, the Dick Francis thrillers had been the product of joint authorship. Francis's wife – and, latterly, his son Felix -- had notable involvement in the books. And just before Dick’s death, the two men made no secret of the joint authorship; now we have the final book to bear that portmanteau credit, Crossfire -- but is it a suitably entertaining signing-off?

Captain Thomas Forsyth finds himself invalided out of Afghanistan with a serious injury, the result of a roadside bomb. He is having difficulty in adjusting to life without the prospect of rejoining his regiment. Home in Lambourn (where his mother, an important trainer, is a mover and shaker in the world of racing),Tom discovers that the world of horse training can have its own considerable risks – and he’s soon being testing by the rigours of a new battlefield.

So -- the sixty-four thousand dollar question -- is Crossfire a suitable farewell effort for Francis père et fils? Its predecessor, Silks, was received with mixed opinions, but (largely speaking), Francis aficionados will feel they’ve got their money’s worth here with some solid storytelling, even if reading the final novel bearing the name Dick Francis (albeit with his son’s assistance) will be a bittersweet experience. But the family name (and the Francis franchise) will, no doubt, live on... --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dick Francis was one of the most successful post-war National Hunt jockeys. The winner of over 350 races, he was champion jockey in 1953/1954 and rode for HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, most famously on Devon Loch in the 1956 Grand National. On his retirement from the saddle, he published his autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write forty-three bestselling novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), and the biography of Lester Piggott.

Dick Francis died in February, 2010, at the age of 89, but he remains one of the greatest thriller writers of all time.

Felix Francis is the younger of Dick's two sons. Over the last forty years Felix has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels, not least Twice Shy, Shattered and Under Orders. But since 2006, Felix has taken a more significant role in the writing, first with Dead Heat and then increasingly with the bestsellers, Silks and Even Money. Crossfire is the fourth novel of this father-and-son collaboration.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis streaks ahead to another win 9 Sep 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a page turner! I bought this book for my Kindle at 22.00 and started reading it straight away. Only extreme tiredness made me put it down 6 hours later. It is gritter than Dick Frances's other books and shows the positive influence of Felix Frances. The main protagonist is someone you can sympathise with and cheer on in his attempts to keep his mother out of jail for tax evasion. With its mix of murderous thugs dressed in smart suits, kidnappings and other mayhem it is a worthy addition to the Dick Francis stable.
PS is Felix Frances going to write under his own name now - on the evfidence of this book he should.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Story 6 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is the fourth work completed by Dick Francis and his son, and it certainly lives up the standards the late author set in a long and distinguished career until his death last February. As did the more than 40 novels Dick Francis wrote, it takes as its milieu the British horse-racing scene.

Captain Tom Forsyth, who left his mother's home (and horse-training stables) at the age of 17 to join the army, returns after losing his foot to an IED in Afghanistan, only to find that his mother is in some kind of trouble. She is being blackmailed to the tune of 2,000 pounds a week and is also being forced to make sure that her horses lose important races. It falls to Tom to sort out the culprits, solve his mother's business problems, and find his way into the future despite his physical condition.

"Crossfire" is a tale with the trademark Francis touch, carefully constructed, poignantly written and sensitive, especially with regard to observations of the trials and difficulties of being a soldier (demonstrated throughout by references to Tom's past posts as well as the skills he learned as applied to his present endeavors), and it is highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as ever 19 Nov 2010
By KLM
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
From other reviews I was worried that this book might not be up to the Dick Francis standards. But it is - gripping, interesting and authentic. Thoroughly enjoyed. May Dick Francis rest in peace. And may Felix keep on writing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to DF standard 25 Mar 2012
By Anne
Format:Kindle Edition
I have loved almost all of Dick Francis's books but this collaboration really doesn't do his legacy justice. Too many "explanatory facts" passages inserted unsubtly into the plot which interrupt the flow and underestimate readers' intelligence. Some of the action sequences show the old flair but otherwise disappointing.
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Format:Paperback
I was aware of the Dick Francis novels but had never been even remotely interested in reading one as the whole horse theme just didn't appeal, but when Crossfire was available for a cheap price, and looking for someting a bit different to the books I normally read, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go. I'll be honest and admit I didn't expect to even finish the book. So imagine my surprise when after reading just a few pages, I found myself constatly picking up the book at every opportunity (something I rarely do outside of my daily commute).

Crossfire is a brilliantly paced novel, which is easay to read, and altough the horse theme is strong, even those with zero knowledge of horse racing (myself included) can follow it, in fact I picked up alot of information about horse racing that I actually found myself watching a few races on TV after I'd finished it - now I didn't expect that either!

If you stop and think too deeply about some of the characters, or the series of events, then you will find flaws, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it and intend to pucrchase more from Dick and Felix very soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling listening 24 Mar 2011
By Pepper #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an excellent example of a book that has been well translated to audiobook format. It makes compelling listening particularly in the car. The only flaw with this CD set is that the chapter (track) labels make it difficult to load on to your iPod as the chapters get disorganised.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis Crossfire. 10 Aug 2011
By PeeJay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Crossfire is the latest book from Dick Francis & Felix Francis. Since Dick's death early in 2010, Felix is now the main man to continue the terrific series of books penned by his father for many years. My wife has every book written by Dick and now Felix. She has already read Crossfire twice and has reported that it is another enthralling read. She is hopeful that Felix will stay with the same background theme as his successful father. "If it aint broke don't fix it" as the saying goes. If you haven't experienced reading any of the Dick Francis stories and are looking for a gripping read, then buy any one of his novels or better still collect the whole series. You will not be disappointed. Oh, by the way, I read them too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossfire Dick Francis 12 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
I have almost the full set of Dick Francis novels and delight in their constant five star tales and this is no exception. Dick andf his son have produced another creditable thriller again with a usual racing/training background. Read it and find out. A pity that Dick is no longer with us but perhaps his son Felix may successfuly take over.
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