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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330021117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330021111
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick Francis has written forty-two novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

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A regular winner (Sunday Express)

As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing (Daily Mirror) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care ... the entire story is a pleasure to relish.' (The Scotsman)

'Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient – his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end.' (The Sunday Telegraph)

'A regular winner.' (Sunday Express) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
(one in a series of Dick Francis reviews in which I try and separate all those rather similar titles, and in which I try not to give away plotlines)

The book: Henry Grey is in horse transporting - by air. Because he is a toff the other staff make his life tough - but is that the only reason, or are they trying to distract his attention? When Henry begins looking closer at horses flying to and from the USA and Italy, more trouble ensues. But there is also a handsome Italian girl to distract him... and help him in his investigations into the how, the why, and the who.

The writer:
Dick Francis flew various planes in World War II (a fact that must have inspired some exciting flying scenes in this book!) and was a professional jockey afterwards; he was Champion Jockey, but hung up his professional books and turned to writing thrillers. He died in 2010. This was his fifth thriller, from 1966.

My opinion: one of his best - and that is saying something! Beautiful, taut writing, with believable characters, brilliantly sustained tension, and a love story to blow you out of your socks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2010
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Lord Henry Gray is a reluctant aristocrat, holiding down a desk job at a the Anglia Bloodstock Agency, much to his family's disapproval, and dodging his mother's efforts at marrying him off for money escaping to his true passions as an amateur jockey and pilot. When he tires of the desk job and takes on a job as head groom for Yardman's equine transport business he becomes involved with a shady world of smuggling, and meets the beautiful Gabriella in Milan
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Lang on 6 Feb. 2004
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This great novel can be read as a straightforward thriller with plenty of excitement, an unusual hero, a really unpleasant and thoroughly believable villain, and a finish of rare suspense. The writing is taught, economical and draws you into the story so that you feel completely involved with it.
But two elements make it much more than just a thriller. The love story running through all the blood and thunder is among the most touching I've ever read. And, as in all Dick Francis' books, the underlying theme is the triumph of the human spirit over evil and disaster, written without schmulz or overpainting. I've read all his thrillers more than once, and this is my top favourite.
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I am a great Dick Francis fan. I was particularly looking forward to this book because of the flying storyline; the author's own passion for flying makes his books about it particularly vivid. I wasn't disappointed with the plot, which has all the Francis twists and turns. I did feel very let down by the heroine though, Gabriella. Gabriella is one of the most one-dimensional and unbelievable characters I have ever encountered in a Francis novel. We learn almost nothing about her except that she has a little job in a shop and some relatives. Other than that we are expected to believe that the hero will throw away everything for her - and vice versa. It is very difficult to believe in a grand passion if one of the partners appears to have no personality at all. It is even more difficult to care when bad things happen to that character. This would have been one of Francis's best books if he had raised the love interest above the Mills and Boon level. A shame.
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This is a great story. Its well written, has good characters, some thrilling action and a touching and unusual love interest. It's classic Dick Francis and one of his best!

Whats incredibly annoying though is the rubbish transcription. The Kindle version is full of spelling mistakes and strange characters which must be because the print version has been scanned into a computer to be converted. That's fair enough, I wouldn't expect that someone who have to type it all out by hand but I would have expected someone to proof read it!

Overall I'm disappointed. The story is great but it wasn't free and it's irritating to have to put up with all the mistakes. I still gave it 4 stars because it's a great yarn - but shame on the publishers for being so lazy!
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A huge fan of Dick Francis, I first read this in my teens and I recently revisited this book. This is still a terrific read, with 2 very specific excellent parts. First the description of how the two protagonists falling in love is extremely moving. It's short but effective. Second the ending - the tension is sustained for what seems like forever. The description is probably Francis's best writing ever.

A thoroughly diverting read which is up there with the best of thrillers and the best of Francis's work.
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By piecemaker on 13 May 2012
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This is an excellent read.Informative about a world of flying and horses with a the usual intrigue and of course a little romance. Definately one to take you out of yourself.Piloting without radio is reminiscent of Sir Francis Chichester's solo flight to Sidney in 1928. A real world without electronic gizmos.You wont be able to put it down.
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As usual Dick Francis did not disappoint. It was a good storyline and I had trouble putting it down. Ii have no interest in the racing world, but love these books and his characterisations. I have read almost all of his books and dont know how I missed this one. I shall look forward to reading the new books by his son Felix.
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