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Shattered [Kindle Edition]

Dick Francis
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Few writers can lay claim to having made a genre entirely their own, but the racing thriller remains unassailably Dick Francis' territory and Martin Jarvis is without question one of the most recognisable voices in audio books. Shattered, as smoothly crafted a piece of entertainment as anything he has produced, is a reminder that despite various pretenders to the throne, Francis retains his crown--even the kerfuffle regarding the authorship of his books (his wife apparently lent a hand at times) only increased his profile, with fans seemingly indifferent to this revelation. What is his secret? Primarily, of course, it's the author's finely honed narrative skills that immediately mark him out as a master entertainer--thrillers such as Rat Race, Smokescreen and Trial Run bristle with energy and momentum. The ace in the hole is that satisfying sense of insider knowledge in his plots, however implausible they are. Shattered once again conveys that the equestrian world is quite as dangerous as Colin Dexter's Groves of Academe: jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall in a steeplechase at Cheltenham races, and his friend, artist Gerald Logan, finds that the dead man has a connection to a stolen videotape with mysterious (and highly valuable) contents. Logan is more familiar with the problems of glass-blowing than violence and extortion, but he is soon undergoing a crash course in survival techniques as some very malignant heavies target him. Jarvis' unintrusive style of reading allows the reader to become thoroughly engrossed in the plot and fully involved with the characters. He creates a very credible Logan and maintains Francis' break neck pace with aplomb.

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

Francis writing at his best (Evening Standard)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Aug. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNOG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the pace 11 Oct. 2001
Format:Paperback
Like Dead Cert, the first, (and best) of Dick Francis's novels, Shattered begins with the death of a jockey in a steeple chase. There the similarity end. While I know a lot about glassblowing now, I didn't really feel I got a good story! The extreme violence was not justified by the cause: I didn't believe it, or understand what the fuss was about. I have thought that Dick Francis was winding down for some time, (though I actually quite enjoyed Field of 13)and the more of the later books I read, the more convinced I am..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent return to previous form 10 Sept. 2000
Format:Hardcover
After the disappointingly bad previous novel "Second Wind", Dick Francis has returned to his usual winning form with a first rate read. The plot centres around a glass blower, and Francis's interest in this fascinating skill is highly infectious. The characterisation is good, and the detail and pace are gripping. The plot is a fraction thin, and doesn't hang together quite as convincingly as it might. But that really doesn't seem to matter too much. It is a real 'page turner' in the traditional Dick Francis mould.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette
Review Summary: Only the most dedicated Dick Francis fans will find the story in Shattered to be one they enjoy. Weird juxtapositions of bumbling baddies create one of the most far-fetched mystery stories you or I have ever read. Steeplechase racing is dragged into the main mystery kicking and neighing in a most unsatisfying way. Those who always wanted to learn more about creating artistic glass will feel most rewarded by the book. They will probably grade the book a three or four star effort. On the positive side, Shattered offers one of Mr. Francis's best romances. Those who like love stories in their mysteries will also like this better than most.
Review: Gerald Logan is the friend of a steeplechase jockey, Martin Stukely, who dies in a fall while racing. After the race, Stukely's valet hands Logan something that the jockey had told the valet to convey. In the midst of feeling sad for his lost friend and trying to cheer up his dead friend's bereaved family, Logan doesn't pay much attention to the package . . . until it is taken in an unexpected robbery. Suddenly, looming goons are threatening Logan with many varieties of mayhem. What's it all about? Logan doesn't know, and he would prefer to get back to his business of making and selling fine crystal objects.
Most of the book's plot complications revolve around Logan's having lost his driver's license from speeding once too often. As a result, it's not easy for him to get from place to place. His connections to the plot are made through these travel arrangements. That device is the story's strength.
The background on making fine glass will interest many who have admired such artistic pieces. Mr. Francis did a good job on his research, and explains what he learned well.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Review Summary: Only the most dedicated Dick Francis fans will find the story in Shattered to be one they enjoy. Weird juxtapositions of bumbling baddies create one of the most far-fetched mystery stories you or I have ever read. Steeplechase racing is dragged into the main mystery kicking and neighing in a most unsatisfactory way. Those who always wanted to learn more about creating artistic glass will feel most rewarded by the book. They will probably grade the book a three or four star effort. On the positive side, Shattered offers one of Mr. Francis's best romances. Those who like love stories in their mysteries will also like this better than most.
Review: Gerald Logan is the friend of a steeplechase jockey, Martin Stukely, who dies in a fall while racing. After the race, Stukely's valet hands Logan something that the jockey had told the valet to convey. In the midst of feeling sad for his lost friend and trying to cheer up his dead friend's bereaved family, Logan doesn't pay much attention to the package . . . until it is taken in an unexpected robbery. Suddenly, looming goons are threatening Logan with many varieties of mayhem. What's it all about? Logan doesn't know, and he would prefer to get back to his business of making and selling fine crystal objects.
Most of the book's plot complications revolve around Logan's having lost his driver's license from speeding once too often. As a result, it's not easy for him to get from place to place. His connections to the plot are made through these travel arrangements. That device is the story's strength.
The background on making fine glass will interest many who have admired such artistic pieces. Mr. Francis did a good job on his research, and explains what he learned well.
Read more ›
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Was this review helpful to you?
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette
Review Summary: Only the most dedicated Dick Francis fans will find the story in Shattered to be one they enjoy. Weird juxtapositions of bumbling baddies create one of the most far-fetched mystery stories you or I have ever read. Steeplechase racing is dragged into the main mystery kicking and neighing in a most unsatisfying way. Those who always wanted to learn more about creating artistic glass will feel most rewarded by the book. They will probably grade the book a three or four star effort. On the positive side, Shattered offers one of Mr. Francis's best romances. Those who like love stories in their mysteries will also like this better than most.
Review: Gerald Logan is the friend of a steeplechase jockey, Martin Stukely, who dies in a fall while racing. After the race, Stukely's valet hands Logan something that the jockey had told the valet to convey. In the midst of feeling sad for his lost friend and trying to cheer up his dead friend's bereaved family, Logan doesn't pay much attention to the package . . . until it is taken in an unexpected robbery. Suddenly, looming goons are threatening Logan with many varieties of mayhem. What's it all about? Logan doesn't know, and he would prefer to get back to his business of making and selling fine crystal objects.
Most of the book's plot complications revolve around Logan's having lost his driver's license from speeding once too often. As a result, it's not easy for him to get from place to place. His connections to the plot are made through these travel arrangements. That device is the story's strength.
The background on making fine glass will interest many who have admired such artistic pieces. Mr. Francis did a good job on his research, and explains what he learned well.
Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book from Dick Francis.
Published 3 days ago by stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
this book is up to the standards expected of a dock Francis novel.it is informative as well as an enjoyable read
Published 3 months ago by Trevor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
8/10
Published 3 months ago by Mr. M. J. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As hoped for
Published 6 months ago by Mr J A Iles
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Of all the Dick Francis books I've read, there are three that I go back to again and again. I loved Shattered when I first read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louise Kempster
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis books always hold my interest and you can ...
Dick Francis books always hold my interest and you can get lost in his books for hours. He comes up with new ideas each time. An exciting author.
Published 6 months ago by wendy mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
really good book, love listening to it, good to listen in the car on long journeys love dick francis books
Published 10 months ago by Sue Chiverton
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
I thought this book was great. Set in the beautiful village of Broadway I could picture it while I was reading. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janet Stuckey
2.0 out of 5 stars Below Standard
I was disappointed with this book and did not feel it was up to the author's usual standard. Though I am a fan of his, I gave up on this book half way through.
Published 17 months ago by ThumbsUp
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer glass
A good read hard to put down another stroke of genius by Francis story telling it grips the imagination and takes you in to the events that unfurl.
Published 24 months ago by A swift course
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