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5.0 out of 5 stars A Corrupt Tale Of The Horse Racing Industry.
Sid Halley is an ex-champion National Hunt jockey who retired with a crippling injury that left him with a hand and wrist mechanical prosthesis that he loathes. It is six years since he gave up being a private investigator. Sir Richard Stewart, a racing afficienado, has video-incriminating evidence of horse race rigging that he presents to Sid. Stewart dies shortly...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not at his best
This one was a disappointment. The story just din't seem right, lacked suspense and had no twists in it. Felix has written some good stuff since his dad died - Silks, Crossfire and Gamble were all excellent - but this one just did not do it for me at all. One more thing - I do wish Felix would stop including such totally embarrassing sex scenes. What is the point of them...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Corrupt Tale Of The Horse Racing Industry., 17 Sep 2013
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Sid Halley is an ex-champion National Hunt jockey who retired with a crippling injury that left him with a hand and wrist mechanical prosthesis that he loathes. It is six years since he gave up being a private investigator. Sir Richard Stewart, a racing afficienado, has video-incriminating evidence of horse race rigging that he presents to Sid. Stewart dies shortly afterwards in mysterious circumstances.

This leads to Sid Halley taking up the reigns of massive racing corruption with race fixing, bribery, blackmail and fraud at the highest level. He is respected amongst the racing fraternity and still has connections with jockeys, trainers and the police. With his ex-father-in-law Admiral Charles Roland and his loyal mate Chico, Sid delves into a dangerous world. 'Mr Big' from Belfast has the racing world in his hands. A ruthless gangster stripped of morals, he has the muscle to manipulate the outcome of races. Stand in his way and more than your fingers are burnt. Sid's family are at serious risk as he uncovers more details of the conspiracy. His do or die approach keeps the narrative biting. He will not give in to the demands that threaten him and his family although he takes all precautions to protect them.

Felix Francis writes with an insight into the racing world, not surprising given his family history. He conveys the seedier side of racing where vulnerable peoples' lives and families are threatened for the sake of greed and money. The 'Mr Big' of the story is named early in the novel. His background comes later as do the confessions of the racing world. There are twists galore. The final chapters are exhilarating as the mess spreads to a crescendo that leaves the reader turning the pages galore. Sid Halley literally has a hand to play with in this adventure. Another excellent Felix Francis Novel and a grand read nor too short of reality given recent revelations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good 'Dick Francis', 30 Sep 2013
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I've loved Dick Francis ever since he started writing, and Felix Francis has taken on 'the Dick Francis' mantle with very much the same style and approach. In fact, after re-reading a few earlier Dick Francis books, Felix Francis may even be better. It's a straight-forward thriller-mystery, with good characters and clear writing. It's engaging, relaxing - not demanding, and you probably wouldn't choose it as a book club selection - but when you get to the end, you'll be sorry it's over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Francis Novel, 11 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Refusal (Dick Francis Novel) (Hardcover)
Felix has really warmed to his task of taking on the mantel of his father.To do a sequel the the Halley novels could have been a risk but he managed it so well. Keep them coming!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Felix is winning, 4 Oct 2013
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A new Sid Halley story this time from Felix Francis not Dick. (Dick Francis died about three years ago.)

Although Felix is following in his father's footsteps in terms of the type of book, the plots, the racing connection, his latest books are stand alone and now need to be seen and selling on their own merits.

Refusal is a fast paced thriller which has Sid now married and with a six year old daughter, and so dependents and family to worry about. Chico makes a welcome return: last seen in Odds Against and Whip Hand. In this book both Sid and the Admiral have actually aged!

Buy it and read for yourself!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good, 5 Oct 2013
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Wasn't sure if this book would be as good as Dick Francs's original series but it was! Well worth reading and a real treat to get back into the racing genre.
Can't wait to read the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at his best, 29 Jan 2014
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This one was a disappointment. The story just din't seem right, lacked suspense and had no twists in it. Felix has written some good stuff since his dad died - Silks, Crossfire and Gamble were all excellent - but this one just did not do it for me at all. One more thing - I do wish Felix would stop including such totally embarrassing sex scenes. What is the point of them and why are they so unrealistic?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Oct 2013
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Brilliant
In some ways even better than the original Dick Francis novels. Had great difficulty putting it down to do other things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 10 Oct 2013
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Excellent read, I would recommend it to anyone. Just as good as Dick Francis, keep up the good work.
Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars super thriller, 5 Oct 2013
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Felix Francis carries on where his dad left off fast paced cracking thriller a real page turner a top class read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dick (Felix) Francis!, 10 Nov 2014
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Frances Stott (Devizes, Wiltshire) - See all my reviews
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All credit to Felix Francis; he really has captured the spirit and style of his father, Dick Francis. Not an easy task, as Dick Francis had his own pesonality and style (not to mention his extensive experience on the racecourse), and I never thought that his son would manage to take over the writing of these novels so seemlessly, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

This novel continues the story of ex-investigator Sid Halley, as he (rather unwillingly) embarks on another adventure involving race-fixing and a particularly nasty gang of adversaries. All the usual ingredients are there; suspense, violence, romance...you name it. Throw in a kidnapping and a murdered dog, plus the usual stoical endurance of our hero, and everything is there. I have often turned to Dick Francis when I wanted a quick, exciting read, and this did not disappoint. Dick Francis lives on. Highly recommended.
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