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Crossfire Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; 1st Edition edition (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718156633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718156633
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,421 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

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

'The master of suspense and intrigue.' (Praise for the author) (Country Life) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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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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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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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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A great book that keeps you wanting to read more !
Most of us have heard of dick francis and know that he writes 'horse books' but that was about all i knew so when this book came on as a daily deal i thought why not ?
The best way i can discribe this book is "evenly balanced" - i hope that you'l get what i mean, but basicaly it's not just horses, and it,s not just army, and it,s not just family life - it,s all 3 and more besides perfectly mixed together :-)
It's definitely a suspence book, (as a daily deal you don't know which catagory the books come from), and keeps you guessing and hoping all the way threw !
It's about a man who's home life wasn't great, (his mum was more interested in the horses and his stepfather didn't like him), so leaves home as soon as he can and joins the army. The story really starts when our soldier gets hurt in an IED explosion and has to try and come to terms with his life now and what he's going to do with it. After leaving hospital he heads to the only place where he knows they'l be a bed for him, (even though it will be an unwelcoming one), his mothers house.
Things really get going when after a couple of days of being very unwelcome and very bored he has a good rummage around his mums study and finds some very interesting reading .....
I won't say more as it will spoil the book for you, but i will say that it's well worth the read and i think men and women would enjoy it, (believe me it's not a "fluffy" horses book !!)
I will definatley be reading more books from dick/felix francis :-)
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If, like me, you love Dick Francis novels you will like this. I have been enjoying Dick Francis stories since I was 12 years old & I would not have been able to tell that this was not written by the man himself alone. Of course there are plot anomalies & things which don't quite make sense when you think about them afterwards but as the plot is rolling along you don't notice or think about them too hard.
I have loved all Dick Francis' novels, even the weakest (which this is not) & can read them over & over again. Crossfire will be no exception.
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I have not been to the library for a while so did not know that there was now a partnership of two writing the best books ever based around the racing world. Thoroughly enjoyed the storyline using topical subject matter throughout the book and couldn't put it down. Not as violent as previous books but just enough to make you want to see that the baddies get their comeuppance. I will now be on the lookout for more from Felix Francis as I had read all of Dick Francis' books and enjoyed them and look forward to his son writing solo.
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