Crossfire Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010
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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
'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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Top Customer Reviews
PS is Felix Frances going to write under his own name now - on the evfidence of this book he should.
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.
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 :-)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent book from the Francis stable. This one is not-put-down-able. The father/son partnership have worked wonders on this one.Published 2 months ago by k9steward
This has to be one of his best. I was enthralled from start to finish. Very, very good to readPublished 3 months ago by Mrs A Jeffries