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This review is from: Gamble (Dick Francis Novel) (Hardcover)
I was expecting great things from this book - that it would prove to be a worthy addition to my complete collection of Dick Francis's fiction. I was disappointed: it certainly isn't. To a great extent it reads like a first novel. The language is mawkish, sometimes stilted, occasionally approaching the childish. The result is a lack of tension and of suspense in the text, which was one of the trademarks of Felix's father's work. Worse, there are errors of continuity that affect the flow of the reader's understanding of the storyline. The whole thing could have done with vigorously competent editing. For all that, I did finish reading the book, and I haven't thrown it away. If Felix writes another, will I buy it? I probably will, hoping that it has got to be better. Or I won't buy any more.