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One of the most successful continuations of the works of a popular author who has passed away is, IMHO, that of Felix Francis, son of the late Dick Francis I used to love reading the father s tales set in Great Britain s horseracing scene most often steeplechase , and I was very sorry to learn of his death in 2010 at the age of 89 Felix Francis, a physics teacher, helped his father with both research and writing as did, reportedly, the late Francis s wife and Felix s mother, Mary, who died i One of the most successful continuations of the works of a popular author who has passed away is, IMHO, that of Felix Francis, son of the late Dick Francis I used to love reading the father s tales set in Great Britain s horseracing scene most often steeplechase , and I was very sorry to learn of his death in 2010 at the age of 89 Felix Francis, a physics teacher, helped his father with both research and writing as did, reportedly, the late Francis s wife and Felix s mother, Mary, who died in 2000 So in 2011, when Felix wrote his first solo book, Gamble, I wasn t too surprised that it wasn t much of a departure from earlier books Felix had co written nor were the three others that preceded this one.Now that I ve finished it, consider me still happy This may not be the best of the Felix written bunch except for the main character, British Horseracing Authority undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley, none of the other characters ever really developed much of a personality, although the plot moved quickly and held my attention throughout Hinkley, by the way, also appeared in the Felix Francis written Damage, published in 2014, but the two books stand alone.This one begins as a popular winning jockey reveals to Hinkley that he s lost at least one race on purpose but before he can spill the rest of the beans, he dies in what s being called a suicide Meanwhile, Hinkley who has come to the jockey s home to learnends up locked in the jockey s super hot sauna Apparently, the jockey decided he didn t want his secret to get out, but then, overcome with remorse, he offed himself.Managing to escape from the killer heat that s not a spoiler you wouldn t really expect the hero to die in the first few pages, did you , Hinkley decided to doinvestigating and discovers a fewirregularities of race fixing and illegal wagers And suddenly, he finds himself in the crosshairs of someone orthan one someone intent on silencing him forever.Also of interest to me is that one of the locations where action takes place in the book is the Cayman Islands interesting because that s where the elder Francis was when he died he had a home there Review of Kindle editionPublication date October 13, 2015Publisher G.P Putnam s SonsLanguage EnglishASIN B00USMCDFUThis mildly irritating novel is not up to the standard established by Dick Francis Up until nearly halfway through, I seriously considered abandoning the effort to finish the book My main complaint is that the red herrings are clumsily laid and not very believable I do not insist that fictional investigators rival Sherlock Holmes or Nero Wolfe but I require a modicum of comp Review of Kindle editionPublication date October 13, 2015Publisher G.P Putnam s SonsLanguage EnglishASIN B00USMCDFUThis mildly irritating novel is not up to the standard established by Dick Francis Up until nearly halfway through, I seriously considered abandoning the effort to finish the book My main complaint is that the red herrings are clumsily laid and not very believable I do not insist that fictional investigators rival Sherlock Holmes or Nero Wolfe but I require a modicum of competence in order to enjoy a story Senior Investigator Jeff Hinckley spends most of the book making bad, unjustified assumptions and trying, not very competently, to avoid being murdered In the end, he blunders through but just barely The only good thing I can say is that the writing is done well enough that it kept me reading despite the silly plot devices 3.5 starsI feel it s only fair to point out that I just finished rereading most of Dick Francis books, so the differences between the Dick Francis originals and the newer ones by Felix werepronounced I didn t realize how well Dick Francis could create a character and a scene with so few lines.Nicely convoluted and twisty plot, but I didn t feel that any of the characters except maybe Jeff had any depth view spoiler The return of a Dick Francis character Peter Darwin was a pleasa 3.5 starsI feel it s only fair to point out that I just finished rereading most of Dick Francis books, so the differences between the Dick Francis originals and the newer ones by Felix werepronounced I didn t realize how well Dick Francis could create a character and a scene with so few lines.Nicely convoluted and twisty plot, but I didn t feel that any of the characters except maybe Jeff had any depth view spoiler The return of a Dick Francis character Peter Darwin was a pleasant surprise, especially as a way to show time passing, but didn t overcome the feeling that the first mystery Dave s death became an afterthought hide spoiler It lacked resolution That said, it was an enjoyable read and I finished it at 1am, so make of that what you will.Note to G.P Putname Londoners do not own cell phones, apartments, or sneakers a car has a boot while luggage may be a trunk and anyone rifling through a pants pocket would be quickly arrested for indecent assault if indeed such a thing exists This is why I stopped buying British books published in the U.S Thoroughly enjoyed this book I know it has dick Francis name on it but I really think Felix should just put his name to it He is a good written in his own right, his father taught him well I had forgotten how much I enjoy the horse racing world Felix does a great job bringing you into the world of horse racing, I just love it. Jefferson Hinkley is back in the newest Dick Francis thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of Damage In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff Hinkley is approached by a multi time champion jockey to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose Little does he know that the call will set off a lethal chain of events, including the apparent suicide of the jockey and an attempt on Hinkley s own life Never one to leave suspicious events alone, Hinkley begins investigating the jockey and the races he may have thrown But there are others out there who intend to prevent his inquiry from probing further at any cost A solid read by Felix Francis I continue to enjoy his stand alone thrillers This one started off with a bang in typical hero in peril fashion The mystery was decently complex and the characters well developed There was a fun nod to his father near the end of the book view spoiler I did wonder if Jeff recovered too quickly from his major surgery What was he thinking to go scuba diving after only three weeks Seems a bit implausible hide spoiler Still that was only a small quibble Si A solid read by Felix Francis I continue to enjoy his stand alone thrillers This one started off with a bang in typical hero in peril fashion The mystery was decently complex and the characters well developed There was a fun nod to his father near the end of the book view spoiler I did wonder if Jeff recovered too quickly from his major surgery What was he thinking to go scuba diving after only three weeks Seems a bit implausible hide spoiler Still that was only a small quibble Sign me up for the next one Felix Francis s second novel featuring BHA investigator Jeff Hinkley fair tears out of the gate, gallops along at high pace, and doesn t let up until it passes the finishing post The sequel to DAMAGE and fore runner to the US set TRIPLE CROWN, it could be read as a standalone and you don t need to have read the prior Hinkley tale to get the most out of this one There s plenty enough salted in to give you a sense of the main character and something of his history before the first page Here, Hi Felix Francis s second novel featuring BHA investigator Jeff Hinkley fair tears out of the gate, gallops along at high pace, and doesn t let up until it passes the finishing post The sequel to DAMAGE and fore runner to the US set TRIPLE CROWN, it could be read as a standalone and you don t need to have read the prior Hinkley tale to get the most out of this one There s plenty enough salted in to give you a sense of the main character and something of his history before the first page Here, Hinkley is investigating claims that a bettor may be operating on behalf of someone who has been banned from racing, but ends up looking into something fardangerous Britain s top steeplechase jockey, who Hinkley is on friendly terms with, intimates to Hinkley that he did less than his best in a recent race, before clamming up As Hinkley tries to find out , without immediately reporting the jockey, everything goes wrong He s locked in the jockey s sauna and left to die, and even after breaking out, later discovers that the jockey has been found dead in his car A suicide because of his guilt Or isinvolved This is a really fun, easy read that fair tears along Francis has an unobtrusive writing style that flows quickly, filled with plenty of action and incident to keep the pages whirring Hinkley is an engaging hero, likable and interesting Some of the other characters feel a littlelike moving parts There s a lot going on plotwise, and readers get a bit of an adventurous treat when Hinkley ends up leaving the mud and thundering hooves of the British racecourses to vacation in the Cayman Islands Of course trouble is not far away A fun, exciting read that shows Felix Francis isthan just a foal with good bloodlines He s a storytelling thoroughbred in his own right First Read 07 17 It was enjoyable to read this book while I was just in the hospital My mother got me turned on to Dick Francis many years ago, and I kept the tradition going and really like Felix Francis writing He s a chip off the block I really like him This is book 2 of the Jefferson Hinkley series It was a very interesting and enjoyable book to read Traveling to the Cayman Islands for the Christmas holidays was very delightful Several back luck events happened to Jeff in which hi First Read 07 17 It was enjoyable to read this book while I was just in the hospital My mother got me turned on to Dick Francis many years ago, and I kept the tradition going and really like Felix Francis writing He s a chip off the block I really like him This is book 2 of the Jefferson Hinkley series It was a very interesting and enjoyable book to read Traveling to the Cayman Islands for the Christmas holidays was very delightful Several back luck events happened to Jeff in which his life was in severe danger Don t want to be a spoiler, but its a good read Recommend.Second Read 08 19 Jefferson Hinckley is back In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff is approached by the multi time champion jockey Dave Swinton, to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose Little does Jeff realise that the call would result in an attempt on his life, locked in a sauna with the temperature well above the boiling point.Dave Swinton is then found dead, burnt beyond recognition in his car at a deserted beauty spot The police think it s a suicide but jeff is not so sure He starts to investigate the possible races that Swinton could have intentionally lost but discovers instead that others are out to prevent him from doing so at any cost Shortly after this, Jeffrey was stabbed 13 times in his chest and abdomen Major bleeding and a hospiital stay for over a week while he was healing played an important part of the story.During the Christmas holidays he made some friends and they decided to go to the Caymen Islands so they could go diving and have a dream of fun Well, catastrophe begins again, and someone has poisined Jeff s tanks with Carbon Minoxide He has so many problems during this period of time.After he returns to Horse Racing, and on Boxing Day, a big horse racing day.I ve enjoyed reading this version of Front Runner, Felix Frances second book These are wonderful old friends, and I thoroughly enjoy touching base with them again The saying You can t go home again holds true forthan physical places I ve read most every book written by Dick Francis many of themthan once In addition to loving his earlier works, a particular favorite is Reflex for the craftiness with which Francis imbued a departed professional photographer and the way he envisioned and portrayed the character development of a protagonist jockey What Dick Francis gave us was usually credible characters we wanted to be invested in, as wel The saying You can t go home again holds true forthan physical places I ve read most every book written by Dick Francis many of themthan once In addition to loving his earlier works, a particular favorite is Reflex for the craftiness with which Francis imbued a departed professional photographer and the way he envisioned and portrayed the character development of a protagonist jockey What Dick Francis gave us was usually credible characters we wanted to be invested in, as well as equine doings and intriguing plots and puzzles Later in life, his son Felix became increasingly involved with research and writing, and since his passing has carried on in his father s stead.Plotting is still there, with tricky little details and in fact some of the hooks arefinely honed and better baited.However, there is a void in the last several books that I m not sure Felix Francis is aware of, and if so, if he can even address Protagonists are shinier andsuperficial Love interests area meeting of bodies than of emotions and minds If I were using a cooking analogy, it would be as if someone was dutifully making shortbread following a parent s much loved measurements and ingredients Fresh flour, granulated cane sugar but going with a shortening butter blend for ease of mixing and lower risk of scorching at the cost of the delicate crumb obtainable only with unsalted sweet cream butter Sure, the hybrid bakes up nice, and is pleasant But its flavor is only superficially pleasing, not indulgently, memorably satisfying in the manner of an all butter shortbread.Dispassionately, this plot and premise are among Felix Francis better constructions However, again this time around, his protagonist is no Sid Halley or Philip Nore As a matter of fact, I finished the book less than half an hour ago and I am stumbling over recalling his name And when a reader who is predisposed to appreciating your characters has to confess that, it is a fundamental problem with how much life you ve imbued your protagonist with or haven t, as the case may be.While I appreciate that Felix Francis is trying to carry on in his father s style for thousands of fans, it seems clear that it is time for him to be writing books in his own style, because these are not in his father s While a shortbread cookie calls out for butter, a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie is better when made with a blend of shortening and butter than with butter alone Possibly I was feeling less amenable than usual, but the writing in this book did not seem to me to come up to the level of the previous Felix Francis efforts none of which are up to the level of his father s work I m a Dick Francis fan from way back, and I ve read all the Felix Francis efforts, starting with those he wrote with his father as partner presumably consulting only before he Dick Francis died This book reminds me of the first one or two efforts The writing is somewhat immatur Possibly I was feeling less amenable than usual, but the writing in this book did not seem to me to come up to the level of the previous Felix Francis efforts none of which are up to the level of his father s work I m a Dick Francis fan from way back, and I ve read all the Felix Francis efforts, starting with those he wrote with his father as partner presumably consulting only before he Dick Francis died This book reminds me of the first one or two efforts The writing is somewhat immature, the dialogue not very believable, and the characters overly simplistic The last couple were, I thought, better The story is good, and typical of a Dick Francis novel indeed, the publishers still advertise Francis work as A Dick Francis Novel, which makes me wonder whether Dick and Felix together developed a bunch of plots before Francis, Sr died In this case, the narrator comes off as way too prissy and simplistic to handle the job he does or face the situations he faces, and I thought the love interest was totally unbelievable neither one of the two characters rang true and I can t imagine what they would have seen in each other Front Runner


About the Author: Felix Francis

For over forty years, the London University grad helped father Dick Francis 31 Oct 1920 14 Feb 2010 , ex jockey known for horse racing mysteries In 2007, after 17 years teaching physics, he took on the job full time Experience also as international marksman aided research for Shattered, Under Orders, and Twice Shy Co author of NY Times bestsellers Dead Heat, Silks, Even Money and Crossfire Facebookhttp www.facebook.com felixfrancisw


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