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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Excellent

Felix is doing a great job of carrying on Dick's legacy

posted by sydsmom on November 20, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Start with an assumption, one which has proven true time and aga

Start with an assumption, one which has proven true time and again. The racing mysteries of Dick and Felix Francis are incapable of disappointing. Yes, they are formulaic, but what a formula. “Bloodline”, Felix Francis’ second solo effort is not strictly speaking a w...
Start with an assumption, one which has proven true time and again. The racing mysteries of Dick and Felix Francis are incapable of disappointing. Yes, they are formulaic, but what a formula. “Bloodline”, Felix Francis’ second solo effort is not strictly speaking a wire to wire winner, but it is solidly in the money.

Dick Francis left a scaffold for his son Felix to hang new stories on and so far the results have been satisfying. On the plus side you get a familiar method which doesn't disappoint and fluid writing which maintains a driving pace which would be the envy of jockeys so often featured in the pages. A hero, mostly alone in the world, a sudden challenge from unseen forces, a new romance, a sifting of clues, a few loyal and wry friends to stand watch, and a narrow escape at the end. The downside, well there really isn't much as each new effort greets us like an old friend.

If Dick Francis books stayed close to a formula which has changed little over the series, why did we so eagerly read them? Because the spaces between the lines were colored in so well. We got a look behind the scenes at interesting occupations of the lead characters, a fine romance, interesting friends who would step forward in times of need, and the tension which came from violence which was graphically believable.

If there is any complaint to be had with "Bloodline" it is that the picture, while well drawn, is not colored in sufficiently. Mark Shillingford's profession (broadcasting and race calling) is so familiar to a media savvy public as to render it difficult to make interesting. The romance is less than a grand passion, friends and helpers few, and the villians and villiany less than distrubing.

But the story moves along easily, the dynamic of the Shillingford family is well explored, and the writing and plot are models of clarity. In Felix Francis we have a story teller who cares more for the story and characters than his own word craft. These are the qualities which make Bloodline a worthwhile read and leave us looking forward to his next effort.

posted by 9574325 on November 30, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Start with an assumption, one which has proven true time and aga

    Start with an assumption, one which has proven true time and again. The racing mysteries of Dick and Felix Francis are incapable of disappointing. Yes, they are formulaic, but what a formula. “Bloodline”, Felix Francis’ second solo effort is not strictly speaking a wire to wire winner, but it is solidly in the money.

    Dick Francis left a scaffold for his son Felix to hang new stories on and so far the results have been satisfying. On the plus side you get a familiar method which doesn't disappoint and fluid writing which maintains a driving pace which would be the envy of jockeys so often featured in the pages. A hero, mostly alone in the world, a sudden challenge from unseen forces, a new romance, a sifting of clues, a few loyal and wry friends to stand watch, and a narrow escape at the end. The downside, well there really isn't much as each new effort greets us like an old friend.

    If Dick Francis books stayed close to a formula which has changed little over the series, why did we so eagerly read them? Because the spaces between the lines were colored in so well. We got a look behind the scenes at interesting occupations of the lead characters, a fine romance, interesting friends who would step forward in times of need, and the tension which came from violence which was graphically believable.

    If there is any complaint to be had with "Bloodline" it is that the picture, while well drawn, is not colored in sufficiently. Mark Shillingford's profession (broadcasting and race calling) is so familiar to a media savvy public as to render it difficult to make interesting. The romance is less than a grand passion, friends and helpers few, and the villians and villiany less than distrubing.

    But the story moves along easily, the dynamic of the Shillingford family is well explored, and the writing and plot are models of clarity. In Felix Francis we have a story teller who cares more for the story and characters than his own word craft. These are the qualities which make Bloodline a worthwhile read and leave us looking forward to his next effort.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Really good. I recommend this book to all Dick/Felix Francis fans.

    Great book. I think others will like this newest Francis adventure into the world of horse racing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Excellent

    Felix is doing a great job of carrying on Dick's legacy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    The second standalone written by Dick Francis¿ son follows the s

    The second standalone written by Dick Francis’ son follows the same formula that served the father so well: A mystery set in the English racing world, populated by the trainers, jockeys and track officials. In this case, the plot involves the Shillingford family, especially race-caller Mark and his twin sister, jockey Clare. When Clare rode a horse that came in second when it should have won, he believed Clare lost on purpose and over dinner they had a heated argument.

    Later that night, Clare fell 15 stories from a London hotel to her death, an apparent suicide. Bereft, Mark starts asking questions, seeking a reason for her death. What was the meaning of a short written message which the police believed to be a suicide note, but really is ambiguous? What, if anything, does the discovery of several blackmail victims in the racing world have to do with her death?

    The author shows the same talent as Dick Francis for creating suspense, pitting danger and personal jeopardy for his protagonist on the way of solving the mystery. And the reader will be hard put to tell the difference in the writing between father and son. It is virtually indistinguishable.

    Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Please read. Almost as good as his father.

    Typical Francis book. I enjoy the change of pace from the other books I read. I am a Dick Francis fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    felix francis is valiantly trying to carry on his father's legac

    felix francis is valiantly trying to carry on his father's legacy--someday he may be that good. This is a respectable effort

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    Posted May 17, 2013

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    Its good dick? Yay! Its tasty! Juicy too! Suck balls!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    To me very boring

    While the history of horse racing is very interesting, I was expecting to read more of a mistery. Half of the book is dedicated to horse racing, repetitive and frankly very boring. Would have liked to save my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Excellent read!

    I have been reading Dick Francis mysteries since my father gave me "For Kicks" when i was a kid. Felix has done an outstanding job keeping his father's style going. Keep up the excellent work.

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