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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.
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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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