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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    I discovered Dick Francis at age 16 when he wrote his first nove

    I discovered Dick Francis at age 16 when he wrote his first novel, NERVE which I still consider to be one of his best.The news of his death made me as sad as if someone I knew personally was gone from my life. Felix is learning but I still miss his dad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    Okay book

    This book is about three videotapes really, one that could possibly be worth a million dollars and two others that are worth practically nothing. None of the tapes are marked and unfortunately get mixed up with one another and are impossible to tell apart until watched. Unfortunately a bad group of people thinks Gerard Logan, a glassblower, has the million dollar tape. Logan did have it at one point, but he doesn¿t anymore because someone stole the tape and a bank bag full of money from him. Now Logan must find out who stole the tape, why they stole it, and why it was worth a million dollars. In the end he figures out that Martin¿s valet, Eddie Payne, is very afraid of his daughter Rose and helped her search for the million dollar tape. Dr. Force, an accomplice with Rose, was the one who stole the video which turned out to be one of the worthless videos and on the million dollar one was what could possibly be the cure for cancer. This book is a great mystery book for middle- schoolers. The characters were interesting. Gerard Logan is a rising glass-blower who is friends with Martin Stukely. Martin meant to give Gerard the million dollar tape himself, but when he died in a horse- racing accident that day his valet, Eddie Payne, gave him the video instead. Martin Stukely is the main reason Logan is even involved in the video problem. Martin died on Dec. 31st after getting the tape from Dr. Force who stole it from the laboratory he used to work in. Martin did not know the video was stolen. Rose Payne is Eddie Payne¿s brutal daughter her favorite thing to do is beat people. She wants the cancer research video so she can sell the information for a lot of money. There was lots of action. One day Martin died, Gerard went over to Martin¿s house and saw an electricity van outside. He walked inside and yelled hello, but no one answered. He walked further into the house and found the children knocked out on the floor and Bon-Bon, Martin¿s wife knocked out in the den. Then someone jumped out from behind the door and knocked him out with the end of and orange cylinder. When they woke they discovered that in the cylinder was cyclopropane gas and that they would all live. When Logan went back to his shop he was jumped by four masked people who broke his watch and threatened to break his wrists until Tom Pigeon came by on a walk with his three black Dobermans and saved him. Logan recognized three of the people as Rose, Ed Payne and their huge friend, Norman Osprey, but he couldn¿t figure out who the last one was. After Logan talked to Victor, Rose¿s nephew who hates Rose, he took him back home and meant to drop him off, but ended up staying to get his jaw cut open with the tap on the end of a garden hose. The hose was held by Rose. Gerard Logan is very clever. When Logan was trying to find out more about Dr. Force, he went to the Avon Paradise tours office and asked to use their phone. They agreed and Logan called all the Forces he could find which weren¿t very many. When he was about to give up he remembered something Martin had written on a piece of paper. He had written BELLOWS along with the name Dr. Force. He decided to try it in phone numbers and found someone who knew Dr. Force. In the end, Rose attacks Logan in his own shop, but this time she wants the gold he¿s using for a trophy. He said the gold would arrive in about an hour, but he had to make the horse part of the trophy first. She let him do it. When he finished he set in on the table to cool. When it had been cooling for three minutes Logan picked up his assistant, Pamela Jane, who was tied up in and armchair and ran. Rose yelled after them not knowing that the horse, because it wasn¿t being cooled properly, was about to shatter. When it did a piece of glass hit her in the leg and made her even angrier. After Gerard Logan dealt with Rose he untied Pamela Jane and his other assistant, Hickory, and spoke with the police walking in the door who had been notified by a friend of

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2001

    Dick Francis seems to be running out of ideas.

    At least it's not as bad as Second Wind, but nowhere near what I've come to expect from and respect about Francis's writing. I found much of the plot to be labored and improbable, and found I really didn't much care what finally happened to any of the characters. The final fight in the glass works was just plain contrived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    Weirdly Connected Story on the Familiar Francis Turf

    Review Summary: Only the most dedicated Dick Francis fans will find the story in Shattered to be one they enjoy. Weird juxtapositions of bumbling baddies create one of the most far-fetched mystery stories you or I have ever read. Steeplechase racing is dragged into the main mystery kicking and neighing in a most unsatisfying way. Those who always wanted to learn more about creating artistic glass will feel most rewarded by the book. They will probably grade the book a three or four star effort. On the positive side, Shattered offers one of Mr. Francis's best romances. Those who like love stories in their mysteries will also like this better than most. Review: Gerald Logan is the friend of a steeplechase jockey, Martin Stukely, who dies in a fall while racing. After the race, Stukely's valet hands Logan something that the jockey had told the valet to convey. In the midst of feeling sad for his lost friend and trying to cheer up his dead friend's bereaved family, Logan doesn't pay much attention to the package . . . until it is taken in an unexpected robbery. Suddenly, looming goons are threatening Logan with many varieties of mayhem. What's it all about? Logan doesn't know, and he would prefer to get back to his business of making and selling fine crystal objects. Most of the book's plot complications revolve around Logan's having lost his driver's license from speeding once too often. As a result, it's not easy for him to get from place to place. His connections to the plot are made through these travel arrangements. That device is the story's strength. The background on making fine glass will interest many who have admired such artistic pieces. Mr. Francis did a good job on his research, and explains what he learned well. The mystery itself will leave most people scratching their heads due to its many far-fetched elements. I simply didn't find many elements of it believable. Perhaps you have a better imagination than I do. If you do, you will like this book better than I did. I also like to read about horse racing in Mr. Francis's books. This one could have used more of that element, or he could have eliminated it altogether. The connection is does make was unsatisfying to me. Logan could have gotten the package in an airport from a porter, and the mystery would have been about the same. Mr. Francis's prose itself was clear, friendly, and direct . . . as usual. If he wasn't such a smooth writer, a book like this would be a painful experience. After you finish enjoying this book (if you do), I hope you will think about how we can each make our work more relevant to those who use it. What are our readers (or customers) looking for? What's the best way to provide that benefit? What should we avoid doing? Race to overcome obstacles for all those you serve! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent mystery

    Gerald Logan and Martin Stuckey met in a jury room and became immediate friends although they share little in common. Martin is a horse jockey who races at the elite English tracks. Logan, who owns and operates Logan Glass, is a gifted glassblower beginning to earn a well deserved reputation. Even after the trouble began, Logan never blamed Stuckey nor regretted their friendship. On New Year¿s Eve, Logan watches Stuckey race at Chelthenham. However, one of the horses Stuckey rides stumbles and falls on top of the jockey, killing him instantly. Before a stunned Logan can leave the track, he receives a videotape from Stuckey¿s valet, who says the deceased planned to give it to him after the races. <P>Logan leaves the tape and his store¿s receipt on the store counter to go outside and enjoy the new millennium. When he returns, the tape and his money are gone. A couple of days later, thugs accost Logan demanding the tape. They do not believe him when he tells the he no longer possesses the tape. He also knows he is in trouble unless he recovers the tape and gives it to the proper authorities. <P>True genius is rare, but with his track record Dick Francis has to be considered one. Each book he writes is unique, fresh, and entertaining. SHATTERED is no different due to a wonderful hero thrust in a situation not of his making. He not only blames no one, but also seeks vengeance for his buddy. Mr. Francis provides his fans with another stirring, believable mystery starring an ordinary guy as a sleuth investigating an extraordinary scenario. <P<Harriet Klausner

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