Dick Francis's Refusal

Dick Francis's Refusal

by Felix Francis
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Dick Francis"s Refusal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
zenyatta More than 1 year ago
Like so many others, I was thrilled that Felix Francis picked up the reins from his father, the legendary Dick Francis, and continued to write the clever, explosive and highly entertaining novels that they have both become famous for. And, I admit, I was a little leery when I learned that he was bringing Sid Halley back. This was one of Dick Francis' most beloved characters with multiple stories to his name and a highly complex person, to boot, but I was also quite excited to go along on another one of Sid's adventures. And what an adventure it is! Thai book is a MUST READ for every Sid Halley fan out there, and anybody who enjoys an absolute action packed story full of twists and turns that will leave you breathless. This is one of those rare books that once you finish it you put it down, take a deep breath, and start reading it all over again. Sid Halley is in good hands with Felix Francis, and I for one cannot wait to see if there will be another of Sid's adventures to go on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one long sitting and wasn't able to put it down. I found it seamlessly crafted and really well plotted. It was so good to be able to read a really excellent Sid Halley book again. This polished presentation of Sid's life and adventures six years after we left him in Under Orders journeys from a gentle re-introduction of my favorite ex-jockey to several spine-jarring plot twists and a villain so, well, villainous, it's almost impossible to comprehend. (Just TRY not getting emotionally involved in this one!) Several new characters in Sid's world are beautifully presented and I was pleased to find old favorites as well. We arrive ultimately at an ending that is both tremendously satisfying and a bit cliff-hangerish (leaving me hoping and longing for more time with Sid one day). One of the most charming aspects of this story, as with all Francis books, is to be able to follow the main character's thoughts throughout; little random touches like an unexpected conversation with a psychiatrist or amusing observations of fellow passengers on a train are far from ordinary. And lovely slices of Sid's new life and the British racing scene are interspersed with surprises that will literally take your breath away. A purely enjoyable read. Can't wait for more from Felix Francis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cracking good read,felix francis has brought back Sid Halley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like the Felix novels just as much as his father's and i look forward to more.
Anonymous 6 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As expected this book was great! Love all of Dick Francis books as well as Felix Francis
Reader42AS More than 1 year ago
Felix has done his father proud. I feel this is the best of the books that he has authored on his own. Coming of age so to speak. I hope he has another Sid Halley planned. Can't wait. Those who have read the book will know what I can't wait for. If you are a Francis fan, either Dick or Felix. you need to read this book. If you are not a fan, read it anyway and you will become one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Dick/Felix Francis fan, and Refusal lives up to expectations. It's great to have Sid Halley back, and the plotting and suspense are as thrilling as ever. I hope Felix keeps writing as long as his dad did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story--love Sid Halley, even if I wanted to tell his wife to shut up already.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
It’s been six years since investigator Sid Halley retired, tired of the beatings, pressure and danger. Since then, he has lived a quiet life with his wife and young daughter, earning a living as an investor, trading money instruments and shares. He promised himself and his wife that he would not return to his former profession, but events proved the opposite when the chairman of the racing authority begged him to look into a series of questionable races. Following a familiar Francis formula, circumstances arise which force Sid to reverse his adamant refusal to undertake such an investigation. The day after his meeting, the chairman is found dead, a possible suicide, but Sid believes really murder. Then a telephone call from a man with a Belfast Irish accent menacingly demands that Sid write a report claiming the races were not suspicious. Thus, the stage is set for the expected scrutiny, danger to Sid, his family and associates, and confrontation with the culprits. The formula, which has been successful for about four dozen books by the Francises, pere et fils, works like a charm once again. Felix had now written four novels as a co-author with Dick, and this is the third one on his own. Looking forward with bated breath for the fourth. Highly recommended.
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Mackie77 More than 1 year ago
I was excited for a new Dick Francis inspired character, but I'd rather read Felix Francis on his own terms, not trying to write his father’s mysteries. I've noticed a difference in styles between the older books and the books from around the mid-90s, perhaps that is when the collaboration began. It seems as though the intent is to throw a lot of modern technology at the reader while the basics of the mystery and protagonists character are left behind. I don't care for Sid's family in the book; I don't feel a lot of sympathy for Sid’s his wife and child, which is rare (I can't say for a Dick Francis novel because it wasn't written by Dick Francis!).   Perhaps my opinion will change when Felix finds his own way within the mystery world. I don’t want to give away the book as a spoiler alert.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much like previous books, wondered how the main character was going to be able to clear himself as well as help others. Enjoyed it very much. Enjoyed the feeling of the activity of horse racing and the interaction of the British style of this kind of life, which included the unfolding of events in solving the criminal activities, In one sense it put me into the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed all the racing details woven into the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Felix is following in his father's footsteps
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Felix has done a great job at continuing his father's Sid Haley story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another very good horse racing world story!
Carol-K More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of DIck Francis books for 30+ years and was saddened to hear he passed away and I always looked forward to his new books! I have all the Francis books and I will definitely add Felix's books to my collections. Dick's son has picked up the mantle very nicely. Sid Hadley was one of my favorite characters in Dick Francis' books, and this sequel is great. It may not be as tense as some of the others, but it's really nice to see how his life turned out with his new family. This is a very easy read, enjoyable, enticing, and hard to put down once you get into the middle of the plot lines! I highly recommend and am anxiously awaiting the next entry of Felix's publications!
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fangirlKC More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Dick Francis novels and worried when he passed that would be the end, but Felix has managed to do it and do it well. I enjoyed the book immensely and look forward to the next. Well done Mr. Francis, your father will live on in you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago