From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read eGamble is the latest Dick Francis novel and the first solo novel by Felix Francis Nick Foxton once won the Grand National but a terrible accident cut his racing career short Years later he is returning to Aintree as a spectator when he once finds himself the centre of attention Minutes before the big race Nick s colleague financial adviser Herb Kovak is shot dead and the gunman vanishes into the crowd The police want answers but Nick can txplain why anyone would want Herb dead Yet when he finds a threatening message crumpled in Herb s coat Nick begins uestioning all he knows about his friend And on learning that he is the benefactor of Herb s will Nick is certain that something is not right A fact confirmed when Nick discovers he s next in the killer s firing line From Felix Francis the bestselling co author with Dick Francis of Dead Heat and Even Money comes Gamble the latest Dick Francis novel Set in the cut throat world of horse racing Gamble is an From the Enemy's Point of View: Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society enthralling thriller packed full of suspense mystery and intrigue Packed with all the hair raising suspense andxcitement readers know and love from Dick Francis Gamble is Felix Francis s most heart pounding thriller yet Praise for the Dick Francis novels The Francis flair is clear for all to see Daily Mail Spare Doris Salcedo efficient and unflashy inexorably draws you in Daily Telegraph The master of suspense and intrigue Country Life Still the master Racing Post Felix Francis is the younger son of thriller writing legend Dick Francis with whom he co wrote the four most recent Dick Francis Novels Dead Heat Silks Even Money and Crossfire favorites of mine for sure with Felix taking an increasingly greater role in the writing Sadly Dick died in February 2010 but his work will live on through Felix Gamble is Felix s first solo Dick Francis Novel Felix trained as a physicist and spent seventeen years teaching A level physics before taking on the role as manager to his father and then as author He lives in Oxfordshire This isn t his best work but for a first one coming out of the shoot pretty good RECOMMEND I discovered the Dick Francis novels sometime in the 1960 s and gave them as Fathers Day and Christmas presents to my grandfather and stepfather while collecting them for myselfWhen I lost all my books in a house fire the Dick Francis thrillers were amongst the first books that I hunted down to refill my bookshelves They are the old friends that I turn to when unwell or lonely so I am delighted that Felix Francis is continuing the work of his father and motherI bought this book at Borders Riccarton on 30th December uite possibly the last time I will shop there before it closes in JanuaryI delighted in the touches of the familiarx jockey in a profession that allows him to continue haunting the racecourses carefully concealed deus Twelve Days of Pleasure ex machina andnough red herrings to delight Mesdames Sayers Christie and MarshSuffice it to say that once started I read straight through until two in the morning so that I might know who did it truly the highest compliment I can pay to any bookKeep them coming Mr Felix Francis I am a fan I miss Dick Francis I have been a fan of his for a long time Yes he ssentially writes the same hero over and over again although he usually gives the guy a different name and occupation in ach book Yes his mysteries have a sameness to them at some point in the book the hero is going to be unjustly accused of something Either the hero or his love interest is going to have some kind of infirmity or disability The hero will come from a flawed family and in some way shape or form the hero will be involved with the sport of horse racing At the Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye end the hero will triumph in a satisfactory manner and the bad guy will be suitably punishedHowever there is often comfort in knowingxactly what you are going to read and that is what Dick Francis novels have always been for me I count at least two of his books my favorite #mystery novels ver and has been one #novels ver
"AND HE HAS BEEN ONE MY MUST READ AUTHORS "he has been one my must read authors the thirty years I have been reading his novels Last year I paid a visit to a horse track for the first time in large part because of interest created by reading these novelsSo I have been very nervous about his son Felix taking over the family franchise Kids don t always do such a great job of taking over their parents job I m happy to say however that with Gamble Felix makes a smooth transition one that I would rate on a par with his father s workWe have the unjustly accused hero Nick Foxy Foxton who is attending the races with his friend and co worker Herb Kovac when Kovac is shot to death while standing right beside Foxton At various points during the book Foxton is accused of murder and securities fraud The hero is a recovering addict a former jockey who was injured in a race and whose head is now barely attached to his neck In addition his girlfriend is diagnosed with cancer during the book The book certainly fits the Dick Francis formula In fact this book has Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It everything Ixpect to read when I pick up a Dick Francis novel If it hadn t had Felix s name on the cover I would have thought it was written by Dick Francis himself which is the highest compliment I could possibly pay to this book It will be a joy if Felix continues to write novels such as this so I can continue to Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild enjoy DickFelix Francis novels for another thirty years Read a while ago What I long to return to time and again that Dick Francis fix is above all apart from the horses the profound integrity of the reluctant hero reading these books I feel somehow clean andncouraged to strive for such clarity within myself This is something Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets else than the author taking the moral high ground I can t uite put my finger on it right now In any case Felix Francis does not disappointFelix Francis hits his stride as a solo author whilexpertly channeling his father s literary spirit Gone is any previous awkwardness and the protagonist is as comfortable to spend time with as in any vintage Francis while the supporting characters are duly updated into the digital Electromyography for Experimentalists era While notxceedingly memorable or innovative in plot the mystery itself was up to par and Felix Francis co wrote several horse racing mysteries with his late father Dick Francis before the legendary author passed away in 2010 Taking up the reins for hi.
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Lly puts the pieces together as to who wanted Kovak dead and solves the mystery of the real bad guysFrancis only miscue if it is one is that when his hero rides a horse in one scene there is no connection between rider and horse as we would have found in a Dick Francis novel It s a minor issue in an overall good Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 effort I did read the Dick Francis books faithfully and have a rather large stack of paperbacks stashed somewhere I admit to not liking his son s writing to the same degree but thought I would try one for old time s sake This has a former jockey working as a financial advisor and he finds himself in the spotlight without asking for it Wrong place wrong time wrong friends wrong associates The vice is gambling but not his and he is lucky toscape Felix Francis has now picked up the writing mantle of his father and his mother Apparently as his mother assisted his father in writing the novels Felix assisted his father after his mother s death GAMBLE is the first book that bears only Felix s nameI am pretty certain that I have read all the mysteries that Dick Francis and family have written The books have likable heroes who have a connection to horse racing in some capacity or another That gives the authors the opportunity to create a world in ach book that they know intimately They know it so well that the world of thoroughbreds and the humans who take care of them becomes real to readers who know absolutely nothing about the animals or the gambling that arises from the swiftness of their four feet The closest I come to the racing world and horses is watching the Kentucky Derby ach year with my niece and her daughters The girls arrive wearing fancy dresses and hats for our ladies lunch and tea party Generally by the time the race starts they are bored and have moved on to other thingsPerhaps it is because I know so little about the world of Dick Francis and his family that I Runaway Wedding enjoy the books so much There is always mayhem and threats and the hero generally gets beaten by thugs by the middle of the book There is usually understated romance between the hero and a woman who is also part of the racing world but in all the books far attention is payed to horse flesh than to the human varietyFrancis found the key that prevents his books from becoming stale A jockey who rodexclusively for the ueen Mother for a number of years he was fascinated by the occupations held by people outside the racing world His protagonists include a George Clooney level actor a glassblower an architect an inventor of toys a meteorologist and a chef The research into the careers of the heroes is meticulous so the reader learns about interesting occupations and professions and horses and horse racing while njoying a good mystery tooThe latest book GAMBLE is written by Felix Francis although his father s name is also on the cover Nicholas Foxton was a world class jockey until his career was nded by a fall that broke his neck Nick has been warned that another fall or an accident would likely kill him so he had to give up the racing life and take on the role of independent financial adviser a job thathas made him far wealthier than he would be if he had continued to raceA day at the races had to suffice until the day I was standing right next to Herb Kovak when he was murdered Executed would have been a better word Shot three times from close range twice in the heart and once in the face he was almost certainly dead before he hit the ground and definitely before the gunman had turned away and disappeared into the Grand National race day crowd Herb and Nick were colleagues They had joined the investment firm of Lyall and Black in the City of London on the same dayNick becomes curious about the files Herb was working on just before he died When Nick comes across information about a billion La heredera del mar euro swindle he realizes he now has the information that got Herb killedAs with all books from the Francis stable GAMBLE is worth reading It isntertaining teaches a bit about a few things and nds with the hero still in one piece Obviously they have found a winning formula in the best sense There are forty six books available and after reading one the reader is likely to aim to read them all Dick Francis former steeplechase jockey turned thriller writer has always been one of my favorite reads I started devouring his books in the 60s and have read veryone since then 43 in all and own most of them They are like old friends whom I visit from time to time I was stricken by his death in 2010 but glad to know that his son Felix who had collaborated with him on his last four books was taking up the reins or PC to continue his father s legacy You know a Francis hero will be strong compassionate and a decent man He will undergo some physical trial and will come out of it bruised battered but ventually triumphantGamble is Felix s first solo ffort He has been working as a researcher for his father s books first solo ffort He has been working as a researcher for his father s books years and did both of the writing on the last four I loved Gamble It opens with a murder at a racecourse in full view of 60000 Grand National fans Our hero is Nicholas Foxy Foxton a successful steeplechase jockey who uit racing after a career nding broken neck He s now an independent financial advisor for #A Firm That Specializes #firm that specializes high risk investments and the murder victim was his friend and co worker Herb Kovak He s surprised to be named Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls Volume One executor and beneficiary of Herb sstate and specially because he finds huge balances on multiple credit cards in Herb s home office It turns out that Herb was involved in Internet gambling All of a sudden #Big Thuggish Men Are Trying To Kill Foxy And Somehow #thuggish men are trying to kill Foxy and somehow to track him down all over the country A racehorse owner and client of Foxy s with a uestion about his investment in Bulgarian real state also turn up dead The pace uickens as he tries to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and find the cause of all the mayhemAll the Francis novels involve racing or horses to some Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe extent Like a horse race they provide thrills and a galloping pace to the finish Try Gamble Felix Francis has firmly taken the reins of the franchise with capable hand. Hen he witnesses thexecution style killing of his friend Herb Novak Worried he might be next Foxy wonders if there was a dark side to Herb he didn’t know abou. He sum of the parts certainly added up to than a mere Groove: An Aesthetic of Measured Time effort in the style of this is almost uncannily Francis through and throughI remember having three main thoughts after1 The legacy is alive and kicking I need not fear having read all but 2 or 3 of the oeuvre that I may never again get that Francis fix2 Felix s name ought to be writ large on the cover Regardless of his artistic debt to his father this is his book3 I hope that in the future Felix as Dick did from time to time finds the freedom toxplore other themes and settings to volve the spirit of the legacy in new unexpected directions I for one would happily follow him there Felix is still not as good a writer as his father although his plot and action scenes are well done It s his development of admirable characters and relationships that I find lacking He is getting better at it but he hasn t got the heart of his father There are very few characters I like in the bookI did like how the title of the book was woven into the story Nicholas Foxton gambled with his life as a jump jockey very day but when he had a bad fall and broke the vertebrae of his neck the doctors won t certify him to race any too much of a gamble Instead he goes back to school and becomes a certified financial investor gambling with other people s money in investments And this setting of the world of financial investments was interestingly xplored Of course life itself is a gamble as Nicholas is shockingly made aware when his coworker standing next to him is murdered at the races With Nicholas s racing connections many of his clients are connected to the racing world so he freuently comes to the races to meet with them At one such meeting jockey Billy Searle informs Foxton that he wants his money back immediately and although Foxton informs him that it takes time to liuidate investments Billy is hysterical about getting the money the next day or he ll be dead And indeed when Billy is hit by a car and badly injured Nicholas wonders if Billy s need for money is perhaps about a bad gambling debt The topic of gambling in many forms was a nice thread throughout the bookAnother repeated theme that Nicholas and his job was boring and compared to being a jump jockey it was dry and dustyAnd one other writer techniue repeated all through the book was less appealing short sentences at the nd of a section to foreshadow Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing events or for shock value Maybe it was better being boring and alive than flamboyant and dead Don t worry about it Patrick said It ll all blow over in a couple of days I wish he d been right But my luck was about to run out Little did I realize at the time how Herb Kovak s legacy would turn out to be a poisoned chalice It was as if we had left all out troubles behind in London But they were about to come looking for us Good when used sparingly but used too much it became annoying to me I was starting to count them Overall a good story that Injoyed reading I ve got to stop comparing him to his father however I could do that asily if he or his publishers would stop titling his books using his dad s name Dick Francis s Gamble awesome tale of who done it and uite a few close calls with death for the main character As many of his fans know Dick Francis passed away in February 2010 He was a force in mystery novels all set #in some way in the English horse riding community publishing one novel a year until his wife s death in #some way in the English horse riding community publishing one novel a year until his wife s death in She helped him research his novels In his obituary the New York Times reported that Dick Francis thought he would never write another book again but in 2006 he came out with a new Sid Halley novel in which his son Felix Francis helped with the research Thereafter Dick and Felix collaborated on several novels Last year s dual Francis "OFFERING CROSSFIRE PUBLISHED AFTER DICK FRANCIS S DEATH WAS "Crossfire published after Dick Francis s death was a collaborative ntryAlthough Dick Francis s Walled (The Line, early novels were firmly set in the horse riding world of England his later novels while set in that world were often about other topics Nevertheless they all had an innate feel of that horse riding world and the villains were also part of that world When you opened a Francis novel the hero usually was in some awful predicament and you felt it in your gut There was a ratcheting up of suspense Time was always ticking andventually the main character had to overcome his foes usually with wit and force of arms In the prior collaborative Cruel Attachments: The Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany efforts the novels did not seem to have that same feel for the horse track or that suspense This new novel Gamble is Felix Francis first soloffort in the mystery genre that his father so skillfully charted Although Francis #still lacks that Dick Francis touch around the track it s a solid overall ffort #lacks that Dick Francis touch around the track it s a solid overall ffort does have a lot suspenseFoxy Foxton now known as Nick Foxton was a former jockey who has gone into financial advising He works with Herb Kovak at Lyall Black a financial advising firm He is standing next to Herb Kovak at the track when an unknown gunman kills Kovak in cold blood Surprisingly appointed as Kovak s xecutor Foxton soon learns that Kovak was involved in some kind of internet scam involving gambling Later he goes to the track to meet with Bobby Searle a client of the firm who demands to have his financial portfolio sold immediately to pay off a 100000 pound debt When Foxton cannot convert the investments into hard currency fast nough Searle is nearly killed by a hit and run driverLater yet Foxton is approached by Colonel Jolyon Roberts a client of the firm to investigate a Bulgarian investment his family trust has made in the amount of 5000000 pounds It seems that Roberts nephew visited the site where houses and a factory were supposed to be built and found nothing there When Foxton finds out that something is fishy about that investment and conveys the information to Roberts and tells Roberts to talk to Lyall Black Roberts also Tempting Fate ends up dead under suspicious circumstances Suspicious to FoxtonSoon Foxton finds himself running for his life from the hired gunman who killed Kovak and like all good Francis heroes he resorts to his wit and fists to defeat this villain and the ones who hired him Heventua. S first solo ffort Felix delivers a captivating tale that franchise fans will thoroughly njoy Former jockey Nicholas “Foxy” Foxton is at the track one day ,