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Risk Risk is one of the better titles in the Dick Francis catalogue, one that I recommend to readers as yet unfamiliar with his opus as a showcase of his abilities as a storyteller As usual, it is told in first person by a likable character that looses no time in getting under the reader s skin and gaining his sympathy How s this for an opening lineThursday, March 17, I spent the morning in anxiety, the afternoon in extasy and the evening unconscious Read on to find out how the fortunes of Roland Britten, up and coming young accountant and amateur steeplechase jockey, rise and fall from one moment to another, with the regularity of amontagne russeride A rather lengthy opening sequence describes Roland s attempts to escape from being kidnapped for unknown reasons The time is well spent for getting acquainted with his level headed approach to problem solving, his ingenuity and his stoical acceptance of things out of his controlWhen things go bad, you endure what you must, and thank God it s not worseBack in England come on, you knew he would escape, Francis is not George R R Martin to snuff out his main character in the middle of the story , Roland tries to put back the pieces of his life and return to the routine of balancing accounts, auditing tax declarations and sneaking off to ride in another weekend race With the usual thorough research, Francis makes the rather boring activity of adding up columns of numbers into a glamorous and dangerous pastime The mysterious bad guys are not finished with Roland and the plot thickens with the introduction of a trio of ex convicts as potential suspects sent down by Roland himself for fraud plus assorted trainers, horse owners, bookmakers and racegoers Complications of a romantic nature with a rather ripe and plain school mistress I wonder though what kind of school the author went to competing for Roland affections with the young and lively daughter of one of his clients.I have read so many of Dick Francis thrillers that I am now able to spot the bad guy from his first or second appearance on the scene With Risk, I am discovering it doesn t do to become overconfident, as the author is still capable of pulling a fast one on me view spoiler I was right about his boss being crooked, but didn t see the mastermind that organized the kidnapping, and also didn t cotton on to the fact a whole coterie of baddies might be involved, as in Agatha Christie s classic Orient Express murder hide spoiler 3.5 stars rounded down.I remembered almost nothing about this book and my copy is from the 1980s 1990s, so that s probably the last time I read it Roland Brittain is an amateur steeplechase rider and professional accountant who wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup by sheer good luck and is then kidnapped and held on a large private boat for days When he finally frees himself, he sets out to find the perpetrators and gets himself into trouble punctuated by a bit of racing The novel is competent and perfectly good for timepass reading, but it s not one of my favorites Brittain is an engaging character, but he spends a lot of time imprisoned and in danger The women are a mixed bag there is the usual attractive horse set young woman, and here there is also a middle aged headmistress She s written as an uncomfortable mixture of admirable and backward, and I really didn t enjoy the pity sex although she becomes both confident and important later on Everyone in the story pretty much existed to fulfill a role in Ro s life, which is not my favorite approach Still, it s a Dick Francis novel, and as usual I liked the main character, the bracing astringency of the narrative, and the horsey bits.I listened to the first two third of it on audio The narrator is Ralph Cosham and I like his interpretations of Francis s mysteries. What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.But than that, Francis s heroes are rational human beings The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis s novels The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces The hero s thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do No such worries in a Francis novel The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr Douglas The hero is personable, like able, non violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society.You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count.There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis s work notably the Sid Halley and Kit Fielding series.Assessment Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death. One of my favorites This was a reread Or a re listen When you can t find a good book to listen to on your commute, you can always listen to Dick Francis even if you ve read the book before They nearly always stand up to a re read or listen. RISK ExFrancis, Dick 16th bookThis thriller involves the kidnapping aboard a ship of an amateur jockey and accountant Roland Britten Schoolmistress Miss Hilary Roland helps him out, asking an unusual favor in return.Wonderful book but I m grateful I don t get seasick Loved Hilary. I didn t find this as compelling as other Francis stories I ve read In others, Francis combines some aspect of horseracing with a couple of other things, like computer viruses and glass blowing in one I think I ve always been able to pick out two areas where Francis did some research and wove some details about the non horse racing topics into the story This one was about an auditor accountant, and while I caught a sliver of an interesting tidbit about accounting, I didn t get anything else In addition, the protagonist spends a lot of time in captivity and or bound, and these passages were not that interesting Francis seems to have a lot of bound men in his stories Or maybe I just notice this in the post Fifty Shades of Grey era view spoiler And the kidnappee didn t seem to learn much after his first escape he was doing what he knew was dangerous work, and he had escaped his captors, and he still didn t know who had gone after him, and he s supposed to be smart, so how could he allow himself to be victimized again, multiple times Makes little sense Usually if Francis protagonists do something boneheaded, they learn I didn t get any learning here hide spoiler Why I love Dick Francis booksall of them.Learn about some profession, lovely men as heroes, who can take a lickin and keep on tickin , plot twists galore, genuine good guys among some real villains, who get what they deserve in the end.Sadly, I have now read all of them. Good quick, interesting read When He Wakes In A Pitch Black Room With His Hands Bound, Roland Britten Accountant And Champion Steeplechase Jockey Knows He S Entered A Nightmare Of Someone Else S Making Wracking His Brain To Figure Out Who S Out To Get Him And Why, He Comes Up Empty, But Somehow Manages A Death Defying Escape It Isn T Long, Though, Before He S Recaptured Now, With His Life At Stake, He Must Take Every Risk To Outsmart His Well Disguised Enemy And Save Himself Rehomed

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