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High Stakes 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.Buttha 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.Butthan 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 I haven t read a Dick Francis book in years I guess I thought of them as Enid Blyton books for grown ups with lashings of horse poop , but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book A good old fashioned horseracing mystery No real surprises with the plot but just a good captivating, easy to follow, and enjoyable mystery I am definitely considering seeking outDick Francis books in the future A pleasant re discovery I thought the book dragged a bit at the beginning, but the last third was quite exciting I couldn t put it down I liked the main character the rest were well done The romantic thread was a nice touch, not over done The rest was thrilling pretty twisty, although it was obvious what was coming Still, he managed to add yet another.I was quite surprised by one bit of information view spoiler I hadn t realized that tattoos weren t required on all racing horses in the US UK for ages, cer I thought the book dragged a bit at the beginning, but the last third was quite exciting I couldn t put it down I liked the main character the rest were well done The romantic thread was a nice touch, not over done The rest was thrilling pretty twisty, although it was obvious what was coming Still, he managed to add yet another.I was quite surprised by one bit of information view spoiler I hadn t realized that tattoos weren t required on all racing horses in the US UK for ages, certainly before this book was written by decades hide spoiler I ll keep my faith that an ex jockey like Francis knowsthan I do, though I haven t read any of his books in a long time It was nice to catch up with another No surprises here a solid thriller set in the world of horseracing Read it in one sitting, on a beautiful summer morning, lazing in the sun of my backyard.The two sides of the conflict are clear right from the start line On one side is Steven Scott, young and wealthy, an enthusiastic newcomer to the racetrack, with money to burn but with little practical knowledge about buying, training and racing the horses he owns On the other side an ambitious trainer and a shady bookmaker that are appare No surprises here a solid thriller set in the world of horseracing Read it in one sitting, on a beautiful summer morning, lazing in the sun of my backyard.The two sides of the conflict are clear right from the start line On one side is Steven Scott, young and wealthy, an enthusiastic newcomer to the racetrack, with money to burn but with little practical knowledge about buying, training and racing the horses he owns On the other side an ambitious trainer and a shady bookmaker that are apparently taking advantage of his good nature and friendly demeanour.As a long time reader of Dick Francis novels, I know it doesn t pay to underestimate his tall, quiet, competent but self effacing protagonists They hide a mulish perseverence and an unshakeable sense of justice Steven may have been fooled once, but he s not going to take it laying down.What I liked better in High Stakes than in other Francis books is the way he sets up Steven as a team player, rather than the usual Lone Ranger hero He quickly gathers around him a few loyal friends and sets up a really smart heist to outwit the bad guys I won t go into details, other than to say this book is a bit above average in Francis portofolio when it comes to actual plot I also enjoyed the romantic angle in Steven life, one that is integral to the story rather than a cookie cutter sideline.The conclusion is a bit too predictable and too much view spoiler the signature attempt by the bad guy to solve his problems by dealing in physical violence against the hero hide spoiler.Dick Francis is not really such a quotable author, but I picked one of my favorite passages in this book, highlighting his passion for horses and racing that permeates every one of his novelsWe watched him from the balcony of the private box with hearts thumping like jungle drums It was for this that we had gone to so much trouble, this few minutes ahead For the incredible pleasure of seeing a superb creature do what he was bred,trained, endowed, and eager for For speed, for fun, for exhilaration, for love Surprisingly, I had never read this one before I own a lot of Francis books, but not this one I listened to an audio version The story was interesting, the characters were familiar, but this story just seemed a littlefun than others The protagonist pulls together an odd assortment of friends to help him get even with the horse trainer who d been stealing from him I m not sure who the narrator was, but when he was voicing the words of the American girlfriend, he sounded like a guy imi Surprisingly, I had never read this one before I own a lot of Francis books, but not this one I listened to an audio version The story was interesting, the characters were familiar, but this story just seemed a littlefun than others The protagonist pulls together an odd assortment of friends to help him get even with the horse trainer who d been stealing from him I m not sure who the narrator was, but when he was voicing the words of the American girlfriend, he sounded like a guy imitating Barbara Stanwick in Double Indemnity Tough, matter of fact, cavalier A little distracting but, at the same time, funny It was 1986,I had recently discovered Francis and there certainly was a novelty to his books,at the time.I had never been to a race course,I had not even been near a horse.And I never was a gambler.And yet the world of British horse racing,as presented by Dick Francis attracted me like a magnet.I read High Stakes in a single setting,and still remember how much I enjoyed it.Crooked horse trainers are a staple of Francis books.Jody Leeds is one such character who defrauds one of his horse owners,a It was 1986,I had recently discovered Francis and there certainly was a novelty to his books,at the time.I had never been to a race course,I had not even been near a horse.And I never was a gambler.And yet the world of British horse racing,as presented by Dick Francis attracted me like a magnet.I read High Stakes in a single setting,and still remember how much I enjoyed it.Crooked horse trainers are a staple of Francis books.Jody Leeds is one such character who defrauds one of his horse owners,a wealthy man who trusts him.The owner is then compelled to get even and exact his revenge.One of his best books Not the absolute best of the Dick Francis novels, but rattles along at a fair pace In this excellent Dick Francis novel, Steven Scott is a very successful businessman, who discovers that his friend, Jody Leeds, the trainer of his horses has been stealing from him, and its not a small amount Leeds has been charging him for trips that were not taken and jockey training rides that were not ridden This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, because Leeds and as Scott discovers in this engaging story, his crew have been using Scott to line their pockets in a nefarious scheme.Sc In this excellent Dick Francis novel, Steven Scott is a very successful businessman, who discovers that his friend, Jody Leeds, the trainer of his horses has been stealing from him, and its not a small amount Leeds has been charging him for trips that were not taken and jockey training rides that were not ridden This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, because Leeds and as Scott discovers in this engaging story, his crew have been using Scott to line their pockets in a nefarious scheme.Scott, who was a neophyte in horse training has relied on Leeds, the son of a member of the jockey club, Leeds has help picked out the horses for Scott to buy, trains them, then races them in England Scott has also bet with Leeds bookie Ganser Mays The horses all do well but Scott discovers that somehow or other when he has his biggest bets on his horses, they all seem to lose He basically figures out that Mays and Leeds are conspiring to fix the races Figuring this all out, at the start of the novel, Scott fires his trainer and takes his horses back However, Leeds conspires to steal Energise, Scott s latest horse, and when Scott goes to get the horse back, he discovers that Leeds plot is evencomplicated, as the horse that is returned is not Energise, but looks like him.Enlisting the help of a business man, a lovely girl that he meets and courts during the novel, and another bookie, Scott decides to get Energise back Unusually for a Francis novel, Scott s courtship of the girl is done well and Scott s business background is also well drawn, but its the story itself that is just sublime.In the end, even after all that transpires, Scott knows that it was worth it.And so will the reader Steven Scott May Have Been A Successful, Wealthy Inventor With No Experience In Horseracing, But With The Inspired Guidance Of His Trainer, Jody Leeds, And The Prowess Of A Beautiful Black Hurdler Named Energise, He Has Brought Home Several Wins But His Winning Streak Is About To Come To A Fast End When He Discovers Trouble In His Own Stables Trouble That Could Bring About His Own Termination If He Doesn T Watch His Step This is another Francis book with a somewhat atypical Francis hero This one, Steven Scott, is successful and mostly happy with no previous tragedies to cloud his life He does, however, lead a mostly solitary life and, at the beginning of the book, his trainer s dishonesty deals a serious blow to Steven s trust in his fellow man This book follows Steven as he makes sure that the bad guys get what s coming to them, but also shows him developing his own circle of friends and coming out of his This is another Francis book with a somewhat atypical Francis hero This one, Steven Scott, is successful and mostly happy with no previous tragedies to cloud his life He does, however, lead a mostly solitary life and, at the beginning of the book, his trainer s dishonesty deals a serious blow to Steven s trust in his fellow man This book follows Steven as he makes sure that the bad guys get what s coming to them, but also shows him developing his own circle of friends and coming out of his isolation The schemes in this one both the plotting of the bad guys and the retribution of the good guys are complicated and fun I wish there had been a second Steven Scott book, because I d like to know what he and his buddies got up to next


About the Author: Dick Francis

Dick Francis CBE born Richard Stanley Francis was a popular British horse racing crime writer and retired jockey.Dick Francis worked on his books with his wife, Mary, before her death Dick considered his wife to be his co writer as he is quoted in the book, The Dick Francis Companion , released in 2003 Mary and I worked as a team I have often said that I would have been happy to have both our names on the cover Mary s family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together Series Sid Halley Mystery Kit Fielding Mystery


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