Michael Maloney reads the sensational new Dick Francis novel from his son Felix Francis.
As one of the youngest ever winners of the Grand National, Nick 'Foxy' Foxton's career as a world class jockey is on perfect track until a near fatal accident cuts his dream brutally short. But when he returns to Aintree as a spectator years later, nothing can prepare him for what unfolds.
Minutes before the biggest event on the racing calendar, Nick's affable American colleague Herb Kovak is shot at point blank range, the gunman disappearing amongst the stunned crowd. Along with the police, Nick is left baffled as to why anyone would want to kill such an apparently gentle soul.
With the press speculating links to gangland crime and a crumpled note containing a threatening message found in the dead man's coat, Nick begins to doubt how well he really knew Herb. And on discovering Herb had named him as the benefactor of his will, Nick questions why he has been entrusted with the legacy. Is this a generous gift from a friend or is it, in fact, a poisoned chalice?
Delivering all the suspense that his fans expect from a Dick Francis thriller, Gamble is the latest thoroughbred from a bestselling stable.
©2011 Felix Francis; ©2011 AudioGO Ltd
"His father's son"
Felix has produced a story with pace and excitement, set in the familiar backdrop (to Dick Francis fans) of equestrian pursuits.
An enjoyable thriller, which is characterised and delivered well by Michael Maloney.
The most appropriate compliment I can think of is... “one for all the Dick Francis fans”.
"As good as his Dad"
This is a great listen. From the first page I was gripped, staying up late to finish it. Michael Maloney's narration is speedy and exciting and his characterisation is superb. The twists at the end are excellent. Highly recommended!
"Following in his Father's footsteps"
As a great fan of Dick Francis I was very sad to think that there would be no new titles coming along for me to enjoy. Then I bought "Gamble" by his son, Felix.
Here was all the excitement, the fast-moving story, the ingenious twists and the satisfying climax that I had come to expect in the Dick Francis books, and I was gripped! So often when a different writer takes over from a long established favourite the result is disappointing but Felix Francis, who had collaborated with his father before the death of Dick Francis, has succeeded in keeping the tradition alive.
I hope Felix Francis will continue to write more novels and I shall look forward to his next book.
"Gamble on a great listen!"
Felix Francis is worthy to follow in his father's footstep in his own right. This highly contemporary novel has all the trademarks if a first class Francis novel and is beautifully read by Michael Malohny,
"Not bad - but not the best"
For me, the book misses that extra something which Dick Francis injected into his stories. It never quite 'takes off' for me. The cancer sub-plot is a little too mawkish and most of the characters lacked any real depth. However, I did enjoy it overall.
Having said that, this is by Felix - and I hope his next book is marketed as his own work and not as anything to do with his father.
I would half agree about the narrator: his attempts at various accents is not the most convincing.
a great story full of the usual gripping story lines from the Francis empire. What a shame that the whole thing was spoilt by such terrible narrating! The accents were terrible, the intonation drove me to distraction. I would certainly avoid this narrator again.
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