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Summary

Captain Thomas Forsyth’s second tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. Tom’s world is torn apart by the injury – the Army is his life. The thought of never rejoining his regiment is a terrifying prospect and one that he is not willing to entertain.

Tom returns to Lambourn, to his childhood home, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the ‘First Lady’ of racing. Never having seen eye to eye with his parents, Tom doesn’t expect a hero’s welcome – but even he’s not prepared for the reception that awaits him.

When his mother’s prize horse finishes a disappointing last place in a race he should have won, Tom discovers that the training business is on the edge, and facing a threat far more dangerous than a run of bad form. Tom finds himself on a very different, but just as deadly, battlefield where his military skills are tested ... kill or be killed?

©2010 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Crossfire

An excellent story Dick Francis never fails and always writes edge of the seat stories. Thoroughly recommended

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  • Anne
  • ColchesterUnited Kingdom
  • 26-02-11

Not up to standard

I fully agree with Jane. Martin Jarvis's reading of this book was not enjoyable at all - I kept hearing 'William' of 'Just William' fame coming through. I'm normally a fan of Martin Jarvis but not in this case. He totally failed to capture the tone and character of Dick Francis's hero and spoiled the book for me. The story itself doesn't gallop along as other Francis's books do - lots of repetition that gives the distinct impression of 'padding' and a strong feeling that the author is NOT Dick Francis. If you love traditional Dick Francis you won't enjoy this. Don't buy this one and stick to Tony Britten's excellent narrations in future.

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  • Jane
  • Woolverstone, Suffolk, United Kingdom
  • 08-12-10

Oh dear....

I have read, listened & loved Dick Francis books for many years. But this book read by Martin Jarvis is simply awful. It is clear that the book was NOT written by Dick Francis but by his son Felix. If I'd known I would never have bought the audio book. The reader is not up to the standard of Tony Britten who has narrated many of the Dick Francis books. Don't buy this if you are used the a better class of Dick Francis audio book!

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  • Margaret
  • CHELTENHAM, GLOS, United Kingdom
  • 27-09-10

great listen

This is very easy to listen to, up to usual Dick Francis standards and very enjoyable

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Excellent novel, very well read by Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis read this book in great style, conveying the depth of characters and the great plot with his inimitable style. A pleasure to listen to.

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The Master is final effort.

a soldier invalided out of the army finds himself in the intertangled with corruption and blackmail of his mother. well performed making it an excellent listen.

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Martin Jarvis not a patch on Tony Britton

What did you like best about Crossfire? What did you like least?

A good plot and characterisation, but it was ruined for me by Martin Jarvis's lackadaisical reading and inability to do women. He is fine for Bertie Wooster but not for a thriller like this with lots of characters.

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excellent interpretation

I'd not read Dick Francis for 20 years - forgotten how great the stories are.

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gripping

I think Felix's best. only problem is the plot required too much naivety from the characters.

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  • susan
  • Esher, United Kingdom
  • 15-11-13

Another winner

What made the experience of listening to Crossfire the most enjoyable?

The excellent narration and good plot made this a fab audiobook. If you are a previous Francis reader you wont be disappointed and a great place to atsrt if you are new to Francis.

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  • Stephen C Steffler
  • 05-10-18

one of my new favorites!

definitely being added to my repeat listening list! Jarvis is easy to listen to even while conveying the intensity of the most high impact scenes.

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  • Persephone Magdalene
  • 11-05-15

Martin Jarvis = 10 stars, story = 1

The usually hugely enjoyable D Francis fails in this yawner of a novel. All I'm going to add (which anyone who listens should appreciate) is that if the hero used, or said he was going to use, or said he *had* used, his "Voice of Command" one more time, I'd have locked him in the damn stable myself. Oops, spoiler alert. I think he used it 10 times in the last chapter alone, and fat lot of good it did him.

Martin Jarvis, as always, is a pleasure to listen to, even in this snoozefest.

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  • Tracey
  • 04-07-14

caught in a crossfire

Would you listen to Crossfire again? Why?

yes it was a good story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it was a good read story was interresting good plot

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

yes he is a good reader story is interesting

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it was that sort of book when you get into it you get hooked

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  • Nicole
  • 05-11-12

perfect read, real 'Francis'

What did you like about this audiobook?

Great storyline, real Francis (father and son this time) all the way

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing, he did it justice and improved my level of entertainment

Do you have any additional comments?

Must listen and read

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  • NWT Lady
  • 16-10-11

Excellent story, poor narrator

Dick Francis delivers his usual excellence in murder mysteries, but Martin Jarvis does not hold a candle to Tony Britton in his narration. The nasal voice is not pleasant to listen to, and he doesn't distinguish characters very well. The emotion/inflection you would expect in most passages is off. Plus, the female characters tend to sound irritated and impatient, even when they are flirting, which is ridiculous. Unfortunately the performance detracts from the enjoyment of the book, which is an excellent story with mouth-dropping surprises. If Felix Francis is to follow in his father's foorsteps, he needs to find a better narrator for the audio versions of his books.

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  • Rosemary
  • 10-10-11

Another Dick Franics Classic

Another Dick Francis Classic. Great with a fast moving engaging plot, a page turner,a great companion for anyone.