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Summary

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 among 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?

©2011 Felix Francis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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”.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • Perth, United Kingdom
  • 17-11-11

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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorna
  • Coulsdon, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

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.

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  • N
  • 27-01-12

terrible narration

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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Over complicated

Have been a Dick Francis fan for years and loved the balance of intrigue, mystery, different relationships between people and romance in his books together with all the fascinating stuff about being in the world of horse racing This novel shows where Felix is so different as the balance seems to be gone and parts of the storyline felt superfluous. Certain parts also felt very familiar and I'm sure have been previously used by Dick in other books..
This one also had long and boring sections of romance ( think Mills and Boon) and illness just to increase the pain. At times it felt like a medical text book and really was completely unnecessary for the plot or story line.in conclusion worth a punt if your a real Dick Francis fan but bear in mind it wasn't written by him and hopefully you won't be disappointed.

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good book

like his dad flex write well keeps you intrested an up to date dick francies i beleave

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The dramatic pause

the narrator is too in love... with... the dramatic pause. Made finishing this really hard work.

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A chip off the block

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

A great story, very well written and read.

What did you like best about this story?

The unexpected.

Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favourite?

Our hero, of course. Can't remember his name it is some weeks since I listened, but I very much enjoyed it and was sorry when the book ended.

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

Yes, but impossible of course.

Any additional comments?

It's very good news that Felix has taken over his father's mantle so beautifully. Many congratulations to him for his knowledge and research.

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A good read

Would you listen to Gamble again? Why?

Yes, it is full of information and excitement, and I love both his father's and his own way of writing and the diverse subjects.

What other book might you compare Gamble to, and why?

Other ones by Dick Francis, well written and familiar.

What about Michael Maloney’s performance did you like?

He kept the characters through out, and didn't go over the top, very enjoyable to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed, it was a very satisfying read

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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,

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  • 16-01-12

In his father's footsteps

A good Francis novel but the ending was a bit too sharp for my liking. Narration was very good and it was easy to get lost in the characters.