Internationally popular Dick Francis packs his equestrian mysteries with as much breath-taking suspense and danger as any neck-and-neck thoroughbred race. In this New York Times best-seller, he combines the hazard of investing in horses with the calculated risk of high finance to create a plot that twists and turns around every corner. It seems a sure thing when young investment banker Tim Ekaterin underwrites a multi-million-dollar loan for a stud farm. The owner plans to purchase the championship racehorse, Sandcastle. But when disaster stalks the famous stallion and his offspring, Tim is plunged headlong into deception and murder. Winner of three Edgar Awards and named a Grand Master, Dick Francis creates extraordinary characters from people who could be your next door neighbors.
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Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times best-selling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor and comic book writer.
Certain authors' works seem to come alive more on audio than in print. Dick Francis is one of those. He had a very lean prose style, and that works best in audio because it comes off as 'someone telling you an interesting story' as opposed to books by authors with a more ornate style where it's the construction of words on the page that has the magic. These books are tales told by friends. You can settle in and listen and in doing so hear the thunder of hooves, the cries of the jockeys and the roar of the crowd.
The villain of the piece has a somewhat timeless quality. Even though this novel was written a couple of decades ago, guys like him are everywhere nowadays.
Simon Prebble is perfect for the works of Dick Francis. It was his performance on an earlier edition of BLOOD SPORT that hooked me on both audiobooks and on Dick Francis. Through his narration the individuality and humanity of the characters is evident.
Although I didn't come to tears, the death of one character was deeply moving; and the reading of those scenes was handled in a way that brought the horrors of loss to stinging clarity.
I've become hooked on the Simon Prebble versions of Dick Francis...but as a result I also bought his version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
The novel's description by Audible is good. This novel begs the question: Who is trustworthy in the world of big business horse racing, steeple chasing and mouth-dropping stud fees? This story is more about the lengths of deception and even murder that some will go to in order to maintain their status and lifestyles in the world of horse racing. They commit murder, mayhem, trickery, and skullduggery in unthinkable ways. The story held my interest throughout and even though I started to see some of what was coming, I couldn't have predicted what Dick Francis had in mind! A good listen... Recommend highly.
Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator. I haven't heard any of the others that narrate Dick Francis' novels, but I would hope that they are just as good because I intend to listen to all Dick Francis has to offer.
Paula E. Bird
This Dick Francis book has always been one of my favorites, and I have reread it several times. This audio recording and narrator performance added something special. Highly recommended!
A little different from Francis' steeple chasing novels, but just as enjoyable. It has all the usual components of his other novels: horses, stables, conspiracy, murder and just plain danger. I have never read a Dick Francis novel that I did not like and I have read them all.
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