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Dick Francis' Refusal | [Felix Francis]

Dick Francis' Refusal

Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.
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Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong.

Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else. At first Sid ignores these warnings, knowing that once he submits to this criminal bully, he will forever be under his control. But as the intimidation tactics escalate - and Sid' s own family comes under threat - Sid realizes he must meet his enemy head-on...or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.

©2013 Felix Francis (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-10-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Sid Halley is back"

    There have been a few authors’ that have died and their sons have tried to carry on the writing without success. I am happy to say that Felix Francis has done a fairly good job. When Dick Francis’s wife died the books lacked the polish she gave it as a master of the English language. This is the second book that Felix has written alone, and he has brought back his Father’s character Sid Halley. Sid is now retired from being a detective, is married with a 6 year old girl and is working on his investments. The head of the British racing as him to help solve a problem with someone fixing the races but he declines. Then the man is dead and a man with a Northern Ireland accent is threatening Sid. The story takes off from here with action, suspense, and humor. I like the stories with more racing action but Sid is no longer racing. Martin Jarvis does a good job with the narration. If you are a Dick Francis fan you will not be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 09-07-13
    Anne Roberts Michigan, USA 09-07-13 Member Since 2013

    A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

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    "His Father's Son"

    I have to admit that up until this book I haven't been impressed with Felix Frances as a successor to his father. With this book, however, he has truly written a book in Dick Francis' unforgettable style. I found that I couldn't stop listening! I had to know what happened next. If you were a fan of Dick Francis, you will think he has come back to life and written another Sid Halley adventure!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 10-24-13
    Elizabeth Lincoln, MA, USA 10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Felix Francis pens a worthy sequel"
    What did you love best about Dick Francis' Refusal?

    Unlike many long term series, which run out of steam, the Dick Francis franchise continues to gallop along. Francis' son, Felix, does a very credible job or bringing Sid Halley back into dectecting. Sure, there are some weak point to the plot, but it's still an enjoyable romp.


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

    This is a book that I looked forward to listening to and which ended far too soon.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-18-13
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    "Same storyline"
    What did you like best about Dick Francis' Refusal? What did you like least?

    Nothing new here. I find these stories entertaining, but they are kinda formulaic. It's hard to get caught up in suspense when you expect what is going to happen next. Well read by narrator.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 08-05-15
    Karen 08-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to Dick Francis' Refusal the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superb. Martin Jarvis's ability to use different voices was impressive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didn't have a favourite character - although Sid Haley is always good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Ivie 07-14-15
    Guy Ivie 07-14-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the writer his father was"

    Great performance by Martin Jarvis, with distinct voices even for minor characters, but surprisingly flat story. It dragged on and on, and I seriously considered not finishing.

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    ES Centreville, VA 05-10-15
    ES Centreville, VA 05-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "equal to or better than Dick Francis"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The craftsmanship.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been awhile since I read a Dick Francis novel. This one by Felix has the same qualities: interesting story, characters, dialog, style, writing. I recall the ones by Dick being shorter. If so, this one by Felix is not extended by padding but by the necessity of the story. I am happy that the Francis series of stories with a British horse racing theme continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-01-14
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 08-01-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Blast from the not too distant past"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dick Francis' Refusal to be better than the print version?

    Don't know about the print version, but the audio was rocking!!!


    What other book might you compare Dick Francis' Refusal to and why?

    Dick Francis was always one of my favorite authors. His son has continued in his father's footsteps. Such a joy!!


    What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh, wow!! Mr Jarvis, what can I say? His voice gives texture to the story, Just a pleasure to hear.


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

    I sure could have. And then, listen to it over again!


    Any additional comments?

    Normally, when a popular author passes away, you are left with only their body of work. So, you can read them over again, but never get any new material. With Felix Francis taking up the pen to follow his father's "word prints", we all can look forward to many new great reads (or listens) in the future!!

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    Sallye Sam Yarnell 03-09-14

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    "Pleasantly Surprised."
    Would you listen to Dick Francis' Refusal again? Why?

    Most likely. I usually re- read books at a later date.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat through the book, definitely an "edge worthy" ending. The Francis's book have a decent steady pace to them, with a flourish at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dead Heat by Dick and Felix Francis. I feel the same way about both books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Im an ex patriot Brit living in the US, I have been involved with horses and horse racing and these books are a lot like a visit home, if one overlooks the villains and their machinations of course.


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    NAR 11-18-13
    NAR 11-18-13
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    "I miss Dick Francis"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy it. The story was tepid, and the narration was awful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Felix Francis again?

    Probably not. I liked the way Dick Francis brought horses and racing into other worlds - I always finished his books knowing something new about ... oh, banking, or weaving or wine making, for example. Refusal was a pretty standard thriller/mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Jarvis?

    Tony Britton. He was great. To my ear, Martin Jarvis makes characters sound whiny.


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