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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

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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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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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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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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Another great Sid Halley adventure

entertaining and suspenseful. has the return of many familiar characters. non-offensive PG level. great for younger readers.

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Not as good as Dick Francis.

Felix Francis takes one of his dads characters and adds on to the story. But he is not as good a writer as his father. There are a lot of similarities but there's way too much repetition and rehashing of small details to make this very enjoyable as an audiobook.

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Very depressing storyline

Well read but too morbid to be enjoyable listening. The main character spends much of the time getting overly explicit threats against himself and his family and the story lacks some of the intrigue of earlier novels. It is also oddly Americanised with things like motorways referred to as freeways.

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No more Felix books for me

What disappointed you about Dick Francis' Refusal?

The story dragged on forever and the dialogue was really annoying. The bad guy was SO bad I was ready for him to die long before the end of the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

DICK Francis. I love his stories and particularly liked Sid Halley - which is why I chose Refusal - but it was not a satisfying conclusion to Sid's adventures. I also didn't like the way the author made Charles seem almost dotty at times.

Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

Sid, of course. Martin Jarvis is a decent narrator and is able to provide different voices convincingly. Tony Britton will always be the voice of Dick Francis stories to me, though.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I almost gave up on it several times and considered not even finishing, but at least (not too much of a spoiler) the bad guy gets his in the end....it just took way too long to get there.

Any additional comments?

I've tried to give the Felix Francis books a fair trial since he is continuing with the themes and characters from Dick's stories, but this is the last one I will buy.

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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.

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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.