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With the stakes so high, racing can be a deadly business...best-selling author Felix Francis' latest thriller!

Chris Rankin is a doctor, a specialist in emergency medicine at Cheltenham Hospital, but a doctor who also has health problems.

A smartly dressed man has been found unconscious at the local racecourse and is rushed to the hospital, where he subsequently dies. But who is he? Where does he come from? He had no form of identification on him, and no one claims the body.

Doctor Rankin is intrigued by the nameless dead man, obsessed even, and starts asking questions. However, someone doesn't want the questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it, including attempting murder. But no one else believes that someone tried to kill Chris, leaving the doctor no option but to discover who the nameless man is and why he died, preferably before following him into an early grave.

©2017 Felix Francis (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Not as good as usual

Felix is unfortunately not in the same class as the original Dick Francis. Latterly the stories have contained too much important fact and that gets boring. The trademark Dick Francis was "catch them with the first sentence" followed by action, short sentences and a thrilling climax. This book had a lot of academic information which was quite convoluted and somewhat boring. The narrator irritated me beyond measure, she was too little girl prissy for a woman heading into her 40s with a responsible medical position, I cant imagine her kicking anyone anywhere but I guess she had to try. But, I generally dont like female narrators, they have difficulty with male voices (as did this one).

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What an accident!

Would you try another book from Felix Francis and/or Clare Corbett?

I so far read all other books from Dick and Felix Francis and they were all excellent and page turning but this one sounds like a third rate wanne be author decided to write a D&F Francis story and did a miserable job. I am still surprised this one passed any literary agents' desk without being thrown away. I had to fast forward a lot but after more than two hours it did not get better. If you like reading about depression summarized by an fiction author I recommend this one - if it turns into a crime - I do not know because I gave up. And if I want to read about depression I pick up a well rated non-fiction book from audible and get a professional view on things. I found it very frustrating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Felix Francis again?

Most certinly since nearly 50 excellnt books turn a completely different story - I enjoyed all of them and always longing to get the next one. Well, even the best amongst us have once in a while a bad day.

Would you be willing to try another one of Clare Corbett’s performances?

No, not at all. I did not like her performance at all. There might be genres for which her voice might be good but she is defintely on my "not to hear again" lists. But with voices, that is a rather subjective matter and thus I suggest to look at different reviews of her performance.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Absolutely disappointment and anger about having wasted so much time with it and a little bit of sadness that Felix Francis put this on the market - all his other works alone and together with his father are great, thrilling page turners.

Any additional comments?

I am still looking forward to buy the next one from Felix Francis! As I stated before, just a bad day.

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better than I expected!

I was a bit unsure if I would like this one as it's a departure from the usual Francis formula. Ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would in the end though. I'd recommend giving it a go

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  • 10-11-17

Frustrating

Frustrating. Too slow to get going. By the time I'd got to chapter 17 I'd had enough and I fast forward to chapter 35. I feel annoyed at having wasted money on this.

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  • Jane
  • 11-20-17

Awful book

Boring, depressing story that is only very loosely linked to horse racing. Difficult to like any of the characters, especially the main character who I found whiny and irritating. Too many americanisms even though it's set in England.

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  • Rory
  • 11-15-17

Disappointing

I didn't like it. The story was unrealistic and silly. The first part was like reading a woman's magazine and I expected better from a mystery thriller. The lead character was written badly but the story did improve in the middle. Then the main drama bit was just stupid.

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  • Mr. M. J. Collier
  • 11-10-17

Unfortunately not up to the usual standard

Not terrible but not up to the usual high standard. Hopefully the next will be a return to form.

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  • Anne
  • 11-10-17

Very obviously produced for American listeners

Story OK, narrator OK but aggravated by use of American terms rather than English words.

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  • M.W.FOWLER
  • 11-01-17

Depressing

Dick Francis & Felix Francis have been my favourite authors-This book was depressing & a Femail narator does not work.

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  • Paul Wakeford
  • 10-29-17

Paul still a fan allowed one pig

Worst dick/felix Frances ever poor plot boring narration Felix your fans know about races don't need reminding constancely

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  • Carolyn
  • 01-10-18

Gripping!!!

I started listening to this audiobook after being gifted it by a good friend who called it 'gripping'. I then looked at some of the reviews and wished I hadn't. I found true empathy for anyone who has suffered from depression. Never have I read (or heard) of a main character's true struggle in such realistic terms. I think some of the reviews have been left by very lucky people who have never suffered.
That said I thought this was a thriller truly worthy of the surname of 'Francis'. Well done Felix, your Dad would have been proud you have elevated an adventure/thriller into a new thought provoking realm.

I very much look forward to hearing more.

To anyone in two minds as to whether to buy this book (after seeing the negative reviews) I would say give it a go and try and empathise with the main cha rate instead of judging her. No wonder people having had 'mental health' issues feel there is a stigma attached if those reviews are anything to go by!

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  • Suzanne
  • 01-04-18

Interesting story with female protagonist

This is a change to the normal 'Francis' racing book format. The centre character is a doctor and a woman. There is an element of the racing world as the story of her fight with her own demons as well as those that arise from a betting scandal unfold. As a fan of the 'Francis' stable of books I found this one a refreshing change and enjoyed loitering to it.

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  • MS Smiles
  • 01-02-18

Pulse

..didn't make mine race. Eating disorder and mental health well covered, drug info interesting but story never got off the ground for me

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  • Keyana
  • 12-13-17

Unfortunately Disappointed

I was excited for a female main character and the prospect of a racecourse doctor was a fresh idea with so much promise but unfortunately I was bitterly disappointed with the story and did not like the main character. I found her extremely tedious and could not develope any rapport with her. The description that came to mind repeatedly throughout the book was a mental health awareness advertisement trying to disguise itself as a novel.
I'm so glad I chose to listen to this book where I could complete other tasks in conjunction rather than dedicating time to sitting down and reading it; time that would have been considered a waste.
It is such a shame because I have enjoyed Felix Francis' other Dick Francis books and I hope his future books will be much more enjoyable.

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