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Thomas Lyon discovers that someone will do anything - including commit murder - to make sure this story isn't told....
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Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe....
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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 realises he must meet his enemy head-on...or he might pay the ultimate price for his refusal.
What made the experience of listening to Refusal the most enjoyable?
felix and dick francis book are a good listen the narrator brings the book to life
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
it was interesting good story plot
What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?
very similar to tony britton in the reading style
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
refuse and you die
Dick Francis combined good plots, growing characters, excellent research on engaging topics, and excellent writing to produce easy reads that left readers satisfied. His son tries to copy his formula, but falls short on every single aspect. Sid Halley, Charles and Marina were complex and multifaceted and grew through the books, but stagnated here. The plots meandered. And the transplantation component was a sideline, so the research didn't come through.
In general, this book was a negative to the Francis brand, and even though Martin Jarvis is a good reader, he couldn't make up for the fact that the book was just poor.
I will read Felix's next attempt, because his father's legacy is good to continue. But if that is only twice as good as this one, I won't read the one after that.
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What disappointed you about Refusal?
No sense of action like the originals, the 'hero' agonises in tiresome internal self-questioning monologues for minutes at a time where a true Dick Francis hero would have just got on with it and allowed his internal confusion to be inferred.
What was most disappointing about Felix Francis’s story?
the result is that the whole book is interminably slow and has me practically shouting 'get on with it'.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Martin Jarvis's droll voice, perfectly suited to the Just William stories, which he made his own in an admittedly idiosyncratic way, is just not remotely suited to what ought to be a pacy thriller. It simply compounds the book's weakness.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Refusal?
All the internal monologues.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Another fast paced and enjoyable Sid Halley story from the Francis stable, if sometimes seeming more laboured than the original ones.
I did not like the narration though, not varied enough and the Michael Caine imitation voice of the police inspector drove me mad!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
From start to finish well paced & kept my interest. A further installment of the Sid Halley series worthy of it's place. Recommended.
Although slower to start than most DF adventures, the pace soon picked up and the story was gripping. It was good to hear Sidcup Halley using a mobile phone and still managing to keep us in suspense! Martin Jarvis did a great range of voices.
This story was entertaining and exciting. It was not quite as good as an original Dick Francis novel
This book has a reasonable story line and conclusion with as always good winning out over evil. Although v similar to Dicks books I find Francis s lack something that I can't quite put my finger on and this is one of those.
Sids wife in the prior books was feisty and strong but in this so wet I forgot I had met her before. Part of the story line appeared superfluous but it may have been there to allow a further Sid Halley episode to be written. Not a bad listen but not brilliant either.
Just found this book repetitive with long explanations of things which were really not interesting. The story was far fetched and not great also felt the end was rushed . Read better
What would have made Refusal better?
If someone else had written it. All of the characters had had personality transplants in this book. Felix should have used new characters.
Has Refusal put you off other books in this genre?
I am not put off books in the genre, but i won't ready any more by Felix Francis.
What didn’t you like about Martin Jarvis’s performance?
There were no issues with Martin Jarvis's performance.
What character would you cut from Refusal?
The characters were all old friends and there were nothing wrong with the characters it was the plot and the writer that was the issue.
Any additional comments?
I only got half way through the book before I gave up on it. I have never done this with a Dick Francis book.
Listened to in one sitting. Felix has done his Dad proud with this sequel with Sid Halley. Read with great characterisation by Martin Jarvis especially Halley's internal thoughts & fears.
If you could sum up Refusal in three words, what would they be?
Very high standard
What other book might you compare Refusal to, and why?
Any Dick Francis
Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances? How does this one compare?
His voices are very believable
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not yet haven't finished only half way through
Any additional comments?
Only that Felix should keep on writing His Dad I'm sure would be so proud.