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Randall Drew is prevented from carrying on his career in steeplechasing by poor eyesight. Restless and unsure of his future but pursuing an ardent love affair, he does not welcome an invitation to go to Moscow on a delicate investigation, but almost irresistible pressure is brought to bear. A mysterious entity, "Alyosha", is threatening a royally-connected candidate for the Moscow Olympic Games; the candidate may be vulnerable to scandal which could set off intolerable diplomatic conflicts. The brief is vague, the opposition invisible. And the stakes appallingly high.
©1978 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • nancy
  • Milwaukee Wisconsin
  • 07-30-12

Interesting characters and setting.

What did you love best about Trial Run?

The descriptions of how cautious Russians must be in their interactions with foreigners were very well done.As always, Dick Francis writes well and the pace is absorbing.

What about Tony Britton’s performance did you like?

He brings his characters to life so well.

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  • Jack
  • San Angelo, TX, USA
  • 10-12-08

Flying finish

Dick Francis books are the greatest. I only wished I could get all of his books

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Dick Francis

Dick Francis is one of the most amazing writers. Always suspenseful and enjoyable stories this is like every other Story he writes very fun to listen to. The plot is a little simpler than some of his stories and some of the loose ends are left dangling. Towards the end it feels like he just tried to wrap the story up. It is a very enjoyable story, probably not his best but still worth listening to. Tony Britton is one of the best readers I have ever heard I always enjoy listening to a.m.

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  • Patj
  • 07-31-18

Russia revisted


It was interesting to listen to the re
counting of a Russia as it was and remember how dangerous it could be.

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  • 04-06-17

Fascinating story

An interesting plot and excellently read by Tony Britton. A story of its time.