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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis, Felix Francis Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781101436684
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Shell-shocked and missing a foot-lost to an IED during his tour of duty in Afghanistan-Captain Tom Forsyth has been sent “home” by the army and, at loose ends, returns to his estranged mother’s house for the first time since he joined up at seventeen. But Josephine Kauri, the “first lady of British racing,” has always put the horses she trains first and her family last. Tom soon finds himself strained to the breaking point with his mother and stepfather.

But there’s another reason for the stifling tension at Kauri House Stables: Josephine is being blackmailed for a hefty sum every week—and forced to make her horses lose. Retirement is not an option, as she has been warned that it will result in the thing she most fears: exposure and ridicule … and prison, when the government finds out what she’s been hiding.

Tom sets out to discover and defeat this hidden enemy using his finely honed military skills.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graeme Muirhead | 2/20/2014

    " Good story very enjoyable thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Davies | 2/17/2014

    " I think that I can spot the hand of the son, but I will have to read more of the masters books, what a fantastic storyteller and worked for the Queen, what a life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HBalikov | 2/10/2014

    " 3 stars isn't bad; it was entertaining. Quite different as this guy comes back from Afghanistan minus a limb and finds himself back in his disfunctional family. His mother is a world-class horse trainer and Tom Forsythe, our soldier, left in his teens to serve in the British Army. His is home because he is recovering from the amputation and on leave to do so. Lots of info about military procedures and horse racing finances. Francis makes it interesting but not compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Elliott | 1/31/2014

    " The son of Dick Francis keeps the faith in this novel. Really enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/31/2014

    " British novel about a Captain in the military who loses his lower leg in the Afghan war in 2009. He comes home to his mother's horse ranch and finds out she is being blackmailed because she hasn't paid her taxes in 4 years. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/22/2014

    " To a Dick Francis fan who has read his book's since day one the passing of the torch to his son Felix is sad yet necessary. Felix had an opportunity to learn from the master of racing intrigue and Crossfire is a good example that new books, comfortable settings, and his father's legacy will continue. Crossfire is well plotted, covers the aftermath of a war injury in a sensitive and realistic manner, and shows that family wounds can be healed as well. The adage that blood is thicker than water has some meaning in Crossfire. It is a book well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 1/21/2014

    " I always liked Dick Francis and now he is co-writing with his youngest son Felix. Tom is home from the war in Afghanistan after losing his right foot. The army is the only family he has known and he is at loose ends. He goes to his mother's home/stables but is rather reluctantly received. A bit of snooping on his part reveals that his mother is being blackmailed after being talked into some creative accounting. It seems she owes the Crown quite a tidy sum, and must pay the blackmailer to keep the fiddle quiet. Tom, acting alone, sets out to find the blackmailer and turn the tables. But could this be at the expense of his life? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 1/21/2014

    " Not my first Francis book, but as with the others it took awhile to get going. Once it did I was hooked. Nice it involved a current war. My favorite part was when he is figuring how to get out of his imprisonment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/18/2014

    " Listened to this on a road trip. Well read, lots of action, really enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 1/15/2014

    " liked it...interesting main character with an interesting problem....all his are like this I guess, but it moved right along and was a good mystery....I will miss Dick Francis, wonder if his son can keep going with his books.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/14/2014

    " A classic Dick Francis adventure mystery. It's a quick easy read and doesn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Nygard | 1/6/2014

    " I have read ALL of his books and am sad that this is the last one. I will miss him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/6/2014

    " condensed version "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/2/2014

    " Farewell, Dick Francis. You've entertained me for years. I enjoyed your last outing. I'll be interested to see if Felix continues the legacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frodo | 12/21/2013

    " I've read several of the Francis books and always enjoy them. This was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Anspach | 5/10/2013

    " I have enjoyed reading many of Dick Francis books over the years. I thought the plot was well spun with enough twists and turns to keep the readers interest. Well done....this Dick Francis fan was not disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christee | 5/7/2013

    " This is still seamless Dick Francis. If Felix can continue to write in his dad's tradition, with his own slant, of course, we'll continue to happy readers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyn | 1/10/2013

    " As a long time Francis follower (I have read them all), I enjoyed this book. The last few volumes with co-writer have been up to par - happy that the tradition continues! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Snyder | 1/9/2013

    " As this was the first Francis book completed by the son Felix, I wasn't surprised not to find much of Dick Francis' influence in the book, but nevertheless it was a good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/10/2012

    " Not one of his best, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/22/2012

    " Another well written Francis novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 9/14/2012

    " If you like the Francis formula, this one's for you. Combine with a bit of Andy McNab, and it's pretty much for all blokes. Good plot, good subtext and a wee surprise at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi Bullard | 6/18/2012

    " I like Dick Francis books. His first one (or was it more than one) written with his son was just OK. This one was better. Makes me thinks his son might be able to write on his own now that Dick Francis has passed away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/19/2012

    " A fun, solid Dick Francis book. His son, Felix, isn't quite as good as his father, but it's still a fun, quick read. The best part of Dick Francis is that I always love the main character, and Felix is not able to do that as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole Eyles | 7/4/2011

    " A good summer read. A bit of a departure from the usual Dick Francis style--probably showing more of Felix's influence as I think it must have been completed after Dick died. I'm hoping for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Russell | 6/4/2011

    " A slightly less stoic and more dysfunctional hero than usual but this was an entertaining enough read following the Francis formula. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 5/20/2011

    " As a long-time Dick Francus fan, I went into this book expecting a good solid mystery. This is excellent! Here's hoping Felix Francis continues writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corien | 5/16/2011

    " I liked it, despite the slightly boring tax/bank plot (bankstuff in general bores me).
    Did think it was a different style from the DF solo books - more swearing, more modern technology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/7/2011

    " Slightly more predictable than the average Dick Francis, but still a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 4/29/2011

    " Not one of his best, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/15/2011

    " Really liked this one--wanted to go out and get another Dick Francis book right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/15/2011

    " It's been awhile since I've read a Dick Francis book and this is the first one I read that his son worked on with him. It really moved along quickly - lots of action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiina | 4/15/2011

    " Dick Francis is/was one of my favourite authors, if not the favourite! He wrote this together with his son, and the book delivers. It feels the same as other Dick Francis books. I'm a fan! I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 3/16/2011

    " Rest in Peace Dick Francis and thanks for the dozens of great books about the English Horseracing Industry. My hope is that his son, Felix, who co-authored his last five books will keep up the good work and continue the legacy. "

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About the Author
Author Dick Francis

Dick Francis, (1920–2010) a former champion steeplechase jockey, was the author of many bestselling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. The only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel, his awards include the Gold Dagger, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the MWA’s Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston, and in 2000 he received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.