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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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By A on 09-14-10
I can't say I was disappointed by this title but then again I wasn't expecting very much to begin with. I bought it and I did read it from cover to cover (so to speak) but I found it lacking. I didn't hate it but I most assuredly did not love it. The language is mundane; gone the finely tuned diction, that product of an old school English education, that was so much in evidence when Dick was writing with his wife Mary (who some say was the actual author). The characters were disappointing and in some cases not even believable (like the hero's mother). I won't go on. You get the picture. This is not the Dick Francis I had come to know and love; this is definitely the next generation.
Now that we have established that Felix is not his parents, let me also comment that Crossfire is also not the best of Felix's work. I much preferred DEAD HEAT and SILKS.
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By Jean on 05-12-11
Found the title interesting as it can have different meaning by different professions and both were in use in this story, military and horse racing. This was a bit different than other Francis books but I noted the son Felix was a co-writer. I enjoyed the book and the personal questioning of what can he do after being injured in Afghanistan. Wish there was more about the horses but there was information about horse racing stables. Looking forward to more stories from Francis.
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