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Review: Crisis – Felix Francis

December 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Books

I almost just about managed to write on Facebook, that I was listening to this book before I finished it. It was done in two days. Needless to say, that apart from sleeping I had this book in my ears all the time.

Here is a describtion of the story – taken from the Amazon-site, as I’m not likely to do better than them:

Harrison Foster is a lawyer by training but works as a crisis manager for a London firm that specialises in such matters. Summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables slaughters six very valuable horses, including the short-priced favourite for the Derby, Harry (as he is known) finds there is far more to the ‘simple’ fire than initially meets the eye. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim?

Harry knows very little about horses, indeed he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of Thoroughbred racing, where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them.

The Chadwick family are a dysfunctional racing dynasty, with the emphasis being on the nasty. Resentment between the generations is rife, and sibling rivalry bubbles away like volcanic magma beneath a thin crust of respectability.

Harry represents the Middle Eastern owner of the Derby favourite, and, as he delves deeper into the unanswered questions surrounding the horse’s demise, he ignites a fuse that blows the volcano sky-high, putting him in grave jeopardy. Can Harry solve the riddle before he is overcome by the toxic emissions from the eruption and is bumped off by the fallout?

I’ve read a ton of Dick and Felix Francis novels and have always loved them, and I’m inclined to say, I love Felix’ novels even more than his fathers. They’re overall brilliant. The reasons for this being one if not the best I’ve read/listened to are several. First of all the story is situated in Newmarket. As most of you know I absolutely love Newmarket and were a lot different, I’d live there for sure. That makes it that more interesting for me and also that the story is about horses, jockeys and trainers. Not all the novels are to this degree. There’s several unterlying issues in the story and you have to relate to all of them along the way of clearing up the initial crime committed. It is gripping from the first moment of listening and the narration is a huge part of this. It is brilliantly done by Martin Jarvis.

As said I have listened the book as an Audiobook and for my horseloving friends and in general, something I’d recommend as you can have the earpiece I’ve talked about (translation possible) and listen while you’re doing other things either home or away. Brilliant! I’m inclined to say that this book is if not the best of the novels then certainly up there and the only bad thing about it was that it ended. Like someone say – now we have to wait impatiently for the next one. There are several others on audio for you who have not read the Dick/Felix Francis Novels before.

It is also a great Christmas gift and one you can manage to get even now fairly easily, both as an audiobook or as a normal book if you should prefer. I’d highly recommend a subscription to or com if you’re english speaking as their narration is far supeirior. Apart from that the book has not yet been translated into Danish, but can be bought as a book on Saxo too if you should prefer that, as well as a lot of other books from the same author.

Please let me know if you do read this book and what you think as well as other Dick/Felix Francis novels. I’m as sure as I can be, you’ll be popular if you give this as a present, Christmas or otherwise. Enjoy!

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