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3,0 sur 5 étoilesnot so good for a new book
Commenté au Canada le 4 mars 2013
I just received my 'new' Book.... it's not really looking new though. It looks like its been in a warehouse for about fifteen years, has been thrown around quite a bit, and the side shaded on with pencil. Some parts look like something gnawed on the edge of the page. The brilliance of the book more than makes up for it, of course, but i think that products like this one should have a warning (or discount) attached. The book itself has good quality paper, excellent writing and a brilliant plot. It's a bit dog eared and has been through the mill, but I love it anyway.
Dick Francis writes with his usual attention to character - he writes about people who might live next door. A good read. It was, however, appallingly poorly typeset (or whatever it is called in electronic media) with numerous typos and strange spelling that at times made the book hard to decipher.
Tony Beach drifted into the work of a wine merchant because he didn’t have his family’s interest in the military or horse racing and he did have the ability to identify wines and spirits based on smell and taste. He never felt he lived up to his father’s expectations of him as a leader and his fear of acting in a pressure situation. In Proof his experience with wine and spirits helps him track down stolen tankers of whiskey and in doing so he proves to himself that he can overcome the fear of acting just as his father did.
I am seeing different threads as I reread Dick Francis this time. Upfront there is the story, the entertainment, always a horse or two somewhere, a little violence, sometimes romance, right versus wrong. Behind that is a theme sometimes of family, often a conflict between father and son, or the strength of friendship and what it means when the bond is broken. Interesting.
2,0 sur 5 étoilesso interesting and excellent plot, well written
Commenté au Canada le 4 septembre 2016
I am a late "discoverer" of Dick Francis books and some I could not put down, so interesting and excellent plot, well written. But this one has too much blood and guts, death, for my taste.... however "good" the story might be. Can't go by reviews anyway.. have to get it and start to read, eh?
4,0 sur 5 étoilesEasy to read, crime story based on the liquor industry.
Commenté au Canada le 28 avril 1999
A typical Dick Francis, with a capable but modest hero who investigates a crime at great risk to himself. This time the crime is in the liquor industry, and only takes in the fringes of the racing world. For a change, our hero gets shot instead of beaten up, but survives to outwit the villains in the end. A good easy to read novel giving an interesting background to the wine and spirits industries.
4,0 sur 5 étoilesDick Francis with a twist (pun intended)
Commenté au Canada le 25 janvier 2001
This book is a typical Francis hard-to-put-down, fast-reading thriller with one exception. Francis does his usual thorough job of investigating Clancy-style, but this time goes easy on the horses and heavy on the liquor industry. As usual, one is swept away by the story and is delighted to learn what Francis has uncovered in his research.
I love Dick Francis, he has the ability to make his fictional characters real and believable. Whilst he does set a lot of his books in the horse racing world (which he knows best, being an ex champion jockey) he has expanded into all the elements that make up that world. So in previous books he’s had a detective as the main protagonist, or a kidnap negotiator. This book concentrates on the rather lonely wine merchant supplier to a trainer, and it’s an excellent plot. The man can write!
I’m a big fan of the late Mr Francis and just a bit sorry this did not quite live up to his usual standards. It dragged in places with superfluous descriptions not moving the plot forward or adding much else. A good plot idea and interesting themes so probably worth the cheaper price.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesThis book exceeded my expectations
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 20 novembre 2020
It was some time since I had read a Dick Frances book. Id forgotten what a good author he was. The plot is original and the story very well written. He is able to hold the readers attention and create excitement while avoiding the unnecessary use of expletives. A first class read which I thoroughly recommend
5,0 sur 5 étoilesMore proof of Dick Francis talent!
Commenté au Royaume-Uni le 19 septembre 2017
Thrilling look at the wine and spirit trade .The hero is ordinary but talented in terms of taste.The villains are ruthless ,cold blooded and greedy ,a combination designed to chill and excite .All the characters are believable and interesting.The story starts with a racing world tragedy develops into a wines and spirits critique and ends with a nicely rounded denoument .Fantastic Francis does it again!