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I wanted to love this What s not to love about a new Dick Francis, right But I m sad to say I only liked it Our typical Dick Francis hero is there with an interesting profession, family problems, a mystery to puzzle through, and villains to defeat But for some reason the story never completely pulled me in I still recommend this for any and all Dick Francis fans, but I have to say that while it s not my least favorite Dick Francis, it also doesn t make my list of favorite Francis mysteries.One thing I did find very interesting were all the references to current technology Ned Talbot and Felix Francis, I m sure is certainly up to date with technology and the Internet There are references to Google, Google Earth, Facebook, microcoders and RFID radio frequency identification , the computerized Hawk Eye system in tennis , SIM cards in cell phones, Wi Fi, and E FIT Electronic Facial Identification Technique There have been several other Dick Francis mysteries with computers, gadgets, and even the Internet, but none of them have been quite so loaded with it as this one. The Dick Felix Frances author combo still doesn t have the magic that made me a huge fan of Dick Frances s books, and I m not quite sure what it is Even Money is again about the racing environment, delving into the world of the bookies and the punters on the racetrack Perhaps I was lost because there was an awful lot about bookmakers odds lots of fractions and numbers that went right over my head even with the help of the chart at the front of the book It also seemed as if the editor left in a lot of funny English phrases, which threw me for a loop now and then, that were Americanized in the early Francis books There was murder and intrigue and clever machinations but I didn t find that love of horses that shimmered through Dick Frances s books and made me learn to love horses myself And perhaps most of all, I just didn t admire and connect with the main character as I have with all of the earlier books Sigh I ll still read the Dick Felix books when they come out, but the love affair is dying. I think it s been several years since the last time I read Dick Francis His world of horse racing is so very different than almost anything else I read that it is pure escapism This is thriller than mystery There were a few times when the first person narrator did what I thought was stupid or unthinking No, don t or How could you be so dumb I thought.There is enough characterization to keep it interesting so, perhaps, than I might expect in a novel of this type The prose does its job without being complex on the one hand, or boring on the other If there was any subtlety or hidden meanings anywhere, it was too subtle or hidden for me to notice it.Other readers have said that when the son, Felix Francis, started being a part of the Dick Francis offerings, the quality slipped I haven t read enough to make comparisons, but this was an enjoyably solid 3 star read. The third collaboration between bestseller Francis and son Felix after Silks , a taut crime thriller, features an especially sympathetic hero Bookmaker Ed Talbot is struggling with his wife s mental illness, even as technology threatens to give the big bookmaking outfits an insurmountable advantage over his small family business Soon after a man shows up at Ascot and identifies himself as Ed s father, Peter, whom Ed believed long dead, a thug demanding money stabs Peter to death Ed is in for even shocks when he learns his father was the prime suspect in his mother s murder and that Peter s killing, rather than a random act of violence, may be linked to a mysterious electronic device used in some horse racing fraud Ed must juggle his amateur investigations into past and present crimes with his demanding family responsibilities Though some readers may find the ending overly pat, the authors make bookmaking intelligible while easily integrating it into the plot Overall a decent story, not my favorite, but enough to hold my interest. .. Even Money , yet another Francis racehorse action mystery, may refer to balancing bets for wins and losses to come out ahead In a dark deserted Ascot car park, third generation bookie Ned is accosted by a stranger who claims to be his long lost father from Australia, warns him of danger, and dies in his arms from a sudden knife attack Ned s nerd techie provokes a thug villain His manic depressive wife wants to come home from the psych ward Research is on library microfiche Masked intruders violently demand a knapsack of cash, and a mysterious microcoder Put everything together and whew, what a thriller Aside Finally found after initial unsuccessful search for previews of two DVD sets 1989 starring Ian McShane as investigator David Cleveland, not in books Bloodsport, In the Frame, Twice Shy or The Racing Game, 6 PBS episodes starring Mike Gwilym as Sid Halley Francis book series. I buy novels by Dick Francis out of hope for a spark of the old energy, but haven t found it i a while. Another winner.If you have never read Dick Francis, he is addictive If you already know his books, you don t need this review because you like myself eagerly awaits everything he writes His last few books have been co authored with his son Felix and that seems to have invigorated his writing I have never read a disappointing book from this author of course, they all follow predictable formulas but it works for me Kind of like your favorite ice cream flavor should always taste the same It s not great literature, just very well written, gripping, fast paced and enjoyable I read this one very quickly hard to put down.As usual, the background is horse racing This time, the hero is a bookmaker not the easiest profession to sympathize with this created interesting challenges that the writers easily jumped over like a champion horse over hurdles OK, I had to throw in a horse racing analogy There are back stories regarding two of the hero s relatives living with mental illnesses Again, I appreciated the challenge that represented in order to keep the overall pacing fast and light. {Free Book} ⚢ Even Money ñ Ned Talbot Is A Small Time Bookmaker On The Edge Of Giving It All Up When His World Is Turned Upside Down By A Man Who Claims To Be His Father, Long Thought Dead And When The Mysterious Stranger Is Murdered, Ned Feels Compelled To Find Out Exactly What Is Going On But The He Discovers, The Longer The Odds Become For His Survival