Captain Thomas Forsyth’s second tour of Afghanistan is cut brutally short when he’s badly wounded by a roadside bomb. Tom’s world is torn apart by the injury – the Army is his life. The thought of never rejoining his regiment is a terrifying prospect and one that he is not willing to entertain.
Tom returns to Lambourn, to his childhood home, where his mother is a racehorse trainer and the ‘First Lady’ of racing. Never having seen eye to eye with his parents, Tom doesn’t expect a hero’s welcome – but even he’s not prepared for the reception that awaits him.
When his mother’s prize horse finishes a disappointing last place in a race he should have won, Tom discovers that the training business is on the edge, and facing a threat far more dangerous than a run of bad form. Tom finds himself on a very different, but just as deadly, battlefield where his military skills are tested ... kill or be killed?
©2010 Dick Francis (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Patricia Lee on 27-11-11


An excellent story Dick Francis never fails and always writes edge of the seat stories. Thoroughly recommended

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 26-02-11

Not up to standard

I fully agree with Jane. Martin Jarvis's reading of this book was not enjoyable at all - I kept hearing 'William' of 'Just William' fame coming through. I'm normally a fan of Martin Jarvis but not in this case. He totally failed to capture the tone and character of Dick Francis's hero and spoiled the book for me. The story itself doesn't gallop along as other Francis's books do - lots of repetition that gives the distinct impression of 'padding' and a strong feeling that the author is NOT Dick Francis. If you love traditional Dick Francis you won't enjoy this. Don't buy this one and stick to Tony Britten's excellent narrations in future.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Persephone Magdalene on 11-05-15

Martin Jarvis = 10 stars, story = 1

The usually hugely enjoyable D Francis fails in this yawner of a novel. All I'm going to add (which anyone who listens should appreciate) is that if the hero used, or said he was going to use, or said he *had* used, his "Voice of Command" one more time, I'd have locked him in the damn stable myself. Oops, spoiler alert. I think he used it 10 times in the last chapter alone, and fat lot of good it did him.

Martin Jarvis, as always, is a pleasure to listen to, even in this snoozefest.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 04-07-14

caught in a crossfire

Would you listen to Crossfire again? Why?

yes it was a good story

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

it was a good read story was interresting good plot

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

yes he is a good reader story is interesting

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

it was that sort of book when you get into it you get hooked

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