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Bolt [Hardcover]

Dick Francis
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Sept. 26 1986
A racing thriller in which a champion steeplechase jockey goes unhesitatingly to the aid of a Princess, his chief patron, who is facing serious trouble.

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In his smashing sequel to Break In, Francis shows his old racing colors to advantage. Champion jockey Kit Fielding again proves his mettle when Henri Nanterre, the ruthless business partner of his fiancee's uncle, tries to convert their road construction company into an armaments enterprise. Nanterre threatens the life of Princess Casilia, his partner's wife, who also owns many of Kit's mounts. Nanterre is foiled, but then some of the princess's horses are found dead, killed, ironically, by captive-bullet bolt guns designed for "humane" deaths. Next come several near-lethal attacks against humans, including Kit's Danielle, and our Kit must devise a plan to thwart Nanterre for good. Soon Danielle has second thoughts about sharing the dangers of a steeplechaser's life. Maynard Allardeck, racing steward and hereditary enemy of the Fielding family, reappears and makes Kit's life even more difficult. The characterization isn't especially profound, but the plot races along wonderfully well, right up to a jolting twist at the end. BOMC featured alternate; Reader's Digest Condensed Books and Detective Book Club selections.
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Kit Fielding’s patron, Princess Casilia, is in real trouble. Her invalid husband is being threatened by a ruthless business partner. And to enforce the threat all the Princess’s best runners are being wantonly destroyed - shot by a bolt.

The only person she can turn to is Kit, but he has problems of his own. His fiance Danielle appears to have changed her mind. And his old feud with Maynard Allardeck, racing steward and hereditary enemy of the Fieldings, has once again violently intensified.

Wherever he goes, the champion jockey seems to attract bloodshed...

‘One of the finest writers of his genre’ Good Housekeeping

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5.0 out of 5 stars No mystery here -- or so it seems Feb. 7 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
In Bolt, Dick Francis continues the misadventures of Kit Fielding, jockey and all-round good guy. Francis' heroes are nearly always good and honest and brave, but never boring. They're the sort of men women would love to love and men should want to be like.
This time, however, Kit seems on the verge of losing, Danielle, his fiance and the love of his life. As he wrestles with these feelings, he is struck with the murder of the Princess' horses, first one, then two, then one more. Henri Nonterre is out to make the Princess and her husband turn to gun manufacturing, but Kit will do anything in his power to keep that from happening, as long as the family chooses to resist.
Meantime, Kit's old enemy, Maynard Allerdeck, looms in the background with renewed malice. What can possibly have increased his hatred for this particular Fielding? Fully occupied in helping the Princess and her family (which includes Danielle)avoid Nonterre's machinations, Kit merely tries to avoid any adverse contact with Maynard. But that may not be possible.
In typically honest, straight forward fashion, Kit strives to protect his employers and friends, and the horses he loves so much. In the meantime, he waits for Danielle to make up her mind about whether she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. A first rate story and most pleasant narrator.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good Francis selection March 22 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read 2 by Francis; Flying Finish was fun but Bolt quite disappointing. This is NOT a mystery--we know throughout who the (one-dimensional) villain is, and the plot is merely waiting for the inevitable to occur. Even the 'surprise ending' does not really add much to any drama.
Try another Francis novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bolt April 9 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really did enjoy it - and I own all of Francis's books. They're like old friends to me - I visit all of them about every 5th year. The only disappointment I've ever had with Dick Francis is Shattered - his last novel. It seemed hurried and the characters not as well developed in comparison to his others.
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