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Ben Juliard is a seventeen year old,who plans to spend his gap year as a steeplechase jockey.His millionaire father,George, is not too impressed by his plans.George Juliard has plans of his own.He wants to contest an election for the British parliament,and wants his son by his side,as a bodyguard.George Juliard has enemies and has also acquired new political opponents.But his resourceful son,though only 17,always comes to the rescue.Dick Francis used a similar plot in Hot Money,with a rich fathe Ben Juliard is a seventeen year old,who plans to spend his gap year as a steeplechase jockey.His millionaire father,George, is not too impressed by his plans.George Juliard has plans of his own.He wants to contest an election for the British parliament,and wants his son by his side,as a bodyguard.George Juliard has enemies and has also acquired new political opponents.But his resourceful son,though only 17,always comes to the rescue.Dick Francis used a similar plot in Hot Money,with a rich father whose life is in danger,and a son who protects him 10 lb Penalty is a very interesting look at the world of British politcs and the campaigning process.Horses are inevitably there,but this works very nicely as a political thriller This review is from my POV as an author, so easily skip over it if you will Unlike most of Dick Francis novels, the action in 10 lb Penalty spans years rather than weeks and months This is of interest when you consider story structure In other of his novels, say Reflex for instance, the plot is linear and uninterrupted by passages of time Ageing jockey mid 30s falls off a horse and begins to consider what to do with the rest of his life There are twin, intertwined plots, the one dealing w This review is from my POV as an author, so easily skip over it if you will Unlike most of Dick Francis novels, the action in 10 lb Penalty spans years rather than weeks and months This is of interest when you consider story structure In other of his novels, say Reflex for instance, the plot is linear and uninterrupted by passages of time Ageing jockey mid 30s falls off a horse and begins to consider what to do with the rest of his life There are twin, intertwined plots, the one dealing with family personal matters and the other with the death of a photographer who may or may not have been a blackmailer and may or may not have been murderedthe salient point being that events chug along to an eventful and satisfying climax as they so often do in Dick Francis novels But 10 lb Penalty can be said to be structured as a complete novel with a novella tacked on Readers might question whether this is a completely satisfying way to structure a murder mystery thriller, and well they might As a writer, I was interested to see how Francis handled the transitions from one period of time to another You see, the 1st complete story, the novel, ends about 2 3 of the way through the book and the author then has to segway through several years to get to the novella An odd and interesting story structure, to be sure, and instead of the usual blathering praise, the critics, while generous, were less gushing For me, I found the exercise instructional perhaps you know how critics and teachers always insist on authors showing the story instead of telling it Well, this is one novel where, at key junctures I could feel the story being told Instructional because the advice is so easy to say, but so difficult to follow And encouraging to see that even a master writer like Francis can be forced to fall back on telling when trapped between a genre that demands immediacy and a plot line that has a need to lay out the passage of the years This was a re read for me, one of my favorites by Dick Francis. What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Buttha What is there to say about Dick Francis As I think about all of his books yes, this review covers all of his books, and yes I ve read them all I think about a moral ethical hero, steeped in intelligence and goodness embroiled in evil machinations within British horse racing society either directly or indirectly The heroes aren t always horse jockies, they can be film producers, or involve heroes engaged in peripheral professions that somehow always touch the horse racing world.Butthan that, Francis s heroes are rational human beings The choices made are rational choices directed by a firm objective philosophy that belies all of Francis s novels The dialogue is clear and touched with humor no matter the intensity of evil that the hero faces The hero s thoughts reveal a vulnerability that is touching, while his actions are always based on doing the right thing to achieve justice Causing the reader to deeply care about the characters in a novel is a difficult thing to do No such worries in a Francis novel The point of view is first person, you are the main character as you read the story usually the character of Mr Douglas The hero is personable, like able, non violent but delivering swift justice with his mind rather than through physical means This is not to say that violence is a stranger to our hero Some of it staggering and often delivered by what we would think of normal persons living in British society.You will come to love the world of Steeple Chase racing, you will grow a fondness for horses, stables, trainers and the people who live in that world You will read the books, devouring one after the other and trust me Dick Francis has a lot of novels over 40 by my last count.There are several series woven into the fabric of Francis s work notably the Sid Halley and Kit Fielding series.Assessment Dick Francis is one of my favorite writers I read his books with a fierce hunger that remains insatiable and I mourn his death [ Free ] ⚕ 10 lb Penalty ♗ Benedict Juliard is an aspiring jockey who must bypass his dreams of horse racing to help his father, George, in his quest to enter the world of politics At , the reserved Benedict is asked by his father to enter into a pact Neither of the two will do anything that could somehow hinder or destroy George s blossoming political career Young Benedict, who has no stronger ambition than to ride steeplechase as an amateur jockey, agrees to the pact, without possibly knowing what lies aheadTwelve years pass, and Ben has since abandoned his dream of making a career on the racetrack Like his father, Ben enters the political arena, becoming George Juliard s closest ally and most trusted confidant as he makes his move to become prime minister However, Ben suddenly finds himself the target of a fierce attack brought on by his father s brutally ambitious enemies Through his son, George Juliard is discredited and destroyed just as he makes his drive for the prime ministership, leading Ben into an existence of treachery and liesAs these events unfold, Ben quickly realizes that it is his responsibility to protect his father s career as well as his own, but important, he must protect their lives Like past Francis books,LB Penalty is a masterfully plotted mystery that also examines the power of family and the bond between father and son 14 Feb 199826 Nov 199819 Sep 2016Saturday was the fall library booksale I had to pick up some holds and check them out at the front desk, so the girls got to hunting The self scanner was down, and there were lines for the librarians so it took me a few minutes to get back to the sale room I walked in and they immediately started handing me things they knew I would want, and pointing out where other things like Dick Francis hardcovers were I picked up several delightful finds, but of my hau 14 Feb 199826 Nov 199819 Sep 2016Saturday was the fall library booksale I had to pick up some holds and check them out at the front desk, so the girls got to hunting The self scanner was down, and there were lines for the librarians so it took me a few minutes to get back to the sale room I walked in and they immediately started handing me things they knew I would want, and pointing out where other things like Dick Francis hardcovers were I picked up several delightful finds, but of my haul, only two were not chosen first by my kids They get me They also cleaned up for themselves Al Franken and Stephen Colbert, an aircraft flight coffee table book, a smallish two volume hardcover Complete Shakespeare, and another copy of Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, because sometimes one needs one s own copy I also bought a Francis hardcover that I already own, but that s okay, because I ll donate the spare back to the library, and pick up whatever I m missing next time.So, I don t know why I didn t have this one, unless there s a random box of books hiding somewhere unpacked We ve lived here eleven years, but that is a possibility.Review very much like Hot Money in the son bodyguarding the father bit The son is 17 when this starts, 23 at the end, and although he is the narrator, there s no mistaking this for YA the voice is looking back from some distance.Feminism fun fact no one is mocked for being a feminist On the contrary, there is real understanding of the special disadvantages women suffer in this case, politicians getting bad press about their clothes, rather than their policies Oddly, for a book about politics, parties are never identified Surreally, the by election takes 1 month, and strict spending limits are enforced I know it s not the same as a general election, but I m not sure we in the US could even elect a dog catcher now without spending billions and dragging it out for years When will our long national nightmare be over Personal copy I love all of Dick Francis s books He died a few years ago and his son Felix has taken over writing I think he s doing pretty well This was written by Dick himself several years ago, and I m not sure how I missed it Seventeen year old Ben who s into steeplechase is asked by his father to help him run for parliamentary office Lots of info about how elections work in England as well as info about horseracing insurance companies The characters are what make Francis s books so wonderful and he I love all of Dick Francis s books He died a few years ago and his son Felix has taken over writing I think he s doing pretty well This was written by Dick himself several years ago, and I m not sure how I missed it Seventeen year old Ben who s into steeplechase is asked by his father to help him run for parliamentary office Lots of info about how elections work in England as well as info about horseracing insurance companies The characters are what make Francis s books so wonderful and he doesn t disappoint I recommend this book Another enjoyable Dick Francis story Here, in addition to learning about horse ownership and amateur jockeying, readers learn about the election process for MPs in England in the 70s This is the first really political story from Francis that I ve read, and I liked the description of local campaigning and rising political fortune, including some descriptions of 10 Downing Street written by someone who must have visited view spoiler In most all Francis books I ve read and I see I ve now rea Another enjoyable Dick Francis story Here, in addition to learning about horse ownership and amateur jockeying, readers learn about the election process for MPs in England in the 70s This is the first really political story from Francis that I ve read, and I liked the description of local campaigning and rising political fortune, including some descriptions of 10 Downing Street written by someone who must have visited view spoiler In most all Francis books I ve read and I see I ve now readthan half of his mysteries , the protagonist faces pain and torture as a major part of the narrative Overcoming pain is a common feature of Francis heroes I was pleasantly surprised to see the protagonist in this book, a college aged son of an up and coming politician, to only be injured two or three times throughout the book, and only facing life or death injuries on the last two pages shot Beside that episode, the only other violence in this one is a fall and concussion, a lady punched and violently saved with a drastic tackle, and the only death in the book, a steeplechase horse injured and destroyed There may have been a couple other tackles and punches and an episode with threatening machinery, but this is by far the least violent Francis book that I can remember And only attempted murder and libel in this one, a minor set of indiscretions compared to the normal mystery This one really focuses on a political campaign, and I enjoyed the change of pace hide spoiler A fun read, especially if you are interested in retail politics in England a half a century back And occasional digressions into steeplechase This was a bit of a departure for Francis, in that it wasof a political thriller than a mystery set in the racing world Racing was only very peripherally involved, but it was a delight The hero is an unlikely 18 who grows to be 22 during course the book very bright young man who figures out who is trying to kill his father It was delightful and entertaining, one of the best of Francis s work. A young man is called to his barely known father s side to help him with his political aspirations Said young man, Benedict, is pulled from his life and work as an amateur jockey, and accused by the stable owner of drug use as well Benedict doesn t do drugs, but OK, we do come back to that topic.In the meantime, Benedict proves himself quite a valuable asset, especially at protecting his father s life Time passes, his father s political aspirations have reached the top levels, and the false d A young man is called to his barely known father s side to help him with his political aspirations Said young man, Benedict, is pulled from his life and work as an amateur jockey, and accused by the stable owner of drug use as well Benedict doesn t do drugs, but OK, we do come back to that topic.In the meantime, Benedict proves himself quite a valuable asset, especially at protecting his father s life Time passes, his father s political aspirations have reached the top levels, and the false drug charges against Benedict are raised again, as is the specter of death for his father