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10 LB Penalty Book Review Summary

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Dick Francis's books always have something to do with horse racing. In this case, that's just part of the plot.

Benedict Juliard is 18. He's out of school and living on his own, making his living as a jockey, when his father arranges for Benedict's boss to fire Benedict. The senior Juliard is running for Parliament. A widower, he needs to show the public that he's a family man.

George Juliard has always been generous with Benedict, but the two have never been close. Benedict's mother died in childbirth and he was raised by an aunt and then went to what we in the US would call private school. At school, he does well in math and the sport of shooting.

At first, Benedict is none too happy to do as his father wishes. He wants to spend his life surrounded by horses, not making the political circuit - or going to university, which his father thinks he should do next. But when several attempts are made on his father's life, the two become close. It's Benedict who will begin to unravel what's happening.

One surprising thing about this book is that it takes place over several years, following the young Benedict as he gets to go back to the stables and then onto a career in the business end of horse racing.

I always love Dick Francis's male characters. One of the great pluses of this book, to my mind, is that it features two strong but gentle, likeable men. There's a sweet romance, too. I ended up caring very much what happened to 10 Lb. Penalty's characters.
This report prepared by Ann Gaines



Son of soon to be member of Parliament gets caught up in campaign assassination attempt.
This report prepared by Marla








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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   election campaign    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   lots of descript of animal care Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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