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Comeback Paperback – October 6, 1992

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Dravecky's determination to return to pitch with the San Francisco Giants after cancer surgery is one of the best stories of personal triumph in the sports world today. Dravecky tells of his dream of becoming a major league baseball player with energy and candor. Through a casual, narrative style, his descriptions of plays and personalities come alive with the integrity of the game. Dravecky doesn't gloss over the pain he suffered and the discouragements that haunted him as he saw his baseball career fall apart, but he does speak unflinchingly of the religious beliefs and attitudes that enable him to fight against the inevitable adversities in life. --Cynthia J. Rieben, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dravecky's comeback was one of the true highlights of last year's baseball season. This book tells the story of that courageous effort and the disappointments that followed. Dravecky's tone is straightforward, even matter-of-fact; but the message of his courage and religious faith comes through clearly. This is first a baseball book: details of his career are provided; the description of the comeback victory over the Reds is particularly effective. The other story here is one of a battle with cancer. It will be excellent reading for others battling the disease. Dravecky finds much of his strength in his religious beliefs, and the work is also a testimonial to that faith (Zondervan publishes a number of Christian titles). Fans, sufferers, and anyone who finds inspiration in a strong faith will enjoy this. Expect demand.
- Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Libs., Lexington
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (October 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031052881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310528814
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,767,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I checked this book from our school library. I must addmit I was a little apprehensive at first, but by the third chapter I was hooked. His name is Peter Darwin, no relation to Charles, he is an english diplomat. He is staying in his childhood town while caring for some new friends. Peter soon finds himself wrapped up in the troulbes of his new friend's future son-in-law. The son-in-law is having troulbes in his horse vet practice when horse after horse in his care ends up dead. Then, the vet hospital burns to the ground and a dead body is found. Peter has to find out who is trying to set up his new-found friend by using the knowledge from his friend and long lost childhood memories. I can assure you, you will not want to put this book down (I sure didn't)
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In Comeback, Francis enters the world of diplomacy and veterinary medicine more than horse racing, although horses play an important part as usual. The plot seems more contrived than usual in this outing, however. The story opens when Peter Darwin, after meeting two British performers in Miami, find himself helping the couple after they are mugged on the street. Having taken responsible for them in a small way, he finds himself escorting them to England where they are to attend the woman's daughter's wedding.
Once in England, things really go to pieces. The daughter and her fiance work in a veterinary hospital, he as a well-respected surgeon, she as a nurse. But his career is in jeopardy as one after another horse dies after he has operated on it. And the cause has proved impossible to determine.
On a visit to the races at Cheltenham, Peter just happens to meet a young woman employed by the Jockey Club who is escorting two Japanese gentlemen, neither of whom speaks English. Well, Peter's last posting just happened to be Japan where he learned the language and he had even met one of the gentlemen while posted there. The romance which follows is contrived and adds nothing to the basic story in itself. Annabel, the young woman Peter has eyes for, does have connections that help him in his investigation, but those meetings could have come about in a more believable fashion.
Still, Francis' knowledge of horses, racing, and the information he garners regarding other professions is always enlightening. Weak as it is, Comeback is still a fast and often fun read.
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Finally broke down and loaded my favorite author Dick Francis into my Kindle. Couldn't be without him very long. I have every published book on my shelves, most in hard cover, most in paperback, but I've taken to loving reading the Kindle at night and am very glad to have Mr Francis on it.
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This is a very entertaining book. I like all of the Dick Francis books. They always have something to do with horse racing, which I know nothing about, but are informative about how people are involved in it.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"I’ve always found goodness more interesting than evil, though I was aware this wasn’t the most general view. To my mind, it took more work and more courage to be good, an opinion continually reinforced by my own shortcomings."

I wish I had a yellow highlighter when I first came across those words, penned by Dick Francis in COMEBACK, his 30th thriller. The book's hero, Peter Darwin, said those words. And, if nothing else, I found myself liking him for having the cojones to court the bishop's daughter. Peter is a young diplomat who, when he finds himself in between posts and on leave, goes for a jaunt in Miami. There, he spends time with new pals, Vicky and Greg, an elderly married couple who sing professionally. Parting ways that evening, Peter catches a glimpse of them getting viciously mugged. Nothing for it then but for Peter to wade in, fists swinging, and afterwards gallantly escort the shaken couple across the pond to attend Vicky's daughter's wedding.

Come to find, they end up in Cheltenham, a borough in England what passes as Peter's old stomping grounds. Peter grew up in Cheltenham, a fact he keeps mum about. And his familiarity with the place and certain old memories dredged up will come in handy as this British consul falls in with an association of veterinarians, and specifically one unfortunate veterinary surgeon, Ken McClure (Vicky's daughter's fiancé), whose horses under his care persist in mysteriously dying off. There is also a devastating fire. And a dead man unearthed in the ashes. And we're off.

COMEBACK, no shock, is a cut above the pedestrian murder mystery. This time out, Francis delivers insight on the lives of a diplomat and a veterinarian, two professions I normally couldn't give a crap about.
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Although one of the critics said the character of Annabelle was unnecessary to the story, I disagree. I do think our hero did not have to bed the trainer, but that might have been Dick Francis' little joke. A better book than many others but not up to DF 's standard.
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Peter Darwin, son of a diplomat, has time to solve a horse (of course) related mystery at a vet clinic. Absorbing story, and lots of details about equine medicines and surgeries that could only be obtained by extensive research.
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