Often sequels can be a bit of a let-down but this thriller further documenting the adventures of jump jockey Danny Rawlings is as fast-paced and gripping as Ben Osborne’s first book, The Hyperion Legacy.
This time, we meet Danny in his role as an assistant trainer and stable jockey to a bullying boss, Roger Crane. Danny risks financial ruin and his relationship with his wife Sara to follow his instinct and buy Silver Belle, a racehorse at Crane’s yard that Danny believes could win at the Cheltenham Festival if only she was trained and nurtured in the right way.
But that is the least of his challenges: in the meantime, Danny’s jockey colleagues are being threatened and murdered – and he is next on the list. As Danny is hunted, Sara is kidnapped and more are murdered, the mystery deepens to reveal a dark secret at the heart of the threats: The Rule of Lazari.
This legendary gambling formula holds the key to Danny’s future – can he solve the mystery and make it to Cheltenham in time to ride Silver Belle and solve his financial fortunes by winning the race?
As a racing journalist and tipster, Ben Osborne creates a compelling tale that deftly interweaves race-riding descriptions, betting systems, and all the behind-the-scenes detail of a racing lifestyle, into a page-turning thriller that is easy for all to enjoy regardless of personal racing knowledge or experience.
We can’t wait for the next book…!
The Rule of Lazari is out now, published by Troubadour Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 9781848762763
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