The Dystopian Novel by Three Bestselling Authors You Don’t Have to Buy — Because It’s FREE!

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HENTY’S FIST 1: GAUNTLET RUN: Birth of a Superhero
by Andre Jute, Dakota Franklin, Andrew McCoy

The Gauntlet Run is the toughest race ever run by man: across America with every man’s hand turned against you from the statue of Liberty to the old US Mint in San Francisco. There the prize awaits you: $10 million and a full and free Presidential Pardon.

The Runner is marked for all to see by an indestructible Fist, keyed to his metabolism. If the Fist is removed without the key from the Mint in San Francisco, he dies. Between the Runner and the key stand the ruthless bounty hunters, the Syndicate’s lethal odds fixers, the sinister Organ Bank chasers, the Humble & Poor Hunt, the US Air Force, and mobs of good citizens, all turned into bloodthirsty savages by the magnificent prize for tearing the Fist from the Runner — and the Presidential license that nothing done to the Runner shall be illegal.

Henty needs two million dollars to send her son Petey to the Artie stericlinic for treatment that will save his life. The care of The Caring Society is exhausted, her chicken farm already carries a second mortgage. Hopeless. But beautiful young Texas widows don’t just give up. There is still the Gauntlet Run. To qualify, you have to be a criminal — so Henty robs a bank…

No woman has ever Run the Gauntlet. No Runner has ever survived the Gauntlet.

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“I married my husband for his money. I have been very happy with my husband’s money.” — Dakota Franklin

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“I married my husband for his money. 
I have been very happy with my husband’s money.”
Dakota Franklin

You won’t believe how much trouble that innocent joke got me into. And it isn’t even true. The truth is much more romantic, but is too long for a quick joke. Still, you and I have a moment, so I’ll tell you the truth.

Read the rest of the great romance between Ferry and me.

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WHY FORMULA ONE IS THE CHEAPEST MOTOR SPORT THERE IS, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING a cost-benefit analysis by Dakota Franklin and André Jute

WHY FORMULA ONE IS THE CHEAPEST MOTOR SPORT THERE IS, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING 
a cost-benefit analysis by
Dakota Franklin and André Jute

Why should automobile manufacturers wish to race in Formula One, by far the most expensive formula on earth? Because it isn’t actually. If you handle it right, and especially if you’re a winner, it’s a cheap form of publicity and promotion, much cheaper than racing sports cars or even touring cars.

Now there will be outraged screams of, “Everybody knows F1 is hugely expensive. What are you talking about!” But the cheapness of F1 for those who know what they’re doing is easily proven.

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Let’s for instance compare the return on Formula One racing that Mercedes enjoys with the return that the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) enjoys on sports car and touring car racing. VAG  brands are VW, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Skoda and Seat. Audi and Porsche race in the World Endurance Championship, Audi also races the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), and Volkswagen races in the World Rally Championship.

To keep it simple, we’ll just compare the most valuable return, free television exposure. And we’ll let the  authoritative BBC speak on the numbers we need to compare.

The global advertising value of Mercedes’ television appearances during its F1 campaign in 2014 was $2.8bn.

“Experts believe the equivalent value for VAG [of their sportscar and touring car programmes] was about $30m.

“Mercedes spent a net 130m euros on F1, once external sponsorship and prize money is taken into account.

“VAG spent about 320m euros on DTM and sportscars.”

Let’s see that again:

In F1 racing, Mercedes spent 130m euros net for a television publicity return of 2.8b euros.

In sports car and touring car racing, VAG spent 320m euros net for a television publicity return of 30m euros.

Now we can calculate that for every euro Mercedes spent they received from F1 in return 21.54 euros.

While for every euro VAG spent on the WEC, DTM and the WRC, they received in return less than ten cents.

Oops.

That is why Formula One, Grand Prix racing, is cheap. If you know what you’re doing, of course. Ferrari’s been riding that crest for a long time, and Red Bull, which sells caffinated sugar water, too. They know what cheap marketing it is.

Why do you think Philip Morris, hardcore marketers forbidden by law from putting their advertising on Ferraris, years later still sponsor Ferrari’s F1 team? It’s because for them it is cheap marketing.

We can magnify the examples forever, but it isn’t necessary. The case is proven. If you know what you’re doing, and especially if you’re a winner, or likely to be a winner sometime, Formula One is cheap racing.

andre_jute_singaporedakotafranklin_800pxAndré Jute is an economist with a background in advertising and mass motivation. Dakota Franklin is a consulting engineer in high performance vehicles. Both count among their other interests writing thrillers.

Hey this is non-stop action for sure! … and quoting Jacques Ellul! Too much! — JimK on GAUNTLET RUN, a free superhero novel

Hey this is non-stop action for sure! But even better – I was just driving north on US-206 past I-78 just about a week ago! Netcong!

… and quoting Jacques Ellul! Too much!

— JimK

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This is what Jim is referring to:

A copperchopper was diving at them.

Henty twitched the wheel but the pistol ground into her ear and she twitched it back, sending more Troubles flying out of the back of the trailer. The Troubles were throwing boxes of food onto the road and Henty could see other Troubles dashing onto the road to fetch the food and then dash back again. This was no isolated skirmish. She was in the middle of a full-scale battle which would start as soon as the opposing army of National Guardsmen and State Troopers finished lining up.

The copperchopper fired its pair of rockets. Henty saw the puffs of smoke as they left the chopper. They fell lazily to only ten feet above the ground, then aimed themselves at the truck and accelerated blisteringly towards it.

Henty panicked and stood up on the brake. The tractor came almost to a dead halt, the trailer didn’t. It swung around and jack-knifed the horse the other way. The two rockets hit the trailer simultaneously, ringing the cab and deafening Henty.

Henty used the confusion to grab the Trouble Sheila’s gun out of her ear, out of the Sheila’s hand, and to throw it out of the window. The Sheila scrambled for the zipgun the suicidal doped-up driver had left in the cab but the Fist was too quick for her and that went out of the window too.

“What you gonna do without a gun?” the Sheila wanted to know. “Man, you crazy.” With that, she opened the door and jumped.

In the big mirror, Henty saw the Sheila roll, come upright for a moment, then disappear over the side of the road like she never existed.

There was a turnoff and Henty took it, seeing in the mirror the remains of the trailer being shredded and disintegrated against the blacktop.

She punched the large query on the route finder. It told her, YOU’RE ON US-206 HEADING NORTH FOR NETCONG. Then it flashed and beeped her: US-206 NOGO WARZONE NOGO, complete with skull and crossbones.

“Everywhere’s no-go,” said Henty, and put her foot down.

 — from GAUNTLET RUN by André Jute, Dakota Franklin & Andrew McCoy
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“That time I was certified I was dead only for seconds” — Dakota Franklin’s TRIPLE THREAT THRILL

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On her thirty-third birthday she is broken in body from 15 years of racing on the ragged edge, and in spirit from bad luck and bad decisions in choosing her men. For her family she gave up Drew the ‘fortune hunter’, her beloved Hiroshi died headless in her arms, and Erich wanted only to use her to further his own ambition. Still, even if after a two-year absence from driving to be a ‘good wife’ to the treacherous pervert Erich she will never be grand prix champion, she is Jack Armitage’s all-time favorite driver, engineer and racing executive: ‘Triple Threat’ Thrill Morgan, the Parachute Queen Jack sends to salvage impossible situations in his auto racing empire.

Jack brings Thrill Morgan back from despair with Erich in Monte Carlo to be his successor as the head of Armitage when the younger generation takes over. First she will be Chairman of Armitage America which, in the usual excessive Armitage style, has vastly overextended its racing program. Jack sees the appointment as an opportunity for Thrill, who made almost her entire racing career in the Far East and Europe, to be a champion back home in the Indy Racing League—and perhaps in the Indy 500 itself. Jack also wants to confirm Thrill’s status as one of the most versatile racers of all time with a win in NASCAR stock cars, preferably at Daytona, and a win at Le Mans, where she has always driven support for the Armitage partner Charlie Cartwright.

Drew, now a successful publisher whom no one can accuse of being a fortune hunter, lives in San Francisco, just a short plane ride up the coast from Armitage America’s test track in the mountains back of Santa Barbara.

With work, her racing and her burgeoning relationship with Drew to keep her busy, Thrill is slowly rebuilding her shattered self-image. Briefly it seems as if the only question is: Will Thrill, born so fortunate, so talented, so celebrated, so loved by so many, once more end up in surgery — or worse:

‘That time I was certified I was dead only for seconds, then I was bitching Dieter, the trauma specialist, for carelessly dropping a bottle — which I caught as the other certifying physician drew the sheet over my face.’

–and all alone.

But Erich de Stahl will not give up his prize so easily. The son of an armaments tycoon, he commands the loyalty of whole platoons of Corsican thugs. If he cannot have Thrill, then no one else will either. If Erich cannot have the glittering racing career he wanted, he is determined that she will not have it either. A psychopath far more vicious than any on the most cutthroat track, Erich de Stahl will stop at nothing to revenge himself on the woman who, for a parting gesture, sank his family’s 190 foot, $100m superyacht across the mouth of the harbor at Monte Carlo so that the police would be forced to arrest him for child molestation.

‘You maliciously sink my ship, you blackmail me, you mutilate my employees—and now you harass my son,’ Baron de Stahl said. ‘This cannot go on.’

‘Your son sent your employees to murder Thrill,’ Charlie said. ‘They did murder one of her guests. Your sainted son also promised to give Thrill to those Corsican thugs to rape.’

The Baron shrugged in his greatcoat.

His indifference shocked me more than anything else in the whole affair so far except seeing Tom Tripp stupidly killed because a Corsican thug did not have his reflexes under control.

Thrill is of course insanely competitive. That is how she rocketed to the top in a profession, a sport and a business for men in which the survivors are not renowned for their sensitivity and delicacy.

‘Kiss my ass, Lasalle. Kiss my ass again. Then kiss my ass goodbye!’

Thrill doesn’t care how many Corsican thugs Erich sends: she will return them damaged. But Erich, maddened by rage at Thrill’s celebrity as she returns to racing and takes Armitage public, cannot stop escalating. All the signals are that Erich is plotting some violent action against Thrill.

The vastly experienced Harringtons protecting Thrill are desperately worried. They consider Thrill to be one of them, as violently proactive as they are. So they cannot understand why Thrill as the head of Armitage must be more circumspect.

I turned to stare into Commander Oliver’s eyes. ‘And you have the cheek to lecture me about being reckless? We’re sitting in the Grecian colonnade at Armitage America’s headquarters—calmly discussing cold-blooded murder.’

‘Erich already set you up once for cold-blooded murder,’ Charlie said. ‘He’s doing it again. How many chances do you want us to give him?

But Erich, a master-manipulator, has faked them out, misdirected their attention to strike where Thrill least expects the blow, where it will destroy her forever as a woman and a human being if this time she does not win.

Triple Threat Thrill is loaded with engrossing sidelights on the rock’n’roll hysteria of celebrity, superb racing in the States, Europe and the Far East, a sensual love story and brilliant illuminations of a top racing team wielding the power of its wealth and fame.

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AMERICAN RACER
by Dakota Franklin

Bobby Solara, an Indycar champion new to Formula One, new to Armitage Grand Prix Racing, is determined to make his way to the top honorably. Honorably to his team leader Ugo Jenssens, honorably to his employer Jack Armitage, honorably to his wife Yvonne, who is leaving him, honorably to his new love Louisa, honorably to his new friends Ollie and Taki, honorably for the sake of his daughter Vicky.

But when the Japanese betting syndicate abducts his child and her mother to force Bobby to betray everyone so that he can be champion rather than Ugo, the real Bobby surfaces.

And the real Bobby is not a man you want to mess with. Ever.

“Yes, I know, I sneer at the psychopaths I compete against on tracks. But I just hide my own nature better under a veneer of cool intelligence and urbane good manners. Attack my child or my women, and I will kill you. Slowly. And my sleep will not be delayed one minute by your demise.”
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GUEST COLUMN: Is #RUSH the best racing movie ever? the review by #Dakota Franklin

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Is RUSH the best racing movie ever?
the review by Dakota Franklin
in interview with André Jute

Can you describe RUSH briefly?

I can do better. I can bring you screenwriter’s Peter Morgan’s own capsule description. “Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.” Thanks, Peter!

You’re a novelist. Do you have a description of your own?

As a racer, I have a different outlook on the movie. Let me set the background for you. In 1976, anyone with a calculator could work out that in seven seasons of grand prix racing, a driver stood a 50% chance of dying behind the wheel, very likely by being burned to death, a horrible way to go. Niki Lauda himself accepted that every time he went out to race he stood a 20% chance of dying. Those are unacceptable odds. To me RUSH is about a brave racer who defied the odds at the Nürburgring under impossible conditions, was nearly burned to death, and only weeks after being given the last rites was racing again. Yet the same man, to make the point to everyone that some races are so dangerous that they should be stopped, gave up the championship by climbing out of the car at Fuji when it rained too heavily to see. Lauda, ever honest, refused his team manager’s offer of saying that it was a mechanical. He told the press he stopped because it was too dangerous. Lauda, with Jackie Stewart and Max Mosley, is responsible for grand prix racing today being a relatively safe sport if you consider the elevated velocities at which it is conducted.

Is RUSH faithful to the real life facts of what is after all recent history?

You can’t put much in the short span of a movie. A moviemaker has about thirty scenes in which to tell a complete story, in which he has to establish for the viewer everything that is relevant about not just the immediate events which justify a $38m movie, but everything relevant about the lives and personalities of characters. That’s a third or less of the space that I, as a novelist, am permitted. On the other side of the coin, every picture tells a thousand words, and a moving picture tells a million words. So the truth of the movie is decided not only by writer Peter Morgan’s and the director Ron Howard’s choices, made for dramatic reasons, but also by the choices editors Daniel Hanley and Mike Hill, the film’s cutters, made to fit the movie into the accepted commercially viable timespan of around two hours. Also, a movie needs a certain level of conflict, just like a novel. So, whereas as a dramatic recounting of six years’ events in the lives of two racers, RUSH rates very highly indeed, as a documentary, RUSH would be rated 6/10. However, that doesn’t mean RUSH isn’t faithful to the essence of what happened. That Niki Lauda, not a man to mince words or tell white lies, approves of the film tells you it is faithful to his memory of the essence, regardless of some compaction of the facts.

Give us a few hard facts RUSH “compacted”.

James Hunt and Niki Lauda were not enemies, they were friends. Lauda stayed in Hunt’s apartment when he was in London. Lauda, though intensely focussed, wasn’t exactly the complete uptight Teutonic goody-goody he is portrayed as: he caught his share of the overflow of girls Hunt attracted. In fact, some from those days will tell you he befriended the unreliable Hunt for the girls. But an admission in the film that offtrack they were friends would detract from the tension of their ontrack competition, and in fact the growing friendship between them that Morgan and Howard substitute adds subtly to the attraction of the movie. The rest consists of mainly minor details. Example: It seems from the movie that James Hunt won Driver of the Year in 1970, but in fact he won that award in 1973, a year you will search for in vain in the movie; one presumes the editors cut all scenes from 1973 to make the time cap, and then shoved the award ceremony into 1970 to establish Hunt as a playboy. Another example: Some of the political shenanigans of Formula One, like taking a Brands Hatch victory from James Hunt on a technicality, are missing altogether, though we are offered an incomplete glimpse of the notorious disqualification in Spain and the subsequent restoration of the victory, without any reasons being offered. I don’t know how to present that sort of information to a general film audience though, however fascinating it may be to racers and engineers and committed fans.

Besides the friendship thing, changed for understandable dramatic effect, these items amount to little more than amusements for nerds and anoraks. Do details like that bother you?

I’m an anorak and a nerd too, and an engineer, so I understand what bothers meticulous people. But as a novelist I grasp that in a few years the minor details RUSH gets wrong for lack of space or dramatic purposes won’t matter a damn. As you say, entertainment value for insiders: spot the wrong date. But here’s one that I deliberately got wrong in a forthcoming novel, AMERICAN RACER, which RUSH also gets deliberately wrong, and for the same reason, to add color and excitement. The Guild of Motoring Writers in Britain is notorious for its misogyny. It never invites spouses and other females to its events. But I put women into one of their events in my novel, as a gentle hint, and Howard and Morgan, I was amused to see, playfully did the same in RUSH!

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You’ve met many of the people portrayed in the film. Do the actors look like the real racers?

Many of the events in the film happened before I was born! But yes, as a teenager I saw James Hunt in London, and I see Niki Lauda a few times a year, and I met Clay Regazzoni in the later years of his life, and so on, too many people to name who are still, or recently were, in Formula One, and are portrayed in this film. The many striking cameos, all superbly realized, are a real thrill of this film, one of the things that makes it superior. (“Good heavens,” I said to my family when the young Di Montezemolo was pictured, “that’s Luca!” It wasn’t, it was the actor Ilario Calvo playing Luca.) I imagine that Chris Hemsworth is probably a sunnier character than James Hunt was behind the scenes but the actor added the missing element and I believed in him as James Hunt the playboy, who in real life was a charming shit, selfish and unreliable. Daniel Brühl was totally convincing as Lauda. I didn’t know Lauda when he was young and — we have to say it — before he was scarred, but Brühl’s internal force is almost a visible dynamo spinning up. Brühl gives an uncanny, eerie performance. It’s definitely Brühl’s movie. The filmmakers cheapened Regazzoni, who in real life was a gentleman. Augusto Dallara plays Enzo Ferrari, reading a newspaper, with his feet literally on the test track at Fiorano: This is mine! I loved the details, and racing fans who know their history will have a ball with this movie.

So, is RUSH the GREATEST racing movie ever?

For some, sure. For a racer and for the hardcore racing fan who has taken the trouble to inform himself of the background and all the details, LE MANS with Steve McQueen is the greatest racing movie ever; we just can’t understand the people who think it is boringly about cars going round and round. (Brainless berks! Not an ounce of heroic romance in their souls.) Even for new fans, who just see the glamour and have zero grasp of the engineering and the daring, there are other contenders: A MAN AND A WOMAN is beautiful and touching film about the romance of racing drivers rather than racing, which RUSH barely touches on. But, yes, many racing fans, perhaps a majority, will choose RUSH as the greatest, now and probably forever, as LE MANS is to me.

Greatness is opinion, but the best racing movie should be determinable on easily understood parameters. Is RUSH the BEST racing movie ever?

Yes, RUSH is the best racing movie ever. Precisely because it is about people, and the people lived for racing, and would have died, and one nearly did, to keep racing. RUSH is about giants, and some of us can reach out and still touch one of them, Niki Lauda, when he fronts up at the Formula One races, these days as the chairman of the Mercedes GP team. RUSH is the best racing movie ever made by a substantial margin.

Rate RUSH for us as a movie regardless of its racing connection, and also as a racing movie.

RUSH is dramatically a superb movie regardless of the racing connection, so it scores a high step on the podium, 9/10. As a racing movie it takes the checkered flag, 10/10.

RUSH is in cinemas and available for electronic download. A DVD follows.

Dakota Franklin is the creator of the RUTHLESS TO WIN series of racing novels. Her most recent racing novels are RACING JUSTICE and AMERICAN RACER.

André Jute is a novelist and Dakota’s editor.

Copyright © 2014 Dakota Franklin.

RUTHLESS TO WIN OMNIBUS ONE hits bestseller lists within minutes of launch

RUTHLESS TO WIN
OMNIBUS ONE

comprising
TROUBLESHOOTER
LE MANS 
RACING JUSTICE
by Dakota Franklin
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• Dakota Franklin WINS Best Action/Adventure at Best Independent EBook Awards 

• Dakota Franklin’s series RUTHLESS TO WIN has already won awards and enthusiastic reviews for fascinating characters and rivetting action. The six volumes already published in the series — LE MANS a novel, REQUIEM AT MONZA, TROUBLESHOOTER, NASCAR FIRST, QUEEN OF INDY and RACING JUSTICE — have all been international Amazon bestsellers. 

From the first page of
TROUBLESHOOTER
by Dakota Franklin 
20-20 hindsight

On the Sunday before the start of the grand prix season, I went to two parties and committed a criminal conspiracy with the woman of my dreams. Monday I started on the slippery slope that would end when I learned that my friend betrayed me. Tuesday I intimidated the most powerful and least accountable government department of a sovereign democracy. Wednesday someone tried to kill me.

Just so you don’t get the idea I do that sort of thing all the time, we’ll start at one of the high points of my life, which happened on the second Sunday before the start of the grand prix season.

Oh, by the way, I’m Charlie Cartwright. How do you do?

LE MANS
by Dakota Franklin
“On the track a racer has no friends”

Mallory, a crashed-out, half-dead, never-has-been auto racer, gets one last chance when triple Le Mans winner Charlie Cartwright hires her as an engineer at Cartwright-Armitage. Now she’s on the fast track as an engineer, an executive, a driver — in a winning car! She even has a man she can love. 

When ambitious tycoon Fred Minster steals the winning Cartwright-Armitage design, Mallory spearheads the investigation which uncovers a traitor inside Armitage. 

Threatened by her investigation, Minster orders Mallory abducted by a Detroit criminal to keep her out of the race. Mallory knows that if she doesn’t race at Le Mans, her career is over. 

With heart-stopping, realistic race sequences both in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and at Le Mans, set against an insider’s portrait of the high-tech jet set milieu of amoral predators whose only justification is winning, Le Mans is the key thriller for the new millenium. Here violence is never as much as skin deep, and ambiguous sexuality is merely another facet of power. 

RACING JUSTICE
by Dakota Franklin

In a year which will change Simon Aron’s life forever, his friendship and loyalty will be tested by every woman he ever knew, and one will betray him. 

Mallory, an old girlfriend with whom he raced a Cobra while they were at college, has been kidnapped by a brutal mobster in the pay of Fred Minster to keep her out of Le Mans, the top endurance race in the world. Minster has also stolen the winning designs of the Cartwright-Armitage car she is entered to drive. 

Armitage is vengeful. So is their sponsor, the immensely rich Lydia Simpresi. They want to destroy Minster for setting a monster to rape and kill their princess. They want Simon, a lawyer disillusioned with the law, to be in charge of punishing Minster. A spectacular court case follows.

‘I want to destroy Minster utterly.’ Mallory said. ‘He ordered me tied to a bed by criminals. He ordered a film made of my degradation for his pleasure. And no steel pipe job. I want Minster to suffer for the rest of a very long life.’

Her voice was low, not hysterical at all. She meant every word, and in a year will still mean it.
Mallory is the only woman Simon ever failed as a lover: he will not fail her again. For her he will return to the law.

Only by betraying the fragile Mallory or the equally victimized Constance can Simon win instantly and certainly.

Casting cutting sidelights on the law, intellectual rights, Hollywood, Broadway, auto racing, free speech, money, Wall Street, yacht racing, power and sex, Simon has to manipulate everyone to win without going to jail himself, without breaking the law, without breaking his own code of conduct, without betraying any of his women, not even the opposition lawyer, Constance O’Flynn.


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A wonderful story full of action and remarkable detail — Boyd S Drew
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Very enjoyable read, in fact I started reading it again straight after I’d finished it. — L. Rumbold
****
Racer story for the racers at heart — Katherine Sterling

INTERVIEWS


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RUTHLESS TO WIN OMNIBUS ONE
• Dakota Franklin’s series RUTHLESS TO WIN has already won awards and enthusiastic reviews for fascinating characters and rivetting action.
• The six volumes previously published in the series are international Amazon bestsellers.
• Now RUTHLESS TO WIN OMNIBUS ONE joins them on the bestseller lists only minutes after it is launched.
#32 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > > Motor Sports
#91 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > > Motor Sports


A Professional Bloodsport


“This isn’t just a thousand to one shot.
This is a professional blood sport.
It can happen to you.
And then it can happen to you again.”
—from Harry Kleiner’s film Le Mans

 

RACING JUSTICE (RUTHLESS TO WIN) — a courtroom drama by Dakota Franklin


In a year which will change Simon Aron’s life forever, his friendship and loyalty will be tested by every woman he ever knew, and one will betray him. 

Mallory, an old girlfriend with whom he raced a Cobra while they were at college, has been kidnapped by a brutal mobster in the pay of Fred Minster to keep her out of Le Mans, the top endurance race in the world. Minster has also stolen the winning designs of the Cartwright-Armitage car she is entered to drive. 

Armitage is vengeful. So is their sponsor, the immensely rich Lydia Simpresi. They want to destroy Minster for setting a monster to rape and kill their princess. They want Simon, a lawyer disillusioned with the law, to be in charge of punishing Minster. A spectacular court case follows.

‘I want to destroy Minster utterly.’ Mallory said. ‘He ordered me tied to a bed by criminals. He ordered a film made of my degradation for his pleasure. And no steel pipe job. I want Minster to suffer for the rest of a very long life.’

Her voice was low, not hysterical at all. She meant every word, and in a year will still mean it.

Mallory is the only woman Simon ever failed as a lover: he will not fail her again. For her he will return to the law.

Only by betraying the fragile Mallory or the equally victimized Constance can Simon win instantly and certainly.

Casting cutting sidelights on the law, intellectual rights, Hollywood, Broadway, auto racing, free speech, money, Wall Street, yacht racing, power and sex, Simon has to manipulate everyone to win without going to jail himself, without breaking the law, without breaking his own code of conduct, without betraying any of his women, not even the opposition lawyer, Constance O’Flynn.


JUST A FEW REVIEWS

*****
A wonderful story full of action and remarkable detail — Boyd S Drew

 

****
Very enjoyable read, in fact I started reading it again straight after I’d finished it. — L. Rumbold

 

****
Racer story for the racers at heart — Katherine Sterling

INTERVIEWS


BRAGBOX

RACING JUSTICE (RUTHLESS TO WIN)
• Dakota Franklin’s series RUTHLESS TO WIN
has already won awards and enthusiastic reviews
for fascinating characters and rivetting action.
• The five volumes previously published in the series
have all been international Amazon bestsellers.
• Now RACING JUSTICE joins them on the bestseller lists.

US
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A Professional Bloodsport


“This isn’t just a thousand to one shot.
This is a professional blood sport.
It can happen to you.
And then it can happen to you again.”
—from Harry Kleiner’s film Le Mans

The hard life of an editor 1: From Lisa Penington’s diary

Lisa Penington will be remembered by readers of Kissing the Blarney for her piece on the open-air Puccini last year. Lisa is one of the mainstays of the Editorial Menagerie, where she edits books by Dakota Franklin, Andrew McCoy and Andre Jute for CoolMain Press. It’s a hard life, as these entries from Lisa’s diary demonstrate.

lisa_nice_124th July 2013.   Day one

On my way to Nice after a two day trip back to England for a meeting. Using my 90 minutes free wifi at Heathrow airport I find that my son and his family from the US are on their way and have taken off for Nice after a short stop over in Dublin.  My younger daughter, her husband and three children are winging their way from Gatwick.  They will all get there before me!

It’s hot when I arrive at 5.30pm but they have all repaired to my older daughter’s house where I join them.  The children are already in the pool.  We have a pleasant long supper on the terrace and walk down past fields of lavender to my house where all nine of us are packed into the four bedrooms.

This will be the first time all seven grandchildren will have been together in one place and as two are now on the threshold of university it may well be the last.  We plan to get them all together for a photo-call in the next few days!

lisa_nice_225th July.  Day two

The three youngest children woke bright and early and insisted to walking to the bakery with me to buy pains au chocolat, baguettes etc.  the ‘Americans’ slept longer because of the time change.  We split up and daughter number two took the small children to the beach in Antibes and daughter number one and the rest of us went food shopping the back for a lovely salad Niçoise then to the smart Mall on the seafront near Nice called Cap 3000  where quite a bit of window shopping went on. Stopped for lovely Italian ice creams them who should we meet in the whole of the Côte d’Azur but the younger branch of the family, shopping in the glamorous Lafayette supermarket.  Home to La Gaude for family supper  with all thirteen of us.

The hard life of an editor 2:  Wolves on the Cote d’Azur

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Penington

GAUNTLET RUN: Birth of a Superhero — a little light fantasy bestseller Dakota and Andrew and I knocked up

GAUNTLET RUN (Henty's Fist 1: Birth of a Superhero) by Andre Jute, Dakota Franklin and Andrew McCoyAMAZON
#25 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Fantasy > Superhero

KOBO
#491 in Sci Fi & Fantasy > Science Fiction
#463 in Mystery & Suspense > Suspense
#128 in Sci Fi & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure Sci Fi

HENTY’S FIST 1: GAUNTLET RUN: Birth of a Superhero
by Andre Jute, Dakota Franklin, Andrew McCoy

The Gauntlet Run is the toughest race ever run by man: across America with every man’s hand turned against you from the statue of Liberty to the old US Mint in San Francisco. There the prize awaits you: $10 million and a full and free Presidential Pardon.

The Runner is marked for all to see by an indestructible Fist, keyed to his metabolism. If the Fist is removed without the key from the Mint in San Francisco, he dies. Between the Runner and the key stand the ruthless bounty hunters, the Syndicate’s lethal odds fixers, the sinister Organ Bank chasers, the Humble & Poor Hunt, the US Air Force, and mobs of good citizens, all turned into bloodthirsty savages by the magnificent prize for tearing the Fist from the Runner — and the Presidential license that nothing done to the Runner shall be illegal.

Henty needs two million dollars to send her son Petey to the Artie stericlinic for treatment that will save his life. The care of The Caring Society is exhausted, her chicken farm already carries a second mortgage. Hopeless. But beautiful young Texas widows don’t just give up. There is still the Gauntlet Run. To qualify, you have to be a criminal — so Henty robs a bank…

No woman has ever Run the Gauntlet. No Runner has ever survived the Gauntlet.

You have to pay 99c at Amazon and B&N

But you can get it FREE on Apple & Kobo

“Charlie is the troubleshooter and the trouble he needs to shoot is…” — Joo

LATEST REVIEW

****
Troubleshooter
by Joo

Troubleshooter is the third in the Ruthless to Win series of books set around Armitage motor racing company. All the books in this series are first person POV of one of the characters, so you kind of get to know everyone bit by bit.

This story is Charlie Cartwright’s. Charlie is Armitage’s troubleshooter and the trouble he needs to shoot in this story is the team’s Formula 1 driver, who is a bit of a party animal and cocaine smuggler.

Charlie meets his soul mate at the start of this story and being in love does somewhat distract him. But as with the other books, everyone is superb at their jobs, they have massive expense accounts and work all the hours under the sun.

Even though this is set in a man’s world, as a female reader, I didn’t find it too technical or too “mannish”. The jet-setting and behind the scenes at races were interesting enough, but not too detailed as to put me off. It was a good adventure.

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book – in fact, I started reading it again straight after I’d finished it”


REVIEW

*****
A wonderful story full of action and remarkable detail
by Boyd S Drew
LE MANS a novel (RUTHLESS TO WIN) (Kindle Edition)
Amazon Verified Purchase


Dakota Franklin has used her extensive sports car and engineering experience to spin a really engaging story that I found difficult to put down. It has many very entertaining story elements woven into the fantastic racing environment that is Le Mans. I can honestly say that there’s one more fan on the Dakota Franklin mailing list.


REVIEW

*****
Great racing novel
by Stanley G. Wiedmeyer “Stan Joy” (Illinois)
LE MANS a novel (RUTHLESS TO WIN) (Kindle Edition)
Amazon Verified Purchase


Excellent exciting read. Action every page. Learned a lot about behind the scenes high stakes racing.
I would recommend to any car enthusiast.ith a novel! Mallory is a very engaging heroine, and the cast of supporting characters were interesting… I’d recommend it.


REVIEW

****
Very enjoyable read – so close to perfect
by L. Rumbold
LE MANS a novel (RUTHLESS TO WIN) (Kindle Edition)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book – in fact, I started reading it again straight after I’d finished it, which very rarely happens with a novel! Mallory is a very engaging heroine, and the cast of supporting characters were interesting… I’d recommend it.


REVIEW

****
Racer story for the racers at heart
by Katherine Sterling
LE MANS a novel (RUTHLESS TO WIN) (Kindle Edition)
Amazon Verified Purchase


I enjoyed this book, it was a well rounded story that touched on several several different aspects of the motor sports world. As a current member of the auto racing community I know a fair amount about the ins and outs of the sport. This author knows her stuff and was able to weave an exciting tale that involved the technical side in addition to the personal side of racing drivers, the team’s and the rivalries that are ever present in the world motor sports
I look forward to starting the second book in this “Ruthless to Win” series.
Thank you for writing this book and this series.
If you love racing, if you enjoy excitement, passion, drama with a dash of romance by all means pick this one up and give this book and this author a chance.


INTERVIEWS


“It is liberating to know that by Memorial Day you may be gorily dead.” — Raf Ferenghetti in Dakota Franklin’s QUEEN OF INDY


NEW!


QUEEN OF INDY by Dakota Franklin
$4.99/£3.35/€3.96
*****
QUEEN OF INDY by Dakota Franklin (Kindle Edition)

When the terrorist Mamoud attacks the house party, Raf Ferenghetti and Sally Samson, juniors at Armitage Racing, save the daughter and heir of Lydia Simpresi, the sponsor and friend of Armitage. As a reward, Raf and Sally are put in charge of Armitage’s run at the Indy 500 financed by Simpresi. Now Mamoud is free and wants revenge for the death of his comrades and his own public humiliation. Raf’s new job includes security.

All Raf wants to do is to protect Sally, help to turn her into a star racing executive—the Queen of Indy—by doing his own job as chief of operations superbly well, and then to return to his own dream of becoming a sculptor.

But Raf answers to the maximum Armitage trouble-shooter, the uncompromising Charlie Cartwright, and for assistance must count on the Armitage security consultants, the relentless Frank Harrington and the ruthless, violent ex-Presidential bodyguard, Joanne Bartlett.

And Mamoud has declared Sally a special target.

“It is liberating to know that by Memorial Day you may be gorily dead.”

Alongside its terrifying thrills, QUEEN of INDY counts among its other excitements a super love story and a seamlessly integrated insider’s look at the creation of a great auto racing team to contest the greatest automobile race in the world. As expected in every Dakota Franklin thriller, QUEEN of INDY abounds in sharply drawn characters on the edge of psychopathology—or over it.


REVIEWERS WELCOME DAKOTA’S SERIES
RUTHLESS TO WIN

Dakota Franklin’s series RUTHLESS TO WIN has already won awards and enthusiastic reviews for fascinating characters and rivetting action. The four volumes already published in the series — LE MANS a novel, REQUIEM AT MONZA, TROUBLESHOOTER and NASCAR FIRST — have all been international Amazon bestsellers.

“I thought the characters were great. I was swept along…a cracking good read.”
— Joo’s Book Reviews

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book – in fact, I started reading it again straight after I’d finished it.”
— L. Rumbold, Amazon Verified Purchaser

“Thank you for writing this series.”
— Katherine Sterling, “a current member of the racing community”


INTERVIEWS


BRAGBOX
A bestseller from Day One!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank USA
#6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Miscellaneous > Motor Sports
#22 in Books > Sports & Outdoors > Miscellaneous > Motor Sports

Amazon Bestsellers Rank UK
#33 in Kindle Store > Books > Nonfiction > Sports > Motor Sports

KOBO:
#691 in Mystery & Suspense > Thrillers
#258 in Mystery & Suspense > Action & Adventure
#6 in Sports > Motor Sports


Dan Wood on Mickey Thompson: “Bonneville, where hairy-chested members of both sexes overdose on speed”


Dan, doing Something
High Drama in the Life and Death of Mickey Thompson

 by Dan Wood

I recently came across an update to the longstanding effort to restore Mickey Thompson’s Challenger II wheel-driven LSR car  and figured Dakota might be interested. “Certain modifications must be made to comply with modern safety standards (we can no longer, for instance, deploy the parachutes by blasting off a section of the rear wing with a shotgun shell).”

After Indy, where better to think of automotive mayhem, intrigue, and who-knows-what than among the homegrown crowd at Bonneville, where the surface is never certain, rain is the enemy, and hairy-chested members of both sexes overdose on speed, trading security for one more incremental mile per hour.

800px-MickeyThompsonLandSpeedRecordCar

There’s already plenty of intrigue surrounding Mickey’s life and the mystery of his murder.

For a good summary of their current LSR efforts with Mickey’s son Danny as driver, see: http://thompsonlsr.com/

Copyright © 2013 Dan Wood

FREE thriller by three bestselling, award-winning authors collaborating: GAUNTLET RUN: birth of a superhero

THE FREE BOOK



The Gauntlet Run is the toughest race ever run by man: across America with every man’s hand turned against you from the statue of Liberty to the old US Mint in San Francisco. There the prize awaits you: $10 million and a full and free Presidential Pardon.

No woman has ever Run the Gauntlet. No Runner has ever survived the Gauntlet.

GAUNTLET RUN is a 60 thousand word serial novel in 76 parts by bestselling, prizewinning authors Andre Jute, Dakota Franklin and Andrew McCoy — FREE on Wattpad!

THE AUTHORS


 
Dakota Franklin is the author of the RUTHLESS TO WIN series. Her latest is NASCAR FIRST. The series RUTHLESS TO WIN is under offer for a television series and set of films. Most recentinterview with Dakota.

 
Andre Jute is the author of iDITAROD and the COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS series just starting up with VANGUARD ELITE. Most recent article by Andre, “Fear is the Best Diet”.

 
Andrew McCoy is the author of THE MEYERSCO HELIX and co-author (with Andre) of STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress

Racing Herbert von Karajan on the autobahn

Reprinted by request of the novelist Dakota Franklin,
creator of the series RUTHLESS TO WIN,
who by profession is a high performance vehicle engineer

Racing Herbert von Karajan on the autobahn
by Andre Jute

Before dawn on a Sunday morning thirty years ago I was testing tyres on a German autobahn when I overtook Herbert von Karajan, who was speeding along in one of the first 911 Porsches. His face was a study in disbelief at being passed so easily when he was already travelling at 130mph and I could almost hear him stomp on the accelerator in an effort to catch up. When he arrived where I had stopped he enquired of the timekeepers how fast I had been going and, when the engineers had finished taking the tyre temperatures, asked politely if he could have the honour of being my passenger back to my start point. On the gentle drive — but still faster than the top speed of his little Porsche — I explained that the Bizzarini we used as a tyre mule was obsolete but had been the forerunner of the Italian Iso Rivolta grand touring car then still in production. Karajan wanted to know where he could buy one. Later, when I knocked off work and drove into the rising sun, there he was in his car, waiting to race again.

What has all this screaming of highpowered engines to do with music? A conductor of orchestras who cannot see how ridiculous it is to attempt to keep up with a professional motor racer nearly forty years his junior, moreover in a car with five litres and several hundred horsepower of advantage, is insanely competitive. That seems to me to be a hallmark of the perfectionist. Karajan was the consistent, persistent, perfectionist. At 79, the year before he died, still trying to catch up, he bought a Porsche capable of 197mph, 12mph faster even than my monstrous Bizzarini of all those years ago.

`Like a turbine,’ said Karajan approvingly of the twin superchargers winding up 7.2 litres of racetuned Chevrolet V8 in the Bizzarini. It is that turbinelike quality some dislike in his music, the powerfully driven, unblemished perfection. But, given the right music, there was nothing smoother than Karajan’s perfectly drilled Berliner Philharmoniker.

Adagio/Karajan (DG 445 2822) is, objectively, a collection of Karajan lollipops, the sweetest extracts from the most popular pieces in his huge repertoire and stupendous discography. But the whole, selected from the music of Mahler, Pachelbel (a sure lollipop giveaway), Massenet, Brahms, Vivaldi, Grieg, Mozart, Albinoni (another lollipop regular), Beethoven and Bach, makes such a unified impression of excellence for the entire 79 minutes, that I can easily understand how this disc reached the top of the hit parade in Spain, with over 500,000 copies sold. Since The Essential Karajan breached the Irish hit parade for the classics well before the Three Tenors, no doubt Adagio will be the next big Karajan album here.

It pays to be an insanely competitive perfectionist. I wonder if Karajan ever bought an Iso and what he thought of the tacky way it was put together.

Copyright © Andre Jute 1998 & 2012
& by courtesy of the Irish Examiner where the column first appeared