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John Gardner
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8 Nov 2012

James Bond is on a mission that will become an obsession. It starts the night Flight 229 is torn apart at Washington airport, killing 435 passengers. But the victim who matters to Bond is the Principessa Sukie Tempesta: once his lover, still his friend.

The search for Sukie's killers will turn out to be the most complex and demanding assignment of Bond's career. Across continents and through ever-changing labyrinths of evil, he follows the traces of clues into the centre of a fanatical society more deadly than any terrorist army. Its code name is COLD.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135753
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.

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After Kingsley Amis, John Gardner was the next writer to be asked by Glidrose (now IFPL) to write further adventures of James Bond.

Before becoming an author of fiction in the early 1960s John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer, a journalist and, for a short time, a priest in the Church of England. In all, Gardner had 55 novels to his credit - many of them bestsellers - before he died in August 2007.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GARDNER GOES OUT WITH A BANG 23 Aug 1999
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John Gardner's final James Bond novel, known as Cold Fall in the USA, is a fitting way for him to lay his literary Bond to rest. Everything is as it should be, in total contrast to the dire offerings recently served up by Raymond Benson.
Often under-rated by many Bond fans, Gardner's books have always struck me as being the basis for some superb Bond films. How sad then that his original stories were never used for the films, with Gardner having to be content with the odd novelisation.
Buy this book and you will not be disappointed. It stands head and shoulders above any of Raymond Benson's Bond novels.
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Although I'm a massive Bond fan and this book was published in 1996, I've put off reading it until now. That's because after ICEBREAKER each of John Gardner's successive Bond novels have been a disappointment. I've never really understood why Gardner continued to write the Bond books when he quite clearly lost all interest in the character and the series more than ten years ago.
The James Bond who features in COLD is certainly not the character created by Ian Fleming, he's not even the character of the films. He's now just a kind of bland action man, more of a Bruce Willis Die Hard type than a British spy. The brutality and sexuality than make Flemings Bond so appealing are completely devoid in this novel. It's not just Bond who suffers either; all of the characters in COLD are bland and thinly drawn and the dialogue of Bond girl Beatrice da Ricci (please) is just embarrassing.
Despite it's flaws COLD is probably the most satisfying of Gardner's books since
ICEBREAKER. The first half of the book is intriguing, it's just a pity that John Gardner (and his readers) have difficulty sustaining interest until the lacklustre climax.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Paper thin 9 Sep 1999
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Like Roger Moore, John Gardner continued his association with James Bond for too long. Cold is a desperately feeble book, built around silly set pieces linked with a paper thin plot. The trouble is we have read it all before, and much better than it is here. Gardner's early novels were enjoyable, clever and entertaining, Cold is none of these. Steer well clear of this!
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4.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. 12 Jan 2013
For those joining in my 2012 reread of Gardner's 14 Bond novels and 2 novelizations -thank you!- we reach the end. The writer's final book COLD (1996) seems to divide his own fans like no other. With a tale of two halves (sorry) that reintroduced characters from earlier books -Nobody Live Forever (1986) and Win, Lose or Die (1989)- Gardner said goodbye Mr Bond.

Score: 7/10. In March 1989 a British plane full of VIPs blows up in Washington DC, killing a friend and lover of James Bond. Suspects include an Italian crime family and a new American facist militia, the Children Of The Last Days, whose next target couldn't be closer to 007. 5 years later Bond is reeling from the aftermath of operation Seafire, flying home from Puerto Rico with fiancé and fellow agent Flicka. On leave and debating his future, another former lover lures him into an unofficial operation to destroy C.O.L.D.- can he choose only one woman to love?

It's really 2 novellas. Gardner brings back his favourite Bond girls, resolves the 'Flicka' trilogy of stories and sets up the Benson era. Chronologically, it's a bit awkward: the 1st part is set between Win, Lose or Die (January 89) and Brokenclaw (Winter 89/90) [the US edition erroneously claims it's March 1990]. The 2nd part picks up immediately after Seafire (late 1994) and before Goldeneye (1995) published the previous year! Despite the odd structure, it's a surprisingly rapid page turner, one of Gardner's twisty-turny globetrotting intrigues with an emphasis on action (jet skis, helicopter fights). There's no one dominant villain for most of the book, but there are plenty of thugs, mad soldiers, dodgy secret agents, urbane gangsters and incredibly willing women to keep you guessing.
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