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Death is Forever (James Bond) Paperback – 15 Jul 1993

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (15 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340580968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340580967
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For me the better writer, after Ian Fleming, for the bond books is John Gardner. He has a very good way of telling the story but without it being too complicated or too simplified.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Post Cold War Outing for Gardner with 007 26 May 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ian Fleming's James Bond is the gold standard. To me, From Russia with Love is the finest novel in that distinguished, exciting series. But Fleming is gone, and we are fortunate to have John Gardner to continue the stories for us.
Gardner's stories suffer from two basic weaknesses: He doesn't have the full range of Cold War enemies to work with and his doesn't have the same hard edge to his characters and writing.
Death is Forever veers back toward the Fleming books by involving Wolfgang Weisen, onetime director of East Germany's Security Service. He makes for a truly fascinating villain. Fleming would have made him even more fascinating, but you will enjoy him and his plot to destabilize the West. Although the Cold War is over in this book, Gardner finds a way to create an extension of the Cold War. That is good for all of us readers.
In all other ways, the book is a typical Gardner offering -- serviceable plot and relentless Bond.
If you have a choice between reading a Fleming novel and a Gardner one, you should always read a Fleming one first. If you have read and liked all of the Fleming books, you will be pleased with this Gardner offering. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gardner is as close as anyone's ever gotten to Fleming 24 Nov. 2002
By Robert Douglas - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a "die-hard Bond fanatic" but I've seen the movies and read some of the novels, and after reading some of the other comments, mostly negative, about Gardner and his novels I thought I'd set down some thoughts on DEATH IS FOREVER. For me Gardner is as close as anyone's ever gotten to Fleming and not that far behind. DEATH IS FOREVER was an enthralling novel and the best Gardner I have read (with SCORPIUS a close second). Gardner's Bond, like Fleming's, is not a super-hero with rocket-boats and submarine cars never at a loss for humorous one-liners every time he kills a guy. He's a flesh-and-blood human being as vulnerable as anyone else who survives by using his head. Of all the movies, the two that are most faithful to Fleming's original conception of the Bond character are "From Russia with Love" and "Licence to Kill." In my opinion, needless to say, the two best Bond films. And this is the Bond of DEATH IS FOREVER and the Gardner novel series. As for the Benson novels, I've never understood why the head of the James Bond fan club was chosen to succeed Gardner as Bond writer and not an actual published novelist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rich in plot and surprises, one of the best Bond novels! 3 Aug. 2003
By matt f. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beginning with the murder of two members of a VERY well-organized spy ring known as Cabal, Bond teams up with another MI6 agent to try and find out what happened to the remaining members of the organization and find out who was behind it.
Wow! John Gardner has a masterpiece this time. This is one of the best espionage novels I've read. Bond goes up against some of the most sinister and ruthless villains, and in this novel almost nobody can be trusted. The amount of double-crosses and plot twists is astounding, and unlike the more recent Bond movies, the plot is complex and (gasp) logical! As Bond unravels more clues as to who is killing Cabal's agents, he must use every means available to survive, and to stop a cataclysmic event orchestrated by a ruthless organization.
Because of the rich and twisting plot, Death Is Forever captures the more sinister elements of the spy world with nothing short of brilliance. HIGHLY recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Why bother? 5 April 2003
By Lance Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was my first experience with the "modern' James Bond. I strongly suspect that the only people who like Gardner (or Benson) are the ones who have never read Fleming. This one dimensional book had a weak villian, the 2 key plot elements had no apparent connection, and an uncharacteristically dumb action by Bond which led to the deaths of 2 allies. This last was only a plot device to prolong the novel. And Bond falling in love with some incompetent woman he just me, get real. This Bond is just a poor copy. At least the movies are fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everybody's got one..... 23 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found the pace of this book slow. There were far too many new primary characters, and they were extremely under-developed. Bond, in this story, falls in love with an inept female spy he barely knows. Vague comparisons to his wife Tracy, killed on their wedding day, cause us to question this relationship. His subsequent relationship with another spy is also inconsistent with his expressed emotion. I wouldn't have finished this book if I wasn't such a fan
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