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Teaming up with Cedar Leiter, the jaw- droppingly beautiful daughter of Felix, Bond is placed on Special Services to the US government with the task of infiltrating the organisation of Markus Bismaquer, suspected of collaborating with SPECTRE on "some kind of venture that may set the world ablaze". Bond and Cedar pose as art experts leaving the UK in a shower of publicity with six hitherto unknown, signed Hogarth prints. The cover is designed to win them an audience with Bismaquer whose weakness for art is legendary. When they are set upon shortly after arriving in New York, it seems that everything is going to plan.
Or is it? Gardner's second Bond novel has more twists than the thirty-foot python displaying its SPECTRE credentials in an opening scene. Even before Bond has left for America, Blofeld's announcement that, "I have personal scores to settle with Mr Bond. I have devised a method to deal with him--call it a lure if you like. If it has worked, soon we shall have the pleasure of Mr Bond's company on this side of the Atlantic", has the alarm bells ringing. The hunter may just have become the hunted.
For Special Services packs action and drama onto every page. It is closer to the Bond of the films than Fleming's blueprint, but what it sacrifices in subtlety, it makes up for in thrills and spills. --IainCampbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the worst thriller I ever read. Totally implausible and boring. Look elsewhere for entertainment.Published 3 months ago by Martin Reading
Looking at the other reviews, I’m starting to think that I might be being overly harsh, or that there is another book out there that was better than the one I read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew Lee Murphy
A classic bond tale a little too much detail and a very quick ending, but still a very good read-Published 7 months ago by rennicat
A GOOD STORY THAT I AM SURE MOST PEOPLE WILL ENJOY,I HAVE NO PROBLEM IN RECOMENDING TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD READ.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read. Sent to kindle with no problem. east transaction, and with a registered account, a simple payment. many thanks.Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by Bw Empson
I did not own a complete set of the John Gardner Bond books. All the titles are not available in the US, so a matched set from the UK was just what I needed.Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Paul Niedernhofer
John Gardner continues to re-invent James Bond for the 1980's, even having him drive a Saab, which is a little disappointing. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2012 by M. Crossman
The second of John Gardner's James Bond continuation novels sees the secret agent dispatched to America to investigate an apparent resurgence in an old enemy. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by Jim J-R