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High Time to Kill (Basic) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Raymond Benson
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Feb 2000 Basic
The Union is a criminal organization with tentacles throughout the world, specializing in military espionage, theft, intimidation and murder. After one of its agents assassinates James Bond's friend, the Union becomes 007's priority target.
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  • Hardcover: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large type edition edition (Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786223383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786223381
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,283,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bond is on leave in the Bahamas with the tall, beautiful and intelligent Helena Marksbury, his P.A. at the S.I.S. (as the MI6 is now known). Here, through the murder of his old friend, the ex-Governor of the Bahamas, he has his first taste of a growing World-wide criminal organisation known as "The Union". Back in England two weeks later and the Union is involved again, suspected of being behind the highjacking of Britain's vital military breakthrough "Skin17".

On the trail of the missing micro-dot, 007 travels to Brussels and onto Nepal where he embarks on an epic mission climbing the Kangchenjunga, the World's third highest mountain, in an attempt to rescue the micro-dot from a crashed plane. Needless to say, the British Secret Service isn't the only party interested in retrieving this top military secret and Bond encounters other challenges besides that of surviving this great mountaineering expedition.

In High Time to Kill, Benson has created a 90s' criminal organisation to rival Fleming's own "Smersh" or "Spectre", with a chilling method of disposing of those who cross them. There are some strong episodes--a golf match between Bond and his old Etonian rival, Roland Marquis, and the climax of the mountaineering adventure where Benson keeps you guessing right to the end. Indeed, the appearance of Marquis provides an interesting insight into Bond's schoolboy-like competitiveness.

Although wholesome enough, Bond's romantic adventures aren't as strong here as in many of Benson or John Gardner's previous novels--his efforts are spread too thinly between Marksbury, a toothpick-sucking Belgian agent and the rather dour New Zealand mountaineer, Dr Hope Rendell. Nevertheless, High Time to Kill is a refreshing Bond novel, with the emphasis firmly on espionage and suspense rather than over-stated action and Q-Branch gizmos. --Julian BrosterEND --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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In the novel, Bond, first encounters The Union, a terrorist organisation reminiscent of SPECTRE. Unlike most Bond novels in which you are aware of the villains and their intentions, the book keeps you guessing all the way through the expedition up Kangchenjunga, the third tallest mountain on earth. I thought the expedition was a most origianal setting far superior to the the work of John Gardner. It was also faster moving than any other Bond novel I have ever read, and also had a very contempory feel to it which I liked. There were three main women in the book and two bad guys- Harding and Marquis. I give the book top marks for plot, originality and over all being the best Raymond Benson effort to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Raymond Benson's fourth James Bond novel, "High Time to Kill" was released the same year as the EON's "The World Is Not Enough" starring Pierce Brosnan in his penultimate 007 film. Whereas that film had a convoluted plot and drifted into inanity, Raymond Benson was delivering what many Bond fans hail as one of the finest instalments in the 007 cannon.

The novel begins with a few nods to the past as James Bond relaxes on a Jamaican holiday with his secretary Helena Marksbury, with whom he is involved in a secret affair as colleagues aren't supposed to be romantically connected. They are invited to a party hosted by the Governor of the Bahamas (who appeared in the Fleming short story "Quantum of Solace" - unrelated to the Daniel Craig film) and all seems well until blackmail and murder raise their ominous heads. A chase ensues between Bond and the killer, and already we're off to a flying start.

This isn't really relevant - and after a Goldfinger-esque golf match, the main story begins when a secret formula named "Skin 17" is stolen by a traitor. M - the female chief of SIS (which M16 is now known) - sends Bond to follow the traitor to Belgium.

The formula is hidden in a pacemaker which is then implanted into a Chinese man, and during his journey via air, the plane is hijacked and crashes into Mount Kangchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. The organisation who stole the formula are naturally angry and plan to climb the mountain in a bid to retrieve the microdot which is worth billions. The Russian Mafia, the Chinese and also the Belgians are after it - and, under M's orders, so is James Bond. A mountaineering party is assembled, including his arch rival from Eton, Roland Marquis, and a pretty New Zealand doctor prophetically named Hope Kendall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, action, romance. HTTK has it all! 5 Feb 2001
By A Customer
High time to kill succeds where other bond novels failed with the tension and suspense created throughout the novel. Beginning with the stealing of a susperior material, skin 17, bond has to track the villians who stole it, but meanwhile comes accross the Union. The Union is a criminal organisation who have bribed, blackmailed and killed many high authority figures to get their way. As good as SPECTRE and just as ruthless, bond has a real threat to his aspirations, which I feel has been missing for quite a while!
Bond has to track and find skin 17 for the British Government so they can get back some of their political and economical strength, but the book also sees bond going head to head with his old rival Roland Marquise. The Climax of the book is an expedition up the 3rd tallest peak in the world to retrieve this skin 17. But Bond has to overcome members of the Union who have infiltrated the expedition group as well as the extreme conditions.
Bensons writing really creates a tense atmosphere and makes you feel like you are up the mountain. This book is superbly written and makes you want to keep reading and reading. Bond at his best and back to basics.
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Quite a good novel for a man I didn't think could cut the grade as Bond's writer. In this this instalment of Bond's escapades, Benson has truely created a BRILLIANT criminal organisation to equal that of SPECTRE which was created by the late Ian Fleming. Each individual character has been fully fleshed out and makes you interested in their objectives. This particular story has some great set pieces, some quite dramatic pose and truely evil villians. Benson has lost none of Flemings capablities in capturing the reader from the very start, though the story does tend to bog down during the middle, though it does raises itself towards the end. Thoroughly enjoyable and welcome back Mr. Bond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benson's best and a truly great Bond novel! 3 May 1999
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I've been a fan of the Bond books since the early sixties, and I feel Benson has done a tremendous job in capturing Fleming's original mood and flavour. 'High Time to Kill' is his best yet, miles above the first two (no pun intended) as Bond has a unique adventure in the Himalayas. I found the book immensely suspenseful and the characterizations having the kind of depth certainly missing from the films-- and I don't see this novel as being 'film-like' in any way. If anything, it reminds me more of something along the lines of Fleming's own 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service.' This is a bloody good Bond novel.
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After Benson's previous efforts, I did not expect much from High Time To Kill. But I was pleasantly surprised. The book is pretty well written and has an engaging storyline. What continues to annoy is a spate of Americanisms which Benson has Bond saying. Benson's Bond behaves differently from those of Ian Fleming and John Gardner and despite Benson's best efforts, there is a lack of continuity with previous Bond novels. But on the positive side, it's a novel which is so exciting, it virtually turns the pages itself! A thrilling easy to read book which I finished in two nights. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars High time to Kill - Brilliant.
A very good Bond adventure- Recommended to any one who loves Espionage thrillers .
An exciting read, Raymond Benson delivers the goods.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Shaun Patrick Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Amazing book, loved every moment!!!! Just as good if not better than Fleming, and Fleming was a genius. Should be the next film
Published 4 months ago by rich james
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous Hollywood Bond
I had to quit 2/3 in. The plot, such as it is, is utterly predictable. Bond has access to the type of technology that escapes reality, as when he dispatches a drone to take out a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keir
5.0 out of 5 stars High Standard
The plot is simple: a new terrorist for hire organisation steals British military secrets only to lose them at the top of the world's 3rd largest mountain. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amon Avis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best bond but better than no bond
I gave this book a rating of 3 stars as the stories not too bad and keeps your interest going
All fan's of bond will like this book I will read Raymond Benson again
Published 13 months ago by john naylor
2.0 out of 5 stars A story about mountain climbing.
Quite tedious in parts. I can only hope that Bond is going after the union in the next episode. It may avenge Helena' s death and lift this story into something more gritty!
Published 13 months ago by J F Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great 007 Novel
In many ways Raymond Benson is a worthy successor to Ian Fleming.He has a flair for detail but also the knack of writing energetic,involving stories. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Serge70
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Having read and enjoyed all of Flemming's Bond books I didn't know what to expect from this. I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved reading this book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dylan Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A mix of different Bond and other novels
A bit of Casino Royale (first girlfriend turns out to be a double agent) a bit of that one where the RAF pilot steals the nuclear bomb - why must the UK villains always be RAF... Read more
Published 20 months ago by pangbourne
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's Fleming
I wanted, so much, to enjoy this book. Having read Colonel Sun more years ago than I care to remember, I had expected that this book might please me as much. Sadly, no. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Simon's dad
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