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The Last Battle (Dragonmaster) [Paperback]

Chris Bunch
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5 Dec 2006 Dragonmaster (Book 3)
The Great War against the Roche is over. But the world is grey, battered, and the promise of peace never quite materialises for Hal Kailas. Even the joy has gone from the Dragonmaster's marriage, for reasons neither he nor Lady Khiri can determine. As predicted, with the end of the war not only dragon fliers, but dragons themselves have been cast aside. However, an old concern re- emerges ...what or who is savaging the dragons in their native lands? Enlisting trusted comrades, Hal embarks on a new crusade, and discovers a threat, not just to the dragons but to man himself.
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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (5 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045146110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461100
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,105,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Chris Bunch: 'I highly recommend Storm of Wings. It is in many ways, the fantasy equivalent of another Vietnam vet's masterpiece - Haldeman's THE FOREVER WAR. Yes, it really is that good' THE ALIEN ONLINE, 'Rich and convincing ... will leave you eagerly awaiting the next instalment' SFX, 'Slam-bang excitement, lusty action and military magic ... fast-paced and ferocious' JULIAN MAY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Bunch is a Vietnam veteran and served as a patrol commander and combat correspondent for Stars and Stripes. He has written for the underground press, outlaw motorcycle magazines and Rolling Stone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Dr No is the sixth appearance in print for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1958 it is very much of it's time in certain attitudes and the dangers facing the world, but it is a ripping yarn that holds up well still today.

Following the near fatal events of `From Russia With Love', and Bond's extended convalescence, he is sent by M to Jamaica on what should be an easy case to ease Bond back into the groove. A relaxing holiday in the sun as M puts it. Two operatives, the local station chief and his secretary, have mysteriously disappeared. Bond is sent to find out what happened to them, and to look into the sudden reduction in numbers of a rare bird, the roseate spoonbill, on nearby Crab Key. What looks like a simple matter, well below his abilities, quickly turns into something more sinister, and eventually leads Bond into a struggle that pushes him right to the limits of his physical and mental endurance. Every step of the way is a trial for Bond, and from the moment he sets foot in Jamaica he has to be on the top of his game to avoid ending up dead, and to protect those around him.

It's a thrilling book, and once again Fleming writes with bags of atmosphere. You can picture the syrupy glow of the sun in Jamaica, hear the birds in the trees, feel every ounce of terror and pain inflicted on the characters. There are several bravura sequences, which are totally and utterly gripping; Bond's encounter with a deadly centipede, and his fight for survival in Dr No's lair are nailbiting and exhausting examples. Added to which is Fleming's ability to relate mundane matters in an interesting way - the guano industry is central to the book, and Fleming makes his essential description of this most uninteresting sounding subject both informative and enthralling.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Dr No is the sixth appearance in print for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1958 it is very much of it's time in certain attitudes and the dangers facing the world, but it is a ripping yarn that holds up well still today.

Following the near fatal events of `From Russia With Love', and Bond's extended convalescence, he is sent by M to Jamaica on what should be an easy case to ease Bond back into the groove. A relaxing holiday in the sun as M puts it. Two operatives, the local station chief and his secretary, have mysteriously disappeared. Bond is sent to find out what happened to them, and to look into the sudden reduction in numbers of a rare bird, the roseate spoonbill, on nearby Crab Key. What looks like a simple matter, well below his abilities, quickly turns into something more sinister, and eventually leads Bond into a struggle that pushes him right to the limits of his physical and mental endurance. Every step of the way is a trial for Bond, and from the moment he sets foot in Jamaica he has to be on the top of his game to avoid ending up dead, and to protect those around him.

It's a thrilling book, and once again Fleming writes with bags of atmosphere. You can picture the syrupy glow of the sun in Jamaica, hear the birds in the trees, feel every ounce of terror and pain inflicted on the characters. There are several bravura sequences, which are totally and utterly gripping; Bond's encounter with a deadly centipede, and his fight for survival in Dr No's lair are nailbiting and exhausting examples. Added to which is Fleming's ability to relate mundane matters in an interesting way - the guano industry is central to the book, and Fleming makes his essential description of this most uninteresting sounding subject both informative and enthralling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Yes! 10 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
Ian Fleming's dynamic spy story may not have been his first James Bond novel (that honour goes to Casino Royale) but it was the first to be filmed, and as such it has remained in the public consciousness as 007's first real adventure. The daddy of all super-villains, Dr Julius No, is holed-up in his lair on Crab Key, a small island in the Caribbean. Bond is despatched by his boss `M' to the Caribbean, to investigate the disappearance of the its Secret Service representative, a friend of 007's, whose mysterious death may well be linked to Dr No's secret operations on Crab Key. The deadly game that No forces Bond to play, is vividly brought to life and styled so as to be extremely thrilling for the reader, whilst the soon-to-be template for all Bond girls - the exotically delicious `Honey Ryder' - adds spice to an adventure that is already excitingly different.
Fleming's genius lay in his ability to write simply, but with an almost fetishistic attention to detail; the reader experiences a delicious thrill when Bond lights another cigarette or describes the minutiae of his daily routine. It is this ability to prompt such a vicarious response in the reader that lifts Fleming's novels from their pulpy origins, and which has given them their longevity and their status' as classic slices of disposable fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting- a little far-fetched. 20 Feb 2013
By MarkP
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I enjoyed it, just as I've enjoyed the film version, but the other Bond books are more down-to-earth and better for it in my opinion. A worthwhile read, nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dr No 25 Jan 2013
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I found it ok. It is worth buying it if you like the genre. Also good for the money invested and the delivery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still fascinating despite the dodgy bits
The very first Bond book I ever read, as well as the first movie. Decades since I've read it and fascinated as to how it stands up. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Ja McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elegant Venus
Dr No is one of the more colourful and surreal of the Bond novels. The location is the beautiful but deadly Caribbean island of Crab Key, home to the mysterious Dr No and, or so... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gregory S. Buzwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I did not buy this for myself a bought it for my mum who can no longer see to read she loves them we only bought the ones that sesn connary acted in the films as that was what she... Read more
Published 24 months ago by cat lover
5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond
This is my first purchase on my Kindle Touch which was delevered yesterday. A brilliant book to be read on an amazing machine.
Published 24 months ago by churchhouse16
5.0 out of 5 stars dr no
i think this book is really great. it is just a great bond novel to read and the action through it is really great
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by scotselvis
4.0 out of 5 stars The first super-villian makes for an entertaining read
The sixth James Bond novels shows the beginning of the larger-than-life super-villains that the series has come to be known for, in the character of Doctor No. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic
One of the best Bond novels ever written and it was great to be able to have a copy of it on my Kindle - would highly recommend.
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by MichaelPWebb
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Not so good.
Having read the first five Bond's I had high hopes, but sadly this didn't live up to them. The novels are of their time (Cold War etc), but this one seems slightly dated. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2010 by Woofit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the toilet!!!
It gave me diarrhoea! I use this book whenever I feel bunged up. It's so exciting. Fleming has outdone himself in Dr No.
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by Master Reader
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