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John Gardner
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5 July 2012 James Bond

Two female agents of Operation Cream Cake - double agents and honey traps against the KGB - are murdered. Bond must find the others and conduct them to safety before they meet a similar fate.

In a race against time, Bond travels to Ireland and the KGB is soon on the scene. But all is not as it seems and soon Bond finds he needs all his wits to negotiate a labyrinth of double-crossing that is to lead him to a bewildering showdown in a remote corner of the Kowloon province of Hong Kong, where, weaponless, he is hunted by four assassins.

No Deals, Mr. Bond is the sixth in the bestselling series created by John Gardner, and one of the most original and unpredictable.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,604 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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John Gardner served with the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Marines before embarking on a long career as a thriller writer, including international bestsellers THE NOSTRADAMUS TRAITOR and THE GARDEN OF WEAPONS. In 1981 he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to revive James Bond in a brand new series of novels.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By their very nature Bond books and films are to a large degree predictable, we know what to expect and we expect to get it. What matters is the way it's done and with this book Gardner pulled together his take on the Bond formula to it's neatest and most satisfying.
No deals Mr Bond, whilst not a classic title by any means, combines the sort of genuine espionage activities of the novels of John Le Carre and indeed John Gardner's own Herbie Kruger series, networks of agents, legends, tradecaft, betrayals, double-crosses and inter-agency rivalries. With the more Bond like car chases, gunfights, torture and of course sex.
The plot concerns the sudden and mysterious deaths of members of one of SIS's most successful cold war networks, long after they were disbanded and given new, safe identities. Bond is dispatched to try to find and protect the rest of them but is quickly plunged into an abyss of betrayal, unable to be certain of what is the truth and who can be trusted.
The twists of the plot and of fate that befall Bond in this novel seem more plausibly located in the real world than many of the other books by Gardner in the series. Here there are no larger than life psychotics trying to gas New York or nuke Westminster, just dark people playing a dark game because it's all they know and all they're good at.
A cracking read that makes you wish they'd make a film that was plot rather than stunt heavy. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Deal To Like 21 July 2011
After two successful outings in keeping with Fleming's style, Gardner's 6th 007 novel is his most original since Icebreaker. While the latter failed for me (compromising too much Bondian action and pace for a slowburning spytrade tale), this story sees a dynamic Bond against the odds and driving events as a British spy ring is wound up.

Score: 8/10. It certainly doesn't hang about. The covert naval op is convincingly told; then Bond is plunged into a deniable mission to rescue 'honeytrap' agents who'd spied for the UK and are now being killed. What follows is a Buchan/Sapper/Yates (the latter is referenced) style thriller, our hero on the run through London, Ireland, Paris and Hong Kong amid circling cloak-and-dagger treachery.

It's sort of Gardner's take on From Russia With Love (with a trap set by a Russian spymaster intent on bringing 'death to spies') except here neither Bond nor the reader know each character's loyalties. Those characters are nicely drawn, even if the girls follow Gardner's by now familiar pattern of trying to bed 007 on sight. There's another KGB man called Kolya (not the one from Icebreaker) and Q Branch's deadly emergency pack proves a worthy successor to the briefcase in Fleming's work.

The revelation that 007's on less of a recue mission and more of a seedy clean-up op rather sticks in the craw. Mistakes creep in, like Bond forgetting the ASP has transparent panels over the clip and weighing it to see if it's loaded. But after his brilliant depiction in Nobody Lives For Ever (James Bond), it's the increasingly pompous and smug 007 that's the big disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 24 July 2014
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No Deals, Mr Bond represents an overdue and immensely welcome departure from the formula used by Gardener in previous books (with the exception of 'Nobody Lives For Ever'). The story centres around an aborted ‘honey pot’ operation against the KGB called Operation Cream Cake. Bond is instrumental in pulling two of the girls involved in the operation out of Europe via the use of a nuclear submarine. Apart from this ‘set piece’ the book leaves the usual film-inspired plot lines (megalomaniac wanting to take over the world) and moves into murkier waters. The original ‘dangles’ are being hunted down and killed by the KGB with their tongues cut out to send a clear message to MI6 not to mess with them.

M sends Bond to find and protect the remaining two women and one man who have taken on new identities. In his attempts to do this he unravels a knotty puzzle involving double agents, the GRU (the military arm of the KGB), the old head of SMERSH and of course a beautiful woman. His travels take him first to Ireland and then to Hong Kong.

There is a dollop of sexism and some mild racial stereotypes to cope with along the way, but in this respect Gardner mirrors Ian Fleming very well (whether this is a concerted effort is arguable). The final scenes where Bond is being hunted by four assassins on a small island off the coast of Hong Kong are excellently paced and executed by Gardner. Exposition is scattered about the book where required rather than being lumped at the end and the plot for once is wholly believable. This is a great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bond is back 12 Oct 2013
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We have heard the sentence before. Bond is back. Well, he is. John Gardner actually beat Ian Fleming in the end. He wrote more Bond stories than Fleming. Naturally he can never take credit for having invented the character, but nevertheless he wrote a series of great stories.
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