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Nobody Lives For Ever (John Gardner's Bond series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

John Gardner
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Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.

'Take care 007. Take special care. The continent's a hotbed of villainy these days and you can never be too careful.'

Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond's hand, is determined to make it the holiday to die for. With a price on his head, Bond must evade the world's greatest assassins in a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe, while trying to save the lives of the two women who matter to him most, his housekeeper May and Miss Moneypenny. But Bond has been a target before. And when it comes to staying alive, nobody does it better than 007.

In Nobody Lives Forever, the fifth in Gardner's bestselling series, Fleming's superspy is at the top of his game.

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Book Description

Official, original James Bond from a writer described by Len Deighton as a 'master storyteller'.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00550O1O6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Get Ahead in Bond's World 5 July 2011
Gardner's only direct follow on (his final Bond book COLD was a sequel/ reunion of characters from this book and Win, Lose or Die (James Bond)) sees one of the bad guys getting away at the end of Role of Honour (James Bond) and putting a deathbed contract on 007. It could have been tried out many times over the years, with a more noteworthy villain. What's astonishing is the high calibre of the delivery.

Score: 9/10. Of all the independently-minded Gardner's entries in the Bond canon, this is the one that might have easily been a Fleming manuscript. It's to the former's credit that he offers up such a fan-pleaser, and does it so well. Bond is the resourceful, sensitive and thoughtful man of action at his best. On leave from his Service, he sets out on a personal mission to rescue May and Moneypenny even though he knows it to be a trap staged for his own destruction.

The set up is a simple one and works well. The prose is well crafted and immediate, probably Gardner's best in 007 mode. The host of enigmatic sexy girls, uncomprimising allies and would-be assassins who interrupt Bond's road trip are brilliantly drawn. The trappings are alternately luxurious and macabre, keeping things interesting whilst never sacrificing pace.

Classic touches abound: scuba diving, car chases and Bond's love of travel and the simple things in life. His weapons again consist of the ASP, Bentley and instinct, plus a new baton and a Q Branch engineered belt. The settings of alpine Europe and the Florida Keys are fittingly Fleming-y.

The only real downside is the shorter length of the tale, but this is a minor quibble of an otherwise excellent novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moneypenny kidnapped!!! 13 Oct. 2012
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In an attempt to lure Bond to his death SPECTRE kidnap Miss Moneypenny.
Gardner really has hit his stride by this the fifth book in his series of James Bond novels.
His over reliance on SPECTRE and past Bond history (most notably Bond's dead Wife Tracey) sometimes hamper the books but I can understand Gardner's desire to make the books mere thrillers with a character called James Bond in them.
It's a fun read and not too taxing.
Ideal for a holiday.
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By Jim J-R
John Gardner's fifth James Bond novel is the best of the series up to that point, much more reminiscent of the adventures written by Ian Fleming, in which Bond, holidaying in Europe, discovers that almost every assassin around is after him.

The character of Bond is much more to the fore in this novel, though not as much as in the originals, but the structure feels more familiar. The other characters are stronger than they have been, though it lacked the iconic enemies that Fleming was surprisingly good at making plausible.

In terms of the plot, there were a few moments where I thought it didn't work, with one particularly obvious twist visible right from the start, but otherwise it was strong enough to keep my attention throughout.

A good continuation story, and Gardner's best up to this point. I'm looking forward to continuing the series under his helmsmanship in the hope that things are on the up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably bad Bond 29 Dec. 2012
We know James Bond is fiction but this book is a ridiculous fairy tale based on absolute fatuous rubbish. In my opinion Ian Flemming's work would have been better left alone, John Gardner just does not have what it takes, and times have changed. Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels are in a completely different and far higher league of story telling.
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Formulaic, and not great to read. I read some of this series of books when they were first published. From memory (without checking) at first Bond drove a Saab or something similar. I suppose this is more back to the norm. Easy to read, but not a novel that leaves any lasting memory.
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