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John Gardner
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2 Aug 2012 James Bond

When the body of a mysterious woman is found to be carrying the phone number of James Bond, Bond is called in by M to help the investigation. But before he can even reach headquarters he is nearly run off the road in a high-speed motorway chase. Someone wants Bond dead.

When Bond discovers that the woman was a member of a cult society known as "The Meek Ones", with murky links to a wealthy arms dealer. Soon, hideous acts of terrorism begin to roll out across Britain and Bond finds himself in a race against time to track down the faceless criminal behind the horror ...

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135685
  • 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: 31,490 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'.

About the Author

After Kingsley Amis John Gardner was the next writer to be asked by Glidrose (now IFPL) to write further adventures of James Bond. He wrote, like Fleming, fourteen Bond books, plus novelisations of the films GoldenEye and Licence to Kill, from 1981 to 1996.

Before becoming an author of fiction in the early 1960s John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer, a journalist and, for a short time, a priest in the Church of England. In all, Gardner had fifty-five novels to his credit - many of them best-sellers - before he died in August 2007.

For more information about John Gardner and his non-Bond works, visit his own website at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Claws and Effect 15 Aug 2011
In 1988, midway through his Bond output and still hitting them into the bestseller lists, Gardner produced his most original 007 story yet. Putting his version of Bond into an astonishingly un-Fleming like tale was an approach that deservedly won this novel many fans. Truly, it's a shame that he wasn't more daring as it's the more familiar elements that disappoint here when the story flags in the last third.

Score: 7/10. A creepy, secret society (Father Valentine's "The Meek Ones") is linked with international arms dealing, just as a wave of evangelically inspired terrorist attacks hit the UK. We have a gritty London death, SAS training, Bond implicated in a murder and establishment figures under threat. It's the most gripping, violent and disconcerting start to a 007 novel since Amis' Colonel Sun: A James Bond Adventure.

It's a great move, the plot unfolding far more like an episode of say "The Professionals" or "Spooks". Just as Bond's been given his task, the narrative drags 007 along so fast you fear he won't keep pace. It's both thrilling and frightening to see both him and M struggling to combat so convincing a threat so close to home. The dialogue as ever isn't the author's forte, but the pace is brilliant- the prose taught and immediate, the characters human and frail. Chapters tend to end on cliffhangers like old fashioned thriller serials. As you might expect with Gardner there's lots of violent action, the intelligence world feels authentic and Bond can't trust anyone, least of all the two 'partners' he's assigned.

It's such a shame that it unwinds. There are too many talky scenes, making Bond late for the action in the next chapter.
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'A young girl's body is fished out of the Thames. Very sad but not so extraordinary. That is, not until Special Branch discover two unusual items. The only telephone number in the late Emma Dupre's diary was Bond's; also a new kind of credit card. Apparently legitimate but unknown.
Emma, well-connected, ex-junkie, had also been involved with a new religious sect - The Society of the Meek Ones led by the charismatic Father Valentine. The society upholds traditional moral values and is harmless. Or is it? Why does Father Valentine have links with Vladimir Scorpius, the vanished international arms dealer?
James Bond is called in to unravel the threads with the help of the beautiful Harriet Horner, in a labyrinthine tale which brings him face to face with the most sadistic and evil opponent of his career.

Scorpio, first published in 1988, is one of John Gardner's better James Bond novels. The elusive Father Valentine makes a worthy adversary for our hero, and all the classic Ian Fleming traits are intact for the world's most famous spy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be about any spy 8 Dec 2013
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Scorpius is an interesting take on the James Bond novel. There are aspects that feel Fleming-esque, but on the whole it feels neither like something crafted by the character's creator, nor like the previous novels written by John Gardner. It's lost a lot of the more eighties aspects, and feels quite trimmed back and without extravagance.

The book is more of a secret-agent procedural novel, with a little bit of character towards the end that doesn't get followed up properly in this novel - but perhaps Gardner is taking a leaf from Fleming's book and leaving the repercussions to the next book in the series.

The plot itself feels filled with coincidence - Bond just tumbles into events by accident rather than actually going on a mission, and seems a fairly useless agent for a lot of the time. Overall, the whole novel feels like it could have been about any secret agent - it's missing the ingredient that means it could only be about James Bond.

I remember having this book as a teenager - I don't know whether I didn't read it or just completely forgot the plot, but I suspect that if you ask me again in another ten years I will have forgotten again.
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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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