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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135746
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,560 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amon Avis on 14 Dec. 2012
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While Gardner's 80s books had included many bestsellers, by 1994 a mixed bag of more experimental Bond novels was reaching a much narrower audience. Having already written as many Bond books as Fleming, Gardner returned to a tried and tested formula of 007 chasing super villain, while bringing into full effect the changes in Bond's personal and professional life hinted at in the previous book (Never Send Flowers, 1993).

Score: 5/10. Bond is given command of the new Two Zeroes department, an agency born out of the Morland Special ashes of the old Double-0 Section. It's answerable to Microglobe One, a government intelligence committee of which M and SIS are only a part. Partnered once more with Flicka von Grusse (now a member of Two Zeroes and his first live-in partner since Tiffany Case), Bond's first target is Sir Maxwell Tarn: a multi-billionaire whose extensive business and charitable activities hide something more sinister.

It's a promising start with a new Double-0 Section and 007 back in his "blunt instrument" role of international trouble shooter, foiling a high seas robbery. The villain -a German born, naturalised British, too good to be true billionaire whose philanthropy belies a deadly ambition- should certainly ring bells. If only it weren't so badly written. Instead of Two Zeroes, Bond spends most of his time with Microglobe One which turns out to be yet another of Gardner's boring, longwinded and dangerously incompetent 1990s committees. If it's meant to be satire, it's in the wrong book: every time 007 gets going, he's called back to the committee for a row, killing the pace dead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2001
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I think the plot of the story is really breath-taking! I think that Gardner is good at leaving just enough clues to lead in to what is going to happen but pull the rug right out from beneath us with a new suprise that we probally never gathered from all the "spoon-fed" clues.
I love James Bond and I am proud to have this book in my collection because it met and surpased the high standards set by Ian Fleming and Gardner's earlier works.
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By jørgen bøttcher on 31 Mar. 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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By Paul Niedernhofer on 29 Jan. 2013
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I did not own a complete set of the John Gardner Bond books. All the titles are not available in the US, so a matched set from the UK was just what I needed.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
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This is another weak and shallow Gardner Bond novel. If you want Gardner's Bond at his best then read the earlier novels such as Licence Renewed, For Special Services, or Role of Honour. Whatever you do, don't bother with this one!!
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