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A Taste for Death (Modesty Blaise) (Modesty Blaise) [Paperback]

Peter O'Donnell
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30 Aug 2006 Modesty Blaise
The rugged team of Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin take on impossible odds, pitted against simon Delicta, the man with a taste for death, and Swordmaster Wenczel in a duel to the death. As the adventure unfolds, travelling from London to Panama before reaching the depths of the Sahara desert, the pair will need all their killing skills to survive.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New Ed edition (30 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285637657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285637658
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter O'Donnell began his career working on pre-World War Two comic strips. During the 1950's he became involved with strip cartoons and created the revolutionary series Modesty Blaise, which would be syndicated in more than 42 countries. The strip led to a series of bestselling novels, all published by Souvenir Press: Modesty Blaise, Sabre Tooth, I,Lucifer, The Impossible Virgin, Pieces of Modesty, A Taste for Death, The Silver Mistress, Dragon's Claw, The Xanadu Talisman, The Night of the Morningstar, Dead Man's Handle and his final collection of stories about Modesty, Cobra Trap.

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One of the great partnerships in fiction, bearing comparison with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. --Kingsley Amis

These books are the finest escapist thrillers ever written. --The Times

Before Buffy, before Charlie s Angels, before Purdy and Emma Peel there was Modesty Blaise. For almost 40 years, Peter O Donnell s iconic heroine drop-kicked her way through a swath of villains and into a unique place in popular culture. --The Observer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
"A Taste for Death" was written by Peter O'Donnell in 1969 and is the fourth book in the Modesty Blaise series of books. In my opinion it is the best book in the series, and perhaps the best book I've ever read. (And re-read and re-read. I think I've probably read this book at least 10 times in the last 35 years.)
The book starts with two parallel stories, one in Panama and one in England.
In Panama, Willie Garvin (Modesty's loyal side-kick) runs into Gabriel and McWhirter, the two memorable bad guys from the first Modesty Blaise book. They are trying to kidnap Dinah Pilgrim, a blind girl they need because of her having a special talent. Willie saves Dinah and then a major confrontation ensues, with Modesty coming to Willie's aid and both Modesty and Willie surviving traps that should not possibly be survivable.
Meanwhile, in England Modesty Blaise has encountered Simon Delicata, an incredibly nasty villain and perhaps the scariest fictional bad guy I've ever read about. Delicata first kills an archeologist with ties to a research expedition in the Sahara Desert, and later strikes directly at Modesty's cottage in the English countryside.
In a very satisfying plot maneuver the two supposedly separate story lines merge. It turns out that Gabriel and McWhirter are in league with Delicata, and Modesty and Willie must travel to Algeria to face this trio of villains in a fight to the death. A fight that they have almost no chances of surviving against the combined force of Gabriel and Delicata.
The most fascinating thing about the Modesty Blaise books is the personality of the two main characters, Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin. They both have an amazing will to survive and to overcome the incredible dangers they are faced with.
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Peter O'Donnell is one of the most underrated writers the english language has probably ever known. There isn't a single writer alive today who couldn't learn a great deal from his characterisations, plotting and sheer story telling brilliance. This book is to my mind the best of the Modesty Blaise novels and the novels themselves are among the best adventure stories you could ever read. Unfortunately the original comic strips and an appalling film adaptation (and I mean really dire) probably put most people off trying the novels. A taste for death is probably not a good place to start with Modesty Blaise. You should at least read the first novel (just called: modesty blaise) as that sets the background this novel returns to in part.
But whatever you do: read peter o'donnell, his books never date, his writing never grows stale and Modesty Blaise (Lara Croft eat your heart out) and Willie Garvin (and he could take Jack Reacher) manage to pull off almost superhuman feats with a casual nonchalance that is utterly convincing.
A taste for Death has my all time favourite fictional villain in Simon Delicata.
Read this book and discover for yourselves just how short changed you've been by the major publishing houses.
Peter O'Donnell was there first and does it so much better it's truly criminal there are no paperback re-prints.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Modesty Blaise novel, ever 3 April 2002
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this is undoubtedly the best modesty blaise novel
although i would run I LUCIFER a close second.
If the powers that be ever get round to making
a decent modesty movie, rather than the travesty
starring monica vitti (who)! this is the novel
they should film.
the novel starts with willie garvin having his own little adventure which demonstrates he is no
mere cipher to modesty blaise.
an old foe Gabriel shows up, and a new terrifying
seemingly superstrong and invulnerable villain
Simon Delicata is introduced.
The story concerns a group of archelogists who are
being held by delicata and gabriel they believe
the site they are digging on contains an ancient
modesty and willie get involved without really
knowing what they are up against.
there then follows some of the most exciting
action scenes you will read(worthy of Ian Fleming)
suberb combat descriptions and a real nailbiter
of an ending.
This is one of the few Modesty books that is relatively easy to get hold of, but i warn you
that if you do get it, you wont be able to put
it down enjoy!!1
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nail biting, gripping story to the end. 10 Aug 2000
As with all the Modesty Blaise stories written by Peter O'Donnell I found A Taste for Death excellent and thoroughly enjoyed every page. In this story we are introduced to Dinah Pilgrim and Steve Collier who feature in other Modesty Blaise books...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite Modesty Blaise story! 2 April 2000
By A Customer
From start to finish, this book really delivers a great read. A superb villain, Willie's dark past, ancient mystery, knuckle-biting single combat and, most of all, the "Princess"! This is my favorite Modesty Blaise story... and I've read ALL of them!
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