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Win, Lose or Die (James Bond)

Win, Lose or Die (James Bond) [Kindle Edition]

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

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When M receives word that a known terrorist organisation is planning to infiltrate and destroy a top-secret British Royal Navy aircraft carrier-based summit of world leaders, James Bond is returned to active duty in the Royal Navy. Promoted from Commander to Captain, Bond is expected to infiltrate the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and identify potential sleeper agents.

As he struggles to complete his mission, a massive war game is being carried out between the American, British, and Soviet Navies. And when Bond gets caught up in a murder investigation the safety of the most powerful leaders on the planet hangs in the balance ...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409135691
  • Publisher: Orion (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OYPZQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sea Change 27 July 2012
The 1980s Bond novels had seen the steady thawing of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Fleming plot gambit of 007 playing cat and mouse with a major supervillain. With the brick dust flying in Berlin, and the writer himself off to live in the USA, a palpable turning point was reached in the books both in narrative and context that would launch Gardner's Bond in a completely new direction for the 90s.

Score: 8/10. Bond returns to the Royal Navy for a joint UK, USA and USSR war game marking the USSR's "perestroika" (economic restructuring) and "glasnost" (cultural and political openness) policies. A new terrorist group BAST (Brotherhood of Anarchy & Secret Terror) has threatened to wreak havoc. But whom can 007 trust? Beautiful WREN officer Clover Pennington? Italian sex bomb Beatrice? Or enigmatic Russian Naval Attache Nicki?

It's a radical departure and admittedly takes a little getting used to, but it's a resounding success. The techno-thriller style (more like Frederick Forsyth than the oft cited Tom Clancy) really suits Gardner's knack with action and technical detail. The first few chapters alone are packed with exciting and immersive set pieces- you feel you could probably fly a sea harrier! Unlike other breaks from the format Bond remains at the forefront of the action, while intercutting the villains' machinations sets up the next threat without slowing things down. With SPECTRE dead and gone, the author anticipates the risk of BAST becoming a pale imitation: even Bond notes "it sounds like a poor man's SPECTRE." Although we don't get the meticulous background we got from Fleming (or Benson's Union Trilogy), there's a delightfully cynical reason for BAST's hollow heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fear the wrath of BAST! 13 Oct 2012
BAST (Brotherhood of Anarchy and Secret Terror) plan to the World Leaders (of the time, so it's Gorbachev, Thatcher and George Bush) and then hold the World to ransom. Which leads to the question...How much were they expecting to get? Can't see many British people paying much to get Thatcher back in 1989... In fact John Major probably would have paid a pretty penny for them to have kept her (along with John Smith, the then Labour leader).

Anyway, the book is standard Gardner Bond fare. If you're read any of the other Bond books by John Gardner then you'll know what to expect and if you haven't then I suggest that this isn't the one to start with.

Still, good fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, badly written 16 Mar 2014
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Gardner's eighth Bond novel feels a bit like the point where he's taken things too far. Despite this, the plot is fairly strong and develops from a well formed foundation, however there's a lot that combines to spoil it.

The first problem was that the back-cover copy of my edition gives away one of the major events from the novel that really shouldn't be spoilt. I would have much preferred to have read it without this knowledge in advance.

Bond falling for a girl has become a cliché, despite the narrative's insistence that it's a rarity, but in many ways Gardner's Bond has lost much that Fleming provided the character. The narrative is punctuated by frequent asides and even a footnote which I felt broke the flow of the story and didn't fit with the character the reader is aligned with at all.

Finally there's a really weak climax that I won't spoil. Overall, a book with potential that was let down. I'd love to have read it written differently.
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