The Bahamas, Hong Kong, China, Australia--James Bond visits all of these places in Zero Minus Ten, conquering women en route. Set 10 days before Hong Kong is handed back to the Chinese, Bond is faced with a number of disturbing events: A nuclear bomb exploding in Australia; the gunning down of customs officers in England and an explosion killing the entire Board of Directors for Eurasia Enterprises in Hong Kong. What is the connection between these events? 007's mission is to investigate--before the friction between China and Britain escalates.
The usual assortment of dysfunctional, larger-than-life adversaries is on display: General Wong, a ruthless tyrant with a penchant for torture using a rattan cane; Guy Thackaray, the alcoholic Managing Director of Eurasia Enterprises and Li Wei Tam, the leader of a deadly Triad. Bond's companion is the beautiful, almond-eyed, long-legged Sunni Pei, met working as a "hostess" in a Triad-owned club in Hong Kong. Will she be just "another in a long line of affairs which provided a few fireworks for a while and eventually fizzled out."?
Amidst the action, Zero Minus Ten provides some interesting insight into Hong Kong during this tense period in history and there is a special edge to the sparring between Bond and the newly appointed "M"--a woman towards whom he feels both respect and fear. Bond's love of adventure and killing is evident throughout: "Blasting away the guards had actually felt good. My God, he thought. This was what he lived for. It was no wonder that he inevitably became restless and bored when he was between assignments."Zero Minus Ten is a rich adventure thriller, ranking highly in the Gardner/Benson series. --Julian Broster
Raymond Benson has now several James Bond novels, all Coronet paperbacks. He is also the author of The James Bond Bedside Companion, which was shortlisted for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biographical/critical work and is considered by 007 fans to be the definitive book on the world of James Bond. He is a director of the Ian Fleming Foundation and served as vice-president of the American James Bond 007 Fan Club for several years. Mr Benson is married, has one son and lives in the Chicago area.
Unreadable, I waded through the interminable mah jong game and then spared myself the rest.Published 6 months ago by Susan Hilgers
Benson is an average writer and has a tin ear for dialogue. It passed the time but wasn't any great shakes.Published 9 months ago by mr stephen marsh
Good well written book that captures the feel and mood of the character, well paced keeps the pages turning. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JF Pearce
A very good book kept me gripped. While never as good as Fleming I would say a very good secondPublished 17 months ago by R. Cuthbert
Great story, well written. Very easy to read and a book you will look forward to picking back up. Would recommend to a friend.Published 20 months ago by Dylan Thomas
Classic James Bond, good story line but too much unnecessary detail ( how to play mahjong was far to descriptive).Published 22 months ago by rennicat
Raymond Benson continues to write James Bond in the gritty style of Ian Flemming. A very good read for 007 fans.Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by Christopher Branch
Anyone who's ever seen a James Bond movie may think they know what to expect from this book: guns, cars, gambling, exotic women and a predictable plot. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2005 by mclose