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Zero Minus Ten (James Bond 007) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340684496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340684498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JackMartin VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2012
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I've always been a James Bond nut and Fleming's original novels are the books I've read multiple times.I do read some books over and over but Fleming certainly more than most. I liked John Gardner's run of James Bond novels but when Raymond Benson took over I had stopped reading Bond, so I was keen to discover these books years later. Benson's Bond is as good as Gardner's Bond, though perhaps not quite as richly drawn.The story though, set around the British hand over of Hong Kong is pure Bond and I really enjoyed the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on 2 Jun. 2001
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ZERO MINUS TEN is Benson's first Bond novel and it's quite good. I particularly enjoyed the lengthy description of the Mahjong game, Bond's ordeal in the Australian outback, and that fact that his villain is kind of a drunk. Having read and re-read all the Fleming and Gardner Bond books, and I can tell you Benson really knows his Bond! But if you're looking to just sample a Benson/Bond, I recommend you leap right to his latest book, NEVER DREAM OF DYING, which is his best so far. Then, if you get hooked, read the first two books of his "Union Trilogy," HIGH TIME TO KILL and DOUBLESHOT which are both excellent (NDOD is the concluding chapter of that trilogy, but it's not critical to read the books in order -- unless you want to). Then come back and read ZERO MINUS TEN and THE FACTS OF DEATH which are equally good. Benson has also written novelizations of two Bond films, TOMORROW NEVER DIES and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, but I think his original work is far superior. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 1999
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I was lucky enough to be reading this as the Hong Kong handover to the Chinese was taking place, and that made it quite special. However, after reading it again, it is a very average, dare I say confused, James Bond story. I can't make up my mind as to whether Benson wishes to re-create the literary Bond, or the cinematic Bond, because they are similar but very different characters. Benson captures the latter fairly well, giving the reader the expectations at every turn that Bond will get into trouble, get out of it, get the girl and get away with it. He doesn't let you down. Not so convinced about the Hong Kong setting - some of the research was not up to scratch. Looking forward to the new story in Gibraltar.
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John Gardner retired from the post of official 007 author (1981-1996) after 14 novels and 2 novelizations. Many were great (eg James Bond Boxed Set 5) but illness and a tiredness with the character led to some weaker books and a changed Bond. The holders of the 007 literary copyright hired American long term 'professional Bond fan' Raymond Benson (composer, stage director and author of The James Bond Bedside Companion). Benson/ Glidrose wanted 007 to be much closer to Fleming's vision (politically incorrect vices and all) but in more overtly filmic plots, especially in the style of the Brosnan movies. A practice run short story 'Blast From The Past' (Jan 1997) -originally published in Playboy, now available in James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels- was well received and Benson went on to write some of the most enjoyable Bond novels in years.

Score: 8/10. As the UK hands Hong Kong back to China in 1997, Bond investigates a wave of attacks against EurAsia Enterprises. Its drunken CEO Guy Thackeray is implicated, as well as a deadly triad leader & a maverick Chinese general who all stand to lose or gain in 10 days' time...

It's very much a product of its time: a reaction against the more sombre and satirical 'real world' tone of Gardner's later depiction of 007 and his world. Microglobe One and Q'ute vanish, while SIS is the Brosnan films' take on Fleming's wartime model: well-resourced, well-disciplined and policing super villainy in the colonies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 1999
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I have read most of the Bond novels available and after the first couple of chapters thought this was going to be special but it just started losing its way. A prime example is the two chapter(at least thats what it felt like) discription of a mahjong game. A poor substitute for Gardner never mind Fleming.AVOID!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2000
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In a style of 007 story telling that finally allows Ian Fleming to rest in peace, Raymond Benson brings James Bond back to basics. The womanizing, smoking, drinking, and gambling secret agent that was born in the 50's and was altered terribly by Benson's predecessor, John Gardner. Bond's gun is back, the Double-0 section, and Q. Zero Minus Ten brings back the old Bond with a rebirth of modern times. Though some disagree with Benson adding a touch of the cinematic Bond, I believe mixing is a nice touch as long as the literary Bond is the larger amount. One of the most interesting aspect of this novel was the fact that the situation of Hong Kong's return to China in July of 1997 was an actual occurrence, with an interesting twist of fiction thrown in. The girl in this outing is one of the most interesting in Bond history and 007 seems like a real person unlike his cinematic counterpart and Gardner's characterization of him. Definitely an excellent read for anyone Bond fan or not. After a mediocre 14 novels by John Gardner, Raymond Benson gives us a well written and researched 007 yarn that's a page turner because he, unlike Gardner, is himself a Bond fan and knows what's good. His following novels are no exception.
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