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on 2 August 2012
Gardner wrote 16 Bond books in 16 years, and this was his own favourite; he was an excellent writer whose accomplished skills reflected his wide range of life-experiences, including WW2 exploits, religious life, hard drinking & even membership of the Magicians Circle; a very interesting fellow.
The books were derided at the time of publication, (I think simply because purists sneered that they were - clearly - not written by Fleming), but if you allow for the fact that - like the original canon - they are of their time, you are in for a real treat; fast, ingenious, well structured plots, interesting characters and good dialogue.
He gives you what you want, but there is an added layer of suspense that informs Gardner's other novels, namely, that in the spy game, you never know who to trust, so Bond is continually on his toes, and you will be too.
Anyway, without giving anything away, this one starts with a relatively unknown horror of modern history that will make you wonder where it is going, and culminates in a dastardly plot that would change the path of global history; you will have great fun.