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The Liquidator (Boysie Oakes Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Still holds its own against most modern spy fiction although slow to get out of the starting blocks. But all in all a very entertaining and jolly trip, indead. Look forward to reading the other books.
The cover hooked me. It showed a particularly phallic bullet tied in red ribbon and having read the cover blurb, I couldn't wait to get my hard earned 2/6 out of my pocket.
At that point in history, provoked by the Bond phenomena, the publishing industry was awash with new spy heroes but Gardner's Boise Oakes was new, different and better. The book was unique.Not only was it thrilling, it was laugh out loud funny and introduced us to a rich cast of characters that took the market by storm.
At the centre of the action was one Boise Ian Oakes, a coward, wimp and would be cad that is mistakenly recruited from civi street to be MI6's top assassin. He is seduced by the high life and desperate to hang onto the job perks but can't do the work. The solution is obvious - he subcontracts it!
This is a great book and it launched the career of the late, great John Gardner. In my opinion, Oakes was Gardner's greatest literary creation and the first three books in the Oakes series are excellent.
If you haven't read "The Liquidator", you are in for a great ride. If you did read it 45 years ago, give yourself a treat and go back in time. Of course, it's dated but that's part of the charm of reading it today.
Congratulations to "Top Notch" for publishing a jewel but, why on earth didn't you use the original cover?
Written as an affectionate spoof of the cult of 007, "The Liquidator" launched the careers of both Boysie Oakes and thriller writer John Gardner, who was later to be asked to continue the James Bond novel franchise, just as Sebastian Faulkes and Jeffrey Deaver do today. Almost 50 years on from first publication, "The Liquidator" shines out as the perfect antidote to the flood of Sixties spy novels which took themselves far, far too seriously. I think Gardner had a lot of fun writing it, and it shows.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was good to get back to an unpretentious pot boiler. You could call it dated, or perhaps a period piece. But there's no super attractive super sleuth from a broken home. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cheshire Tiger
Bond by another name. This is the movie James Bond not the Ian Fleming original.Published on 13 Dec. 2014 by David Taylor
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