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The Liquidator (Boysie Oakes Thriller Book 1) by [Gardner, John]
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The Liquidator (Boysie Oakes Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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About the Author

John Gardner (1933-1982) was a major figure of 20th century letters. He is the author of a number of acclaimed novels including: The Sunlight Dialogues, October Light, and Grendel. He was also the author of several seminal works of non-fiction including The Art of Fiction and On Moral Fiction as well as volumes of poetry, and translations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GGOBZXA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a nostalgic trip, really. I read the first three books in the series ages ago and wanted to revisit.
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.
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Fantastic. The adventures of Boysie Oakes are a must-read, and this is the place to start. Thoroughly recommended.
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It was 1966 when, at the tender age of 13, I was seduced by Corgi's first edition of Gardner's "The Liquidator" whilst escaping a particularly draconian English boarding school by hiding out in Watford's WHS.
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?
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Li enjoy John Gardner's books, but was not aware of the Boysie Oakes series until recently and bought this one to try them out. It is an easy read, but a bit too far fetched for me. It lacked the polish of his other books that I have read so far and, whilst it passed away a few hours, it didn't hold my attention. I doubt that I will read any of the other books in the series, but it hasn't put me off John Gardner as an author.
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Although the novel harks back to more ancient detective times, more Shoestring than Reacher, it is an enjoyable read although heavy going to start off.
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Don't waste your time on this one. If you want something more exciting to do then watch some paint dry on a wet Sunday in Manchester.
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Brian Ian Oakes - better known as "Boysie" - enjoys the high-flying,jet-set lifestyle which comes with being the British secret service's top professional assassin, code-named "L" for "Liquidator". The fast cars, the even faster women, the fine wines and the generous expense account - these he takes in his stride. The only problems he has are minor ones such as being frightened of flying - oh, and spiders; he's terrified of spiders. And there's his inate cowardice and being scared of the sight of blood....and he hates violence and also killing, which is a bit of a handicap for a Liquidator. To keep up apperances, Boysie hits on the idea of sub-contracting his lethal missions to a lugubrious underworld hit-man (and former undertaker) called Griffin, who does the killing while Boysie enjoys the lifestyle. The deception works well enough until Boysie decamps to the French Riviera for a dirty week-end with his boss' secretary and is suddenly surrounded by real spies and professional killers far less squeamish than he is.
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.
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John Gardners writing style is simple this novel reads a little like a short story rather than an in-depth essay-like description of everything, which would tire the reader out. In recent years the crime genre (rather than espionage which i would put this into) goes for wildly elaborate plots yet this one sucessfully spins out a story with some twists and turns that in some ways pave the way for the Gardner Bond stories. I gave it 4 out of 5, which for an espionage novel is good. To make a 5 these days I think the hero needs to be built up more and knocked down enough to show his human side. The Human side in this novel is interesting enough though and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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