Zero Minus Ten (James Bond 007) Hardcover – 3 Apr 1997
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
It's Bond written by an acknowledged "professional fan" and it's all the worst things you've ever heard about fan-fiction. It drags on through page after page of info-dump exposition, anaemic sex, queasy sadism and a couple of the dullest sections of any notional thriller in the history of publishing. Cynical page-count pumping is the only explanation for the turn by turn description of a night playing Mah Jong.
There is none of the character of the original books, and none of the pace, noise and spectacle of the Brosnan phase of the movie franchise it seems to be trying to imitate (unless you count "World is Not Enough" #shudder).
Thanks, Ian Fleming Estate, for dropping the price in the kindle Black Friday sales so I could impulse-buy this cheaply. Thanks amazon for suddenly dropping the number of books in the series on sale so I didn't buy many more.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read all the Gardiner books, I found this did not read as well, often spending too much time dwelling on details that although were relevant, distracted from the story.Published 10 months ago by A. Carr
Unreadable, I waded through the interminable mah jong game and then spared myself the rest.Published 17 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 19 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 22 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 on 3 April 2014 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 on 21 Dec. 2013 by Dylan Thomas
Classic James Bond, good story line but too much unnecessary detail ( how to play mahjong was far to descriptive).Published on 25 Oct. 2013 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