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on 17 April 2000
I enjoyed this book and think it is arguably the best of the post-Fleming Bonds. But am I alone in thinking that the policy of constantly updating Bond is a mistake? Fictional characters belong in a particular time and place. Sherlock Holmes belongs in the world of gaslights and hansom cabs and James Bond belongs in the cold war era of the fifties and early sixties - not in the early 21st century!
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on 1 November 2015
Well paced an every enjoyable.
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on 16 August 2013
Quite tedious in parts. I can only hope that Bond is going after the union in the next episode. It may avenge Helena' s death and lift this story into something more gritty!
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on 16 September 1999
For me this was a very disappointing book. I thought it started well with lots of action and detail but soon petered out to a wordy tome with action in fits a starts and a poor finale. Marquis as the villain was cardboard and Bond made some big mistakes. He would never compromise SIS rules by forming a relationship with his PA, no matter how desirable, and they have all been that. Raymond Benson has produced vintage James Bond prior to this, almost to Ian Fleming standard - no one get be quite as good as the master - this lets him down. I don't suppose my lack of interest in mountain climbing helped but I found the passages on the climb, a big chunk of the book, very slow and what action that did take place lacked the usual Bond detail. "The Facts of Death" had pace, action, detail and Bondness as did Benson's other Bond books. "High Time to Kill" seems to have suffered from altitude sickness. I look forward to "The World Is Not Enough" and hope both Messrs. Bond and Benson are back on track.
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on 25 January 2000
The problem with ghost writing and/or taking over the mantle of a famous and popular hero by fans of the character is that, more often than not, they do not have the same life experiences from which to draw upon for stories and characters, and more importantly, they do not have any natural ability to weave and tell a story. What they do have is the ability to inject into the passage, historical footnotes of all the past literary adventures which only denotes a "Knowledge" of the given subject matter. Unfortunately, that is not enough.
There also seems a desire to close the gap between the literary and filmic character of James Bond through references to Brioni suits et al. All very boring....
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on 19 January 2006
I have always loved the Bond Films so one day i thought i'd give the books a shot. I read Zero Minus Ten and thought it was really good. So I thought i'd have a go at another. I couldn't get hold of The Facts Of Death at the time so I got High Time To Kill. It starts off really well, and the chapter Bitter Suite is really thrilling. But as it goes on it starts to get really boring and the villan Marquis is a bit wooden. But still it's not awful
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