- Publisher: MGM/UA
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792812492
- ISBN-13: 978-0792812494
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,088,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Only Live Twice
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Bond, recovering from the death of his wife, is falling to pieces. Taking the advice of a friend, M sends him on a vital mission to Japan, which he hopes will restore Bond's spirits. What seems at first to be a rather placid visit soons turns dangerous as Bond agrees to accept secrets about the Russians in exchange for carrying out a delicate mission for the Japanese government. What he encounters is the culmination of the previous two Bond novels, and the last half of the novel is virtually unputdownable.
This is the best writing of Fleming's career, and his descriptions of Bond's disintegration are surprisingly moving. The final hundred pages or so are horrifying and gripping; never before had Fleming demonstrated such mastery of his craft or technical skill at setting up a denouement. The tension becomes almost unbearable.
"You Only Live Twice" is not an uplifting book, but it is a vital book in the Bond series, and much better than its successor, the pale and posthumously published "Man With the Golden Gun." Those expecting slam-bang action will have to wait until the middle and final chapters, but the rewards are worth the patience. This is a fine novel, but I wouldn't start here if I were just discovering Fleming's Bond novels.
The plot does start out quite promisingly. Nine months following the death of his wife, James Bond has sunk into an alcoholic wave of depression. M, rather cold hearted in this book after being humanized in OHMSS, comes close to terminating his service but instead, gives Bond a mission designed to respark his love of espionage. Bond is sent to Japan to try to convince the head of the Japanese secret service -- Tiger Tanaka -- to ally himself with the English. These sections of the book are very strong. Bond's mission is believable, the plot (which is quite cynical while detailing how even allies like America and England are actually rivals when it comes to espionage) is compelling, and Tiger Tanaka is one of Fleming's strongest connections.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have read my other reviews, you know I am reading them in order. This one is a sequel to two other novels. That is good to know that there is a continuing story line. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig Wellnitz
Very interesting book. You think you know the story from the movie, you don't. While most of the characters you remember from the movePublished 2 months ago by G P CUMMINGS
Bond has become a shadow of his former self. The events of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE have shattered him. His recent assignments have been failures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeanne Tassotto
It was cool to finally read this one. I always knew Bond and Blofeld faced off for final time. It was good to finally read how it went down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Jackson
Bond gets revenge for Tracy on Blofeld & Bunt In Japan.
No Volcanos hiding rocket ship launching pads. Read more