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James Bond: Win, Lose or Die: A 007 Novel (James Bond Novels (Paperback)) Paperback – May 1, 2013
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Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Back in the late 1950's, author Ian Fleming created a unique character, one that would have all the style and charisma to live on through different storytellers. This character, James Bond, is most known for being the quintessential `spy' or `secret agent', and even considering the character's dangerous occupation and sometimes-questionable lifestyle, has become a sort of fictional role model for many people. But even though Mr. Bond originated from the world of literature, in a way, he is most known for his flamboyant and action-packed films, which are both light on the intellectual stimuli, and heavy on the one-liners.
Throughout the years, though, Bond's adventures have not only been continued on the silver screen. His outings also lived on through the literature world, being passed on to new authors, who each portray Bond in various ways, while still retaining all the charm and sophistication of Mr. Fleming's original Bond. But, as is usually commonplace, the novel adaptations of Mr. Bond's exploits have been much more detailed and thorough in describing the art of a covert spy, than just showing off by killing as many people and sleeping with as many women as possible like many of the films, particularly the most recent ones, have been doing. This is not to say that the films are essentially no-brainers, it's just that imagining what is happening in a particular scene through very descriptive and detailed words, is much more enjoyable than seeing it being played out in front of you on a screen.
This particular author, James Gardner, has written over eleven books based on the character in the last two decades, and by past examples of previous authors, he would have had a lot to live up to when he wrote his first bond novel.Read more ›
Gardner's stories suffer from two basic weaknesses: He doesn't have the full range of Cold War enemies to work with and his doesn't have the same hard edge to his characters and writing.
Death is Forever veers back toward the Fleming books by involving Wolfgang Weisen, onetime director of East Germany's Security Service. He makes for a truly fascinating villain. Fleming would have made him even more fascinating, but you will enjoy him and his plot to destabilize the West. Although the Cold War is over in this book, Gardner finds a way to create an extension of the Cold War. That is good for all of us readers.
In all other ways, the book is a typical Gardner offering -- serviceable plot and relentless Bond.
If you have a choice between reading a Fleming novel and a Gardner one, you should always read a Fleming one first. If you have read and liked all of the Fleming books, you will be pleased with this Gardner offering. Enjoy!
Not bad but I wouldn't read it again. I would read all the Ian Fleming books again and have done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What bothered me about this was that Bond had to go to flight school for retraining on a helecopter. As the Bond character knows all, I thought this was a weak plot idea. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by ellison
Not very good. Convoluted and complicated. Lacking in merit. Perhaps the worst of all the Bond novels. Too bad, really.Published on October 6, 2013 by DL
These James Bond books by John Gardner aren't really meant to be literary classics, nor or they meant to rival anything on a current best seller list. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Clem
I bought this book just to fulfill my collection of John Gardners Bond stories. Gardner`s Bond is just not the super agent we have been accustomed to he is more like a private eye. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by ricko allen
Another 007 adventure penned by John Gardner and unfortunately not one of the best.
Bond's telephone number is found on the body of a drowned female and this leads to... Read more
Two words came to mind after finishing this book: Juvenile and pedestrian. It's not among the worst of its ilk, but Gardner does himself no favors with some of the cheeky side... Read morePublished on August 30, 2005 by R. H. Rich
I had read and loved both Death is Forever and Brokenclaw, and I had read and liked The Man From Barbarossa. Read morePublished on March 24, 2004
Beginning with the murder of two members of a VERY well-organized spy ring known as Cabal, Bond teams up with another MI6 agent to try and find out what happened to the remaining... Read morePublished on August 2, 2003 by matt f.
Maybe I checked this out from the library expecting not to like it. (The Raymond Benson ones I got I really didn't like.) But as soon as I read the first page, I was hooked. Read morePublished on July 23, 2003