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Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming (James Bond) Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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“Impressive…. The sturdy plot involves a suitably diabolical and grandiose scheme. An excellent mimic of Fleming’s prose, Horowitz delivers an entertainment sure to please James Bond fans.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Great fun…[for] readers who can’t get enough of James Bond at his coolest and suave-est.” (Seattle Times)
“Horowitz…delivers the tersely precise prose that makes Bond so compelling, but more than that, he also supplies touches of Fleming’s cruel poetry…. A brisk and effective ride.” (The Guardian)
“Horowitz has written a humdinger of a Bond story, so cunningly crafted and thrillingly paced that 007’s creator would have been happy to have owned it…from his brilliant first chapter on, Horowitz is a pitch-perfect mimic of the Fleming one-line punch….He even gets the clichés spot on.” (Simon Schama, Financial Times)
“The heart of any good thriller is the plot, and…Horowitz doesn’t disappoint. The action moves with high velocity…. Also stays true to the Bond of Fleming’s books.” (New York Times Book Review)
“As Bond-villain plots go, this is a clever one…. There are more than enough pleasures for even the strictest Bond aficionado in Trigger Mortis.… The book barely puts a foot wrong...” (Wall Street Journal)
“In Horowitz’s expert and mischievous hands, Bond hasn’t been scolded into becoming all things to all people. Instead, he’s still Bond, James Bond, license to do what he damn well likes.… Brilliant.… Thank goodness Mr. Horowitz has delivered us a great new story.” (Matthew Dunn, FoxNews.com)
“If Anthony Horowitz’s byline weren’t on the cover, readers could bring themselves to believe that the new James Bond thriller actually came from the late Ian Fleming’s typewriter. Trigger Mortis fits seamlessly among the original Cold War-era gems…. Bona fide Bond in every way.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“…promises to be the best Fleming homage yet.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A new James Bond novel shakes and stirs the notoriously anachronistic superspy.” (Advocate.com)
“It’s quickly apparent that Horowitz is doing something both clever and audacious.... Very much of its period.... A clever and enjoyable pastiche, which manages to press many of the buttons that were the purview of 007’s creator.... There will surely be an appetite for more outings à la Horowitz.” (The Independent (UK))
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Moriarty and the internationally bestselling The House of Silk, as well as the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults. As a television screenwriter, he created Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, both of which were featured on PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to literature. He lives in London.
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I'm pushing it a bit here, but there are moments immediately before Bond must tackle physical feats of action, when Mr. Horowitz's Bond is almost portrayed as thinking, "Crikey, I don't fancy this much." That is not Bond. One fine example is in 'Dr. No' when Bond has been put through a deadly obstacle course of No's invention. It tries to kill Bond in any number of horrid ways and Bond survives it, albeit the worse for wear, but he calculates his stock as follows (wildly paraphrasing here); "Cuts...burns...bruises... just superficial damage to the outer envelope... underneath everything is intact and ticking away strongly." You, as reader, had been on the edge of your seat wondering how the hell he would get through each stage of the gauntlet, but Bond's reaction on completion was basically a flat, "No big deal." And you realize, "... uh... yeah... that's right!"
I wish Mr. Horowitz well and will consider reading a further book if he tackles Bond again. I just hope he gives Bond more grit.
I did think the book cover was a little misleading with 'original material by Ian Fleming'. It turns out only a few hundred words are his. However a great deal of the plot is, apparently, as it came from a proposed Bond TV series that went in the trash when they decided to film Dr No as a movie. And it's also true that there are several other short Fleming writings from this that probably will show up reasonably soon.
I highly recommend this book for any James Bond fan (or anyone curious about him) - I would rate this a very high 9.25 to 9.75 - it's nearly perfect guys!
Yes, a couple of possible errors, learning just tonight on Jeopardy that Heathrow airport was still London airport until 1966, with this novel taking place circa 1959 Bond should not fly back into Heathrow. I also grew up believing his Bentley was an open top like the one driven by John Steed in The Avengers, and hadn't he acquired his Aston Martin by now, but nevertheless all in all a perfectly good trip back in time.