Death is Forever by John Gardner

By John Gardner

Because the Berlin Wall comes crashing down, one chilly Warrior refuses to put down his weapons and units out to assassinate participants of the British-American intelligence community, CABAL. Reprint. PW. K.

From Publishers Weekly

Readers keen on Bond will not be omit Gardner's most modern 007 experience, his eleventh because he took over the sequence after the 1964 loss of life of Ian Fleming, Bond's writer. up-to-date to the '90s, Bond now practices secure intercourse and turns out to have given up either smoking and his obsession with robust custom-made activities automobiles. during this action-packed massacre, the mandatory, consummate villain is Wolfgang Weisen, aka "the Poison Dwarf," an East German secret agent grasp who as "a baby at Joseph Stalin's court" watched Tarzan and Chaplin video clips with "Uncle Joe." Weisen has been directing the systematic assassination of contributors of Cabal, the West's superior undercover agent community in Germany, and M assigns Bond and the CIA's Eazy stet St. John to prevent him. Bond is first and foremost get rid of through Eazy's feminism yet is speedy to just accept her invitation to percentage her berth at the Ost-West show. Weisen, tracked to Venice, seems to be a Pickwickian personality: rotund, bald and baby-faced yet made up our minds to strength Europe to its knees and restoration Stalinism. Suspense builds as Bond races to Calais at the day the cross-channel tunnel is to open. Eazy is not able to make the journey, having suffered the destiny of all ladies who get too as regards to Bond's center. fun, shrewdpermanent stuff.
Copyright 1992 Reed enterprise details, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Of path, it isn't relatively without end; it's simply enterprise as ordinary for James bond, nonetheless gamely tackling would-be global dominators--this time, Wolfgang Weisen, the Poison Dwarf of East German intelligence--in his eleventh trip less than Gardner's flag. no matter what Weisen's plan is--and simply what he has in brain is a shock Gardner saves till the very end--it consists of penetrating CABAL (a NATO community of spies operating in East Germany, all yet outdated via unification), issuing a bogus order to disband, after which opting for off the brokers one after the other. while Bond and American Eazy St. John are packed off to Berlin to exchange their most up-to-date fallen comrades, you could wager that they'll be trailed through homicidal enemy brokers, fed one million lies through their intended contacts, and be left guessing as to which of the surviving Cabalists can nonetheless be trusted--and you could guess too that Bond will carry snooty Eazy to heel via exhibiting up her gutless tradecraft and sweeping her off her ft. the path of double-crosses that leads from Berlin to Paris to Venice traces trust, yet it's all calmly likable. as soon as Bond and Co. succeed in Venice, even though, the tale slips right into a fairly stodgy groove (``His smile was once so evil that the hairs at the again of Bon's neck stiffened''), with Bond, Eazy, and reliable Gus Wimper going up opposed to the Poison Dwarf, his kinky bedmate Monika Haardt (you need to take the kinkiness on faith--she doesn't do whatever yet attempt to kill our hero), and the workers of executioners, torturers, and so forth. Bond, who appears having extra hassle adjusting to the hot international order than his more youthful brethren, doesn't precisely shine, yet Gardner's fanatics won't be dissatisfied both. Ian Fleming's fanatics don't need to observe. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus affiliates, LP. All rights reserved.

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As he walked up to the man, Bond smiled and spoke the contact phrase. " The American accent was almost too obvious. "What are you? " Bond scowled, and the American continued. "Codes, cloak and dagger. That's all gone, pal. " He led the way to a piece of scrap metal that had once been a Moskovich, but it was Bond who leaped to open the door with an "Allow me. The American began to slide into the driver's seat, a broad grin on his face until Bond trapped him between seat and door, his pistol carried onto the aircraft in the special briefcase which shielded it from the magic eyes and metal detectors - jammed into the man's side.

He doesn't fit the profile of a traitor. He's a true son of Mother Russia. " "I presume, Ma'am, that these are the same analysts who said that GoldenEye couldn't exist? " She took another sip of her drink and a long pull at the cigarette. "I was appointed to this job because I'm an analyst, and a good one. " M drew on her cigarette, then stubbed it out. "I worked for some time under the direct control of my predecessor and he assisted in my appointment. The problems are all too obvious. I understand the controls that have been ~ placed upon this Service by the Cabinet, so I understand the way around them.

Today's codes, sir. " The Duty Officer brought the items from the safe: the key, a plastic card, and a small golden disk in the centre of which was an engraved eye. "Good. " The major looked down at the disk and removed a piece of golden tape from the centre of the eye, revealing a circle where the pupil would have been. " "Yes, General. " "Good. You have done well, Major. " He turned to Xenia. "Colonel. You take over. Xenia almost lazily unslung her Uzi and put two quick bursts in the direction of the two officers.

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