Search Results: "John E. Gardner"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2004

"Primarily of interest to devoted fans and those who knew Gardner."
Breezy appreciation by Silesky (Ferlinghetti, 1990, etc.), presenting the novelist as less an "outlaw" than a conventional man with a modest talent, a fierce drive, and a gift for self-destruction. Read full book review >

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E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

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ANGELS DINING AT THE RITZ by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"Bear with the plotting flaws, and you'll see that Gardner, in his 49th novel, can still make you turn those pages."
Gardner, sometime Boswell to Ian Fleming's 007, benches moribund Bond and sends in a much livelier alternate: DS Suzie Mountford. Read full book review >

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COLD FALL by John E. Gardner
Released: June 4, 1996

"A junk Bond: clumsy, predictable, and utterly lacking in the elegant insouciance that made the original palatable (if not precisely a treat)."
Case history 14 (Seafire, 1995, etc.) in the post-Ian Fleming series pits Gardner's kinder, gentler version of James Bond against ruthless neofascists, puts Sir Miles Messervey (a.k.a. Read full book review >

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Released: April 27, 1987

"Roger Moore has retired from his Bond involvement; it's time for Gardner, who's now just going through the motions, to do the same."
Gardner's sixth James Bond novel forgoes the series' customary doomsday scenario and comic-strip villain, reviving 007's old nemesis SMERSH for unadorned spy vs. spy chills. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET GENERATIONS by John E. Gardner
Released: Nov. 21, 1985

"A dynasty this strongly established is sure to return."
Gardner surrenders his license for James Bond-ing to package a multi-generational saga about the Railtons, a spy family synonymous with British Intelligence and Security, whose undercover exploits herein stretch from 1909 to 1935 and who dash wonderfully about most of the civilized world. Read full book review >

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TROUBLED MIDNIGHT by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"Suzie's probably right. Forget the cheesecloth plotting; it's saucy, sexy, ever-susceptible Suzie who carries the day."
The further amatory and ratiocinative adventures of DS Suzie Mountford. Read full book review >

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WIN, LOSE OR DIE by John E. Gardner
Released: July 24, 1989

"Despite too many acronyms, too much artillery, and too many layers of deceptive identity, this is still one of Gardner's better Bonds, guaranteed to make you feel excited as well as a little foolish."
The indefatigable Gardner is at it again: fresh from his triumphant conclusion of the intricate, masterful Secret Generations trilogy with The Secret Families, he's boiling the pot once more with his eighth James Bond outing, just as predictable and expertly concocted as the others. Read full book review >

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SCORPIUS by John E. Gardner
Released: May 23, 1988

"As in Gardner's others, there's little here of the gadgetry, sex, and humor that made Fleming's tales such fun; but this unusually grim Bond morality play offers plenty of fast comic-book action, some vivid characters, and enough references to the 007 canon to please most Bondphiles."
Like a ragged old ghost, 007 returns for his annual haunt in this seventh Gardner/ Bond incarnation; but this time—unlike in last year's tepid No Deals, Mr. Bond—the spook shows some spunk as he tackles Gardner's niftiest villain to date. Read full book review >

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ICEBREAKER by John E. Gardner
Released: April 20, 1983

"And though the formula is tired beyond belief, the scenery's nice, the pacing is competent—and the readership has proven to be uncommonly loyal."
James Bond in Finland and Russia—for more of the same, just colder. Read full book review >

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FOR SPECIAL SERVICES by John E. Gardner
Released: May 3, 1982

"Bond Comic-strippy as ever, but without the freshness and Bond-persona detail of the first resurrection."
Gardner's second shot at continuing Ian Fleming's James Bond series is smooth enough—but a good deal less fun than License Renewed. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN OF WEAPONS by John E. Gardner
Released: March 15, 1981

"Mahler (Herbie's addiction) will find this a special sort of espionage treat."
Another enjoyably complicated, modestly engaging spy-arama for British agent Herbie Kruger (The Nostradamus Traitor, 1979), that Mahler-loving, hard-drinking, Nazi-bred teddy bear of a spy. Read full book review >