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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DAY OF ABSOLUTION by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Along the way, Gardner, ever the professional, drops knowing hints about MI5, the New Russia, his favorite hero, Herbie Kruger—pretty much everybody in the author's stable except 007."
A freelance assassin, an improbable money-laundering plot, a new eyewitness account of the ministry of Jesus Christ—they're all here in this inventive but lumpy ragbag from the sometime chronicler of James Bond (Cold Fall, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAESTRO by John E. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

Peerless conductor Louis Passau, accused on the eve of his 90th birthday of having been a Nazi spy, is to be debriefed by a covey of British and American agents—until two breathless attempts on his life leave him in the maverick hands of Big Herbie Kruger (the paperback The Quiet Dogs, etc.), pulled out from retirement to serve as his father confessor. Read full book review >

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NEVER SEND FLOWERS by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 31, 1993

"As Gardner struggles to update the perils his superstar hero faces, Bond himself remains the biggest anachronism of all."
Like Pentagon dinosaurs laboring to adapt to a new world order by finding telltale traces of the old in every dark shadow, Gardner's reincarnation of James Bond examines a string of serial killings and finds a freelance terrorist just as dangerous as his old adversaries from SMERSH and SPECTRE. Read full book review >

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DEATH IS FOREVER by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1992

"Ian Fleming's fans need not apply."
Of course, it isn't really forever; it's just business as usual for James bond, still gamely tackling would-be world dominators—this time, Wolfgang Weisen, the Poison Dwarf of East German intelligence—in his 11th outing under Gardner's flag. Read full book review >

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ROLE OF HONOR by John E. Gardner
Released: Sept. 24, 1984

"Virtually no humor, virtually no suspense, and virtually no charm or sexiness in old 007—making this by far the weakest of Gardner's somewhat pre-sold fabrications, with some extra appeal only for computer fans."
James Bond again—in a ragged quickie that's cartoon caper/sleuth action most of the way through (like an old episode of TV's The Avengers), with some cosmic war-games stuck on at the end. Read full book review >

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THE CORNERMEN by John E. Gardner
Released: July 2, 1976

"Intense hokum."
A Scotland Yard procedural with the New York Mafia moving in on a pair of psychotic London supercriminals, the Magnus cousins, modeled on the infamous real-life Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie. Read full book review >