Search Results: "John E. Gardner"


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UNKNOWN FEARS by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"The leaky plot and sketchy characters put this one far below veteran Gardner's best. Originally published in the UK in 1992, it fails to win one for the Ripper."
Jack the Ripper is exhumed yet again. Read full book review >

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NO HUMAN ENEMY by John E. Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The plotting is deft, the prose sprightly, but the exercise is unintentionally valedictory for randy Suzie (Troubled Midnight, 2006, etc.), whose remarkable creator died in 2007 after 80 years and 52 books."
In wartime England, WDI Suzie Mountford confronts the strange case of the nun who wasn't. Read full book review >

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CONFESSOR by John E. Gardner
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1995

"Next time, expect Herbie to foil terrorists again, find more moles and true love, and die."
Big Herbie Kruger, the lovable, legendary SIS interrogator who's Gardner's favorite character, just can't stay retired. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET FAMILIES by John E. Gardner
Released: April 19, 1989

"Given the evidence here, can't someone get an injunction against the return of James Bond?"
Gardner, best known for his airheaded and highly successful pastiches of Superman James Bond, here completes the marvelous generational trilogy begun with The Secret Generations and The Secret Houses: the elegant, sedate, intricate, richly layered story of those inveterate British agents, the Railtons. Read full book review >

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AIR APPARENT by John E. Gardner
Released: Feb. 15, 1970

"Tiresome."
Boysie Oakes again, that shaky hand on the trigger, driven to fright and folderol by slimy Mostyn, his ex-boss. 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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THE LAST TRUMP by John E. Gardner
Released: Nov. 9, 1980

"But Gardner (author of The Werewolf Trace etc., and not to be confused with the US novelist of the same name) is always an agreeably straightforward storyteller, confident and professional enough to squeak by with even so foolish a concoction as this one."
It's the mid-1990s, and Russia has conquered Europe, with Britain (rotted with leftists from within) surrendering to a Soviet "peace-keeping force" and the US "neutralized" by having its intelligence apparatus totally sabotaged. 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 >

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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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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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MADRIGAL by John E. Gardner
Released: April 10, 1968

"The awful threat at the end of the book is that Boysie Oakes (ex-British intelligence agent, all gonads, no brains nor guts) his slimy ex-boss and Griffin (their Cockney liquidator) will return in yet another about the firm they founded after the government pruned away their Special Branch."
A madrigal is a structured dramatic song that can go on far too long. 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 >