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The world's most famous spy, James Bond, has just returned victorious from his showdown with Auric Goldfinger in Fort Knox. By his side is the glamorous and streetwise Pussy Galore, who played no small part in his success. As they settle down in London, the odds of Galore taming the debonair bachelor seem slim - but she herself is a creature not so easily caught.
Meanwhile, the struggle for superiority between the Soviet Union and the West is escalating. In an attempt to demonstrate Soviet strength, SMERSH plans to sabotage an international Grand Prix in the hot zone of West Germany. At the Nürburgring Racing Circuit, Bond must play a high-speed game of cat and mouse to stop them. But when he observes a secretive meeting between SMERSH's driver and a notorious Korean millionaire, it becomes clear that this is just the infamous organization's opening move.
An orphan of the Korean War, he has a personal reason for wanting to bring America to its knees. He's helping SMERSH decisively end the white-hot space race - but how? With the help of an American female agent, Bond uncovers a plan that leads first to Florida and then to New York City, where a heart-stopping face-off will determine the fate of the West.
This thriller has all the hallmarks of an original Ian Fleming adventure and features welcome familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny. Horowitz delivers a smooth and seductive narrative of fast cars and beautiful women, with ruthless villains and a breathtaking plot that will leave listeners hanging until the very end.
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By Charles LaBorde on 09-13-15
Horowitz gets it right
This audiobook is superb in every way and a real gift for fans who first knew Bond from the original Fleming novels. I read my first Bond novel, "Dr. No," when I was in junior high school and read every new novel when they were first published, beginning with "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." While waiting for those last few novels published after Fleming's death, I read all the earlier novels and short stories. I have also been a fan of the numerous pastiches over the decades since Fleming's death and the end of the publications of his trunk material. There have been some good ones and a few clinkers. But Anthony Horowitz takes the prize for the most Fleming-like Bond novel in a half century. The vocal performance by David Oyelowo is equally impressive.
I must admit, I absolutely hated Horowitz' Sherlock Holmes pastiche, "Moriarty," but I am now a fan of Mr. Horowitz again. I just hope the Fleming estate can convince him to write further chapters.
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By Joel M Cohen on 07-22-17
Oh Editor, where art though?
Surprisingly amateurish writing from Horowitz, who should know better than to smear adverbs across the page like bugs across a windshield. In future works he should eschew words like "perfectly" and "slightly" altogether, along with "somehow" -- seriously, how did an editor let this slop out into the world?
Narration was also pretty unbearable, guy reads like an overly dramatic 15-year-old doing the voiceover for his own batman/star wars crossover fanfiction.
Overall, big disappointment. Save your credits.
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