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Brokenclaw (John Gardner's Bond #10)

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  447 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
On holiday in Victoria, British Columbia, Bond becomes intrigued Lee Fu-Chu, a half-Blackfoot, half-Chinese philanthropist who is known as "Brokenclaw" because of a deformed hand. On his return to the UK Bond is tasked to investigate the kidnapping of several scientists who have been working on a new submarine detection system. It becomes clear that Brokenclaw is behind th ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 17th 1990 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published July 1990)
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Jun 06, 2014 Carson rated it liked it
BROKENCLAW is a little drab. As the Gardner series continues, it has become so Americanized (which the Fleming series never would have done), Bond seems to develop feelings for every woman he encounters, and he has continued to cut back on the booze and cigarettes. I barely recognize him.

To be fair, Brokenclaw has the potential to be a fine villain - he's silky smooth and manipulative. But it just seems each good plot point is never resolved! The climax had potential, but ended abruptly, as did
Jun 09, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I didn't mind this books as far as the Gardener books I have read so far this seemed like a strong entry not necessarily due to the treatment of Bond who sometimes seems a bit slow on the update in this book but due to the villain of the piece being a memorable sort and ticking the right boxes bond villain wise.
The slow on the uptake comment appears through the book that when Bond is having something explained to him by say....M...he is given the info we as the reading audience ha e j
Max Ostrovsky
Apr 02, 2014 Max Ostrovsky rated it it was ok
Shelves: pop, fiction
Gardner is a good writer, well, at least for Grendal.
This book, dated as it is, presents the Bond of the nineties - maybe Timothy Dalton? And against all attempts to do the opposite, de-fangs the Bond(s) I have grown to love and enjoy. I didn't see any of the personalities of any of the Bonds peaking through and I was okay with that - each incarnation has the right to reinvent itself. What was lacking was the fun. James Bond stories are pulpy and fun, light humored and filled with action. This
Aug 21, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
As a major fan of James Bond in all of his forms (novels, movies etc) I've come to accept that there are low quality offerings across all of mediums. Brokenclaw is definitely one of the lower end Bond novels.

Don't get me wrong, I greatly enjoy John Gardner's work with 007, but as his entries moved into the 90s they lost something. Maybe it's the loss of the Cold War edge.

Brokenclaw is a mediocre villain, and it shows throughout the novel. His evil plan, though realistic, was not expounded on e
Jun 30, 2012 Jerome rated it did not like it
'Brokenclaw' has a confusing plot: James Bond is initially followed by a man, who is killed for no reason other than being in the back of a club, and Bond is blamed for the murder; he is then shipped off to a navel carrier where he is given his assignment to infiltrate Brokenclaw's courier system....which also involves a device called a LORDS and LORDS DAY....

The pacing is choppy and slow; characters are going from one place to another, and it's not entirely clear why they are doing so. (This ma
Steve Mitchell
Aug 01, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Gardner’s tenth book in the canon begins – once again – with a bored and disenchanted Bond offering his resignation. Sent by M on leave to recharge, his path crosses that of Lee Fu-Chu AKA Brokenclaw Lee; a half Chinese half Native American. When members of the team responsible for LORDS – a submarine tracking system – begin to disappear Bond is recalled to duty to plug any leak. During the briefing it is revealed that Brokenclaw is the main suspect as part of a one man organised crime wave ...more
Dec 17, 2012 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
This was one of Gardner's better instalments in the Bond series, perhaps worth 4.5 stars. I found it particularly interesting that the locations were all places I've lived or near places I've lived. It began in my own backyard, in Victoria, BC, where Gardner gave some very accurate descriptions of the Inner Harbour, the Royal BC Museum, and the Empress Hotel...the latter of which he seemed to disdain as rather gauche. I gather he had a good experience visiting the museum. From there it was on to ...more
Katharine Ott
Mar 11, 2016 Katharine Ott rated it liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
"Brokenclaw" - written by John Gardner and published in 1990 by Putnam Publishing Group. It's always fun to go on an adventure with James Bond.
Nov 07, 2015 Neil rated it did not like it
"Rarely had he seen anyone dress so quickly."

Actually this started out ok, like a lot of "follow on" books, but it got rubbish quite quickly.
Jul 31, 2014 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. James Bond gets A Man Called Horse'd
Spencer Hill
Jun 08, 2012 Spencer Hill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not my favorite Bond book. It was good but not great. Its probably been 15 years or more since I have a read a Bond a book. This book left me questioning have my taste changed or it just wasn't that good.
Ryan Scicluna
Sep 05, 2012 Ryan Scicluna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-bond
A bit disappointing towards the end but overall good James bond action.
Sep 23, 2015 Dee rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, series
gardener just isn't ian fleming- enough said!
Rob Horne
Doesn't seem lik a real Bond story.
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Before coming an author of fiction in the early 1960s, John Gardner was variously a stage magician, a Royal Marine officer and a journalist. In all, Gardner has fifty-four novels to his credit, including Maestro, which was the New York Times book of the year. He was also invited by Ian Fleming’s literary copyright holders to write a series of continuation James Bond novels, which proved to be so s ...more
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