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Brokenclaw (John Gardner's Bond #10)

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  346 ratings  ·  11 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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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...more
Max Ostrovsky
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...more
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...more
'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...more
Steve Mitchell
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
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
3.5 stars. James Bond gets A Man Called Horse'd
Spencer Hill
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
A bit disappointing towards the end but overall good James bond action.
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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