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The Night of Morningstar (Modesty Blaise #11)

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There have been few other female action heroines like Modesty Blaise- a tough orphan who became the leader of the Network, a crime syndicate specializing in art theft and industrial espionage. This 10th book of her adventures begins with a flashback to the last days of the Network, when Modesty was about to retire, and describes the organization's final, astonishing operat ...more
Published by Mysterious Press (first published 1982)
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Kick-ass female protagonist, Modesty Blaise- beautiful, polite, elegant, can kill you in five hundred different ways.
Kick-ass male sidekick, Willie Garvin- perfectly in tune with his boss, stoic, rugged, mad knife skills.
Both Modesty and Willie use meditation and advanced mental techniques to defeat their enemies, thus adding to their general kick-ass-ness.
Interesting setting transitions- these people go everywhere!

These books were written in the sixties and seventies. Sexism ab
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 17, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
Shelves: spy-fi
I've been on a nostalgia kick lately and rereading some of the books I read or that were around back in my "youth". I went through (along with a lot of America) a spy/intrigue stage back in the 60s/70s. I read the Bond books by Fleming, I was caught up in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and I Spy and read their attendant novels (the ones based on the TV series)...I watched Secret agent/Danger Man, Mission Impossible, saw the 007 and Matt Helm movies. There was also modesty Blaise. I never got around to ...more
Ian Wood
Sep 17, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Oct 17, 2010 Jenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don't even know how many times I've read this, and despite its many flaws I have no objectivity when it comes to the Modesty Blaise books. I love them all with big pink sparkly hearts.
Apr 29, 2014 Janeece rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very different from the gothic romance that Madeleine Brent writes. It was interesting, but with some stupid love scenes (not descriptive) that didn't do anything for the plot. A lot of trashy talk. Didn't love it. I don't think I'm interested enough to even read another in the series.
Jan 10, 2008 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In which Modesty and Willie take on "The Watchmen," a bunch of ultra-murderous terrorist assholes whose objectives don't make a whole hell of a lot of sense and plan to, among other heinous acts, blow up the Golden Gate Bridge and assassinate the U.S. President (where are these guys now that we really need them?). As Modesty Blaise books go this is one of the weaker entires, but it's still worth reading and the mayhem-filled set-to on an oil rig is like something out of a James Bond movie (I mea ...more
Luna Raven
May 18, 2012 Luna Raven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Carlton, Angel
By page 17 I was ready to read the whole series. Fantastic heroine with clever gadgets, some diy, a loyal ally/best friend and the willingness to go above and beyond to stand against something she doesn't believe in. Early in the book she tackles taking down a known sex trafficker.

The Modesty series is one I fell for years ago thanks to the original 60's movie and I can't wait to read the rest of the books and check out the comic series as well!
Aug 17, 2008 Phoebe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite Modesty Blaise book. But I've given them all five stars and I can't be trusted.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

Peter O'Donnell also wrote as Madeleine Brent.
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To help keep the novels and the adventure strip collections separate, here's some info about the Modesty Blaise works.

In 1963, O'Donnell began his 38
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Other Books in the Series

Modesty Blaise (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Sabre-Tooth (Modesty Blaise #2)
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