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Win, Lose or Die (John Gardner's Bond #8)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  422 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This novel marks James Bond's return to the navy. His mission is to serve on the Royal Navy's major aircraft carrier HMS as minder to British, American and Russian admirals who are on board for a NATO exercise. Gardner also wrote "Licence to Kill", "Ice Breaker" and "The Quiet Dogs".
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1990 by Coronet (first published July 1st 1989)
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Kris Franzen
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Dan rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2012
Jun 30, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok
This could be a good book but Gardner was not really a good writer, well for this book. He could have made the story more interesting but he did not.Some of the parts are not really interesting and very strange. Take for example, the part about two of the organisation members having a talk together, how could they not possibily not know that the British Secret service had been bugging the when the have the ability to start their operation "WIN" and "LOSE"?

However, although it gets off to a slow
Karl rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2014
Tom rated it it was ok
Aug 08, 2012
Nov 18, 2012 William rated it liked it
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The plot was a departure from previous novels, but had a great deal of potential. The henchmen and lesser villains were all written pretty well, but the chief villain himself was utterly boring and uninteresting. As another reviewer put it, this fellow's name might as well have been "Drabfinger". The first instalments in Gardner's 007 novels just weren't very good. He seemed to hit his stride with Icebreaker, but this was a step backwards. Perhaps the greatest difference between Fleming and Gard ...more
Jan 02, 2013 David rated it it was ok
Nowhere near as fun to read as anything by Fleming.
Jason rated it really liked it
Jan 27, 2013
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Feb 18, 2013
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Feb 14, 2014
Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
Kevin Orrman-Rossiter rated it it was ok
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 26, 2014 Carson rated it liked it
Another solid, good entry in the John Gardner 007 literary world. I continue to question some of Bond's thoughts and behaviors from time to time regarding emotion, but seeing him return to active Naval duty to protect three high-ranking world leaders (in interesting cameos) makes for an enjoyable read. It wasn't out-of-this-world but it was a well-put-together story and where Gardner is sometimes criticized for his frequent use of double-crossing and double agents, this one has a few twists and ...more
Wilde Sky
Jul 07, 2014 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
A British secret service agent foils a dastardly plot.

I found this book a bit disappointing – in places it was confusing and overall it wasn’t very original.
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Jul 18, 2016 Dee rated it it was ok
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Disappointing and not very well written, the end was rush and the plot not well constructed. Bond also seems to have changed personality and using odd jargon phrases Fleming would never have considered.
Ginny rated it it was ok
Dec 28, 2014
Feb 03, 2015 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read a James Bond book before this. I've always only seen the movie version. I am aware that this genre are usually the one's read by male readers. There seems to be a lot of detailed description in the book. In the movie, you'll only glimpse a certain frame for a few seconds but the book tells it differently, descriptively so you'll know what James Bond is actually seeing and doing. It's a good read. Definitely not the James Bond we see in the movie with Daniel Craig in it. I see Sea ...more
Linda rated it really liked it
Mar 14, 2015
Bob Garrett
Oct 13, 2015 Bob Garrett rated it it was ok
WIN, LOSE OR DIE is John Gardner’s eighth James Bond novel, and…I’ll admit that a certain fatigue is setting in – not necessarily on Gardner’s part, but on mine. Gardner doesn’t write Bond novels so much as he writes mystery novels with James Bond in them, and all the mysteries and plot twists are beginning to wear me out. Now, with each new-to-me installment, I mostly just try to guess which of Bond’s love interests will prove to be a villain (I guessed right this time!).

That said, WIN, LOSE O
Mike MacDee
Oct 26, 2015 Mike MacDee rated it really liked it
Lots of great action setpieces and one of the more memorable Gardner Bond girls makes this a truly great read. The villain is fascinating, though his scheme is a bit foolish and poorly thought out. Still highly recommended despite its flaws -- this and Scorpius are the Gardner novels that stood out in my memory most as a kid, and they get better with age.
Jun 28, 2016 Roy rated it it was ok
Eight in Gardner, original Bond series , mainly set on a submarine and involving the kidnapping of the World's 3 main leaders , didn,t like the plot and didn't seem much like a James Bond 007 story to me.
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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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