Icebreaker (John Gardner's Bond #3)
In Icebreaker, as indestructible as ever, Bond is back in another mission—a deadly assignment undertaken in cohort with Bond’s opposite numbers from the United States, the Soviet Union, and Israel in the desolate Arctic wastes of Lapland. Yet if resurgent fascism is the common enemy, who is really to be feared? Is it the breezy American or the voluptuous Israeli who is act...more
And, maybe, just maybe he is ... It starts with a go ...more
* Fleming made it very clear that Bond hates being cossetted. But that was Fleming. Gardner's Bond loves it. Especially when it comes from the unlikeliest of sources: M. In this one, M even gives Bond a little pat on the hand to show him how much he loves him. It really is quite revolting.
* This one starts with a promising idea. For whatever reason (I don't think I'm alone here), it's always nice, in a novel like this, to see the Nazis back in action. Here, they've es ...more
As with Gloda, Gardner has the same advantage over Bond, that ultimately ends up being a disadvantage for the reader. The above quote really does encapsulate what is wrong with Gardner's approach to Bond and why his Bond novels are often a huge disappointm ...more
I quite liked the idea of Bond being pitted against a neo Nazi network and as the Nazis always provide a clear evil within the fiction realm..as in real life...it was good to have them as the common enemy rather than a corrupt billionaire industrialist...or the commies...though they too feature...
Nazi iconography..the black and dark uniforms..deaths head skulls and such p ...more
Firstly, Bond slips into a 1960s Boysie Oakes style ...more
The National Socialist Action Army has carried out a number of terrorist atrocities against communist targets ...more
In some ways, this is a difficult novel to assess. There’s good, and there’s bad. ...more
I felt this book was just ‘so-so’, for me it never captured the harsh / immediate nature of the original spy stories - it had far too much double crossing and not enough plot.
My real rating is 2.5.
The plot itself was exciting enough, which probably should have b ...more
Not sure if my expectations were too high or whether just got too much of the film plots in my head. Think I will give an Ian Fleming Bond a go at some point to see whether just made a poor book choice, or reading a bond book is just going to work with being a bon fi ...more
Hmm... I wonder was it this book whose author thanked Finns for getting his car out of a ditch, twice. The second time they were the border guards at the Russian border.