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Trigger Mortis

(James Bond - Extended Series #47)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,816 ratings  ·  686 reviews
James Bond is back where he belongs.

Anthony Horowitz’s new novel is a thrilling tour de force, sure to delight fans of the original 007 novels and new readers alike. It also features previously unseen material written by Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming.

The story begins in the lethal world of Grand Prix and an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at Nürburgring, the most
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Orion
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Bond. James Bond.

And a very old school James Bond at that.

007 returns to his roots with this story set in the late ‘50s that begins with the spy trying to save the life of a British race car driver who has been targeted by the Soviet’s deadly SMERSH division, and this leads to a plot created by evil Korean millionaire Jason Sin against the American space program. Along the way Bond meets a mysterious and beautiful woman named Jeopardy Lane who also has a keen interest in the activities of Sin.

James Tivendale
3.5/5 - Pretty enjoyable quick read.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fleming and 007
Well the book has a title, which does not blow me away immediately, and a former Bond lady is involved namely the very PC named Pussy Galore. In both instances I have my doubts, but what the heck Horowitz did such a good job with Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty so he gets the benefit of the doubt.

When i was a wee lad I discovered the works of Messieurs Leslie Charteris & Ian Fleming in my fathers bookcases. What followed was the moving from certain books to my bookcase and 2nd hand shopping buying
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian Fleming wrote 14 Bond books in total beginning with 1953’s “Casino Royale”. “Goldfinger “ appeared in 1959. Now Mr. Horowitz has given us a direct sequel to “Goldfinger” complete with Pussy Galore, the lesbian gangster, who in “Trigger Mortis” he has now moved into James Bonds London apartment. The lust filled relationship does not last long because Bond must take on a new mission. That mission is of protecting the life of a British race car driver.

The racing sequences, which take up about
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, thriller
I think Ian Fleming's estate chose Anthony Horowitz wisely to entrust with some story fragments, perhaps meant for another book or omitted from the final version of Goldfinger. This James Bond story, starts with James together with Pussy Galore, who has escaped to London with him. True to the lifestyle Bond leads, he is selected to save a British car racer from a Russian (SMERSH) sanction by entering into a very challenging professional race. He is quickly embroiled in a case involving the death ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners

Description: It's 1957 and James Bond, agent 007, has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end.

Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority in the Space Race. And SMERSH is back.

The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe. But it's Bond who fi
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though lost on me, obviously appealed to that young girl I sent out to evaluate you."- M.

"I shall not waste my days prolonging them. I shall use my time". - Ian Lancaster Fleming.

Continuation novels. They’re the unloved and neglected stepchild of fiction. Never being able to capture the magic of the original author’s work, even if they’re so well written in their own right, critics and certai
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘Don’t say that to me, you bastard! It’s what you want too – don’t think I don’t see it. You know what the big difference is between us? You can’t live with a woman in your life.’

Trigger Mortis is Anthony Horowitz's continuation of the Bond series. The story sets in after Goldfinger and begins with the description of what happens after Bond gets the girl(view spoiler).

I thought it was an interesting concept
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had my name on it right from the git-go. First, I'm a diehard fan of the late Ian Fleming's James Bond books - and of the motion pictures as well, though for the most part they have little in common with the books. Second, Anthony Horowitz also authored Moriarty, to which I happily awarded 5 stars (yes, I love Sherlock Holmes as well).

For the first few chapters, though, I began to wonder if this one was destined to be not much more than name-dropping of people and places from other Bon
Bill Lynas
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last time I read this novel in book form, so this time I've gone for the audio version!
Actor David Oyelowo is a fine choice to read the best James Bond novel since Fleming. This unabridged audio version (with an epic running time of 9 hours & 32 minutes) is as good to listen to as the book was to read.
2018 should see the publication of Horowitz's second 007 adventure. I can hardly wait.
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }
Well, I finished this one.
I'm gonna be honest and admit that I REALLY enjoyed reading this book.

Hubby says he is turning me into a James Bond fan and he may be right!

I give five 🌟 to Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz.

I plan on reading another James Bond book later this year. 🔫💸💣
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his Sherlock Holmes novel, Anthony Horowitz gave us an interesting and thoughtful book that could never been published in Conan-Doyle’s time, however when it comes to his James Bond novel we get little sign of similar revisionism. Instead we get probably the most James Bond novel you could possibly imagine. The racing car plot is ludicrous – did anyone else think of Mr Burns and Mr Smithers in ‘Speedway Squad’? – but it’s so on a par with other later James Bond novels that it’s astounding no ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t make up my mind if the obvious or stereotypical situations, scenes and plays in this make for a better read or a worse one.

I think I was expecting a little more from this than just the obvious. It’s a decent enough read and I would think that any big bond fan would be grateful for the opportunity of reading new material. However, it all just seemed a little hackneyed.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, or 7/10

Entertaining addition to the Bond canon, could easily imagine this as a Bond film.
Set in the 1950's, it has Bond masquerading as a race-car driver to foil an assassination plot, before stumbling on to another, bigger plot involving the Space race.

Fans of Horowitz's Alex Rider series (a sort of teenage James Bond) will not find this outing much of a departure, with the action and obligatory seduction (tacked on at the end of the book almost as an afterthought) all being reasonab
James III
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ian, is that you?

Since the departure of Raymond Benson as the official author of James Bond, the franchise has been less than stable. There were two ‘Fleming’ Era novels, Devil May Care’ and ‘Solo’ and the modern tale, ‘Carte Blanche’; none of which set the world on fire. ‘Solo’ was ok and ‘Carte Blanche’ was, well, politically correct. It’s taken awhile for the Ian Fleming estate to find the right voice.

The search is over.

For the first few chapters, it was easy for me to believe that ‘Trigger M
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
So now on to one of the "new" James Bond books in a continuation of the original Ian Fleming stories - this this case set a matter of weeks after Gold Finger.

I will say now that I have read a number of Anthony Horowitz books and enjoyed them all he has a style which suits me and as a result I find his books easy to read once I get in to the storyline. I will also add that in that list I have read his two Sherlock Holmes books and found them very entertaining so I was very interested in reading
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While trying hard to remain true to the Ian Fleming classic Bond, I found Horowitz's Bond to be boring. Perhaps it was the endless description of the cars and everything related to the Grand Prix or the rather unimpressive and anti-climaxic end of the main villain. Whereas other authors have taken Bond and restyled him in their own way with their own tone, I felt that Horowitz tried too hard to keep it 'pure' and ended up with something that was extremely formulaic - even for Bond. On the other ...more
Jesse A
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong, violent Bond adventure. The villain here was odd as in the middle point of the book you had some serious sympathy for him but otherwise he was just stock.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the backdrop of the space race in 1957 and two weeks after the events of Goldfinger, Bond must foil a Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race in Nurburgring.

It has a real classic Bond feel especially after the author set the story after the events of Fort Knox, this novel fits in seamlessly.
Great characterisation and the villain had plausible motivations, highly recommend.
Benjamin Thomas
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy
James Bond, fresh off his adventure against Auric Goldfinger, is assigned to protect a prominent British race car driver from sabotage by SMERSH at the International Grand Prix event at Nurburgring. After infiltrating the racing circuit as a driver, 007 stumbles across some photos of rockets, which points him at a mysterious Korean millionaire named Jason Sin who seems intent on a terrorist attack against the US space program. Accompanied by American Bond babe, Jeopardy Lane, the plot unfolds am ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from having a compelling story, Horowitz has succeeded in creating a Bond tale that seems much more current than the timeline suggests. I read this book with the idea that I would be going back in time with a dated story. However, the author managed to make the book feel current and never did I feel as though I was living in the past with Bond.

The subplot involving Pussy Galore was pretty interesting as she comes across as not quite as important as we all had believed. Instead, Horowitz tr
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Updated 9/23/2019

"Trigger Mortis" is vintage 1950's James Bond lightly retouched for a modern reader, a direct sequel to "Goldfinger" and an action-packing, suspenseful, thrilling adventure all its own.

With the upcoming release of "No Time To Die" I have re-read all Fleming novels and am now sifting through greatest hits of the continuation books. "Trigger Mortis" was certainly worth the re-read. It begins (after showing us some opening plot points that will tie in later) with Bond fresh off the
Jack Lugo
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having spent a good part of last year reading all the Fleming Bond novels, I could honestly say that Anthony Horowitz has given us something quite special with Trigger Mortis. Not only has Horowitz given us a thrilling original entry in this Bond continuation novel, he's also provided the readers with the closest experience I believe we will ever have to reading an actual new Bond book by Ian Fleming. Horowitz had been given unprecedented access to story treatments by Ian Fleming which have not ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: james-bond
For the first quarter of this book, I felt it was one of the best Bond continuation novels ever. That is largely because it was the most Fleming-esque. The brilliant concept of setting it immediately after Goldfinger - a bored Pussy Galore installed in Bond's London flat; a James Bond who feels resentful of her prescence, interfering with his routine, while simultaneously desiring her - is the sort of stuff Fleming would have written.

Because James Bond being Ian Fleming's creation, he didn't hav
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
A pitch-perfect Bond. Possibly the closest to Fleming's Bond in any of the Bond stories I've read. Once I got past the seemingly-daft title (which does make sense as played out in the story), we get to a cracking tale of classic Bond adventure. Trigger Mortis follows immediately on the heels of Goldfinger, with Bond and Pussy Galore back in London. It's not long before Bond is off on another mission, this time to race the Nürburgring and foil an assassination attempt against a British driver. Bu ...more
I'm not particularly a fan of James Bond. It's impossible, though, to reach my age (43 at time of writing) and not be have one's own milieu somewhat saturated by cultural Bond references. I am, however, very much a fan of Anthony Horowitz. To my mind, he's the most inventive writer of detective (and related) fiction a
ctive today. I'm looking forward to this one.
As much as I'm a fan of the author, this one utterly failed to engage my interest so I'm going to have to pass. A real shame, I'll
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oakdale-prison
Not a bond fan, never read a Fleming novel. My least favorite things come together -- race cars, rockets, racist stereotypes, and sexism. Still, I finished it.
Maine Colonial
I used a Kobo audiobook credit on this title, more because I really enjoy Horowitz’s writing than because it’s a James Bond carry-on novel. To me, Bond is like a superhero in an action/adventure comic, over the top and not to be taken too seriously. Ian Fleming’s Bond, though, takes himself very seriously. If you ask me, he’s kind of a jerk; smug, a male chauvinist, and with a cruel streak.

Horowitz writes true to the Ian Fleming Bond, so that made for a lot of eye-rolling from me. The story take
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Anthony Horowitz since his fantastic Sherlock Holmes novels and was excited to see that he would now also continue the work of Ian Fleming and his James Bond stories – and "Trigger Mortis" didn't disappoint. It had all the things you would expect from a Bond novel: fast-paced and often ridiculous action, an almost invincible protagonist that easily solves every crisis while seducing beautiful woman (which led to lots of eye-rolling on my part but well, I guess a Bond story wou ...more
Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf

Set after the events of Goldfinger, Bond is on his next mission. He is asked to go to the Grand Prix, driving on one of the most dangerous tracks in Europe, trying to stop the Russians from sabotaging the race. But when he sees an agent of SMERSH with a rich Korean - Jin Seung Sin - who people dub as Jason Sin (because they either can't pronounce his name or are too lazy to learn it), Bond's mission turns a turn that will see him racing against the clock because
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent ...more

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