By John GardnerBecause the Berlin Wall comes crashing down, one chilly Warrior refuses to put down his weapons and units out to assassinate contributors of the British-American intelligence community, CABAL. Reprint. PW. K.
From Publishers Weekly
Readers keen on Bond usually are not leave out Gardner's newest 007 event, his eleventh seeing that he took over the sequence after the 1964 dying of Ian Fleming, Bond's author. up to date to the '90s, Bond now practices secure intercourse and turns out to have given up either smoking and his obsession with strong custom-made activities automobiles. during this action-packed massacre, the necessary, consummate villain is Wolfgang Weisen, aka "the Poison Dwarf," an East German undercover agent grasp who as "a baby at Joseph Stalin's court" watched Tarzan and Chaplin videos with "Uncle Joe." Weisen has been directing the systematic assassination of contributors of Cabal, the West's ultimate secret agent community in Germany, and M assigns Bond and the CIA's Eazy stet St. John to prevent him. Bond is at the start cast off through Eazy's feminism yet is speedy to simply accept her invitation to percentage her berth at the Ost-West exhibit. Weisen, tracked to Venice, seems to be a Pickwickian personality: rotund, bald and baby-faced yet made up our minds to strength Europe to its knees and restoration Stalinism. Suspense builds as Bond races to Calais at the day the cross-channel tunnel is to open. Eazy is not able to make the journey, having suffered the destiny of all ladies who get too with reference to Bond's center. a laugh, shrewdpermanent stuff.
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From Kirkus Reviews
Of direction, it isn't rather eternally; it's simply enterprise as traditional for James bond, nonetheless gamely tackling would-be international dominators--this time, Wolfgang Weisen, the Poison Dwarf of East German intelligence--in his eleventh day trip below Gardner's flag. no matter what Weisen's plan is--and simply what he has in brain is a shock Gardner saves until eventually the very end--it includes penetrating CABAL (a NATO community of spies operating in East Germany, all yet outdated by way of unification), issuing a bogus order to disband, after which choosing off the brokers one after the other. while Bond and American Eazy St. John are packed off to Berlin to exchange their most recent fallen comrades, you could guess that they'll be trailed via homicidal enemy brokers, fed 1000000 lies by means of their intended contacts, and be left guessing as to which of the surviving Cabalists can nonetheless be trusted--and you could wager too that Bond will carry snooty Eazy to heel via exhibiting up her gutless tradecraft and sweeping her off her ft. the path of double-crosses that leads from Berlin to Paris to Venice traces trust, yet it's all flippantly likable. as soon as Bond and Co. achieve Venice, notwithstanding, the tale slips right into a pretty stodgy groove (``His smile was once so evil that the hairs at the again of Bon's neck stiffened''), with Bond, Eazy, and reliable Gus Wimper going up opposed to the Poison Dwarf, his kinky bedmate Monika Haardt (you need to take the kinkiness on faith--she doesn't do whatever yet try and kill our hero), and the employees of executioners, torturers, and so on. Bond, who seems having extra difficulty adjusting to the recent international order than his more youthful brethren, doesn't precisely shine, yet Gardner's lovers won't be dissatisfied both. Ian Fleming's enthusiasts don't need to observe. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus affiliates, LP. All rights reserved.