Death is Forever

By John Gardner

Because 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.
Copyright 1992 Reed company info, Inc.

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eventually the very end--it includes penetrating CABAL (a NATO community of spies operating in East Germany, all yet outdated by way of unification), issuing a bogus order to disband, after which choosing off the brokers one after the other.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.

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Once they concurred, Wimper led Bond to his room, a way smaller unmarried with no such priceless goods as a levitating tv set. ‘I might be again in an hour – hours max,’ the previous Vopo stated softly. ‘I should still preserve the lighting off if I have been you. Double-lock the door. I’ll faucet out a Morse code W, yet fee me in the course of the fisheye, simply in case. I’ve obvious Weisen doing speedy interrogations. He’s rabid and extremely enthusiastic, so i'd no longer be capable to carry out if he will get his arms on me. hold your arms crossed. ’ ‘I’ll continue every thing crossed. ’ He punched Wimper calmly at the shoulder. ‘You convinced you will get all this apparatus? ’ ‘I advised you. i've got humans right here who owe me loads of favours. belief me. by the point i am getting again, I should still understand how we’re mounted for a ship. ’ He defined that whereas, technically, the Cipriani’s launches ran all evening, and they simply had one of many pilots on responsibility as soon as all site visitors have been accounted for. ‘The man sleeps at the floor ground, they wake him up if an individual desires to pass over within the wee small hours, they usually moor the launches down from the touchdown degree, close to the pool – so drowsing site visitors won’t be disturbed. We’ll easily stroll in the course of the gardens, do away with, and begin the motor while we’re offshore. simply don’t get your self taken whereas I’m away. ’ ‘The related applies. I wouldn’t are looking to come trying to find you alone. ’ ‘Look, if I disappear you have to name in reinforcements. Don’t attempt the Dwarf’s position by yourself. ’ ‘I’ll endure it in brain. ’ He Wimper to the door, double-locking it once he left. Then Bond pulled a chair right into a nook of the room from the place he had an unobstructed view of the door and window, and waited, silent, within the darkness. His eyes speedy adjusted, and he targeting staying alert, mentally facing the guns and professional components already on hand to him. except the ASP and 4 additional velocity loaders, he carried his favorite battling knife – a finely honed up to date model of the outdated Sykes-Fairbairn commando dagger – which have been hid in a sliding compartment on the base of the briefcase. The scabbard used to be strapped to his correct calf, whereas on his left was once a Buckmaster survival knife which might obviate the necessity for an anchor when they had reached the head of Weisen’s development and have been able to cross down the skylight. The Buckmaster is the survival knife for detailed forces. The deal with is hole and the blade razor sharp, somewhat curved on one facet, whereas the higher 1/2 the opposite part is wickedly serrated. contained in the deal with are removable anchor pins, used for grappling hooks, and the skeleton deal with, lower than its outer haft, is shaped right into a knuckleduster. He additionally carried the 2 pens, with refills for every, nestling inside of a shockproof case contained in the windbreaker, whereas in different wallet there have been Haley & Waller Dartcord rapid-opening structures: explosive fees in strip shape, with a primer and detonator for every. With its chevron cross-section, the Dartcord will blow precision holes via doorways, metal and brickwork with minimal attempt.

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