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With a Mind to Kill: A James Bond Novel Hardcover – 24 May 2022
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Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's third James Bond novel, after Forever and a Day.
It is M's funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in custody, accused of M's murder - James Bond.
Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion's den - but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?
In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.
About the Author
ANTHONY HOROWITZ is the author of the US bestselling Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder, and one of the most prolific and successful writers in the English language; he may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His novel Trigger Mortis features original material from Ian Fleming. His most recent Sherlock Holmes novel, Moriarty, is a reader favorite; and his bestselling Alex Rider series for young adults has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter, he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle's War on PBS. Horowitz regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines, and in January 2014 was awarded an OBE.
- Publisher : Harper (24 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063078414
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063078413
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.46 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 128,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a Mind to Kill" is the third and final Bond novel to be penned by Anthony Horowitz. Having covered 007's first assignment in "Forever and a Day" and then shown him in mid-career in "Trigger Mortis", this shows Bond as he moves towards the tail end of his life as a government operative. Once again, Anthony Horowitz displays his chameleon-like talents to authentically recreate the style of Ian Fleming. The story is set in 1964 and, chronologically, the events of this novel take place shortly after "The Man With the Golden Gun", which was the final Bond novel written by Fleming.
If you are coming to this novel from having recently watched more recent screen adaptations of James Bond, then you may find the depiction of the lead character to be somewhat different to what you are accustomed to. Horowitz not only remains true to Fleming's version of Bond, but in mimicking that author's approach he also conveys social attitudes and activities that would be deemed very out of place in a 21st century setting. This is never more clearly illustrated than in the depiction of, and attitudes towards, women. Readers who feel ill at ease with outdated gender stereotyping - and even outright misogyny - may be best advised to pass this book by, or else be prepared to have their hackles raised.
In some ways it is difficult to appraise this novel as a 2022 publication. Taken at face value, it could easily be dismissed as a fairly ordinary action story with simplistic, predictable plotlines. However, that judgement would do the author a disservice. There is a real skill in being able to convincingly recreate such an iconic character in the manner in which his original creator intended. Personally, I prefer to read Anthony Horowitz's entirely original work, rather than seeing him pay homage to the exploits of characters conjured up by the likes of Ian Fleming or Arthur Conan Doyle - but I have yet to come across another author who can pull that off with the aplomb as Anthony Horowitz.
This won't be a book for everyone - and I don't think it is this author's best - but it is still skilfully written and enjoyable to read.
I recommend this book to anyone who has a thirst for Espionage thrillers and Bond fans alike.
Thoughrlly enjoyable, I don't want to give anything away as this would lesson the overall effect of this great slice of Cold War Espionage and thrilling tale.
What Bond fans want is a believable plot, a nasty villain and 007 to have a love interest. All these boxes are ticked, Horowitz has a knack for delivery fast paced cinematic novels which dont out stay there welcome, 260pages easily read over a weekend, makes a fantastic holiday read.
My only issues with this novel is the lack of exotic location and use of cool gadgets, these may be small issues to most, but I like my Bond novels to have an out of reach tropical climate that my mind can get lost in. But that shouldn't put you off, this book really delivers 007 moments galore.