With a Mind to Kill Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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One man missing from the graveside.
The traitor accused of his murder.
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, James Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.
Discover the latest chapter in the world of 007, brought thrillingly to life by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 24 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||26 May 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 9,040 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
130 in Espionage Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
135 in Action Thriller & Suspense Fiction
468 in Romantic Action & Adventure
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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 Readers who feel ill at ease with outdated gender stereotyping - and even outright misogyny - may be best advised to pass this book by, or else be prepared to have their hackles raised.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.
As before, the author is able to successfully emulate Fleming’s style - though I suspect that this might mean the tale doesn’t appeal too well to readers more used to modern thrillers, as this style is quite slow and cerebral compared to later tastes for fast paced action.
However unlike before, I’m janitor convinced that Horowitz has managed to quite balance the Fleming with a more modern viewpoint, with some aspects of story and character coming across as a bit too Fleming in their attitudes towards women.
Overall though a satisfying end to the Horowitz trilogy, and one that gives a deeper sense of character to Bond at least than I think I’ve seen in along time. I’m intrigued next to see what the next author, Kim Sherwood, will bring to the series.
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.
In many ways this feels and reads like an Ian Fleming novel. Horowitz has yet again captured the voice, the mood, the period, even to the point of naming his chapters such as ‘A Room with No View’.
The story is taken up two weeks after the conclusion of Fleming’s The Man with the Golden Gun. So it’s set in 1965. You don’t have to have read this last Fleming novel, though it might help.
It begins with the funeral of Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, known to some as ‘M’. (Too many other characters in this chapter have names that begin with ‘M’ – Sir James Molony and Sir Charles Massinger). A dramatic beginning. But. Things are not what they seem.
Bond is assigned to investigate a new organisation in Moscow, Stalnaya Ruka – Steel Hand. They seem to be planning some outrageous action that will tip the balance in Russia’s favour in the Cold War. We are then privy to the machinations of the members of Steel Hand guided by Colonel Boris who was previously responsible for brainwashing Bond after You Only Live Twice. This section is reminiscent of Fleming’s insight into the Smersh meeting in From Russia With Love, though somewhat shorter. In this scene there is a chilling exhibition of the power of Boris’s mind-control over a subordinate (p47).
Indeed, there are numerous cross references to previous assignments, villains, female conquests and books; none of them are heavy-handed, merely apt.
Bond was ambivalent about the assignment. Re-entering the brainwashing lair was dangerous. Could he survive? Yet ‘Bond needed death, or the threat of death, as a constant companion. For him, it was the only way to live.’ (p209)
Needless to say there is a beautiful Russian woman, Katya. And he is faced with a particularly unpleasant Russian whose name is so unpronounceable it is invariable shortened to Colonel G.
A satisfying conclusion to Horowitz’s series.