High Time to Kill

High Time to Kill

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During a dinner party with an old friend, James Bond encounters a criminal organization called "The Union" that may be responsible for the theft of information vital to Britain's national security.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754022935
  • 9780754022930

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Benson, author of the James Bond Bedside Companion and two 007 novels (Zero Minus Ten, 1997; The Facts of Death, 1998), shows why he was chosen to pick up from stylish John Gardner the franchise on Ian Fleming's deathproof hero. No one can ever match From Russia with Love, Fleming's dark masterpiece of serious Bondian daring (in which he actually killed Bond with Rosa Klebb's poison-tipped shoeknife), but Benson's latest will satisfy those destined never to have the thrill of discovery From Russia. . .gave us in the 1950s. Back in the Bahamas (where Fleming made a permanent home), Bond comes across "The Union" and, along with M, is sure that these slick international spies and assassins have stolen from Britain the formula for Skin 17 - an airplane covering that can withstand speeds of Mach 7 - embedded in a microdot Bond must recover. From the barracuda-infested waters off Nassau and the arms of his star-crossed personal assistant in SIS, Helana Marksbury, world-hopping James eventually finds himself on Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, facing his old rival, Group Captain Roland Marquis, to whom Bond had once lost a school wrestling match at Eton through a bad call from the referee. Bond knows there's a traitor in SIS - can it be Roland? Or someone even closer to James, leading Union assassins to him? Smartly plotted all the way, right down to a black climax echoing the final page of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 35% (359)
3 31% (316)
2 7% (68)
1 1% (10)
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