Book Review: “Trigger Mortis” by Anthony HorowitzNovember 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: Incorporating original, never-before-published material from 007 creator Ian Fleming, New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz returns literary legend James Bond to his 1950s heyday in this exhilarating and dashing thriller.
The world’s most famous spy, James Bond, has just returned victorious from his showdown with Auric Goldfinger in Fort Knox. By his side is the glamorous and streetwise Pussy Galore, who played no small part in his success. As they settle down in London, the odds of Galore taming the debonair bachelor seem slim—but she herself is a creature not so easily caught.
Meanwhile, the struggle for superiority between the Soviet Union and the West is escalating. In an attempt to demonstrate Soviet strength, SMERSH plans to sabotage an international Grand Prix in the hot zone of West Germany. At the Nürburgring Racing Circuit, Bond must play a high-speed game of cat and mouse to stop them, but when he observes a secretive meeting between SMERSH’s driver and a notorious Korean millionaire, it becomes clear that this is just the infamous organization’s opening move.
An orphan of the Korean War, he has a personal reason for wanting to bring America to its knees. He’s helping SMERSH decisively end the white-hot space race—but how? With the help of an American female agent, Bond uncovers a plan that leads first to Florida and then to New York City, where a heart-stopping face-off will determine the fate of the West.
This thriller has all the hallmarks of an original Ian Fleming adventure and features welcome familiar faces, including M and Miss Moneypenny. Horowitz delivers a smooth and seductive narrative of fast cars and beautiful women, ruthless villains and breathtaking plot that will leave readers hanging until the very end.
I have to be honest I did not like the first seventy-one pages. Based on that I thought I would not like the rest of the book. I was so wrong! From page seventy-two to the end is practically non-stop excitement. Jason Sin is a high quality villain and Jeopardy Lane is a beautiful, bright, tough partner. Mr. Horowitz has us globe-trotting as he takes us from England to Germany to the United States. We all know that Bond plays Baccarat and golf what we didn’t know is that he races cars as well. Mr. Horowitz has given us quite an engrossing thriller that will have you muttering “oh, no” as you are reading as fast as you can to get to the next page. Jason Sin is a terrorist on the grand scale and really puts Bond’s and Jeopardy’s lives at great peril. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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