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Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in high time to kill
Benson, Raymond, 1955-
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1999]

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255 pages ; 24 cm
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Bond is back and bigger than ever. Raymond Benson's novels have reached new heights both in sales and critical acclaim. Kirkus Reviews called The Facts of Death "a postmodern treat." Benson "imbues his Bond with enough honor, sexual prowess and action-hero skills to please the purist and enthrall the novice," says Publishers Weekly.It's at a dinner party with his old friend the former Governor of the Bahamas that James Bond first encounters the deadly new criminal organization known simply as "The Union." An international group, they specialize in military espionage, theft, intimidation, and murder. When information vital to Britain's national security is stolen, M and 007 suspect that the Union is behind it. Bond's pursuit of the crucial microdot takes him from one of England's most exclusive golf clubs to the frozen heights of one of the world's tallest mountains. His every step is dogged by Union assassins. Their presence alone confirms Bond's worst fear--there is a traitor in Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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Booklist Review

James Bond, the late Ian Fleming's martini-shaking 007, is alive and well in Benson's latest, chasing nasties from Belgium to the Himalayas. This time, the post^-cold war heavies belong to the Union, a group interested in profits rather than politics. It all begins with the murder of the former governor of the Bahamas while Bond and his lady of the moment are guests in his home. After that, there is the theft of a secret formula and a race to the top of a Nepalese mountain to find the microdot containing the formula. To add to 007's woes, he must cope with a new lady boss--since good old M has retired--and the fact that SIS has a traitor in its midst, who turns out to be Bond's very own assistant . . . whom he has, of course, bedded. It all adds up to solid superagent fun. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

James Bond has always been a figure of fantasy and Benson, in his routine fourth Bond novel (after The Facts of Death) wisely keeps him fantastic. An international mercenary terrorist gang called the Union pilfers the British secret formula for Skin 17, the only aircraft material that can withstand a speed of Mach 7. Besides its technological importance, Skin 17 is a triumph for the lagging British military, so spymaster M needs Bond to get it back, and to find the turncoat who helped the Union steal it. The terrorists hide the formula for Skin 17 on a microdot implanted inside the pacemaker of a Chinese national, who dies a few days later when the airplane he's flying in is hijacked and crashes on Kangchenjunga, third-highest mountain of the Himalayas: hence this novel's title. Bond, of course, is dispatched to retrieve the microdot. En route to a blood-filled, ice-encased climax, Agent 007 indulges his old tastes for dangerous women and beautiful cars. Thanks to Q, the violence features some deliciously nasty weapons, including a gadget-laden Jaguar XK8. Benson's prose, including the dialogue, is wooden, but the action he provides is fast and furious and Bond fans will note the narrative scores "a first for Bond... sex at 7,900 meters"Äa high point in a novel that otherwise is middling all the way. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Bond has a new enemy: a crime organization called the Union, which thrives on military espionage. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.