Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz Review

Trigger Mortis
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.

Clare's Review 5 of 5 stars

In this fourth addition to the Bond series Horowitz writes a thrilling story set in the 'traditional' Bond era. In this installment Bond is off to Nurburgring to protect a racing driver who is under threat. Bond needs to protect the driver from Smersh who is being enabled by a notorious Korean who has an eye for destruction, and this is just the beginning.

As a long time fan of Horowitz I wasn't disappointed by this novel although I did feel at certain parts it was a little rushed and would of benefited from a bit more time. However, on a positive note Horowitz really brings out the essence of Bond for me and retells this classic storiy beautifully. The characters fit well together and interact in a true Bond style and the story flows effortlessly. In particular Pussy Galore appears very true and is so well written you almost feel like you can see her in front of you. This Bond novel intrigued me more than the previous one, this really is down to the excellent ability to recreate from Horowitz.

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