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.
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Raymond Benson is the author of The Facts of Death, Zero Minus Ten, High Time to Kill and the novelizations of Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. He is a director of The Ian Fleming Foundation. Benson lives and works in the Chicago area.From Kirkus Reviews:
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 Bensons 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 17an airplane covering that can withstand speeds of Mach 7embedded 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 SIScan 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 Majestys Secret Service. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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