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With a Mind to Kill: The explosive Sunday Times bestseller (James Bond 007) Hardcover – 26 May 2022
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One man missing from the graveside.
The traitor accused of his murder.
Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion's den - but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives?
In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, James Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.
Discover the latest chapter in the world of 007, brought thrillingly to life by Sunday Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
PRAISE FOR TRIGGER MORTIS AND FOREVER AND A DAY:
'Ian Fleming would be proud' - GUARDIAN
'Fast-paced, skilfully written . . . leaves you wanting more' - THE TIMES
'A worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain' - THE SCOTSMAN
'So cunningly crafted and thrillingly placed that 007's creator would have been happy to own it' - FINANCIAL TIMES
'Exciting high drama . . . Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula' - DAILY EXPRESS
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The super spy is back, with a fresh injection from novelist and screenwriter extraordinaire, Anthony Horowitz. The expert in suspense takes us back to the beginning of James Bond’s story… the story rips along with plenty of familiar Bond staples: evil villains, fast cars and women falling for young Bond’s charms. Ian Fleming would be proud. ― Guardian
In many ways, Horowitz has now surpassed Fleming and the final book in his Bond trilogy is a masterpiece. It's a literary thriller writing at its page-turning finest.' ― Daily Express
Horowitz is a worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain… This New Bond is up there with the better Old Bonds… The denouement is a very fine piece of action writing… Horowitz has done splendidly. ― Scotsman
A novel that feels very like a film… fast-paced, skilfully written… leaves you wanting more, and for serious Bond junkies [it] is the next fix in a long tale of addiction. ― The Times
Even better than Trigger Mortis… it is tremendous fun. Anthony Horowitz has the discipline and skill of a first-class action writer. ― Sunday Express
Exciting high drama… Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula. And for that he surely deserves another mission guiding the fortunes of the world’s favourite superspy. ― Daily Express
[Horowitz's Bond] is once again in safe hands, not departing much from Fleming’s entertaining formula... Horowitz’s light touch and smooth plotting create something close to the ideal holiday read. ― Irish Examiner
Anthony Horowitz writes Bond in the style of Fleming... Total brain candy in the best possible fashion. ― RTE Guide
Horowitz shows that he knows the Fleming books backwards, offering plot twists that are homages to the master's novels. This nicely imagined book... is an amusing and thought-provoking addition to the post-Fleming bond canon. ― The Times *Audiobook of the Week*
An enjoyably compact thriller, with an absolutely killer last line. ― Guardian
Anthony Horowitz's second James Bond book will keep 007 obsessives happy with martinis, beautiful women and an enormously fat Corsican gangster. ― The Times *Best New Novels*
Forever and a Day is an explosive prequel to Casino Royale which promises to please Bond aficionados and a new legion of fans. ― Northern Insight **Book of the Month**
This is another great new James Bond novel from Horowitz, who’s filling the shoes of Ian Fleming with apparent ease. ― Trucking
Highly enjoyable. ― Metro
Anthony is an enthusiastic writer who relishes the world of adventure he conveys. ― Writing Magazine
A timeless Bond... has all the elements of a rollicking read. ― Irish Examiner
About the Author
Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz has written two highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty; three James Bond novels, Trigger Mortis, Forever and a Day and With a Mind to Kill; the acclaimed bestselling mystery novels Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders and the Detective Hawthorne novels, The Word is Murder, The Sentence is Death, A Line To Kill, and the latest A Twist of Knife is out in August 2022.
He is also the author of the teen spy Alex Rider series, and responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most loved and successful TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. In January 2022 he was awarded a CBE for his services to literature.
- Publisher : Jonathan Cape (26 May 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1787333485
- ISBN-13 : 978-1787333482
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 2.8 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With a Mind to Kill" is the third and final Bond novel to be penned by Anthony Horowitz. Having covered 007's first assignment in "Forever and a Day" and then shown him in mid-career in "Trigger Mortis", this shows Bond as he moves towards the tail end of his life as a government operative. Once again, Anthony Horowitz displays his chameleon-like talents to authentically recreate the style of Ian Fleming. The story is set in 1964 and, chronologically, the events of this novel take place shortly after "The Man With the Golden Gun", which was the final Bond novel written by Fleming.
If you are coming to this novel from having recently watched more recent screen adaptations of James Bond, then you may find the depiction of the lead character to be somewhat different to what you are accustomed to. Horowitz not only remains true to Fleming's version of Bond, but in mimicking that author's approach he also conveys social attitudes and activities that would be deemed very out of place in a 21st century setting. This is never more clearly illustrated than in the depiction of, and attitudes towards, women. Readers who feel ill at ease with outdated gender stereotyping - and even outright misogyny - may be best advised to pass this book by, or else be prepared to have their hackles raised.
In some ways it is difficult to appraise this novel as a 2022 publication. Taken at face value, it could easily be dismissed as a fairly ordinary action story with simplistic, predictable plotlines. However, that judgement would do the author a disservice. There is a real skill in being able to convincingly recreate such an iconic character in the manner in which his original creator intended. Personally, I prefer to read Anthony Horowitz's entirely original work, rather than seeing him pay homage to the exploits of characters conjured up by the likes of Ian Fleming or Arthur Conan Doyle - but I have yet to come across another author who can pull that off with the aplomb as Anthony Horowitz.
This won't be a book for everyone - and I don't think it is this author's best - but it is still skilfully written and enjoyable to read.
This latest offering is not bad, as pastiche Bond novels go, but even the rather meaningless title could belong to half a dozen or more 007 books and films: "Live and Let Die", "Tomorrow Never Dies", "Death is Forever", "A View to a Kill", "Die Another Day".......,
It seems that part of the formula nowadays is for the title to include Death, Dying or Killing.
"With a Mind to Kill" begins quite promisingly, with the funeral of M and the possibility that James Bond is his murderer.
It's the early 1960s, and this is an immediate sequel to "The Man With the Golden Gun", the last novel Ian Fleming wrote, which itself had begun with a brainwashed Bond attempting to assassinate his boss.
Now it seems he has succeeded, and before long he is apparently defecting to the Soviet Union, back into the clutches of Col. Boris, the Torture and Mind Control specialist who originally brainwashed him and sent him on his murderous mission.
And like all Bond villains, Boris has a physical oddity.
They always do.
This time it's different coloured eyes.
He also has a beautiful young female assistant, an ice maiden devoted to her work and to the Soviet Union.
Until Bond gets to work on her.
"To Russia With Love" might have been a better title!
At this point I'm going to be deliberately vague about the plot, simply because I'd be giving too much away. Nobody wants spoilers.
Anthony Horowitz has come up with an interesting enough plot, and I have to admit that it gets better as it goes along, but his writing style is bald and bland, with none of the slightly feverish undertone that so distinguished Ian Fleming's.
He ticks many of the formulaic boxes......the Morland cigarettes, the gunmetal cigarette case, the obstinate lock of hair and the facial scar. He even manages to give Bond an airline meal of foie gras and champagne and a gourmet dinner in Moscow's most expensive restaurant, but this being 1960s Russia he is denied his trademark "shaken not stirred" Martini cocktail, and there is no mention of those wretched Sea Island shirts!
Moneypenny and Bill Tanner make fleeting appearances, and there are even references to Loelia Ponsonby, Bond's erstwhile personal secretary, and to May, his Scottish housekeeper, but no Q, course.....he was only ever in the films (unless you count Major Boothroyd in the novel "Doctor No".)
Nobody apart from the Russian characters is ever described.....it's assumed we know who the regulars are and what they look like.
Nor do we get much insight into what anyone is thinking, except for Bond himself. (The best pieces of writing in the entire book occurs when Bond is reflecting on the nature and character of Soviet Russia and, later, on his own future.)
Mr Horowitz seems to have done his homework to get the period detail right, though I'm pretty sure that London roadworkers in the early Sixties would not have worn fluorescent high visibility vests.
This is apparently Horowitz's final Bond novel, and I think it's just as well. He has already given us a pre-"Casino Royale" outing for the young Bond, which in my opinion was simply too similar to that premiere Fleming adventure, and this post-"Golden Gun" effort, though competent, seems to be the work of a writer who is nervous about interfering with Established Legend.
Resurrecting other writers' characters is for hacks.
Anthony Horowitz is no hack.
As before, the author is able to successfully emulate Fleming’s style - though I suspect that this might mean the tale doesn’t appeal too well to readers more used to modern thrillers, as this style is quite slow and cerebral compared to later tastes for fast paced action.
However unlike before, I’m janitor convinced that Horowitz has managed to quite balance the Fleming with a more modern viewpoint, with some aspects of story and character coming across as a bit too Fleming in their attitudes towards women.
Overall though a satisfying end to the Horowitz trilogy, and one that gives a deeper sense of character to Bond at least than I think I’ve seen in along time. I’m intrigued next to see what the next author, Kim Sherwood, will bring to the series.
I recommend this book to anyone who has a thirst for Espionage thrillers and Bond fans alike.
Thoughrlly enjoyable, I don't want to give anything away as this would lesson the overall effect of this great slice of Cold War Espionage and thrilling tale.