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Publisher's Summary

Incorporating original, never-before-published material from 007 creator Ian Fleming, New York Times best-selling 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, with ruthless villains and a breathtaking plot that will leave listeners hanging until the very end.

©2015 Anthony Horowitz (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • India
  • 10-03-15

pretty good story RUINED by Narrator

What did you like best about Trigger Mortis? What did you like least?

Enjoyed pretending that it could have been written by Ian Fleming himself (if I squinted a little !)<br/><br/>.. But why oh why did they choose this abysmal narrator?!

What did you like best about this story?

Kept trying to imagine what it could have been if Simon Vance had read this one instead. For ref, he's read all (or nearly all) of the Ian Flaming originals , and even did Ian Fleming's biography.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Oyelowo’s performances?

Never EVER again. I'll go out of my way to avoid books if he reads them.

Do you think Trigger Mortis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes definitely. Mr Horowitz has what it takes to fill in (most) of Mr Fleming's very large shoes!

Any additional comments?

Is there ANY chance at all, this book could be re-recorded by Simon Vance ? I'd happily pay again for the pleasure !

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Horowitz gets it right

This audiobook is superb in every way and a real gift for fans who first knew Bond from the original Fleming novels. I read my first Bond novel, "Dr. No," when I was in junior high school and read every new novel when they were first published, beginning with "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." While waiting for those last few novels published after Fleming's death, I read all the earlier novels and short stories. I have also been a fan of the numerous pastiches over the decades since Fleming's death and the end of the publications of his trunk material. There have been some good ones and a few clinkers. But Anthony Horowitz takes the prize for the most Fleming-like Bond novel in a half century. The vocal performance by David Oyelowo is equally impressive.

I must admit, I absolutely hated Horowitz' Sherlock Holmes pastiche, "Moriarty," but I am now a fan of Mr. Horowitz again. I just hope the Fleming estate can convince him to write further chapters.

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  • stephen
  • kabul Afghanistan
  • 04-02-17

Good story but awful reader

Not at all a bond experience. Narration sounded more like a mid 60's tv show!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible American accent

The narrator's "American" high rising terminal accent is unlistenable. It sounds like nails on a chalkboard.

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So-so Bond

It should be mentioned up front that I am an avid James Bond fan. I love all things Bond, which would tend to skew my attitude towards this book in its favor. That said, however, I was not impressed by Trigger Mortis.

If one were to forget for a moment that this is a James Bond book and judged the book solely on the basis of the story, I suspect that most readers would view it as being mildly interesting. It is not much of a page-turner, however. (For a page turner read the combat portion of Lone Survivor, or Tom Clancy's Patriot Games).

Pussy Galore and a race track duel were both featured in the book, but they seemed to be thrown in. Pussy disappears early on and the outcome of the duel on the race track seems to not have any profound significance to the story.

Perhaps the greatest disappointment was that the Bond in this book was not one I sympathized with or for whom I felt a connection.

Overall, it's a mediocre book.

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Oh Editor, where art though?

Surprisingly amateurish writing from Horowitz, who should know better than to smear adverbs across the page like bugs across a windshield. In future works he should eschew words like "perfectly" and "slightly" altogether, along with "somehow" -- seriously, how did an editor let this slop out into the world?

Narration was also pretty unbearable, guy reads like an overly dramatic 15-year-old doing the voiceover for his own batman/star wars crossover fanfiction.

Overall, big disappointment. Save your credits.

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Old School Bond Hits the Mark

I really enjoyed this book and I hope that Mr Horowitz writes more Bond books.

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A thrilling story that stays true to the Fleming classics!

If you like the old-school James Bond stories and movies like Dr. No and Goldfinger, you will love Trigger Mortis.

Davids voice acting is sublime and the story is both full of surprising twists as it is of classic Bond stuff.

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Bond early fifties

I appreciated the proto typical Bond character with recent memories of war service, Bondian womanizing but with some angst and regret. I much prefer this Bond to the more modern technology Moonraker version.

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  • Atlanta, GA
  • 03-10-16

Well done Mr. Horowitz

I was a bit concerned about this one, having never read any of Mr. Horowitz's work before. I was wrong. I'm not too sure how much he accurately emulated Mr. Fleming's style but it sounded close enough and the Bond in this book seems very authentic. Also, it's a really well-written thriller. Evenly paced and not a boring segment of listening. Glad I took the chance. No sure if he deserves another shot (though I'm sure IF Publications won't give him one) but this one is good enough. Thoroughly enjoyed it. And David Oyelowo, while being no Simon Vance, is adequate. Might've been 5 stars if it was Vance.