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Publisher's Summary

When M receives word that a known terrorist organization is planning to infiltrate and destroy a top-secret British Royal Navy aircraft carrier-based summit of world leaders, James Bond is returned to active duty in the Royal Navy. Promoted from Commander to Captain, Bond is expected to infiltrate the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and identify potential sleeper agents.

As he struggles to complete his mission, a massive war game is being carried out between the American, British, and Soviet Navies. And when Bond gets caught up in a murder investigation the safety of the most powerful leaders on the planet hangs in the balance....

©1989 Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under license by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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Bit boring

The story is hard to care about, the nerrator don't make the action scenes exciting. Bond don't do much, he doesn't even kill the bad guy

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Good narrative but very slim/unbelievable story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is fast moving story and it does keep your attention. The narration reminded me of the original Bond books, so it was a relatively pleasant experience. The dumb story line took way form that enjoyment.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Gardner again?

Yes

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Bond

Do you think Win, Lose or Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. There is not much story to follow up on. Whether Bond hooks up with the heroine could be woven into any future story - not a follow up to this one.

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  • Harry Attwell
  • 12-05-20

Another great Bond story

I love listening to the continuing story of Bond and John Gardner writes so well. Well done to Simon Vance for his pace and precision with the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-19

Steady, nothing more

Steady pace for bond novel but easy to finish. Decent enough spy book but nothing special.

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  • struggling
  • 03-06-19

Short on plot, long on technical descriptions.

There's far too much technical description of helicopter manoeuvres, why aircraft carriers aren't called aircraft carriers (don't ask me why - I fell asleep).

The plot is slight - war games, world leaders meeting on an aircraft carrier and Bond is responsible for security so he's back in the Navy with the rank of Captain. It feels as though in this 8th Bond novel that Gardner has given up caring and has just stirred together a rather unappetising mixture of stale plot devices, bits of information about the Royal Navy and long chunks of technical specifications. Without the latter, this wouldn't be much more than a slightly long short story.

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  • Douglas
  • 12-06-17

simply awful

so many basic holes. a lazy pastiche. cashing in on the series.
thoughtlessly put together . a set of random words would have been better.