It’s 1957 and James Bond (agent 007) has only just survived his showdown with Auric Goldfinger at Fort Knox. By his side is Pussy Galore, who was with him at the end.
Unknown to either of them, the USSR and the West are in a deadly struggle for technological superiority. And SMERSH is back.
The Soviet counter-intelligence agency plans to sabotage a Grand Prix race at the most dangerous track in Europe. But it’s Bond who finds himself in the driving seat and events take an unexpected turn when he observes a suspicious meeting between SMERSH’s driver and a sinister Korean millionaire, Jai Seong Sin.
Soon Bond is pitched into an entirely different race with implications that could change the world. Thrown together with American agent, Jeopardy Lane, Bond uncovers a plan that will bring the West to its knees in a heart-stopping climax.
If you’re looking for a book that features a charismatic leading man, strong female characters and an evil villain, somewhat crazed villain I may add, then look no further than the latest James Bond to hit the shelves. Trigger Mortis, a sequel to Fleming’s Goldfinger, by Anthony Horowitz.
Apart from the title, I’m afraid I’m not a fan; the book is a great adventure. It reads at a frenetic pace, even during the scene setting moments. The idea for Trigger Mortis came from an original television manuscript written by Flemming to which Horowitz had the opportunity to read and run with. Set in the world of motor racing Horowitz immediately set about changing characters and adapting it to the storyline. Of all the chapters the racing at Nürburgring – south of Cologne in Germany – and the castle retreat were by far my favourite sections of the book. Totally immersive I really felt part of the adventure.
Bond isn’t Bond if he doesn’t have an evil counterpart and Trigger Mortis is no exception; enter Korean Jai Seung Sin otherwise known as Jason Sin. He really is an evil character and takes great delight in dishing out his very special brand of death utilising his personal playing cards. He doesn’t take failure well and reprimands are a thing of the past, someone fails him, they end up dead. He is a little unhinged and slightly unstable but I loved this about him!
Strong women are a feature of this book and Trigger Mortis introduces us to a new Bond girl in Jeopardy Lane and the return of the fabulous Pussy Galore. Both play their part well but Galore’s role is far to brief for my liking. Jeopardy on the other hand plays quite a hefty role and is instrumental to the outcome of the book, I’ll let you discover how when you read it!
Let’s face it, waking up in the morning to the smell of coffee, you walk into the kitchen to find the wonderful Pussy Galore waiting for you, how can you not like that vision?! I for one hope the Fleming estate will be asking Horowitz to pen another Bond adventure in the future, he seems to have hit the mark running.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orion (8 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409159132
- ISBN-13: 978-1409159131