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by John Gardner




Bond reluctantly finds himself recruited into a dangerous mission involving an equally dangerous and treacherous alliance of agents from the CIA, the KGB and Israel's Mossad. The team dubbed 'Icebreaker' waste no time double crossing each other, as they try to root out the leader of the murderous National Socialist Action Army, Count Konrad von Gloda, a one time SS officer, who now perceives himself as the New Adolf Hitler.
Download Icebreaker (James Bond) epub
ISBN: 0399128115
ISBN13: 978-0399128110
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: John Gardner
Language: English
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (February 1, 1985)
Pages: 301 pages
ePUB size: 1717 kb
FB2 size: 1808 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 488
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Drelalak
With his first two novels in the series, Gardner stuck to the standard Bond formula. But with his third novel, Icebreaker, he stayed outside the formula and established all the key elements that would comprise his 007 series: Bond actually involved heavily in intelligence and espionage and a plot with a real-life political or historical background, instead of a big adventure with the fate of the world in the balance and an evil multimillionaire. I don't understand why this bothers so many people. There's dozens of Bond stories following the same routine, formula -the same story with different characters and locations- and Gardner at least tried to do something original and different with the character.

In Icebreaker, Bond is assigned to a team also consisting of American, Israeli, and Russian agents. Their mission in the arctic is to monitor a convoy of stolen high-grade military equipment from a Russian army outpost to a WWII-era bunker serving as the headquarters of the National Socialist Action Army, a well-organized neo-Nazi paramilitary group responsible for a number of terrorist attacks and assassinations. Bond quickly learns that the mission has been compromised. The team has been infiltrated by enemy agents. Additionally, the KGB is using the operation as a scheme to capture and deliver Bond to Moscow.

The story is extremely fast-paced. The action is tense and well-written. It's fun watching Bond put the pieces together and doubt who he can trust. The locations are an original and fresh change of pace for Bond and really enhances the story's atmosphere and suspense, as there is nothing glamorous or ritzy about Bond struggling to survive in the frozen forests of Finland and Russia.

There's a couple minor problems. If the Soviet Union was having problems with their weapons ending up in the hands of a terrorist faction, would they really go to the UK and US for help? And it would seem that a NATO or Russian special ops team would be more suited to carry out a reconnaissance of the enemy base in the middle of the arctic than a team of intelligence agents. But then, this is a Bond story, so I don't expect realism to get in the way of entertainment.

Overall, one of Gardner's best Bond novels and just a really great Cold War adventure for 007.
Cetnan
When I read "License Renewed" I thought 'well, this is disappointing, no more James Bond novels for me', then I gave "For Special Services" an opportunity and I was glad to do so because it was way better tan the first Gardner's Bond novel, now Icebreaker is keeping the good pace from FSS, it was a really fun book with lots of twists every freaking page, the pace is like a mistery movie, every character could be the bad guy (or girl), there were more crosses and double crosses than a Catholic church! I hope the remain of Gardner's Bond books that I haven't read are as fun as this one.
Weernis
Excellent. I think John Gardner spun a more exciting 007 tale on many occasions than Fleming himself! Blasphemy? Not in my estimation.
Kaim
I had optimism for this book, because I really enjoyed the first two by Gardner. But this really is the worst of the post-Fleming Bond novels I've read. I would have to agree with some of the other reviews; Bond really comes across as a dumb character here. The number of double-crosses and even triple-crosses in this book is not clever but entirely aggravating. I will probably read more of Gardner's Bond novels because I do think his first two outings are the best post-Fleming Bond novels I've read. Hoping this is just an anomaly.
MrCat
Nice item, nice price one of the better entries in the John Gardner James Bond series
Ballazan
This or SeaFire are John Gardner's worst James Bond efforts.
Ahieones
Good story, I liked the cold weather setting and the plot twists.
GARDNER HAS ONCE AGAIN GIVEN US JAMES BOND AS ONLY GARDNER COULD. READING THIS BOOK IS LIKE WATCHING IT ON THE BIG SCREEN. YOU CAN SEE IT ALL COME TO LIFE AS YOU TAKE IN EVERY WORD. ON TO THE NEXT BOOK!