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Trigger Mortis

With Original Material by Ian Fleming
Narrated by: David Oyelowo
Series: James Bond: The Collection, Book 45
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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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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  • britishbob
  • 25-09-15

A politically correct Bond but a bad Bond book

Let me start out by saying that the majority of this book was fairly typical James Bond and had circumstances been different I would have certainly given it a much better review but for me it had two major problems.

I was aware for over 6 months that this book was scheduled for release and had been looking forward to it.

However.

If you are going to write a James Bond book and you are going to proudly state that you are also going to include some of Ian Fleming's original material, why would you write it in a way that almost definitely went against Ian Fleming's vision? Especially if you are going to deliberately situate Bond in his own time.

Part of the legend of James Bond (ignoring the films) is his lifestyle.

So why then would you attempt to impose a 21st century lifestyle?

If Anthony Horowitz has such strong feelings on smoking then why even take on a project where the main character is a known avowed smoker?

There were several anti smoking references in this book which jarred and immediately caused a "suspension of disbelief." Which to me is the biggest crime an author can commit.

That brings me to the second of the major problems I mentioned at the start of this review.

David Oyelowo.

I listened to this person narrate a book before and I thought then that it was one of the most awful things I had ever heard and I was immediately dismayed to learn that he had been chosen to read this book.

Aware that several years had passed since I last heard him I was prepared to give him a chance and to his credit he has improved.

Unfortunately not enough by quite a long shot!

There were several points where he was trying to perform female roles and quite frankly I was reminded of Donald Duck.

And that brings us back to "the suspension of disbelief."

The story (ignoring the above faults) is quite engaging, provided that one doesn't stop to think about it too much.

Because if you do you''ll notice that the route from "A" to "B" and so on is extremely tenuous. And that is where the crime of "suspension of disbelief" really hits home because it's in those moments I found myself thinking about how the plot was strung together.

To my mind Horowitz had a plot but didn't achieve tying that together with the Fleming material.

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  • Joel M Cohen
  • 22-07-17

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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  • RSC
  • 03-10-15

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 !)

.. 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 !

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  • Charles LaBorde
  • 13-09-15

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
  • 02-04-17

Good story but awful reader

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

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  • Mr Douglas Frank
  • 16-09-15

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-19

Welcome Back, Mr Bond

I was first introduced to James Bond in my teens in the early '60s. Reading this book half a century later made me very nostalgic.

This book is split into two parts, each covering a different mission. In tone and content, it feels like it is set right after "Goldfinger," and even contains the same erroneous death sequence, In overall tone, it feels very much like the old Ian Fleming novels, right down to Bond's mysogeny and moral attitude. The first part even re-introduces Ms Pussy Galore, even though she feels like an add on. Also, reading the two parts I thought Mr Fleming had written the first part and Mr Horowitz the latter; although according to the notes section, Mr Fleming only wrote a very few pages. Overall, the second part held the scope that we have come to expect from the Bond movies, even though the first was much more engaging and suspenseful. And Ms Galore was a welcome addition.

I would love to see both parts of this book turned into Bond films.

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  • rocio cobas
  • 16-05-19

I was not a believer but now I am

this is my first 007 book and I purchased via a sale . glad I did. lots of action and also history that I enjoyed. as a woman I had not been a fan but I am now. look forward to many more.

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  • itinerant
  • 19-04-19

Misogyny restored

I suppose there's some merit in maintaining traditions in these reenactments and restorations of notes and carryings forward of favorite stories . . . but the casual misogyny of the 50s-60s is so grating to the modern ear, despite the assorted heroics the distaff manage to carry out . . . yes, perhaps there is some merit, but if so it is lost on me.

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  • Offero
  • 12-04-19

Boring

When is this book going to get going? There's been more coffee drinking than anything else in this story.