John Gardner – Icebreaker (1983)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge #13
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #133
TBR #141
Date Finished: December 23, 2018

James Bond is called in to participate in a joint mission against a renewed Nazi organization. Joining him are agents of the U.S., Israel, and the Soviet Union. Of course, nobody can be trusted, leaving Bond in a precarious position to destroy the Nazis.

The third in the John Gardner Bond series, this one turned out better than I expected, after it sat on my shelves for 30-plus years. The first two in the series were rather tight-laced, dreary 1980s Cold War stories, if I remember correctly, but this one a bit more fun with unusual villains. Bond tends to rely on the Finnish agents and Soviet military for most of the action, but he does endure some hardships in pursuit of his goals.

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