Benson "imbues his Bond with enough honor, sexual prowess and action-hero skills to please the purist and enthrall the novice," Publishers Weekly.
Bond is back and bigger than ever. Raymond Benson's novels have reached
new heights both in sales and critical acclaim. Kirkus Reviews called The Facts of Death
"a postmodern treat." Benson "imbues his Bond with enough honor, sexual
prowess and action-hero skills to please the purist and enthrall the novice," says
It's at a dinner party with his old friend the former Governor of the Bahamas that James Bond first encounters the deadly new criminal organization known simply as "The Union." An international group, they specialize in military espionage, theft, intimidation, and murder. When information vital to Britain's national security is stolen, M and 007 suspect that the Union is behind it. Bond's pursuit of the crucial microdot takes him from one of England's most exclusive golf clubs to the frozen heights of one of the world's tallest mountains. His every step is dogged by Union assassins. Their presence alone confirms Bond's worst fear--there is a traitor in Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Chapter One: Holidays Are Hell
The barracuda surprised them by opening its jaws to an angle of ninety
degrees, revealing the sharp rows of teeth that were capable of tearing out
chunks of flesh in an instant. It closed its snarling mouth just as quickly,
leaving a half-inch gap.
Had it yawned?
It was easily a twenty-pound fish. One of the most dangerous predators in the sea, the barracuda is an eating machine that rivals the ferocity of a shark. This one swam lazily along beside them, watching. It was curious about the two strange larger fish that had invaded its habitat.
James Bond had never cared for barracudas. He'd rather be in a pit full of snakes than in proximity to one of them. It wasn't that he was afraid of them but merely that he found them mean, vicious, and unpredictable creatures. There was no such thing as a barracuda in a good mood. He had to be on his guard without showing fear, for the fish could sense apprehension and often acted on it.
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