High Time to Kill

High Time to Kill

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by Raymond Benson
     
 

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Skin 17 is the most important military/industrial secret of its generation. This scientific breakthrough, developed in England, will enable planes to achieve previously unattainable speeds, and outlaw nations will pay anything to get their hands on it. That's exactly what the Union, a new lethal criminal syndicate, is counting on. With the cooperation of an informant… See more details below

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Skin 17 is the most important military/industrial secret of its generation. This scientific breakthrough, developed in England, will enable planes to achieve previously unattainable speeds, and outlaw nations will pay anything to get their hands on it. That's exactly what the Union, a new lethal criminal syndicate, is counting on. With the cooperation of an informant inside Her Majesty's Secret Service, Union members have stolen the secret microdot containing the formula, and left a trail of bodies in their wake. But something goes wrong with their plan, and the plane carrying the Union's courier crashes on Kangchenjunga, one of the world's highest and most treacherous mountains. 007 and a handpicked team of international climbers begin the perilous ascent of the Himalayan peak. Only Bond and his Gurkha sidekick know that the Union has planted a killer in their midst. One slip can mean a fatal fall from a dizzying height, but a 9mm slug means death at any elevation. In a whirlwind of action, James Bond races from the elegant hotels of Brussels to the highest peaks in the Himalayas. Whether in the arms of an exotic beauty or in the crosshairs of a sniper's rifle, 007 is always ready for action.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
James Bond has always been a figure of fantasy and Benson, in his routine fourth Bond novel (after The Facts of Death) wisely keeps him fantastic. An international mercenary terrorist gang called the Union pilfers the British secret formula for Skin 17, the only aircraft material that can withstand a speed of Mach 7. Besides its technological importance, Skin 17 is a triumph for the lagging British military, so spymaster M needs Bond to get it back, and to find the turncoat who helped the Union steal it. The terrorists hide the formula for Skin 17 on a microdot implanted inside the pacemaker of a Chinese national, who dies a few days later when the airplane he's flying in is hijacked and crashes on Kangchenjunga, third-highest mountain of the Himalayas: hence this novel's title. Bond, of course, is dispatched to retrieve the microdot. En route to a blood-filled, ice-encased climax, Agent 007 indulges his old tastes for dangerous women and beautiful cars. Thanks to Q, the violence features some deliciously nasty weapons, including a gadget-laden Jaguar XK8. Benson's prose, including the dialogue, is wooden, but the action he provides is fast and furious and Bond fans will note the narrative scores "a first for Bond... sex at 7,900 meters" — a high point in a novel that otherwise is middling all the way.
Library Journal
Bond has a new enemy: a crime organization called the Union, which thrives on military espionage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515128338
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
06/05/2000
Series:
James Bond Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.83(d)

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