Moonraker

Moonraker

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by Ian Fleming
     
 

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Moonraker, Britain's new ICBM-based national defense system, is ready for testing, but something's not quite right. At M's request, Bond begins his investigation with Sir Hugo Drax, the leading card shark at M's club, who is also the head of the Moonraker project. But once Bond delves deeper into the goings-on at the Moonraker base, he discovers that both the project

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Moonraker, Britain's new ICBM-based national defense system, is ready for testing, but something's not quite right. At M's request, Bond begins his investigation with Sir Hugo Drax, the leading card shark at M's club, who is also the head of the Moonraker project. But once Bond delves deeper into the goings-on at the Moonraker base, he discovers that both the project and its leader are something other than they appear to be.


About the Author:
Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of the world's best-known secret agent, was the author of fourteen James Bond adventures.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

One of Ian Fleming’s most notable Bond novels, and one of the worst film adaptations of the series, the story of Sir Hugo Drax and his apocalyptic Moonraker missile program is revisited in this spirited reading by Simon Vance. With his classical yet smooth British dialect, Vance is more reminiscent of Timothy Dalton than any other Bond actor. His delivery is strong and commanding; Bond has never been more debonair than he is here. Vance creates compelling and realistic characters aside from the protagonist, leading to a thrilling listen that will captivate fans of the genre and newcomers alike as the film never could. A Penguin paperback. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141044989
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
10/28/2009

Meet the Author

Ian Lancaster Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels.

During his writing career, Fleming produced twelve Bond novels and several short stories featuring his super spy. Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. He saw his famed character brought to life on the big screen in 1962's Dr. No with Sean Connery as James Bond. With the help of producer Cubby Broccoli, Fleming's creation became the central figure in one of the longest run film franchises in movie history. He later wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a story about a magical car, to entertain his son.

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Moonraker (James Bond Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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e007bond1016 More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the movie. Although it might not be as good as the book Casino Royal, it was still very interesting and a very good read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was wondering if it was possible to get this book back on the nook. I bought the first two for the nook and loved them and now they are gone, I would definitely still buy them if it were still possible. Please put them back on here
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
I have to say MOONRAKER didn’t have as much action as either of the two previous James Bond novels. At least at the beginning anyway. Sure there was the consummate card game and torture scene, but neither hit as hard or as fast as what happened in CASINO ROYALE. But this was certainly an entertaining read, even though the female characters seemed to wilt at the first sign of trouble, or at least gave the distinct impression of the likelihood of such an occurrence. I know it’s too much to ask (and it’s certainly not going to stop me from reading the rest of said novels), but just once I’d like to see a woman kick some serious butt in this series. I’d have to say the closest female so far has been Vesper Lynd, and even she had her flaws. Gala Brand held a certain amount of intrigue and promise, but I felt like the afterburner element was missing from her character. Bond does show a bit of his human side in this one by not actually getting the girl (being just a mere mortal like the rest of us), which does make his character a bit more interesting, even if said girl (Gala) does notice his ample charm. And he, in turn, notices his abundant curves. Yes, these novels might be called fluff, but like Bond, these novels hold a sophisticated air and charm that isn’t easily quantifiable, and that’s what makes them so gosh darn entertaining. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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MTUCivil04 More than 1 year ago
This one fell flatter than previous two Bond novels-however it has its interesting points with conspiracy and the potential of nuclear fallout in London. Although book not as good as Casino Royale or Live and Let Die, it is MUCH BETTER than the crappy movie, Moonraker, which has nothing to do with this book, besides the title and the character names of Drax and Bond.
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Victor24 More than 1 year ago
I have only read the first three Bond books (Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Moonraker), but each of them is fast paced and exciting, written in a fluid style that puts you in the action. Moonraker is probably the best of the first three, though the climax leaves a little to be desired.

Hugo Drax is a hero in Britain. He is constructing a new missile which he dubs Moonraker that will reach every capital in Europe and usher in a new age of security in the Cold War. But M is suspicious and sends 007 to try and sniff out anything fishy at the construction site. Acting as Drax's security chief, Bond and an inside spy working within Drax's organization find out that the Moonraker project is not all it seems to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ian Fleming has yet again written another great Bond novel. The 'bond girl' turns out to be a real, three-dimensional character with the same dedication as 007 in stopping a madman from slaughtering millions. Though the beginning was a bit slow and I really don't see how someone who doesn't understand the game of Bridge could really comprehend what was going on when he catches Drax cheating at cards. That is my only complaint. Other than that, it's a great novel, I recommend it highly. It's a super Cold War thriller than could be just as relevent today. Beware of anyone who cheats at cards you never know what he's capable of!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Bond novel. I picked it up for a school assignment. I liked the Bond movies but this is the best. I finished in about 3 weeks just reading about a chapter or none a week, but slowly picked up at Thursday and Friday The suspense was great. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a slow beginning in the first three chapters, but it steadily becomes better and more interesting. I highly recommend getting this book and reading it.