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'Take care 007. Take special care. The continent's a hotbed of villainy these days and you can never be too careful' Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond's hand, is determined to make it the holiday to die for. With a price on his head, Bond must evade the world's greatest assassins in a ruthless game of ca'Take care 007. Take special care. The continent's a hotbed of villainy these days and you can never be too careful' Bond was supposed to be on leave. But SPECTRE leader Tamil Rahani, dying from injuries suffered at Bond's hand, is determined to make it the holiday to die for. With a price on his head, Bond must evade the world's greatest assassins in a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse across Europe, while trying to save the lives of the two women who matter to him most, his housekeeper May and Miss Moneypenny. But Bond has been a target before. And when it comes to staying alive, nobody does it better than 007. In Nobody Lives Forever, the fifth in Gardner's bestselling series, Fleming's superspy is at the top of his game....

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Number of Pages : 301 Pages
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Nobody Lives Forever Reviews

  • Ira Livingston
    2019-06-14 04:12

    What a great premise. Bond's Scottish housekeeper May is recovering from an operation, and after being visited by Moneypenny is kidnapped by SPECTRE. And the only ransom wanted is Bond's head. Bond is so cold and calculating against various bad guy teams throughout the book, that are trying to get SPECTRE's bounty on him.Completely original and believable, Gardner continues to modernize the Bond character for the 1980s.Good to see we're back on track with better books since Fleming's death.Overall rating of book series:1 - Casino Royale / On Her Majesty' Secret Service 2 - Goldfinger / For Special Services3 - From Russia with Love / License Renewed4 - Live and Let Die5 - Diamonds are Forever / Dr. No / Icebreaker / Nobody Lives Forever6 - Moonraker7 - Colonel Sun8 - Thunderball9 - James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (Wood)10 - You Only Live Twice11 - For Your Eyes Only / Octopussy & The Living Daylights12 - The Man with the Golden Gun13 - The Spy Who Loved Me14 - James Bond and Moonraker (Wood)15 - Role of Honor

  • Carson
    2019-06-01 05:25

    It has been several books since we have seen James Bond both this vulnerable and vicious, but NOBODY LIVES FOREVER raises the obvious question: why, after 30 years of destroying countless baddies, has no one ever set out to simply kill 007?Once again, Gardner has done an effective job of weaving in surprises and he effectively showcases James Bond put to the test with the few things he cares about in jeopardy and an explosive climax.We know that James Bond never dies (without being resurrected), but watching him maneuver through action-packed sequences evading henchmen intent on killing him, keeping his wits about him and feeling more and more like Fleming's cold but passionate killer is quite rewarding and NOBODY LIVES FOREVER is a strong entry in Bond canon. Gardner's 2nd best so far (to ICEBREAKER) in my opinion, reading them in order. Maybe the best.

  • David
    2019-05-27 07:13

    More brain candy. Gardner introduces Sukie Tempesta--to whom he will return-- and Nanette 'Nannie' Norrich, another pair in a long line of femmes fatales. 007 is the target of SPECTRE vengeance yet again, and, yet again, escapes. A very bloody book. Not for the squeamish.

  • Saskia (Smitie)
    2019-05-21 06:05

    Mijn eerste 007 boek en ik vond het best aardig. Mooie vrouwen die meteen voor Bond vallen: check, drank: check, actie: check, dubbelagenten en plot twists: check.

  • Kost As
    2019-05-26 06:13

    Λίγα λόγια για την πλοκή του βιβλίου... Ο James Bond κάνει roadtrip στην Ευρώπη κα του την πέφτουν όλοι οι κακοί. Τελεία και παύλα! Όσο διαβάζω John Gardner, τόσο μου θυμίζει τον κινηματογραφικό James Bond. Το Nobody lives forever μπορεί να μην έχει καμία φοβερά πρωτότυπη πλοκή, έχει, όμως, αρκετές ανατροπές και δράση! Απλά δράση! Διαβάζεται ευχάριστα χωρίς, όμως, να καταφέρει να μείνει στον αναγνώστη ως μία ανεξίτηλη ανάμνηση. Παρόλα αυτά, του βάζω 4 αστεράκια, γιατί το διάβασα άνετα και με κρατούσε και σε μία κάποια εγρήγορση.Υ.Γ.: Λοιπόν, όσοι έχουν διαβάσει τις προηγούμενες κριτικές μου σχετικά με τη σειρά James Bond του John Gardner θα θυμούνται ότι έχω ένα θέμα, αντιπάθεια να το πω, άσβεστο μίσος να το πω, με την επιλογή του αυτοκινήτου του James Bond στα πρώτα βιβλία. Οδηγούσε τότε ένα Saab 900 Turbo. Οκ. Στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο, αν δεν κάνω λάθος, το Role of honour, ο συγγραφέας αποφάσισε (ορθώς) να το αντικαταστήσει με μία Bentley Mulsanne Turbo. Σε κάποια φάση στο Nobody lives forever, o ήρωάς μας αναγκάζεται να νοικιάσει ένα αυτοκίνητο. Και τι αυτοκίνητο τον βάζει ο θεούλης John Gardner να νοικιάσει;;; Φυσικά ένα Saab 900 Turbo. Δεν περιγράφω άλλο.

  • Rob Thompson
    2019-06-11 08:14

    Nobody Lives for Ever, first published in 1986, was the fifth novel by John Gardner.The story isn't all that complex. (view spoiler)[En route to retrieve housekeeper, May, from a health clinic, Bond receives some news. British Secret Service tells him that Tamil Rahani, the leader of SPECTRE, is dying. Why? Because Bond wounded him in their last encounter. There is a price on Bond's head. Bond should "trust no one". Mysterious!Bond learns that May and Miss Moneypenny, who had been visiting his housekeeper, are missing. Bond finds himself dodging would-be assassins while searching for his friends. Assisting him is a young débutante and her capable, yet enigmatic, female bodyguard.The price on Bond's head is a competition organised by Rahani and SPECTRE. Its known as 'The Head Hunt'. An open contest to capture or kill Bond so he can be decapitated. While Bond tries to rescue Moneypenny and May he has to dodge betrayal, murder, kidnapping by any number of organisations and individuals.(hide spoiler)]In this twisting tale, Bond is both violent and vicious. The plot is straightforward enough. No plans for world domination here, sharks with lazers, or atomic space weapons. Its simply about henchmen, goons and assassins out to kill Bond, and get a bounty for doing so. Along the action-packed way we get a few surprises, and of course some sticky situations to test 007's skills. The ending is climatic and explosive. Not a perfect novel by any means, but a strong Bond continuation novel nonetheless. It mixes vintage Fleming with 80s culture pretty well. I for one would be more than happy to read another of Gardner's Bond novels. Recommended for anyone who wants to kill a couple of hours in an entertaining and undemanding way.

  • Jerome
    2019-06-15 09:28

    Vintage Bond blended pretty well into the 80s by Gardner. Nice mix of sultry and lethal babes who may or may not be allies. Kidnapped May and Moneypenny. Plenty of murderous goons stalking Bond for the huge reward for his head on a silver platter.Pretty decent plot but some weak points along the bloodied path. Not the best Gardner Bond but fun. A deadly giant bat was a bit much and the finale on Shark Island with a dangerous Bond enemy and lots of bodies and narrow escapes. And a room with a guillotine made just for James. How will he escape? Will he come to the rescue? How can Bond escape a roomful of armed killers? Well, it is Bond.

  • Kyraia Padua
    2019-06-03 07:10

    This story is a little twist on the normal story of a princess being saved by a knight. This knight, however, is actually the dashing secret agent James Bond. Bond is in a race against Rahani and SPECTRE in a chase he calls: "The Head Hunt". It's no wonder the price to saving the Italian Princess Sukie Tempesta is his head- literally. I enjoyed this book due to the incredible use of dialogue and mystery, and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little gushy romance now and then. Good detail improved a reader's interest in the book, and the hilarious/sarcastic remarks of Bond made me crave for more.

  • Mark C. Jackson
    2019-06-10 05:22

    I enjoyed this one; a lot of excitement! SMERSH and SPECTRE in the same novel! And I'm glad it didn't have the rapid ending like Gardner's first two Bond books had. I recommend this book.

  • Toni
    2019-06-07 07:13

    Action is too detailed for my liking. (maybe "dry" is correct word, or maybe its just not my kind of book..." The story is quite unbelievable, but it is 007, so I did expect that. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book, and the way James Bond dealt with Nannie was too ruthless for me. Luckily I have never seen the movie, because I think, I will like it more than the book. However I will advise you not to put too much heed to my review, after all I am more into romance, Mills and Boon and such. I see many readers have given this book great reviews so if action is your thing, you will love it.

  • Sean Helms
    2019-06-07 06:00

    A decent adventure novel of James Bond. The plot was good with 007's head as the trophy in a contest among assassins. Although no Ian Fleming, Gardner keeps the ultimate spy alive minus a bit of his old personality. Worth reading, but don't expect 'Diamonds are Forever' or 'From Russia With Love' caliber writing.

  • Noah Oanh
    2019-05-21 05:22

    Finally, someone ve tried to kill him in a proper way.

  • Art
    2019-06-02 03:21

    Nobody Lives Forever by john Gardner is book five in the Gardner Bond novels. What happens to James Bond when he is cut to the core? What happens to Bond when he becomes the hunted? These must have been the questions that spurred Gardner to write this book. Gardner takes 007 on a roller coaster journey of trying to maintain control while desperately trying not to lose everything he holds dear. To the villians, this is a game, but to Bond it becomes payback. This novel is a high octane spy thriller that grabs hold and doesn't let go until the ride is over. Gardner throws in beautiful women and backstabbing. Everything that makes a great spy thriller contained in one package. The flaw I did in it was that the conclusion was a bit too cookie cutter for me. It left me saying oh yes of course because he's Bond. I just felt that a more plausible end could've been come to. Nobody Lives Forever is a solid four star read. No Deals Mr. Bond is up next in the series and will be on my March reading road map.

  • Brian
    2019-06-13 08:05

    * Gardner's fifth Bond book.* The third appearance of SPECTRE.* The hope offered by Role of Honor is largely buried by this inane follow up novel. While it's true that Bond is reduced to the miniature package of Q Branch gewgaws, they are, of course, just the ones he needs in each situation, and the bad guys, naturally, only find the ones that Bond can do without.* In terms of plot, this one is the most down to Earth of all Gardner's novels, which ought to be a good thing. But it isn't. Imagine all of Batman's enemies--the Penguin, the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, the whole lot--in a race to claim a bounty put, literally, on Batman's head by his most nefarious foe, Egghead. That's what Gardner gives us here, plotted on the level of the 60s TV series. Lining up to take their shot at Bond are SMERSH, the Union Course, the Mafia, and others, all spurred on by Tamil Rahani, the head of SPECTRE. Since in something approximating real life this group of killers would make short work of Bond, they are only professionals when it suits the plot; otherwise, they're inept buffoons.* Gardner regurgitates the device he used in Icebreaker whereby the reader can never be sure that anyone is who they first appear to be. It's a dumb gimmick that rarely works, but I don't think Gardner used it for literary reasons; I suspect he figured that it would allow him to make the whole damn thing up as went along. You know, if you run into a problem, simply change a character's allegiance, and off you go again. At any rate, that's how this novel reads. It's a sloppy piece of work and then some. * Gardner mentions a "new" branch of Bond's department: "psychos." Psychos are "mercenary killers," and they must be a little nuts because evidently they'd be quite willing to kill an innocent woman to make her husband talk. What these people are, of course, is the proof of the stupidity of Gardner's plot. One can hardly imagine a Psycho playing games with a target, particularly a target as dangerous as Bond. It's what we have to imagine the professional killers employed by SMERSH and the other organizations here must be like. But instead they're cartoon villains who would rather tie Bond to a train track and twirl their mustaches while they wait for their idiotic plot to be foiled.* The only thing that could make this story more ridiculous than it already is if someone kidnapped May, Bond's elderly housekeeper. Oops, spoiler alert.

  • Bob Garrett
    2019-06-16 03:05

    Tamil Rahani, the current head of SPECTRE, is dying. Before he goes, he literally wants James Bond’s head, and he’s willing to pay for it. Various villains, eager for the bounty, begin pursuing Bond across Europe. Meanwhile, Moneypenny and Bond’s Scottish housekeeper, May, have been kidnapped – with Bond himself as the ransom. Naturally, two beautiful women attach themselves to Bond and insist on aiding him. That’s about all I can say without venturing into spoiler territory. This is Gardner’s fifth Bond novel, and by now, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Various Bond tropes (from both Fleming novels and films) are present, while Gardner, as usual, adds plot twists and has Bond spending a lot of time in his car (although perhaps a little less than usual, this time.). In my review of the last Gardner novel, ROLE OF HONOR, I noted that that novel had “a pretty good plot and a more Flemingesque feel.” On the negative side, I wrote that “the villains are a little bland, and there are some superfluous characters and a few WTF moments.” I feel that these exact same comments hold true for NOBODY LIVES FOREVER. Gardner definitely has a better handle on Bond by now, and in comparison with previous installments, NOBODY LIVES FOREVER benefits from a relatively simple plot. On the minus side, I saw more of the plot twists coming this time, and a few didn’t completely work for me. Gardner also still needs to work on creating more colorful villains. While NOBODY LIVES FOREVER may not be a complete home run, then, Bond fans should still enjoy it. I’d rank ROLE OF HONOR as the best of Gardner’s first five novels, but I’d probably put NOBODY LIVES FOREVER in second place. There’s no question, in my mind, that Gardner’s approach to Bond has gotten better, and I will likely come back for more.Oh….in my review of ROLE OF HONOR, I noted that Bond seemed pretty well known by now, and I felt that this would likely hinder his effectiveness as a secret agent. Well, NOBODY LIVES FOREVER goes even farther down that path. I can’t imagine that Bond wouldn’t be pretty recognizable to his foes after having a pretty prominent bounty on his head. Hopefully, Gardner addresses these matters in subsequent novels and doesn’t ignore them.

  • Brandon
    2019-06-04 06:13

    Nobody Lives Forever was my first exposure to John Gardner's 007 novels and, at first, I was not a fan. Happily, after a couple chapters, I found myself pulled into the story and my views were turned around. By the time I had finished the mere 183 pages, I was beyond hooked and ready for more. The story finds James Bond preparing for a month of leave in which he plans on visiting his ill housekeeper, May, at the clinic where she is receiving treatment. After a chance meeting with the exhuberant Sukie Tempesta and her bodyguard "Nannie" Norrich, Bond discovers that both May and longtime associate Moneypenny have been kidnapped. Soon Bond discovers that their kidnapping is only the beginning part of a larger scheme where criminals are in competition to see who can bring in Bond's head on a silver platter.My only complaints regarding the book were that I felt it took a bit too long to pull me into the story. The first couple of chapters pass by almost uneventfully, though you later find it was setting up more of the backstory. For the longest time while reading this book, I also wondered if the characters of Sukie and Nannie served any other purpose than providing us with token Bond girls; I was glad to see this wasn't the case. The book barrels along at a good pace with enough action to keep you reading on, but it slows down often enough to keep the story from being overshadowed by the action. Throughout the story, Bond doesn't know who he can trust and it makes for a suspenseful tale.As long as your a fan of the James Bond character, Gardner's novel is sure to please. It stays true to Ian Fleming's character with a story on par with what we've come to expect from the franchise. It's a fun action/suspense tale with one of my favorite characters from book and screen.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-06-07 04:21

    After reading the first Bond novel(Casino Royale) and listening to a few on audiobook, what was my surprise to discover that like many truly classic authors, there were several "follow-ons" written by other people. I picked up this one just out of curiosity, and was surprised (or perhaps not) to discover how well Gardner imitates Fleming's voice. His Bond is less "cheerfully racist" to quote a friend of mine, though California champagne "offends his palate"--gotta remember, Bond is still Superguy in all respects, so not only can he tell a Taittinger from a Freixenet, God is still an Englishman in his universe. One thing that strikes me is how short the Bond novels all are. But then they are written like an action film, the genre for people with short attention spans. Much better that than the burden of the Bourne-type novels that go on and on and on. Lots of twists and turns, quite a few of them on the ridiculous side...but it's only entertainment, after all. The "shower scene" had me howling with laughter, particularly all the esoteric biology that races through his mind--while fighting for his life? I doubt that was the author's intention, but those are the dangers we run when taking our subject matter too seriously.Having said that, quite a few novelists in the 2000s could learn from these novels about tight writing. There is no excess here, no meandering--it's straight to the point and on to the next thing. I'm not talking only about plot development, but also the language used. A quick read doesn't necessarily mean "vacuous" but also well-paced writing that holds the reader's attention. There were no misused words here, either (no "indignity" mistaken for "indignation" etc), which is a nice change these days.

  • Steve Mitchell
    2019-06-18 06:24

    Bond is back in John Gardner’s fifth book of the series. Following the escape of Tamil Rahani – the head of SPECTRE – at the finale of the previous Bond novel it becomes clear that his parachute jump did not come without cost. Jarring his spine upon his landing, Rahani has aggravated the cancer affecting his spinal cord and is not long for this world. His last wish before he dies is for James Bond’s head to be presented to him on a silver platter. Every hostile intelligence agency and criminal organisation is vying for the reward that SPECTRE will pay out to the successful assassin. The Head Hunt takes Bond right across Europe and onto Florida to escape his pursuers and track down Rahani and decapitate SPECTRE before he loses his head.Not a bad outing that contains many twists and turns as Bond does not know who to trust; but unlike Icebreaker, there are just too many coincidences and too many occasions where Bond is allowed to escape when capture is the obvious outcome. Gardner - like Ian Fleming before him - does not seem to have even tried to fill those huge plot holes; however, Gardner lacks Fleming's mastery of prose to gloss over that fact.

  • Bryan
    2019-05-18 07:15

    Anyone else notice the similarities to The Pink Panther Strike Back? Not just the Head Hunt, but the plot/ kidnapping/ assault. (Granted, Bond doesn't pole vault into the moat repeatedly.) It's a movie I love, so who cares, just saying.Other problems: wouldn't MI6's background check on Sukie Tempesta reveal at least some of the many background details we later learn about her? (Not to mention in Cold Fall)? The answer is yes, of course it would have. And the whole idea of Tahani planting someone near Bond to make sure he stayed alive while trying to kill him every other minute is, despite being used repeatedly in other Bonds up to and including the one in theaters now, absurd. If the book wasn't such fun reading, these things would be enough for me to subtract serious points. Luckily, we're talking about a cross-continent shoot-em-up that features, among other things, Bond vs. a hammerhead shark and a vampire bat, as well as fisticuffs with an ex-Nazi-sadist in an Austrian castle. And one of the more violent endings in all Bond.

  • Dave
    2019-05-21 06:13

    The John Gardner novels were the 1st James Bond that I ever read, as a teen in the 1980's. (I soon found the Ian Fleming classics and ate them up.) I read this one when it came out in 1986,and I was a senior in high school. It was one of my faves from the Gardner series, and having now just finished Jeffery Deaver's new James Bond novel, I thought I go back and read NLF again. James Bond is on a road trip to pick up his housekeeper May, who is recovering from treatment from severe bronchitis. While on the road, Bond gets the feeling that 'something is up'. And it is. There is a high stakes game being played. The name of the game:The Head Hunt. The prize if you win:ten million Swiss. What it takes to win the game:the head of James Bond on a silver plate. This novel moves fast,a quick read. For me Gardner's Bond books were hit and miss. This is a hit. He keeps the spirit of Fleming's Bond but does not forget the casual Boond film fan.No spoilers here. If you like action and James Bond, you should enjoy this one.

  • Wellington
    2019-06-13 10:24

    Many of the earlier James Bond movies were based on the novels of Ian Fleming. When Ian Fleming passed away, the torch was eventually passed to John Gardner to continue writing (it has passed two times since then as well).When I read Ian Fleming’s books they almost felt like I was walking through the beginnings of one of the most famous fiction characters of our age. I would read a chapter and then just lie there for a while pondering and enjoying the aftereffects of the reading. For some reason, this book felt like a cheap knock-off. The version I read was just a cheap paperback!In this book, Bond actually doesn’t save the world; in fact, he is just saving his own head. Someone has issued a challenge of the crime world – bring me Bond’s hand on a silver platter. Bind finds this out when he is beginning his vacation. Shortly thereafter, Moneypenny and his maid are kidnapped. Bond races around Europe to save the two damsels while accompanied by two more “hostages” (female of course!).

  • Patrick Hannay
    2019-05-18 06:22

    Bond. James Bond. On holiday. With a price on his head. My first J.Gardner 007 book was "Liscense Renewed", and felt, to me, like a careful step by an author learning a character. It was a simple, good read without frills. Nobody Lives Forever, Gardner's #5 Bond book, feels like it hits a stable stride between Fleming's core Bond and the spirit of the films. This outing feels just a tad less like an espionage thriller and more like an investigative run. There's no global threat, no doomsday plot, but plenty of action as Bond runs for his life with two femme fatales, either of which could be in on the bounty.So, exciting, but not perfect. Bond's characterization feels adequate, though it's missing a certain hardness. The light touches of the tropes you've come to expect are all intact while the story retains a realistic sheen. There are gadgets, but nothing so wild as to pull you out of the narrative. The climax is certainly exciting.

  • Mike MacDee
    2019-05-20 09:16

    All James Bond has to do is drive to London. It's a simple journey that would only take a day or two, were it not for the Headhunt: an exciting new international game where every criminal and terrorist organization in the world gets one chance to collect Bond's head for a cash reward.A blast to read, with a lot of fun surprises. Would love to see this made into an action film, but for some reason they never turn to Gardner's content for Bond films, which is a real shame. Does have a few eyebrow-raising moments, but as far as pulp fiction goes, you can't go wrong with this one.

  • Joseph Hight
    2019-06-16 03:12

    my first James Bond book, read way back in the 80s.The white cover of the book showed a gravestone with the numbers 007 engraved upon it. So does he finally die ?Hell naw, fool ! What he DOES do is drink, nail the hot wife of the supervillian he's after, fuck and shoot alot of people and encounter something called a " hand guillotine. " also, there was a bit of sex in there. and a guillotine that chops off your hands.

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-06-12 08:15

    Following the awful 'Role of honor', Gardner surprises with his best (in my opinion) addition to the series. While the aging agent is probably a bit too uncharacteristic for the Fleming purist, this one is a quite effective thriller. A price has been put on Bond's head (literally) and he finds himself fighting for himself and people close to him, again not being certain of allies and foes.

  • Kit Lee
    2019-06-18 05:11

    Made me want to read more Bond by Gardner. This story had me asking questions right up till the twists near the end. One of the most explosive and fascinating endings I've ever read or witnessed. Not a book to miss in the Bond canon.

  • Kris Franzen
    2019-05-20 04:09

    This book was action from start to finish. I finished reading it in a day the first time I read it. The double crosses and action were intense in this great book. I would recommend it for any hardcore James Bond Fan!

  • Andrew Kunka
    2019-06-12 10:18

    This book has a fun premise--Bond is on the run because the dying leader of SPECTRE has put a price on Bond's head. However, the story never achieves its potential. Gardner also has relied way too heavily on double-agent plot twists in the series, and Bond is duped more than once here.

  • Joshua Woodbury
    2019-06-02 09:28

    I hadn't read a Bond book in a while. This John Gardner, not Ian Flemming, book had it all, an attack by a vampire bat equipped with special toxins, a siege upon a secluded island guarded by sharks, and gorgeous women who turn out to be kick butt powerful.

  • S! Brett
    2019-05-29 03:29

    My first Bond novel, begun as I did my laundry for the first time while away at college in 1988. Cracking good read, finished in a scant couple of days. Began a lifetime devotion to the literary Bond, and cemented a fondness for the Gardner era that's strong to this day.