James Bond: Brokenclaw: A 007 Novel by John Gardner

By John Gardner

"All the vintage components are there for connoisseur Bond lovers." - The Birmingham Post
Bond used to be feeling bored and green with envy. uninterested in sitting in the back of a table, shuffling bits of paper round. envious that M looked as if it would have left him to rot. yet with a danger of resignation, M ship Bond away on holiday.

But it truly is on vacation on Vancouver Island that lifestyles starts to seem up. Brokenclaw Lee, a half-Chinese, half-Crow Indian, catches Bond's realization. a major guy who exudes strength and ruthlessness.

Then, summoned to San Francisco, Bond learns extra in regards to the mysterious Mr. Lee and his underworld empire. Learns in regards to the 5 lacking scientists and their ultra-secret paintings. Bond then meets Brokenclaw's new and gorgeous company associate, Chi-Chi.

Suddenly existence used to be attention-grabbing back. and intensely, very harmful.

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Souers. A reservist, Souers was a Democratic Party stalwart from Missouri, a wealthy businessman who made his money in life insurance and Piggly Wiggly shops, the nation’s first self-service supermarkets. He had served on a postwar commission studying the future of intelligence created by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, but his sights were set on nothing grander than a swift return to Saint Louis. Souers discovered to his dismay that the president was going to make him the first director of central intelligence.

What was the mission of American intelligence in the face of the new Soviet threat? No one was sure. “AN APPRENTICE JUGGLER” On June 10, 1946, General Hoyt Vandenberg became the second director of central intelligence. A handsome pilot who had led Eisenhower’s tactical air war in Europe, he now ran a fly-by-night outfit based in a cluster of undistinguished masonry buildings at the far end of Foggy Bottom, atop a small bluff overlooking the Potomac. His command post stood at 2430 E Street, the old headquarters of the OSS, surrounded by an abandoned gasworks, a turreted brewery, and a roller-skating rink.

He set out on a recruiting drive that ran from the Pentagon to Park Avenue to Yale and Harvard and Princeton, where professors and coaches were paid to spot talent. He hired lawyers, bankers, college kids, old school friends, veterans at loose ends. “They would pull people off the streets, anybody with warm blood who could say yes or no or move arms and legs,” said the CIA’s Sam Halpern. Wisner aimed to open at least thirty-six stations overseas within six months; he managed forty-seven in three years.

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