Friday, September 23, 2016

STRIKE LIGHTNING eBook now available in U.S.

Steve Cole's latest Young Bond novel Strike Lightning is now available as a Kindle eBook in the U.S. from IFP. As always, they've created unique original cover art for the eBook release. So far, Steve's Young Bond novels have only been released as eBooks in the U.S.


A HARD MAN TO KILL on new Ian Fleming website

Ian Fleming Publications has launched a completely redesigned website today. Browsing the new site offerings, I spotted what appears to be an upcoming eBook edition of Charlie Higson's Young Bond short story, A Hard Man To Kill.

A Hard Man To Kill was first published in 2009 as part of the book The Young Bond Dossier. The story is set between the books Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command and takes place aboard an ocean liner. It's an excellent story that also sees the return of Wilder Lawless from SilverFin. This marks its first availability in a solo edition.

While A Hard Man To Kill is listed in the new Ian Fleming website shop, the "Buy Now" link doesn't yet work, so consider this one a preview.

Check out the new Ian Fleming website at www.ianfleming.com. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

RED NEMESIS pre-order and plot description

Steve Cole's fourth Young Bond adventure Red Nemesis is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk. As with the last two books, Red Nemesis will be released simultaneously in hardcover and paperback. It's due for release on May 4, 2017.

Amazon has also revealed a plot description:

James is back in Steve Cole's fourth and final blistering Young Bond adventure . . .

James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the grave. The package’s mysterious contents put James at the heart of a long-running plot that, if it runs its course, will paint London’s streets red with blood. Not only will James have to fight to stay alive and save the country he loves, but to clear the Bond family name, which he holds so dear. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and James doesn’t know who he can trust . . .

This year has seen the release of two Young Bond books, Heads You Die and the excellent Strike Lightning. The plot description confirms that this will be Steve Cole's final Young Bond novel.

Pre-order Red Nemesis at Amazon.co.uk.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two JOHN GARDNER manuscripts at auction

John Gardner's original manuscripts for Brokenclaw and SeaFire are up for sale via Heritage Auctions. Both include handwritten corrections and come from the collection of Gary Firuta.


You can view and bid on Brokenclaw (lot #45416) and SeaFire (lot #45417) at Heritage Live Auctions. The auction ends tomorrow, September 15.

NEXT YOUNG BOND BOOK TITLE REVEALED

Today we have a nice surprise. Penguin Random House Children’s Books has revealed the title for Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel:

RED NEMESIS

Red Nemesis will be released on May 4, 2017. Steve has referred to this fourth book as being an "epic" Young Bond adventure.

This year has seen the release of two Young Bond books, Heads You Die and Strike Lightning.

Red Nemesis will be Steve Cole's final Young Bond novel.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

LINK: Donald E. Westlake's Sort-of James Bond Book Coming Out Next Year

Tanner over at the awesome Double O Section spy blog has details on a "sort of" James Bond novel by Donald E. Westlake coming out next year.

Titled Forever and a Death, the story was presumably adapted from an unused film treatment Westlake created for what would have been Pierce Brosnan's second James Bond movie.

Click here on the headline and read the full report on this rogue mission at Double O Section.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Retro rockets fire! TRIGGER MORTIS paperback races into the U.S. today

The U.S. paperback edition of Anthony Horowitz's Trigger Mortis is released today in the U.S. by Harper. The cover art designed by Gregg Kulick and illustrated by Patrick Leger features a cool retro look, which is perfect for this Bond adventure set in 1957.

In Trigger Mortis, Horowitz places James Bond into the world of Formula One auto racing. This is a natural fit for 007, especially in these dangerous early days of the sport. This idea actually came from Ian Fleming. Trigger Mortis incorporates original material from an unpublished Fleming outline called, "Murder on Wheels". Bond then races into action in New York City.

Horowitz clearly has an instinct for Bond and he knows exactly which classic notes to play. Jeopardy Lane is a terrific Bond Girl. Villain Jason Sin is appropriately fiendish. The book has rockets toppling and American motels exploding. And having Bond endure a buried alive ordeal...why has it taken this long for a Bond author to dig up this excellent idea?

Ian Fleming Publication have been producing James Bond continuation novels from various authors for 35 years now. So Bond fans have a full buffet of 007 adventures that appeal to all tastes. With Trigger Mortis, we have a book that offers up a dish of classic Bond cooked to perfection. What more could anyone ask for, except maybe another book from Anthony Horowitz just like this one!

Purchase the new Trigger Mortis U.S. paperback at Amazon.com.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Video: John Gardner with James Bond's "SILVER BEAST"

This year marks the 35th anniversary of John Gardner's first James Bond continuation novel, License Renewed. That book ushered in a new era of James Bond continuation novels that are still going strong today. Here is a Clip from a 1981 ATV interview with John Gardner featuring the promotional Saab 900 Turbo that toured the UK during the book's launch.


The Saab 900 aka "The Silver Beast" has always been a personal favorite Bond car. Read: BOND'S BEAST - WHEN OO7 DROVE A SAAB.

Thanks to Brian McKaig and Simon Gardner for this one.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

STEVE COLE'S NEW YOUNG BOND 'STRIKES' TODAY IN UK

Steve Cole's third Young Bond novel Strike Lightning is released today in the UK in paperback and as a limited hardcover.


Steve Cole's first two Young Bond novels were serviceable adventures with some good ideas. But Strike Lightning is a HUGE step up. In my opinion, this is far and away Steve's best Young Bond novel, and one that even challenges Charlie Higson's books. I'd even place it in my top ten best James Bond continuation novels.

What I like best about this adventure is it has a strong narrative flow and a great sense of the period (which was almost completely absent from Heads You Die). Also, this time Steve doesn't overpopulate the book with Bond's friends along for the ride. Here we only have a Bond ally (Perry Mandeville) and a Bond girl (Kitty Drift). Classic. In fact, this one truly nails all the aspects of a classic James Bond adventure, and continues the story of Young Bond very effectively. This feels like the book we've been waiting for.

Congrats to Steve Cole. His third strike is a HIT!

No sign yet of a U.S. eBook, but know that the UK editions are available via third party sellers on the U.S. Amazon.com.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New Kev Walker images from STRIKE LIGHTNING

The official Young Bond website has posted new Kev Walker character images from Strike Lightning, Steve Cole's third Young Bond novel due out next week. The descriptions are a little spoilerish, so don't read if you want to stay pure.




I'm currently half-way through the book and I'm thrilled to report this is Steve's best yet. In fact, this one could rival some of Charlie Higson's work.

Strike Lightning will be released in the UK as a limited hardcover and in paperback on September 1st. It can be pre-ordered now Amazon.co.uk.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

From Russia With Love (1959)

To celebrated the imminent arrival of Strike Lightning, I thought I'd share another cover that features train action imagery. This is the first UK paperback edition of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love published by Pan Books in 1959.


Title: From Russia With Love
Author: Ian Fleming
Year: 1959
Edition: 1st Printing
Publisher: PAN Books

Also seeJAMES BOND UK first edition paperbacks 1955-1979.

Friday, August 19, 2016

STEVE COLE delivers fourth Young Bond

Steve Cole has revealed on Twitter that he has turned in the manuscript for his fourth Young Bond novel. When Cole was announced as the new Young Bond author, it was said that he would pen a total of four books.


Steve's third Young Bond, Strike Lightning, is due for release in the UK on September 1st.

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