Thunderball

Thunderball

by Ian Fleming

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Overview

Upon M’s insistence, James Bond takes a two-week respite in a secluded natural health spa. But amid the bland teas, tasteless yogurts, and the spine stretcher the guests lovingly call “The Rack,” Bond stumbles onto the trail of a lethal man with ties to a new secret organization called SPECTRE. When SPECTRE hijacks two A-bombs, a frantic global search for the weapons ensues, and M’s hunch that the plane containing the bombs will make a clean drop into the ocean sends Bond to the Bahamas to investigate.

On the island paradise, 007 finds a wealthy pleasure seeker’s treasure hunt and meets Domino Vitali, the gorgeous mistress of Emilio Largo, otherwise known as SPECTRE’s Number 1. But as powerful as Number 1 is, he works for someone else: Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a peculiar man with a deadly creative mind.

The ninth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Thunderball marks the beginnings of one of the most iconic villains in history, and the only match for the wits of James Bond.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185521
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 273
Sales rank: 157,683
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was born in London and educated at Eton and Sandhurst. During World War II, he served in British Naval Intelligence, playing a key role in shaping the prototype CIA. His wide-ranging, fast-paced life would provide the backdrop for his beloved spy novels featuring the perennially charming James Bond.

Jason Isaacs is an English actor who discovered his love for the craft at Bristol University,
directing and acting in more than twenty plays at school and at the popular
Edinburgh Festival. He has since moved on to a career mostly in film and television and is best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter
films. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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Thunderball (James Bond Series #9) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
marek2009 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long Bond novel, & though nothing much happens for a longish period the mood is kept tense & the climax is a classic set piece that fits perfectly.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thunderball got off to an excellent start on the whole. The world is in danger, M has a hunch, Bond is off to save the world. In this novel Bond is not as clever or as interesting as many of the others. The storyline flows from piece to piece with little surprise or excitement and does seem to draw out a bit longer than needed. At the end of the story I found myself impatiently waiting for the telling of the tale to catch up to the ending I already knew would arrive.
cwflatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Never finished it. The movies are better than the books in my opinion.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hmmm. James Bond is one of the finest creations in the history of the spy genre. Everybody knows his name - he's probably as famous as Coca Cola (though I have tendency to exaggerate). Thunderball, one of his most famous adventures, was made twice, once officially, and once in an unofficial kind of rip-off film that resurrected Sean Connery as Bond when it really shouldn't have.So, what about the book? Well, imagine that Bond the phenomenon never happened. Imagine that, really, he was a bit of a simpleton, who had good hunches but didn't really act on them without permission from at least one other person, and that generally he was just an average joe.Okay, I can hear you say, so what? So Fleming wanted to show us his hero in a new light? Well, not really. The plot, too, starts off interesting, when we get to it - the opening chapters at an English health spa are painful - but suddenly goes stupid. Blofeld's introduction is marvellous, and the highlight of the book, but to think that a group of mercenary terrorists, having stolen two nukes, would use a treasure hunt in the Bahamas as a cover is pretty silly, and the denouement just weak.
polarbear123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Back to a normal full length Bond story here Fleming is on fine form. The story rattles along at a good old pace, but how much does Bond actually do in this adventure? Not a lot really I think. There is also a tendency for Fleming to dwell on some technological or mundane aspect a little too long for my liking at times. Even so I couldn't really put this book down until the end......
drneutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Bond books. SPECTRE, Blofeld, stolen atomic weapons...classic Bond!
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In my ninth excursion into the world of 007 I was very quickly intrigued - the last couple have been a bit disappointing, but this one makes up for the slump. Domino was quite the character, and I loved the idea of SPECTRE, probably because I loved the idea of SMERSH so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please bring these back so I can enjoy the joys of reading these books - Garrett-
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Bond's adventure is a spine-tingling, no put down novel. It is outstanding with the creative juices that flow from each page. This is a better Bond Novel, more worthy of Fleming.