Author: Ian Fleming
Publisher: Vintage Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
James Bond is mourning his wife’s death; it is when he is summoned for one last assignment. He is asked to convince the head of the Japanese intelligence service, to provide with radio transmissions from the Soviet Union. Instead of providing the transmission, Tiger Tanaka, the head asks Bond to assassinate Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, a man who operates The Garden of Death, a well-known location where people go to commit suicide.
Bond undertakes training, learning the Japanese culture and etiquette. His appearance is changed, and he is given the name of Taro Todoroki. He then goes undercover as a Japanese coal miner to observe Dr. and The Garden of Death, only to discover that Shatterhand and his wife are the two people, names changed, responsible for his wife’s death – making the mission personal as well.
Sadly, Bond is held captive. The rest of the world believes Bond to be dead – his obituary ran in newspaper followed by the destruction of The Garden of Death.
NUTs and BOLTs
- The projection of Japanese women are happy submissive slave/objects – is a little disturbing portion of the book.
- It is not a novel involving the usual gunplay and gambling. The plot of The Garden of Death – the garden of deadly plants and creatures for Japanese people intending suicide does not turn out interesting.
- The chemistry build between Bond and Kissy Suzuki is dull, probably an unnecessary plot of the story.
- The pages of the novel wherein Bond is in learning of the culture are pretty enjoyable. It has light humor at places, plus the reader earns insights on the Japanese culture.