Forever and a Day ★★★★☆

Forever and a Day ★★★★☆
Anthony Horowitz


Genre(s) | Espionage, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 4.18
Humpo Show Rating | 4.20 
Published: 2018
Publisher: Jonathan Cape

007 is dead. 

A British Secret Service Agent is found dead in the waters of Marseille. M, the head of the Secret Service, has entrusted the task of finding out who killed 007 to a newly promoted agent, who also has the task of uncovering the shady and intriguing happenings of the criminal network in the French Riviera. That man is James Bond. In his first official outing as a double-0 agent with a ‘licence to kill’, his investigations bring him face to face with a Corsican drug lord, an American millionaire, and a seductive but dangerous ex-spy.  Continue reading

Trigger Mortis

Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel
By Anthony Horowitz

4 / 5

Bond Is Back!

Thrilling racing around the forbidding Nürburgring racing track, rocket launches at Wallops Island and the tense finale that occurs in the labyrinthine railway network beneath New York City, which all contribute to a bloody brilliant Bond novel. There is of course, the inclusion of inevitably beautiful and tempting women, coupled with another aspect that is trademark Bond material, a diabolical enemy who is intent on causing destruction and loss of life. Trigger Mortis is a fantastic novel by Anthony Horowitz who has combined all those elements with the return of the dastardly organisation SMERSH to create an intoxicating story that would make Ian Fleming proud.

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Horowitz has written so faithfully that this could quite easily be a lost Ian Fleming work that has been discovered and released. The writing style is absolutely on point in every chapter, paragraph, sentence and word. He has described everything from a bottle of wine to race car in fascinating detail which is a hallmark of Fleming. Even the outdated, politically incorrect phrases that feature in Fleming’s novels are included here, but they are included and handled in a seemingly less offensive way to conform to modern sensibilities. Though Trigger Mortis is very much in keep with the 1950s Bond books, Horowitz has managed to handle sensitive words to a modern audience deftly while maintaining the attitudes held by many of the time.

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Moriarty

Moriarty Review
By Anthony Horowitz

4.25 / 5

Darkness Falls but also Rises

Having read all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Collection and Anthony Horowitz’s House of Silk, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read a book devilishly titled Moriarty. Set in the immediate aftermath of The Final Problem, the scene of the dramatic showdown between Holmes and Moriarty at Reichemback Falls. Scotland Yard detective Athelney Jones and American Pinkerton investigator Frederick Chase form a determined partnership as they attempt to bring down an American criminal mastermind who has effectively taken over the criminal network created by Moriarty.

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Horowitz: A Master in Sherlockology

House of Silk

5 / 5

Perfect homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

“The game once more, is afoot.” Anthony Horowitz has encapsulated all that we love about Sherlock Holmes, his fantastical deductions, astonishing methods of enquiry and brilliance in obtaining the truest state of the facts as can possibly be attained. What starts off as a peculiar circumstance involving some destroyed Constable Paintings and a notorious Boston Irish gang, turns out to lead to a case which threatens both Holmes and Watson’s lives.

A plethora of villains tries to deny Holmes from finding the inconspicuous and ambiguous place, called the House of Silk. The severity of the investigation, which his brother Mycroft had warned them against taking on, comes to fruition and Holmes’ resourcefulness and unique talent for disguise and misdirection are exemplified. Holmes finds himself calling upon his talents as the claws of the criminal beast enclose around him, and threaten his life like nothing before, save his memorable show down with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls in “The Final Problem”.

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A Hell of a Ride-r

Alex Rider Series

4 / 5

Horowitz is brilliant.
Addictive, Pure Class, Action Packed and Suspenseful.

Stormbreaker
Point Blanc
Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike
Scorpia
Ark Angel
Snakehead
Crocodile Tears
Scorpia Rising

Alex Rider

Alex Rider is a 14-year-old schoolboy who has been unknowingly trained to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle as a British spy. The reluctant agent appears 9 times and he battles villains hell-bent on power and money. Horowitz is an outstanding writer and he has been very successful in writing novels and screenplay for television shows such as Foyle’s War, Midsummer Murders and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.  

Horowitz is a fantastic writer; every book has his recognisable fast paced style throughout and the missions in which Alex undertakes are brilliantly concocted, relevant and dangerous. And adding the inclusion of villainous power-hungry individuals, inescapable fortresses and brilliant gadgets, it has all the ingredients for a compelling espionage novel. Over the course of the series, the reader undoubtedly becomes attached to Alex and in some ways is more loved than the more famous James Bond, perhaps because Alex is a schoolboy and Horowitz delves deeper into Alex’s character. Horowitz explores a cluster of feelings, thoughts, ideas and emotions that Alex deals with in the series, and how he is often in dangerous and unavoidable positions which he somehow has to escape from by himself. The reader cannot help but to feel sympathy, hope, love and support for him, as he battles not only enemies but also the intelligence services that put him in harm’s way time and time again due to the usefulness of using a spy of his age. Not to mention the skills that he possesses which have either been inherited or from the training he received under the tutorage of his uncle.

Each book has its own qualities which are tied to the place in which they are set, but they are all connected through the unrelenting rapidity of the action which keeps the reader transfixed. The scenes of Alex’s missions takes him through a plethora of countries and deep within them lies enemies and criminals plotting the downfall of the world and of Alex Rider. He travels to London, Cornwall, The French Alps, Paris, Cuba, Russia, South of France, Amsterdam, Venice, New York, Outer Space, South Pacific, Australia, Jakarta, Scotland, Kenya, Cairo and The Sahara Desert. Each destination offers different problems and possibilities for Alex and the mission that he is trying to complete. This is exemplar of spy novels and these locations help to create an atmosphere fit for the secretive work of intelligence work.

If I was to pick a favourite book out of the series, then it would have to be Scorpia Rising, the last book brings the Alex Rider series to a conclusion and Horowtiz does not disappoint with a narrative which has intricate and clever schemes from old enemies. These enemies draw Alex into their web with electrifyingly results. However, every novel has terrifying villains along with exhilarating action and spy-work that is displayed on every page of the fascinating series.

The Alex Rider franchise has sold over 12 million books and Stormbreaker was also made into a film starring Alex Pettyfer. The series is one that I would whole-heartedly recommend to anyone who enjoys espionage novels especially the targeted audience of young adults. I could use copious amounts of superlatives to give you can inkling in to how terrific Horowitz is at creating such imaginative missions and remarkable action that grips the reader and never lets you go until the nail-biting finale.

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