Discussion & Review Forum For James Bond Books Written By John Gardner (November 20, 1926 – August 3, 2007)
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"The agents of the Cabal used to be the West's most effective means of infiltrating the Cold War barriers surrounding East Berlin. With the Berlin Wall down, the agents' lives are now in grave danger. James Bond and CIA operative "Easy" St. John are enlisted to find out why."
The aftermath of the Cold War provides the setting for the plot of Death is Forever. After two British agents working in Germany die under mysterious and surprisingly old-fashioned circumstances, James Bond and CIA agent Elizabeth Zara ("Easy") St. John are assigned to track down the surviving members of "Cabal", a Cold War-era intelligence network that received a mysterious and unauthorized signal to disband. Soon, Bond finds himself playing a life-or-death game of "Who do You Trust?" as he and Easy work to track down the power responsible for killing off Cabal's members one by one.
More than most other Gardner novels, Death is Forever is grounded in current events, with the fallout from the end of the Cold War and the failed 1991 Russian coup being important backdrops to the story. The Eurotunnel connecting England and France, which was still under construction at the time the book was written, also serves as a major setting.
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