Francine Mathews ¿ 1 FREE READThis book was not my thing *BUT I NEEDED IT FOR A *I needed it for a challenge I listened to the audio and it took me 4 days to get
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it only reuired afternoon I thought the story was creative and well thought out but the narrati thisonly reuired afternoon I thought the story was creative and well thought out but the narrati this have been a 5 star book except for the fact that I figured out who the bad guy was before the half way mark of the book I hate that I ve lost count of how many novels I ve read over the years that fictionalize author Ian Fleming s involvement in Naval Intelligence in World War II In each case known history speculative biography and obvious literary invention meet Most yarns by the likes of Damian Stevenson and Aaron Cooley seek to resent foreshadowings of what Fleming would write in his James Bond books The imaginations of such writers are usually uite fanciful with Fleming being the action figure than he actually was I can t recall any The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 previous work uite as literate as Francine Mathews To Bad to die which weaves flashbacks from Fleming s childhood into his investigation into a Nazilot to assassinate Churchill Roosevelt and Stalin at their November 1943 conference in Tehran to The National Debt: A Short History plan out the Normandy Having read and enjoyed Mathewsrevious historical thriller Jack 1939 I looked forward to reading Too Bad to Die and I was not disappointed I was hooked in the Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific prologue when I learned the origin of the book title Too Bad to Die is an excellent blend of history literature and cinema as it gives us the background of Ian Fleming the creator of James Bond and the importance of the meeting between Roosevelt Churchill and Stalin Mathews research blends seamlessly into her narrative Herortraits of the world leaders are at once informative and familiar By sharing scenes from his boyhood we can also read and smile and trace the beginnings of one of literature s most famous characters While the book satisfies on both history and mystery levels it also delivers with a good solid ace and exciting action seuences although a scene of torture towards the end of the book may make some readers uncomfortable My radar must be in fine shape because I did find the identity of the super spykiller a bit too easy to guess but there s a lot to this book than whodunnit If you re a fan of well researched high octane historical thrillers Too Bad to Die is too good to miss TOO BAD TO DIEFrancine MathewsTOO BAD TO DIE is a wonderful historical thriller that features British Navel Intelligence officer Ian Fleming who revents a Nazi lot trying to assassinate Franklin Delano Roosevelt Winston Churchill and Stalin In November 1943 the big three meet at the Tehran Conference and Fleming learns Hitler s top assassin has been given the assignment Fleming goes undercover to discover the assassin and in the rocess has to face the fact that betrayal is sometimes just too closeMs Mathews has done an excellent job of including so many real life characters and the intrigue is very suspenseful She is becoming one of the best spy thrillers today She even manages to include shaken not stirred Good book Ian Fleming is best known for creating one of literature s most exciting characters But where did he come up with ideas for such a man A man confident and capable of taking on the toughest challenges Not many know Fleming s background As a child he roved to be something of a rebel He moved around from school to school because he failed to fit in His fluency in German French and Russian made him invaluable to certain eople and by the time WW2 came along Fleming had traveled from Moscow to Paris Berlin and back to England He was a shoe in for Naval Intelligence work And one Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde particular assignment which would change the course of the Warroved his most undaunting challengeCairo Egypt November 1943President Roosevelt meets Prime Minister Churchill to celebrate Thanksgiving and repare for their journey to Tehran where they will meet Marshal Stalin to discuss Operation Overlord. November 1943 Weary of his deskbound status in the Royal Navy intelligence officer Ian Fleming spends his spare time spinning stories in his head that are much exciting than his The invasion of Western Europe Hitler learns of the Big Three meeting from his most trusted spy codenamed Fencer It is believed this man or woman was responsible for some of the most impossible missions which saved Nazi Germany from *Military Disaster Where And How The Fencer *disaster Where and how the Fencer information is as much a mystery as the Fencer s identifyWhen Fleming arrives in Cairo he is joined by a childhood friend a Yank with whom he shares information about the Fencer and his communiues to Berlin in real time It becomes apparent to Fleming the Fencer has been assigned to assassinate the Big Three at the Tehran Conference thus saving Hitler from military disaster and from having to fight a two front war But how does Fleming get the Big Three to hear his story Will they believe himFleming ever the dashing intelligence officer who knows how to romance women drink lay cards and ursue an elusive enemy finds himself with his back to the wall Although he is certain something dangerous is brewing no one will listen or believe his story And so he thus embarks on a journey to seek and destroy the Fencer But the Fencer appears to know his every move How is this ossible he wonders Unless the Fencer is closer to him than he thoughtWith help from an unlikely heroine and a wily PolishJewish ilot Ian Fleming finds himself on the most exciting and dangerous mission of his life One that is for the books so to speakI found this copy an unproofed edition in an Amvets thrift shop and liked the cover and title After reading what it was about I was hooked The author has done her research about Fleming and her characters both fictional and real in this story make for a good read I like her clich s with Fleming toying around about the idea of writing spy novels when the war is over and coming up with the right name for his character not to mention an all too tasty drink shaken not stirred I ve studied a bit of Fleming s military career and found him to be a bit exciting than some might have believed The time and The Elephants Journey place where the Big Three met did in fact occur and Hitler most likely did reuest a feasibilitylan on assassination This story might well be true Whether it is or not you ll be hooked It has a blend of action history romance suspense and thriller Keep on reading Too Bad To Die wouldn t Lee Child have loved that title is so brisk and light on its feet that you ll be sucked right in to this whirling Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' plot involving B Imagine an espionage novel starring Ian Fleming Winston Churchill Franklin Delano Roosevelt Alan Turing Josef Stalin Lavrenti Beria Churchill s daughter and daughter in law one of Roosevelt s sons and aassel of other recognizable characters thrown together at a fateful time in 1943 Oh and you might add James Bond to the mixIn this delightfully wicked novel American crime and espionage writer Francine Mathews builds on known facts about the high owered eople who figure in the story and imagines them as they might have reacted to a Nazi assassination Changing Face of the Hero plot directed against Roosevelt Churchill and Stalin The tale is set in Cairo and Tehran where the leaders of the three Allies came together to set the strategy for the invasion of Nazi Europe As best I can tell the broad historical events depicted in this book are entirely consistent with the facts It s thelot that is fully imaginedIan Fleming was in fact assistant to the head of British Naval Intelligence and was the inventive author of some of the most dramatic deceptions mounted by the Allies He held the rank of Commander As indicated in the book he was the son of a wealthy Member of Parliament who died on the Western Front in 1917 He was in fact educated at Eton and Sandhurst The James Bond series of spy novels Fleming wrote after the war were based in large The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry part on his experience as a master of the craft Much of the rest is fictionToo Bad to Die recounts the events of seven days late in November 1943 Roosevelt and Churchill both ailin. Wn lifeuntil the critical Tehran Conference when Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt and Josef Stalin meet to finalize the D Day invasion With the Big Three in onelace Fleming. ,
G old men have flown to Cairo with the ostensible urpose of reaching a joint strategy to deal with Stalin a few days hence at a fateful conference in Tehran Mathews is a careful student of history because the dialogue involving these larger than life figures is entirely credible and their circumstances and the state of their health are all grounded in factThe conceit around which Mathews builds her tale is that Ian Fleming departs from his desk job to tangle with a Nazi master spy who threatens to assassinate the Big Three leaders There s not a lot of mystery around the identity of the master spy even if Fleming is in the dark but the unfolding events make for a thoroughly enjoyable story So you ve read the book description and you *Know The Basics Ian Fleming Royal Navy *the basics Ian Fleming Royal Navy officer and later creator of Agent 007 learns that a mole within the western delegation to the Allies Tehran Conference in 1943 is a Nazi agent who has masterminded a Lignin Biodegradation plan to kill Prime Minister Churchill President Roosevelt and Premier Stalin Fleming takes it on himself to find out who the traitor is and foil thelotThat s a terrific idea for a historical thriller Though it s not an original idea since it s based on an assassination Pure Chance plan that was rud to belanned at the time I wish a better writer had come up with such a good ideaWith a mole hunting The Lady and the Lionheart plot writers go one of two ways One way is for the reader to know who the mole is all along so that the thrill and intrigue are in the cat and mouse game The other way is for the reader and therotagonist to investigate together with the big reveal at the end It appears that in this case Mathews intended the lot to work the second way The roblem is that the whodunnit is ridiculously obvious almost from the get go I kept thinking there must be some big twist coming but it didn tMathews also shares a roblem that is all too common in historical fiction It s the compulsion to cram the text full of every bit of research the author did This kills all the lot s momentum and the story sinks And it s so unnecessary By contrast I think of Philip Kerr who does a tremendous amount of research on his World War II novels but it s all seamlessly integrated into the storyThis will not be a Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church problem for every reader but I was alsout off by Mathews s treatment of her real historical characters She makes the readers voyeurs A (kinda) Country Christmas peeping into the bedrooms of Churchill s daughter daughter in law Chiang Kai Shek and his wife and others It just feels sleazy to me and unfair to the realeople who are no longer here to defend themselves or ossibly sue her for libelTo complain about the clunky and overheated writing might be considered overkill at this oint but since that was one of the first things that struck me I should mention itA disappointment Author Mathews concocts a fictional thriller set at a real time in history involving Ian Fleming later author of 007 novels It takes lace during the middle eastern conference between Churchill Roosevelt and Stalin in their debates and decision making in how to destroy Hitler s forces via D Day Fleming
A Member The British Naval Intelligence Unit Was Actually Involvedmember the British Naval Intelligence unit was actually involved the lanning of this conference but was not National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 present and was laid up with an illness but Mathews weaves a tale of his being made aware of alot by a mysterious shadow of a Nazi spy who has infiltrated the conference under the guise of one of the trusted eople resent The aim of THE FENCER is to kill all the three leaders If you are a fan of James Bond whether via books or movies you will be interested in how she incorporates the many aspects of Fleming s creation into the story including the origins of many of the Bond adventures via martinis women villain ideas and many aspects of 007 s nasty confrontations especially one in CASINO ROYALE And I was surprised to learn that SMERSH was real A good summer read of history learned and fictional mysteries solved. Is tipped off that Hitler's top assassin has infiltrated the conference Seizing his chance to Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism play aart in a real life action story Fleming goes undercover to stop the Nazi kill.