The eleventh James Bond novel by John Gardner, published in 1991.
Nobody could have foreseen that the abduction of an old man in New Jersey would be the prelude to a drama played out on the world’s stage.
Or that it was the first step in a plot so ingenious and skilful that the stability of nations would rock wildly to its adroit tune.
Or that around the world a name now indelibly associated with the horror of genocide – Babi Yar – would once again be headline news.
Or that soon an unlikely alliance would take place between the KGB, the Israeli Mossad, and the French and British Secret Intelligence Services.
And all because of an organisation, hitherto unknown, the Scales of Justice.
For James Bond it meant a twist that no-one could have invented in their wildest dreams before the era of glasnost and perestroika – for this new assignment James Bond would not simply work with his former arch-enemy, the KGB, he would be operating under their control!
In The Man from Barbarossa, John Gardner’s eleventh novel featuring Ian Fleming’s indestructible hero, we find James Bond as ready and able as ever in the battle for good against evil, however chilling the new realities of the 1990s.
John Gardner was a British journalist and best-selling author who published over 50 books. He died in Hampshire in 2007.
'I’ve had a request from Moscow…Is your Russian still up to snuff, 007?'