Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake

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Title : Forever and a Death
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ISBN : 1785654233
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 464 pages


Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

June 01, 2017

When engineer George Manville invented a way to create a soliton wave that would destroy buildings build atop landfill, Richard Curtis, his employer, was pleased beyond measure. However, a woman's near-death during the initial test and Curtis' reaction to it has put them at odds. Can Manville sto...

Kemper rated it ★★★☆☆

July 17, 2017

Westlake...Donald Westlake. This is one of the more intriguing back stories to a novel being released years after an author’s death that you’ll ever hear. Back in the ‘90s Donald Westlake worked up an outline to a James Bond movie that would have been the follow up to Goldeneye, but for various Ho...

Mark rated it ★★★★☆

June 23, 2017

Back in the 1990s, Eon Productions worked with a number of writers to develop the story for the follow-up to Goldeneye. One of those writers was Donald Westlake, legendary author of over 100 crime novels, the perhaps most famous of which were the Parker books (under his pseudonym of Richard Stark...

Karl rated it ★★★☆☆

June 19, 2017

It states on the copyright page that “Forever and A Death” is produced by “Windfall LLC”. A quick google search informs the searcher that Windfall LLC is actually “Charles Ardai's company named “Winterfall LLC”. We also find that Westlake wrote two story treatments for the James Bond film “Tomorr...

Benoit rated it ★★★★☆

June 27, 2017

This novel answered a question I'm sure nobody ever asked themselves: would a James Bond novel be better if it didn't have James Bond in it. Of course it would! FOREVER AND A DEATH, one of Donald Westlake's "lost" novels was originally supposed to be a James Bond movie and when it fell through, h...

Anthony rated it ★★★★☆

May 28, 2017

Really really enjoyed this. My full review can be found at my website: (Full disclosure: I received an uncorrected proof Advance Reading Copy from the publisher several weeks ago, hence publishing this review before the book actually hits the stands.)

Josh rated it ★★★☆☆

August 24, 2017

Forever and a Death is an ok action book set in Australia, Singapore and Honk Kong that thematically resembles a plot lifted straight from James Bond, complete with Westalke’s own Bond Girl in the form of Kim, a fearless diver with ties to an environmental activist group. Engineer George Manville...

Bill rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

So, what went wrong here ? It started (many years ago) with a screenplay for a James Bond film that the producers never used. Sensibly, Donald Westlake turned his unused script into a novel. Of course, without copyright to 007, he made the novel with his own characters. So far so good. I am a huge...

Thomas rated it ★★★☆☆

November 14, 2017

3 1/2 stars. Nice solid work from Westlake. With it being a Hard Case Crime collection I had to read it as I'm a die hard HCC fan.

Paperback Junky rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2017

Nearly a decade after his death, Donald E. Westlake, has a new book on the shelves. FOREVER AND A DEATH was released on June 13th by Hard Case Crime. The story was at one point almost BOND 18. Westlake was hired by EON to write the new James Bond film. Westlake’s idea was to have the story center...

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