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Too Bad to DieA Novel

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 one place Fleming. TOO BAD TO DIEFrancine MathewsTOO BAD TO DIE is a wonderful historical thriller that features British Navel Intelligence officer Ian Fleming who prevents a Nazi plot 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 process 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

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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 o. Having read and enjoyed Mathews previous historical thriller Jack 1939 I looked forward to reading Too Bad to Die and I was not disappointed I was hooked in the 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 Her portraits 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 pace 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

Francine Mathews è 5 Summary

Is tipped off that Hitler's top assassin has infiltrated the conference Seizing his chance to play a part in a real life action story Fleming goes undercover to stop the Nazi kill. 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 present 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 previous work uite as literate as Francine Mathews To Bad to die which weaves flashbacks from Fleming s childhood into his investigation into a Nazi plot to assassinate Churchill Roosevelt and Stalin at their November 1943 conference in Tehran to plan out the Normandy invasion Very convincingly Mathews sketches many portraits of important historical figures from the Big Three to their entourages and family members code breaker Allan Turing broadcaster Edward R Morrow Chinese leader Chiang Kai Shek and US ambassador to Great Britain Averell HarrimanAlthough little of this story happened or could have happened in 1943 Mathews is especially believable creating the milieu in which all these figures walked notably using vocabulary and terms of English schoolboys when Fleming was young Hints of the Bond books to come include references to martinis shaken not stirred a voice inside Fleming s head giving him the alter ego of 007 a false passport giving Commander Fleming the fake name of James Bond and a torture scene is clearly meant to seem the inspiration for a very similar situation in 1953 s Casino Royale The death of Fleming s father during World War I is offered as the psychological motivation for Fleming s spinning out fantastic yarns In short Mathews digs deeper than many other writers to give readers than a hot and fast page turner Obviously Bond fans World War II buffs and lovers of espionage yarns in general are a perfect audience for Too Bad to Die Aficionados of suspense and mystery stories should find much to appreciate from Francine Mathews descriptive tale even if few readers will miss the obvious clues that reveal who the main villain is long before he levels a pistol at Fleming Still I can t help but think the actual creator of James Bond would approve of this oneThis review first appeared at BookPleasurescom on Oct 29 2016

  • Hardcover
  • 354
  • Too Bad to DieA Novel
  • Francine Mathews
  • English
  • 01 May 2017
  • 9781594631795

About the Author: Francine Mathews

Francine Mathews was born in Binghamton NY in 1963 the last of six girls Her father was a retired general in the Air Force her mother a beautiful woman who loved to dance The family spent their summers on Cape Cod where two of the Barron girls now live with their families; Francine's passion for Nantucket and the New England shoreline dates from her earliest memories She grew up in Washingt



10 thoughts on “Too Bad to DieA Novel

  1. says:

    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 plot involving British Naval Intelligence Officer Ian Fleming and the Tehran Conference of 1943Told with fast shifting points of view and a library’s worth of savory historical detail this spy thriller suspense novel mashes the form in spirited fashion and expects you to keep up precious l

  2. says:

    Having read and enjoyed Mathews' previous historical thriller Jack 1939 I looked forward to reading Too Bad to Die and I was not disappointed I was hooked in the 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 S

  3. says:

    This book was not my 'thing' but I needed it for a book challenge I listened to the audio and it took me 4 days to

  4. says:

    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 a passel of other recognizable characters thrown together at a fateful time in 1943 Oh and you might add James Bond to the mixIn this de

  5. says:

    TOO BAD TO DIEFrancine MathewsTOO BAD TO DIE is a wonderful historical thriller that features British Navel Intelligence officer Ian Fleming who prevents a Nazi plot 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 assass

  6. says:

    this would 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

  7. says:

    So you've read the book description and you know the basics Ian Fleming Royal Navy intelligence 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 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 the plotThat

  8. says:

    Ian Fleming is best known for creating one of literature's most exciting characters But where did he come up wi

  9. says:

    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 present foresh

  10. says:

    Author Mathews concocts a fictional thriller set at a real time in history involving Ian Fleming later author of 007 novels It takes place 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 involved in the planning of this conference but was not present and was

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