Picks and Pans Review: James Bond in Icebreaker

updated 05/02/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/02/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by John Gardner

Summer might be the right time to read this latest installment in the never-ending parade of James Bond books. Most of the action takes place in Finland, up near the Russian border, and the story is full of descriptions of one bitter cold scene after another. As usual, there are also plenty of details about the right brand of undergarment (Damart) and auto (Saab) required to function in such subzero climates, and there are several beautiful women for Bond to bed at regular intervals. Not a menu is missed, either. But the action in Icebreaker is fitful at best—not at all up to Gardner's last 007 outing, License Renewed. The Russian villain, however, is an original and sometimes interesting menace. (Putnam, $10.95)

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