John Gardner's "Goldeneye" is an accurate novelisation of the film of the same name with a plot centring on post-communist Russia, its internal factions, historic patriotism and a criminal organisation known as the Janus Crime Syndicate, run by a man with a score to settle against Britain. The action kicks off with Bond and his old friend 006 on a mission to destroy a Soviet Biochemical Processing Plant, heavily guarded by the KGB. This is his first encounter with General Ourumov and when the action moves to post-Soviet Russia some years later, he finds himself up against him again, this time working for the Janus Crime Syndicate who have stolen the Goldeneye, a powerful piece of Russian space weaponry, with the help of the eccentric computer boffin, Boris Grishenko. The plot, not a classic in itself, is greatly enhanced by the mystery surrounding Janus and the two Russian female characters, the brilliantly named Xenia Onatop, complet ewith killer thighs, and the rather more amenable and attractive, Natalya Simonova.
Spring 1914. At a masked ball, the Duke de Richleau has an intriguing meeting with a beautiful woman. An incident that was to lead the Duke into a series of desperate adventures as he became involved, firstly with The Black Hand, a Serbian, secret, terrorist society, and then, as a British secret agent, at the Austrian Supreme Headquarters. Finally, at the Kaiser's headquarters, he was to take a hand in the Battle of the Marne – the operation that shattered Germany's chance of victory. And through the violence, intrigue and hair's-breadth escapes, there runs also the story of a great love.