|| Aarne Tudeer (AKA Count Konrad von Glöda), Kolya
||After terrorist attacks are carried out by a neo-Nazi
organisation, Bond is called in to create an investigative
team - consisting of agents from Britain, America,
Israel, and Russia.
||Paula Vacker, Aarne Tudeer, Rivke Ingber
||Finland, London, Libya, Madeira Island
||Cold water torture; Snow-plough fight
In the freezing forests of northern Finland, near the border
with Arctic Russia, Bond teams up with American, Russian
and Israeli secret agents to attack a neo-Nazi stronghold....(British
Coronet Paperback, 2003)
Above: British 1st edition Jonathan
Official Blurb (First Edition USA Hardback)
James Bond has never been on a mission like the one described
in Icebreaker, not in the best-selling License
Renewed, not even in For Special Services.
Posted by M to the freezing forests of north Finland in winter,
the indomitable 007 is obliged against his better judgment to
collaborate with fellow agents of the KGB, the CIA and Mossad
(the Israeli Secret Service). Their task: to discover, fix and,
if feasible, eradicate a secret neo-Nazi core group whose worldwide
terrorist activities have reached alarming proportions and whose
headquarters, the Ice Palace, may well be across the border
in Arctic Russia.
Right from the start, Bond senses that things aren't what they
seem. First there is Paula Vacker, Bond's old Helsinki dalliance.
But if Paula is a dalliance, why are two knife-wielding professionals
waiting for Bond in her apartment? And why the three giant snow
plows, lying in ambush on the frozen nocturnal roads of the
North to make a sausage of Bond's Saab?
Then there are his mission partners: Kolya Mosolov of the KGB,
the chameleon of a thousand faces; "Bad" Brad Tirpitz
of the CIA, given to calling a spade a shovel, who trails Bond's
snow scooter in one of his own; and Rivke Ingber of Mossad,
whose wiles and beauty entice Bond to one of the rare blunders
of his career.
Behind them all lurks the mysterious Count von Glöda, he
of the Nazi calling, deviser (among other things) of the ice
torture, as deadly a power as Bond has encountered. For, unknown
to Bond, von Glöda has made a pact with the KGB.
Von Glöda's part of the bargain? To deliver James Bond
- alive is possible!
The heirs of SMERSH, it seems, have long memories indeed.
Official Blurb (First Edition UK Hardback)
James Bond, like Sherlock Holmes before him, has become a myth
of the twentieth century. Predictably, when John Gardner (under
copyright licence) first brought Bond into the 1980s with new
consciousness of health and ecology, a change of car and a passing
nod at feminism, his book, Licence Renewed, went straight
to No. 1 on the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Fleming himself 'would not be displeased', the Daily Telegraph
said. A second updated Bond adventure, For Special Services,
enjoyed an even greater success, remaining for months on end
on bestseller lists in America.
Now, indestructible as ever, Bond is back in a third assignment
from John Gardner - a deadly assignment undertaken in cohort
with Bond's opposite numbers from the United States, the Soviet
Union and Israel in the desolate Arctic wastes of Lapland. Yet
if resurgent fascism is the common enemy, who is really
to be feared? Can SMERSH be trusted to resist the temptation
to seek vengeance on Bond? Is it the breezy American or the
voluptuous Israeli who is acting as double agent? Are the Finns
merely using Bond to break the KGB's stranglehold on their tenuous
Never has Bond encountered such an unnervingly deceitful hunch
of collaborators or been subject to such a bewildering series
of potentially lethal shocks.
- The Tripoli Incident
- A Liking for Blondes
- Knives for Dinner
- Madeira Cake
- Rendezvous at Reid's
- Yellow vs Silver
- Snow Safari
- Blue Hare
- The Ice Palace
- A World for Heroes
- Dead Cold
- Partners in Crime
- A Deal is a Deal
- The Fencers
- Loose Ends
- This Can't Be Heaven
Top Left: British 2nd
edition Coronet paperback (UK). Top Right: American 1st
edition Putnam hardback. Bottom Right: American 1st edition
I would like to thank those who gave invaluable assistance in
the preparation of this book. First, to my good friends Erik
Carlsson and Simo Lampien who put up with me in the Arctic Circle.
To John Edwards who suggested that I go to Finland, and made
it possible. To Ian Adcock who did not lose his temper, but
remained placid, when, during a cross-country ride in northern
Finland - in early February 1982 - I took him, not once, but
three times, into snowdrifts.
My thanks also to that diplomat amongst Finnish gentlemen, Bernhard
Flander, who did the same thing to me in a slightly more embarrassing
pace - right on the Finnish-Russian border. We thank the Finnish
Army for pulling us out.
Acknowledgments would not be complete without reference to Philip
Hall who has given me much support throughout.
John Gardner - 1983
"From time to time he had worked in conjunction with another
member of either his own, or a sister, service. But Icebreaker
was different. Now he had been forced to act with a team and
Bond was not a team man - especially not a team that blatantly
contained grave elements of mistrust."
James Bond faces a villain with an ice palace in "Icebreaker",
much in the same vein as the cinematic 007 in "Die Another
Day", almost 20 years later. One version of the cover art
was also echoed in the 20th James Bond film teaser poster with
an image of a gun resting on ice.
April - 1st edition Putnam hardback (USA)
7 July - 1st edition Jonathan Cape hardback (UK)
May - 1st edition Berkley paperback (USA)
1st edition Coronet paperback (UK)
2nd edition Coronet paperback (UK)
||July - 1st edition Charter paperback (USA)
||June 9 - 1st edition "compendium" Coronet paperback
"His plot is full of good action;
his torture scenes are splendidly painful." - TLS
Icebreaker begins when 007 stops off in Helsinki to visit an old
(but still stunning) flame, Paula Vacker. However, despite Bond
arriving with no notice, he still has to deal with two thugs who
were awaiting him. M then calls Bond to London, where he is briefed
about Icebreaker, a joint operation against the National Socialist
Action Army (NSAA) who are a dangerous neo-Nazi group, whose suspected
leader is Count Konrad von Glöda. The NSAA is being supplied
with weapons from Alakurti, a Russian station in the Arctic, and
Bond accompanies Mosolov of the KGB to seek proof. Brad Tirpitz
(CIA) and Rivke Ingber (Mossad-Israeli intelligence) are assigned
to help Bond, but after 007 is almost killed by snow-ploughs,
Rivke is injured after being revealed as Anni Tudeer, daughter
of an SS officer.
The remnants of the increasingly disunified Icebreaker group
continue, but Tirpitz is caught in another explosion and Mosolov
leads Bond into an ambush as they seek out von Gloda’s hideout
on the Russian-Finnish border. Paula then turns up and takes Bond
to von Glöda, who it turns out Tirpitz is working for. Bond
will be handed over to the former SMERSH. However, everyone starts
double and triple-crossing each other. Mosolov’s Russians blow
up Glöda’s HQ but the Count escapes. Bond and Paula (really
a Finnish intelligence officer) make it to Helsinki, where Bond
kills Mosolov, then deals with von Glöda before he can leave
the country. Tirpitz turns out to be a CIA agent after all.
"One of his best yet in his 007 mode."