James Bond as you've never sen him before...in the smashing new thriller and #1 international bestseller from Jeffrey Deaver.
A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper—plans for a devastating attack:
Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan War, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6, and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission...
The James Bond franchise is thriving, and this terrific new pastiche will amply reward Bond fans and possibly bring new readers into the fold. Deaver (Edge), an avowed fan of the Fleming canon, has set the novel in the post-9/11 present, and Bond, that icon of the 1960s, handles the transition perfectly. The book opens in Serbia with 007 trying to uncover the meaning of "Incident 20," a cryptic reference that suggests an impending terrorist plot. Deaver deftly sketches in Bond's background: a veteran of the Royal Naval Reserve who had served in Afghanistan, he was languishing in naval intelligence until recruited by a new, super-secret team whose mandate is to "protect the Realm by any means necessary," hence the "carte blanche" of the title. Most of the action takes place in South Africa, and the plot is predictable in a purely Bond-ian way (credibly incredible), but also intricate and inventive, surprising and satisfying a testament to Deaver's skill as a storyteller. The plot and setting may be up to the minute, but Bonds aficionados will be comforted by the usual Bond tropes: his love of fast cars, fine drink, and gorgeous women (two of whom sport the traditionally clever and ridiculous names: Ophelia Maidenstone and Felicity Willing); his colleagues M, Moneypenny, and Q (who creates the world's most powerful iPhone dubbed the iQPhone); and an appropriately perverse villain, Severan Hydt, a self-made tycoon with a fetish for decay and death, complete with suitably evil henchman. Fleming purists may balk at the hint of a New Age sensitivity in Deaver's Bond, but they will recognize one of the world's most enduring fictional characters: competent, courageous, charming, and cool.
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Just finished the well written 007 offering by Deaver. With tough shoes to fill he delivers what the franchise is meant to do: action, exotic and fascinating locals, sophisticated foes, and of course beautiful women.
If Fleming was Sean Connery consider Deaver akin to Moore or Craig. We look forward to a second act.
Better than I ever hoped!
This is in my opinion the best Bond book since Fleming died. Actually better than a couple of his more half-hearted entries.....did I say that?
Who can resist Bond operating primarily with his iQPhone!!!!
First Bond book
I love Bond movies but this was my first book - quite interesting how many details you get on Bond that don't come out in the movies. There were some slow times, but overall i really enjoyed it and can't wait to compare it to the next movie.