One of our most acclaimed authors takes on a legendary literary character, James Bond -- producing a smart and stylish narrative of international espionage, conspiracy, and war
It’s 1969, and, just having celebrated his 45th birthday, British agent James Bond -- 007 -- is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual mission. Voltazia, a troubled West African nation, is being wracked by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to squash the rebel forces threatening the established regime. Bond senses that he’s not getting the full story about Britain’s interest in the outcome.
His landing in Voltazia begins a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war -- and Bond realizes the situation is far from straightforward. The beautiful and brilliant Ellie Ogilvy-Grant, his intelligence liaison on the ground, seems to be Bond’s best weapon -- until the two are captured by rebel forces and her allegiances become unclear. Bond escapes and returns home alive, but as he pieces together the real story behind the violence in Voltazia, he knows his life is in danger. The conspiracy extends further than Bond ever imagined, and only by crossing the Atlantic can he connect the dots between a dying African military leader, British and American intelligence forces, and a humanitarian aid group whose intentions are far from innocent.
Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it’s wielded -- a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Bestselling author William Boyd—who was nominated for a Booker Prize for his novel An Ice-Cream War—was tapped to continue the James Bond legacy. Set in 1969, Solo opens with the super-spy celebrating his 43rd birthday alone in a posh London hotel, but the action soon moves to a small African nation torn apart by civil war. In quintessential red-blooded style, 007 quickly achieves his official mission of ending the conflict—but at a high personal price. Boyd’s crisp, spare writing and astute psychological insight heighten the tension as Bond embarks on an unauthorised mission to unearth the truth and exact revenge.
not Quite to the Halfway Point.....
Having just read Moonraker, the writer has tried to pay respect to the original author, which is sorta cool, in a historical vein. I read the similarities especially in the great physical descriptions of the bad guys. The sentence and chapter structures are in many ways alike as well. Very subtle read. Highly recommended !
This is not Ian Fleming's James Bond. This one is more introspective and more prone to make mistakes. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. But, I enjoyed it like an early Clive Cussler - a diet thriller. I'll likely buy the next one, assuming there is one, but if carries on with the same wispy plot and character, it will be the last 007 of his for me.
Fine continuation to the 007 saga. Written with style and humanism. The Bond I'd like to know.the story line was fresh and had plausible twists and turns..