Solo: A James Bond Novel
It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening... show more
It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime. Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war—and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined. 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 is wielded—a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.
Publish date: October 8th 2013
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Spy Thriller
A quick read, helped by breakfast in bed on Saturday morning.... a bit 'nice' as I remembered James Bond as being nastier - but it's so long since I read the Flemming books that I might well be quite wrong. Enjoyed the African bits especially.
With the emphasis on food, drink and the like, this book started really well. Just like an original Bond in fact. But soon it became boring mainly because, I think, that Bond was too nice. A modern man (with all the sensibilities and political correctness that that entails) set in a sixties world. T...
bookshelves: currently-reading, spies, series, published-2013, radio-4, testost-tosh, autumn-2013, adventure, fradio, abandoned, african-continent, next Read from September 28 to October 08, 2013 BBC BLURB: It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.A seasoned...