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As some who has never read a 007 novel or spy novels in general This was my first book that I read about the famous double agent Before that I only knew him through movies played by 6 different actors in the main role Before i share my thoughts on the bookI would like to mention that this book is set in the 60s the Connery Gangbang Slut eraWhere it s a tactical spy story with some actions here and thereSo if you werexpecting something like Brosnan or Craig 007 movies then this book is not for youThat being said what did I think about the bookPositives I thought it was a very One Con Glory enjoyablengaging and interesting novel to read With surprising twists and turns that you may or may not see it comingNegatives Bond did 2 things during the first 30 pages that I thought were really stupid When it s all wrapped up there is one character that left me wondering what was hisher role in all of thisOverall despite it s flaws I really Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows enjoyed it and if you are a fan of Sean Connery s 007 movies you are going tonjoy reading this book as well Boyd is in many ways a natural choice to produce a new instalment in the Bond series He has written good uality spy stories of his own and also has a track record of novels set in The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) exotic locales He doesn t disappoint here In fact this was a great deal better than I dxpectedSaying that the main problem is not so much the plot but the storytelling This isn t a thriller by any means as it lacks urgency Not uneventful but with little incident and almost no action until the halfway mark Scenes occur so we can revisit them once something happens Without a proper mission or megalomaniac to hunt the pace flagsFleming s cardinal rule borrowed from pulp fiction was keep the plot flying and they won t see the plot holes Here they appear cavernous as chapters Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, end with little coercing you to start the next Without head to head showdowns over cardscarsgolf 007 wilts amid a conspiracy The girls and henchmen are well characterised but fail to loom largeIn fairness the twists are good and it s anasy read I A Fairly Honourable Defeat enjoyed it as a romance in the same old fashioned sense that applied to Fleming s workview spoilerThe story has all thelements that are compulsory for a Bond novel Martinis fast cars a sinister villain beautiful and intriguing women falling at the hero s feet But the style is definitely recognisable as Boyd s and it s better for it It doesn t seem lightweight or overly improbable Boyd sends Bond off to Africa with a mission to speed the nding of a civil war in a fictitious oil rich African state This is a good move Boyd knows Africa and many of his best novels are set there The wartime setting and political nature feel believable than a closer to home mad villain bent on world domination style plot After celebrating his 45th birthday alone at The Dorchester Bond is sent to Zanzarim to bring a speedy nd to the civil war in the country which has seen the delta region of the country split to form the Democratic Republic of Dahum Before leaving for Africa Bond visits Gabriel Adeka the rebel leader s brother who runs AfriKIN a London based charity who send aid to Dahumni children Gabriel tells Bond that he is not in contact with his brother Solomon as the pair have fallen outOn his arrival in Zanzarim Bond is aided by a local agent who introduces herself as Efua Blessing Ogilvy Grant The two travel from the capital city to the rebel Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue enclave but are attacked shortly before reaching their destination and taken captive by Kobus Breed a mercenary assisting the rebels The group are attacked on their return journey and Ogilvy Grant goes missing in the confusion while BondscapesBond proceeds to the The Man Without a Face enclave where he is met by Breed who accepts Bond s cover as a journalist Bond meets Solomon Adeka and realises that the leader will shortly die of cancer his mission to kill Adeka is needless Bond sees supply flights of arms anduipment coming into the country all funded by billionaire Hulbert Linck the aeroplanes all show the AfriKIN name on the fuselage When Adeka dies a few days later Bond tries to leave the country on one of the supply flights but is confronted by Breed and Blessing who both shoot him and leave him to dieBond is saved by a journalist he befriended and returns to the UK where he spends time in a military hospital After discharging himself he decides to go on a revenge mission against Breed and Ogilvy Grant Discovering AfriKIN has relocated to Washington DC Bond travels to the US and tracks down both of them at the AfriKIN offices While conducting surveillance against the company Bond is briefly detained by Brigham Leiter nephew of Felix of the CIA who xplains Ogilvy Grant also works for the CIABond meets Ogilvy Grant who assures him that she shot to wound him in order that Breed would not shoot them both The following day Bond watches a mercy flight bringing in maimed and injured Zanzarimi children he dines alone and returns to his hotel to find that Breed has killed Ogilvy GrantBond attacks the house where Breed It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo recklessly motivated by revengeA seasoned veteran of the service 007 is sent to single handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzari.

St to admit that while Boyd is a good writer he has shown with this novel that he lacks the writing skills to write a convincing 007 novelKnowing that mr Boyds roots were in Africa I xpected some of the brutality that would reign there in a civil conflict in an oil rich country We get a rather boring travel through an African country in conflict Having read the writings of the French novelist G rard de Villiers I always admired his skill of writing about the geopolitical authenticity of conflicted and Gone (Gone, exotic places And the post colonial Africa would be the place to show us some insight And while his stories of a Austrian prince hired by the CIA does often showcase ond dimensional characters and gratious sexscenes they offer a lot ofxcitement as well With Boyds vision of Africa we get some polished in my view political correct version of Bond is sent to Zanzarin to help Threads Of The Shroud end the civil war in the Africa countryBoyd really captures thessence of Flemings original novels both in Bond s character and the tone of the writingBoth London and the fictional African country is brilliantly brought to lifeIt s a great fun ready an All Seated on the Ground enjoyable addition to the cannon HmmIt s not that I didn t like this book it s well plotted and the writing is perfectly competent it s that it turns out I really don t like James BondThis came as something of a shock I ve alwaysnjoyed the films Untitled. especially Skyfall starring the immensely talented Daniel Craig Bond is glamorous witty strong loyal balletically violent looks great in a tuxverything I could want in an action hero The thing is though is that with a movie you re carried along by the spectacle You are invited to Wiring enjoy and then a couple of hours later to basically forget all about it Action flicks don t invite you to reflect on the psychological realities of a life of sustained violence They don t bring you inside the protagonist s head or confront you with theffects of a life devoid of meaningful personal relationships Solo does all of these things It s not pleasant James Bond is basically a humourless misogynist substance abusing psychopath I did not Against All Odds enjoy being in his head or seeing the world through hisyes I did not find him attractive or admirable in any way His disassociation from humanity is chilling and the paranoid lies he tells himself to justify his self induced isolation are creepy The title is well chosen Bond is utterly aloneThe really disturbing thing is that the Bond of the movies and the Bond of this book are actually one and the same at no point does William Boyd deviate from canon And since I always found movie Bond pretty attractive I have to ask myself what does this say about meI fear my days of drooling over Daniel Craig may be over With Licence to Read BOND ONLY BOND The Year 1969The place West AfricaThe Mission Oh something Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage easyjust to stop a civil warBond only BondI had goodxpectations about this new novel about James BondThe first thing that I liked it was the title of the book Solo I liked it since I know that Ian Fleming creator of James Bond was involved in the pre production of the 60 s TV series about spies The Man from UNCLE And Fleming created the character of Napoleon Solo Even he conceived the series with a couple manwoman for the series like in The Avengers No not the Marvel s but the British 60 s TV series about spies too It was later that with the good work of the character of Illya Kuryakin that they set it as a team manmanIn this book there was a character Brigadier Solomon Adeka called The African Napoleon So it was The DOS easy doing the math hereAlso it wasxpected that at some point of the mission Bond would have to go solo without help or back up So it was a fantastic title for a Bond novel BACK TO SIXTIES Also I liked the concept of setting it on 1969 using the original James Bond of Fleming s novelsSo instead of struggling in updating the character to a modern world the author just went back in time to use the character in a logic continuation of how Fleming left the characterIt was a brilliant idea Also an interesting thing is that the famous character never appeared on the Flemming s novels so here the author got the chance of introduced him as a young uentin Dale WHAT HAPPENED THEN So you may be wondering why the 3 star ratingOkay first of all the first two chapters were really slow ones and I was like out of track there BUT once Bond reached the MI6 headuarters and he was briefed about his mission the book got in track wonderfully and I really Against All Odds enjoyed a lot all the deal of him getting into the fictional country of Zanzarim in West AfricaIn fact the story presents a very realistic portrait of the African situation in the 60 sHowever at some point you feel that Bond isn txactly in the good side of the war or that his mission is really something good but helping to destroy a struggling little new nation just because of political interests of EnglandOf course spies don t do politics and morale judgments but I Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Metabolism expected that at some point his solo. N leads him to Washington DC where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrorsEven if Bond succeeds inxacting his revenge a man with two faces will come to stalk his very waking moment.

S staying with the children and incapacitates the mercenary leaving him for dead He stablishes that the children are being used as drug mules to smuggle raw heroin into the country and locates Solomon Adeka who had not been killed in Africa but been turned into a heroin addict in order to control him Adeka s older brother had been killed in London Payment Due ensuring Solomon became chief of the tribe whose lands held massive amounts of oil as he was an addict these rights were signed away in favour of Hulbert Linck Linck was killed by the CIA during the raid on the house hide spoiler So James Bond heads to a small war torn African republic Fairnough What s the point in William Boyd writing a Bond novel if he doesn t do the stuff which interests himIt s 1969 and Bond is sent to Zanzarim a fictional country caught up in a drawn out civil war Oil has been discovered and it s up to Bond to bring this conflict to a swift conclusion From there we have double agents tripl It s 1968 and James bond turning 45 years old is sent into a dirty war in AfricaThis is not the James Bond that Fleming wrote about Rather it s boring guy having a mid life crisis The villain isn t strong Vampireville (Vampire Kisses, enough to hold any sort of interest It s like a 1970 s moraluivalence type novel Published 08102013Author William BoydRecommended for fans of action booksWilliam Boyd is a very good and talented author and I think he did a brilliant job with this book It was compeling keeps your attention the storyline is also very good I think that people who Pirate of the Pacific (Doc Savage, enjoy the original Ian Fleming James Bond books willnjoy this book as I think it s important to remember when a new Bond book comes out that this isn t and never will be an Ian Fleming Bond book What Faulks did with his writing as Ian Fleming was a nice gimmick for want of a better phrase but i ve always felt that the continuation of the Bond franchise in book form always works best when authors put their own spin on the writing style If anything it s a little bit like a comic book series writers artists and inkers all come and go but the comic book character lives on is instantly recognisable but is always slightly different in The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, each runFollowing Amis Gardner Christopher Wood Benson Higson Faulks and Deaver Boyd takes on the new story for James Bond and manages to achieve only what few of the authors preceding him have done created a brand new Bond story which is undoubtedly the character that Fleming created but in an original story which is a real page turnerFrom the first chapter right through to the story s conclusion I found this to be a reallynjoyable book and a magnificent Turbulence example of a Bond story Sure 5 stars is completely over the top when comparing it to other booksven Boyd s own but in the context of the Bond franchise this is as good a book as you could hope for Bond in Africa really does come across as completely original and filling in on of his backstory from the World War 2 years is a brilliant idea Tropical Bioproductivity ensuring that his acts in the 1969 African civil warzone come across as realistic considering his history Shoving Bond into the middle of a war zone is a great way ofxploring different sides of Bond s character and abilities without reverting back to the Elizabeth Ann Seton evil henchman on anxotic island that Gardner absolutely loved to doOnce the story moves away from Africa it inevitably loses some of that really Die Postmoderne Konstellation enjoyable originality that Boyd did so well to tap into However once back in familiar territory Washington DC Boyd keeps the twists coming and the story continues tongage A twist is sown into a double twist into a feasible yet completely surprising third twist It s all managed much feasibly than Deaver s somewhat forced Folk Tales From the Soviet Union efforts in Carte Blanche andnsures that the action and characters within the story continue to Ulysses and the Trojan War entertainFor Bond literary fans that are willing to conceed that Fleming is never going to return and this is the best that they can hope for they will absolutelynjoy this new Bond adventure I m uncertain as to what Boyd fans or just general thriller fans would think however it can t be less than a 3 star thriller story for a non Bond fanAbsolutely recommended 007 is back and I d welcome another Boyd story continuing on from 1969 The book opens with a chapter where Bond looks back on the first time where he as a young soldier in the aftermath of the invasion in Normandy 1944for the first time faces death And is actually fine reading and shows a promise for the bookThen 007 gets shipped of the Africa where he is supposed to Tall, Dark Rich end a civil war by taking out the leader of one of the parties involved It all goes of course horrible wrong and Bondnds up being terrible hurt The 2nd part of the book is Bond going solo on a one man mission to avenge his wounds and the awefull behaviour of a mercenary and his bossI really wanted to like this book due to some of the The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles extreme critism I did read on some Bondfora and re adress the attitude that Fleming never did write as bad as Boyd did And perhaps it would be hone. M Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia he undergoes a scarringxperience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice Bond's renegade actio.

A Good Man in Africa 1981 was publishedBoyd spent eight years in academia during which time his first film Good and Bad at Games was made When he was offered a college lecturership which would mean spending time teaching he was forced to choose between teaching and writingBoyd was selected in 1983 as one of the 20 'Best of Young British Novelists' in a promotion run by Granta magazine and the Book Marketing Council He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in the same year and is also an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres He has been presented with honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of St Andrews Stirling and Glasgow He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005Boyd has been with his wife Susan since they met as students at Glasgow University and all his books are dedicated to her His wife is editor at large of Harper's Bazaar magazine and they currently spend about thirty to forty days a year in the US He and his wife have a house in Chelsea West London but spend most of the year at their chateau in Bergerac in south west France where Boyd produces award winning wines