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Carte Blanche

James Bond - A James Bond Novel

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The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much any more. There's thinking, in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too . . .'

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

From Publishers Weekly

18 July 2011 – 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.

Customer Reviews

Carte Blanche New James Bond

Bit disappointing, like the idea of modernising Bond but the story was pretty weak and the what seemed to be no research in the back ground of the characters and scenario.

Bourbon ?

Whilst I found some aspects of the "new" James Bond believable, there is no way that his favorite spirit would be "American Bourbon." it would have to be a single malt!

James Bond would die before drinking Bourbon

I can see him with his trademark Martini, I can certainly see him with a single malt Scotch whisky, even with a grand Irish whisky - but Bond, being British (to his Union-Jack draped heart) would NEVER drink bourbon.

I'm normally a fan of Jeffrey Deaver's work - give me Lincoln and Amelia any day - but this is wholly disappointing.

You just can't fake British - no self-respecting Anglophile would dare try to Americanise Bond.

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Carte Blanche
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 26 May 2011
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Seller: Hachette UK
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: James Bond
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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