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Monday, November 4, 2013

Solo by William Boyd

Solo (James Bond Novel)
by William Boyd
HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-222312-8
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Description: 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



The Good Stuff
  • Will appeal to Bond fans, especially fans of those early Fleming novels
  • This Bond felt like a Daniel Craig style Bond - but than again maybe that is just how I imagined him to be.
  • Nice addition to the back story of Bond
  • Bond Girl was fabulous, really enjoyed her personality and how she dealt with Bond. 
  • Well written, Boyd does a fabulous job of setting the scene and the mood of the story.  The African setting is a nice change of pace
  • Author obviously has done some thorough research on Bond, he really has a true understanding of his character
  • I have a feeling this will appeal mostly to the older Bond enthusiast as the slow paced style of the story will probably turn off the younger reader - this would be my Dad's Bond type of story (This isn't a negative comment)
  • Nice to read about Moneypenny again, I have missed her (though would have liked to have more of her)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Rather dull at times and quite frankly, couldn't wait to be done so I could pick up something a little more exciting.  This has nothing to do with Boyd's ability to write (his talent is very evident) but this particular story was not my cup of tea
  • Must we always kill off the women that Bond sleeps with.  Than again I would risk death to have one night with Daniel Craig's Bond (But I would get the hell out of whatever country we were in once I left his bed & would have a big ferocious dog with me too (not to mention a full body bullet proof suit)
  • I think Cory is going to be mad at me since I didn't love this book as much as he did (FYI he is young and loved it so maybe my observation about how this will appeal to older readers might be inaccurate)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Sometimes, Bond thought, Moneypenny's banter could verge on the annoyingly self-satisfied. He was vaguely irritated that she must know how old he is."

"Bond found he rather admired the Captain's tireless ability to lie so fluently and with manifest conviction. He was good at his job, but no one was fooled."

"They had seen everything, these nurses, Bond realized. Words like prudish, embarrassed, shocked, disgusted or ashamed simply weren't in their vocabulary. Perhaps that was why people - why men - found them so attractive."

3 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow (HarperCollins) in exchange for an honest review

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