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Bond is sent to Zanzarin to help end the *civil war in the Africa countryBoyd really captures the essence f Flemings riginal novels both in Bond s character *war in the Africa countryBoyd really captures the essence f Flemings riginal novels both in Bond s character the tone f the writingBoth London and the fictional African country is brilliantly brought to lifeIt s a great fun ready an enjoyable addition to the cannon Published 08102013Author William BoydRecommended for fans f 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 enjoy the riginal Ian Fleming James Bond books will enjoy this book as well As I love James Bond I was abit sceptical about reading a James Bond book not written by Iam Fleming but I must admit I really really enjoyed reading this book It was packed full f action that was described in amazing detail it felt like you were actually There With Them It Is A Seriously Good Read And with them It is a seriously good read and refreshing ne with the writing style Infamy of William Boyd coming through as a uniue writer who isn t trying to be Ian Fleming Boyd is in many ways a natural choice to produce a new instalment in the Bond series He has written good uality spy storiesf his General P.T.G. Beauregard own and also has a track recordf novels set in exotic locales He doesn t disappoint here In fact this was a great deal better than I d expe 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 My Wishful Thinking out I really don t like James BondThis came as somethingf a shock I ve always enjoyed the films especially Skyfall starring the immensely talented Daniel Craig Bond is glamorous witty strong loyal balletically violent looks great in a tux everything 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 enjoy and then a couple The Boy and the Blue Moon of hours later to basically forget all about it Action flicks don t invite you to reflectn the psychological realities f a life f sustained violence They don t bring you inside the protagonist s head The Screwball Comedy Films: A History and Filmography, 1934-1942 or confront you with the effectsf a life devoid Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest of meaningful personal relationships Solo does allf these things It s not pleasant James B I think it s important to remember when a new Bond book comes ut 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 f a better phrase but i ve always felt that the continuation f the Bond franchise in book form always works best when authors put their wn spin Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day 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 livesn is instantly recognisable but is always slightly different in each runFollowing Amis Gardner Christopher Wood Benson Higson Faulks and Deaver Boyd takes n the new story for James Bond and manages to achieve nly what few Pantyhose Professionals (Pantyhose Diaries Book 2) of the authors preceding him have done created a brand new Bond story which is undoubtedly the character that Fleming created but in anriginal story "Which Is A Real "is a real turnerFrom the first chapter right through to the story s conclusion I found this to be a really enjoyable book and a magnificent example f a Bond story Sure 5 stars is completely ver the top when comparing it to Masterchef Junior Cookbook: Bold Recipes and Essential Techniques to Inspire Young Cooks other books even Boyd swn but in the context Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman of the Bond franchise this is as good a book as you could hope for Bond in Africa really does come across as completelyriginal and filling in Study of Organ Inferiority and Its Psychical Compensation; A Contribution to Clinical Medicine - Scholar's Choice Edition onf his backstory from the World War 2 years is a brilliant idea ensuring that his acts in the 1969 African civil warzone come across as realistic considering his history Shoving Bond into the middle Heaven Next Stop of a war zone is a great wayf exploring different sides f Bond s character and abilities without reverting back to the evil henchman n an exotic island that Gardner absolutely loved to doOnce the story moves away from Africa it inevitably loses some f that really enjoyable riginality that Boyd did so well to tap into However Bases Loaded once back in familiar territory Washington DC Boyd keeps the twists coming and the story continues to engage 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 efforts in Carte Blanche and ensures that the action and characters within the story continue to 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 absolutely enjoy this new Bond adventure I m uncertain as to what Boyd fansr 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 Have A Good Night, Volume 1 on from 1969 So James Bond heads to a small war torn African republic Fair enough 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 drawnut civil war Oil has been discovered and it s up to Bond to bring this conf. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo recklessly motivated by revengeA seasoned veteran f the service 007 is sent to single handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation f Zanzari. Ntry We get a rather boring travel through an African country in conflict Having read the writings f the French novelist G rard de Villiers I always admired his skill f writing about the geopolitical authenticity When You Lose Your Job of conflicted and exotic places And the post colonial Africa would be the place to show us some insight And while his storiesf a Austrian prince hired by the CIA does ften showcase nd dimensional characters and gratious sexscenes they Isabel the Queen: Life and Times offer a lotf excitement as well With Boyds vision Fantastic Post Office 03 of Africa we get some polished in my view political correct versionf the place It never gets very authentic Tim Crouch or even exciting and even the plot does notffer any clarityThe villain is some former Rhodesian mercenary that has some nasty way f hanging dead soldiers On Tree Branches Like Dead Fish ANd tree branches like dead fish ANd course he has his facial handicap So far Boyd ticks all the Fleming boxes but he never gives the man any feeling f threathening menace Jakobus Breed feels like a man who enjoys his sadist kicks but is a mer man that can be easily taken ut And *Bond does eventually do just that The big financier is a ne dimensional *does eventually do just that The big financier is a Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics one dimensional that comes nowhere to his rightThe Bond women are fine in this novel but fail to impress at any level and nowhere you feel that Bond has any attachment with them Even if the voyeuristic episode concerningne DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle of them is easily the most exciting part written in the bookThis book is about Bond doing a job in post colonial Africa where the big cooperations after all those declarationsf independencies were scrambling like mad to get some lucreative contracts And James Bond goes into that situation without any idea f view it is nly in the aftermath you get an pinion n that matter in a talk between Leiter Bond For me Bond never walked so shallow into any affairmission written by Fleming Amis Gardner Benson Faulks Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, or Deaver And in the aftermath it feltut f place and as some conservative fans said that it was amazing that the British paper the Guardian had a positive review so something must be wrong The nly uestions Bond asked himself were not so much about the situation he was placed in and what his purpose might be but about the attractiveness f his female companions And untill the end f the book where Leiter pops us I kind Pontius Pilate of missed the male bonding Bond seems to have with male characters these last Bondbooks written and are already called the celebrity trilogy are interested in placing women in important roles based upon a certain euality WHich is something that would be frowned upon by most in 1969 where this tale does plays and it annoyed me for some time in thsi bookWilliam Boyd commentedn Fleming that he has written some sexist and racist aspects in his books Which is a fair thing to say if Livin de Life one is fameliar with Flemings books But perhaps Boyd should have used some edgier approuch to actually spice up this 007 story It falls kindf flat and is sometimes a boring story that makes the reader frustrated with the lack Aeralis of action Instead we get another foodpornish episode which Boyd writes very well but are to much put in the novel insteadf some straitgh action with some sadistic vertonesAs Bondnovel a failure for me although it is uite an easy read But f the celebrity trilogy it is sadly the worst Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of the threePerhaps the inhertorsf the 007 literary could look into mr G rard de Villiers service to write a perhaps less PC version Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of 007 And the man has the skills and knowledge to make it fun and realAnd don t get me startedn the recipe for Bonds saladdressing foodporn taken The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit one step too farThis novel has 007 enjoying the good things in live and while he does so the adventure passes by and he is a spectator than a participant He is kind like an elderly English gentleman that sits around waiting which might be possible the idea Boyd wanted to give in this post colonial Africa It s 1968 and James bond turning 45 yearsld 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 enough to hold any sort Limey Gumshoe of interest It s like a 1970 s moral euivalence type novel As some who has never read a 007 novelr spy novels in general This was my first book that I read about the famous double agent Before that I Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate only knew him through movies played by 6 different actors in the main role Before i share my thoughtsn the bookI would like to mention that this book is set in the 60s the Connery eraWhere it s a tactical spy story with some actions here and thereSo if you were expecting something like Brosnan r 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 enjoyable engaging and interesting novel to read With surprising twists and turns that you may r may Not See It ComingNegatives see it comingNegatives did 2 things during the first 30 pages that I thought were really stupid When it s all wrapped up there is Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen one character that left me wondering what was hisher role in allf thisOverall despite it s flaws I really enjoyed it and if you are a fan Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of Sean Connery s 007 movies you are going to enjoy reading this book as well. N leads him to Washington DC where he discovers a webf intrigue and witnesses fresh horrorsEven if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment. .
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