Friday, 23 June 2017

Solo (James Bond extended series #38) by William Boyd


From Goodreads

It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.  

My thoughts

I gave this an 8/10 or 4 stars.  I feel that William Boyd is a much better Ian Fleming inspired writer, this follows the style of Fleming much better than Sebastian Faulks did in Devil May Care (I only gave this a 6/10 or 3 stars).

I love James Bond as a character and while I've seen all the films, I've not read that many of the books that inspired the films.  However, the books that I've read by Fleming are of a time and I found that Boyd's interpretation of Bond was also of the same time.

The plot of the story would lend itself to being seen on the silver screen (made into a film). You can almost envisage Sean Connery having played him in this book as it's the era the story is set in. Boyd took us to where the action was occurring and you could be mistaken for being part of the story as it was happening.

I feel that this adversary for Bond will make another appearance, if Boyd gets the chance to write another instalment in this extended series.

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