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Uau Novo EP! Travels by Time Cow. Explore music. Topics Thrillers The Observer. James Bond Fiction reviews. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. This really hit home when I read Devil May Care awhile back featuring a period Bond; a very boring book. Jeffrey Deaver, an outstanding thrill write I was excited to read the latest James Bond, especially since it was going to be a modern Bond, much like Daniel Craig portrays in the new movies.
Jeffrey Deaver, an outstanding thrill writer, was commissioned to write the new books after he praised Ian Fleming in an award acceptance speech as a great influence. He has managed to bring the written Bond up to date with a believable plot, and realistic bad guys. The villains are a businessman willing to do some horrific things for money, and an idealist who has lost sight of what is right.
The latter forgets the ends do not justify the means. Bond is outfitted with nifty gadgets and can actually communicate and travel with equipment more sophisticated then what we the general public gets. So no more pay phones for our hero. The downside of the book, and thus the 3. One I blame on circumstance and the other on the author.
Every conversation is laced with exhaustive product name dropping and over the top descriptive elements of every finer thing Bond enjoys. The food descriptions alone outnumber all other dining experiences in the last books I have read and they all read like the menu romance copy found at a mid level restaurant chain. The second problem I had was the extremely stilted dialogue between Bond and every attractive female character in the book.
For someone who is supposed to be the smooth ladies man Deaver totally missed the mark here. The conversations just seemed awkward and were all dependent on extremely obscure personal preferences they would both have in common. Two Boobs Johnson points for that reference would make an whacky statement like she preferred Penguin cutlets that were prepared in Boolooroog New Zealand, but only if the penguin was left handed. And the Bond would smile knowingly, thinking this woman was amazing because everybody knows the right handed ones were total shyte.
Once, maybe; but the book was full of this sort of thing. At the end of the day it was a good book and the thriller portion was brought up to date. A must read for all Bond fans, especially the modern Bond. But for me to stick with the eventual series Deaver is going to need to move away from the Fleming style and more into his own ballpark, plus learn how to write a smooth ladies man in conversation.
Apr 09, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. The charm of Pierce Brosnan while enacting the character of James Bond has been a major factor for my getting interested in the British spy. This was my superficial view of this arrogant, selfish, brutal and outright chauvinistic thug whom Fleming conjured in his novels. There have been offshoots after Fleming The charm of Pierce Brosnan while enacting the character of James Bond has been a major factor for my getting interested in the British spy.
None of the novels in this series can hardly be called literary masterpieces but they have achieved cult status over the years. While Jeffrey Deaver does go overboard at times with his short stories, I have liked his writing style and the ambience he creates in some of his stories.
These factors led to that little imp called expectation step into my reading experience and make a mess of it all by the time I was done reading. It is a decent thriller with a lot of globe trotting action all in a gap of a week. This is not the kind of story to snoop around for plot line, characters or dialog as you may very well know. Now for the reason as to why this book was a disappointment. Whoever the protagonist is in this story, he is not the James Bond I knew.
Bond beds a lot of women on any mission that he is on but this is the first avatar of him I know where he has a prick of conscience while courting.
While this made me scratch my head at the instances where I encountered it, there is another method of story telling that Deaver employs which made blanch. It goes like this : is in a tight spot and all seems to be over for him from the first person POV and the chapter closes. The next chapter sees the him making mincemeat of all those baddies who thought they could get the better of him.
The funny part is that this is told from a third person POV. While this is amusing the first two times, it gets to be a repeated technique and proves to be a major deterrant in enjoying this story. Any mission that undertakes bloodies him up in the end. Deaver's is a hollywood macho man read Chuck Norris or Liam Neeson who even after the most devastating or hair raising of encounters walks off after flicking the flecks of dust off his suit.
A tad interesting if you like your thrillers hollywood-ish. If you are a lover, then its wiser to stay off this one!
View 2 comments. Oct 04, Roger rated it it was ok. I was hoping that the combination of one of my favorite authors Jeffery Deaver and my favorite fictional characters would be a slam dunk good read. We're bringing Bond into the modern era. I expected more of an influence of the new movie style on Bond: gritty, hard, deeply flawed, emotionally damaged but still likable. Sadly, I was disappointed.
Where the true James Bond misogynist, elitist, specialist, connoisseur, womanizer should be is a broken ex-military man with an intense love for his I was hoping that the combination of one of my favorite authors Jeffery Deaver and my favorite fictional characters would be a slam dunk good read.
Where the true James Bond misogynist, elitist, specialist, connoisseur, womanizer should be is a broken ex-military man with an intense love for his car, gun and high-expense living. Brought into the 21st Century, this bond is lacking in the characteristics that make the Bond persona enjoyable. It is a sad caricature of the man we know rather than a reboot of the man we wanted. Should the character be renamed to John Smith, the book could instantly become elevated to better than average, but as a Bond book it is lacking in the subtleties of the Bond persona.
Gone is the wit and subtlety of his personality. Absent is the callous disregard and the stiff upper lip. He's a cold fish playing at rich boy games.
The book itself seems to be suffering from editors heavy hand and an apparent commercialism. Every time the automobile is mentioned, it sounds like someone had copied the dialogue from an advertising campaign.
Even in the immense bromance with the Bentley, there's no passion. The base story was interesting, but after having read the entire novel, I wondered why I felt as though I had read more of a fluffed short story. Too many pages of irrelevant exposition, not enough internal dialogue.
The character does not even share the most interesting points of fact until after they are past. We are not even privvy to the inner working of Bond's mind.
He passes the amazing and interesting tricks on after the action has passed as though he's trying to explain the story to a child and the child wouldn't really understand the whys and hows, so he just reveals how brilliant he is afterwards rather than as it happens. Disappointing in all facets.
As a Bond fan, I can't recommend this book except as a sadly canon story that will lead to more novels. Jeffery Deaver was hired to do a modern reboot of novels just as Daniel Craig was brought in to the film franchise. Similar Big Name. Similar Big Results. When I have recommended Fleming's Bond books to people in the past I've told them that, while they are completely formulaic and a product of their time, they transcend the limits of formula thrillers and the constraints of outdated ideology through a careful literary feel for when to bypass the formula and a studied political ear for when Jeffery Deaver was hired to do a modern reboot of novels just as Daniel Craig was brought in to the film franchise.
When I have recommended Fleming's Bond books to people in the past I've told them that, while they are completely formulaic and a product of their time, they transcend the limits of formula thrillers and the constraints of outdated ideology through a careful literary feel for when to bypass the formula and a studied political ear for when to cut against then-popular group-think.
His instincts - both for conventions and their undermining - served Fleming well. How did Deaver do? Let's run the checklist: The classic Bond novels were structured, in my reading, around five sections - like a newspaper - and had something for everyone. Bond mot in order : 1 Went somewhere 'exotic' - a travelogue 2 Ate great meals - food and restaurant review 3 Gambled, and gave us an insight into a game - sports columnist 4 Fought a bad guy - headline news 5 Bedded a beautiful woman - to stretch a poor newspaper analogy, personal ads And he did all of this in about pages.
In addition to the Fleming formula, we are inundated with typical Deaver devices - double agents, misheard and misinterpreted scraps of conversation, ambiguous pronoun-ing to disguise characters and cliffhanger chapters that are shocking Carte Blanche is a good James Bond and it's a good Jeffery Deaver; but with a little more attention to convention it could have been great.
Aug 11, Jack Silkstone rated it liked it. There is no doubt in my mind that Jeffrey Deaver can write. His work embodies all of the tenants of a good read. In saying that this novel is a real let down for many many other reasons. For starters it is obvious that Mr Deaver has a very limited understanding of both Bond and the world he operates in.
Bond is ruthless, charming, rugged, chauvinistic and a bit of an altruist. Deaver's character comes across as a bit of a namby pamby. All equal opportunities and first name, open plan offices. In There is no doubt in my mind that Jeffrey Deaver can write.
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