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Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel

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39 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

Mr. Deaver's Bond is a wonderful heir apparent to Mr. Fleming's Bond

9/11 changed the world as international terrorist groups focused on civilian targets. The Bush Doctrine based on the premise of taking the global war on terrorism to the enemy led to the Afghanistan war in which agents like thirtyish 007 James Bond operated. However, ...
9/11 changed the world as international terrorist groups focused on civilian targets. The Bush Doctrine based on the premise of taking the global war on terrorism to the enemy led to the Afghanistan war in which agents like thirtyish 007 James Bond operated. However, Great Britain understood the Cold War agencies like M15, M16 and MOD remain critical, but not set up to deal with non-nation terrorism. Thus a new agency Overseas Development Group was created to take the war to the enemy using any technique necessary.

Government Communications Headquarters cryptographers decode electronic messages that affirm a major attack planned for sometime this week with thousands expected dead. M16 feels the center of the threat is in Afghanistan. A Night Alert assigns Agent 007 Carte Blanche to save lives. Bond knows the key immediate enemy needing rendition or death is the brilliant operational expert The Irishman, but stopping him will only delay the assault. As time runs out, 007 focuses on the Irishman, but also knows he needs to capture the money behind the pending attack. However, Severan Hydt has numerous refuse layers to protect him as he seeks international decay.

Avoiding the Fleming lite of recent Bond novels, Jeffery Deaver reinvents 007 in a contemporary world in which the Cold War is history. However, though Bond is modernized, trademark elements that denote the character and the espionage thrillers he starred on remain. Mr. Deaver includes the Bond girls with inane names (though the hero is more sensitive to their needs), the wheels, the drink, but he gave up smoking, the over the top of Big Ben villains, and Carte Blanch license to kill. However, as with the originals, it is the countdown suspense that makes Mr. Deaver's Bond a wonderful heir apparent to Mr. Fleming's Bond (except for purist Boomers who will say no to any doctoring).

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A big disappointment for me

Love Deaver and loved Flemming's Bond books but this did not do it for me at all. Too cumbersome in the beginning and never grabbed my interest

posted by Pathodessa on June 20, 2011

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    A big disappointment for me

    Love Deaver and loved Flemming's Bond books but this did not do it for me at all. Too cumbersome in the beginning and never grabbed my interest

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Disappointing

    I must agree with Pathodessa's assessment: didn't grab my interest and though I love Jeffery Deaver books and buy them as soon as they come out, this just didn't do it for me. Though I also loved James Bond books, this wasn't enough like James Bond or enough like Jeffery Deaver....hence: disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    very disappointing considering all the great stuff this author h

    very disappointing considering all the great stuff this author has written.....

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

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    Unfortunate plot devices bring book down.

    I've always been a big fan of the James Bond movies going all the way back to Sean Connery. However, I've never read any of the novels before. Jeffery Deaver does a good job of showing an emotional deep, intelligent, and sometimes imperfect hero. My main issues here are the continued use of the same trope time after time. Bond is in a difficult situation where the tide has turn against him then he isn't and the reader is shown how Bond expected this and at the last minute got out of the jam. The same exact thing multiple times. It was tedious and then became expected. The main antagonist was creepy and the twist at the end wasn't as surprising Deaver intended. Overall, the characters were very well written but the plot was not. Not a great entry in the series and it makes unsure if I should check out an of the newer Bond novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Lukewarm feelings so fa about this book.

    I AM ONLY IN THE FIRST !)) PAGES OF THIS BOOK<< BUT am really nog tat enthused with ittoo much or too many character and organiations involved . Altho I am 100 pages I have not become impsed. this book for a reader who likes lots of detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    stick to your own characters

    I was vastly disappointed. I was hoping that an excellent writer and a unique character would combine into an excellent book. Unfortunately Mr. Deaver was not able to reproduce his excellent story-telling while using someone else's character

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