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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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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 December 26, 2014

    So-So

    Not nearly as good as Ian Fleming's "Bond, James Bond!"....too much technical stuff and not enough good action. Don't go out of your way to read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Okay

    The book started out very well but unfortunately did not have a well integrated storyline or characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Movie

    Im pretty sure this one is a movie.They should make every Bond book and short story a movie.

    Shaken, not stirred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Is it really James Bond?

    Is it?

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    Bond is back? Deaver, an accomplished writer, dabbles in "B

    Bond is back? Deaver, an accomplished writer, dabbles in "Bond" and one immediately gets lost. Bond is suddenly thirty-seven years old, quite a bit has changed at "Universal Export", Q has vanished and been replaced by a mock-up. It has the feel of Bond, the plot (as usual, stretching imagination a bit, but not too much) is interesting, the setting exotic, but somehow, it does not seem to be "Bond". Not bad as a thriller per se, but the Bond setting could have been easily replaced to make it a better book. True Bond fans will be disappointed.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Bond Lite

    The good: The plot is elaborate but not too far over the top. Some vivid scenery. Good placement of the agency within the Govt. Pretty good use of supporting characters.
    The not so good: This Bond lacks the hidden menace, the "yes, but he's our panther" of the better Bonds. One scene will leave the reader saying, "In that situation he never would have done that." Characterization is somewhat shallow and looks more like a draft for a movie than a good novel. Romantic situations are puerile. Mr. Deaver also does something not infrequently that is bad and surprising for a mature author: instead of inserting anecdotal situations to reveal characterization and story details he writes out a description or an explanation, puts it into parentheses, and jams it in there.
    This novel needed a good tune up before going final, a good red team. Let's hope Mr. Deaver adjusts quickly because a good plotter with better characterization could be very successful with this series.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Enjoyable and fast paced

    Jeffery Deaver writes perhaps the best Bond novel post Ian Fleming with this fast paced modern take on the James Bond legend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Slow Read

    Found this book to be like all other Bond Books by a new author alittle slow to get into. Once we got to the main action it was a great read.

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