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Posted December 16, 2008
For me, this is the best non-Ian Fleming James Bond novel! Should be made into a movie with Daniel Craig, of course, as Bond. Bond is plagued by unrelenting headaches, self-doubt, hallucinations & blackouts. After one blackout, following a splendid night of passion with a beautiful woman, he awakens on her bathroom floor in a pool of blood. He finds her slaughtered remains and with horror wonders if he is capable of doing this to a woman. This is only the beginning of the nightmarish plans that the Union has in store for him: to make his life unbearable then kill Bond in disgrace. Only an assignment from M, he feels, will restore him but M only sees Bond as he is now, disheveled & looking insane. Highlights later in the book include a scene in a bullfighters' ring & the thrilling climax.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2001
Posted December 30, 2000
For once in his life James Bond has stumbled onto a plot by way of clues that were laid out for him, none he had discovered. It was a thrill to find out that he had a 'body double' I am a big James Bond fan as I was turned onto it by my mother. I enjoy every movie and book I have ever read on him and anxiously await tha release of the next film. Praying that is has something to do with the Union. ClayWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2000
Bond die-hards only
I have read every Bond novel published from Fleming's Casino Royale to Kingsley Amis' Colonel Sun and all of the Gardner and Benson books as well. Trust me, Double Shot is a double shot of deja vu. Benson lacks originality and rehashes old SPECTRE tales with his 'Union'. I never bought the brain tumor thing and (as a twin myself), I felt the twin CIA agent thing was laughable-even for Bond standards. Benson is the keeper of the flame and knows more about the literary Bond than anyone...which means he also knows better. If you are a die-hard fan, you'll enjoy the book. If not, re-read the best Bond book of all time-From Russia, With Love. Trust JFK on that one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2000
Raymond Benson does it again!
Raymond Benson again writes another beautiful addition to the James Bond collection. Much like an Ian Fleming novel, this book brings an enemy organization (The Union) and tries to rid of Bond from the world. The book is set in many exotic locations, and allows the reader to get a real view of the character of James Bond and is vulnerability. A great read for the die-hard Bond fan, and a great book to start with for a Bond rookie. I recommend this book highly!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Exciting Bond adventure
James 007 Bond still mourns the recent loss of his lover while he personally suffers from a brain lesion. His physician Dr. Feare prescribes medicine and a little side action that are supposed to help Bond recover. His employer has placed Bond on medical leave during his recuperation period. <P>While 007 convalesces, the Union decides it is time to take the secret agent out before he destroys any other of their plans. They find a look-alike and turn him into a Bond that could fool even James. His mission is to assassinate the British Prime Minister during a heads of state conference. Unable to sit on the sidelines while his reputation, loyalty, and sanity are being shredded, 007 goes after his doppelganger and the Union leadership with an abandon that only he can bring to the scenario. <P>The latest Bond adventure is only for those readers who must read every written word on the adventures of 007. For the casual fan, this novel is a no-no. The story line is filled with the usual Bondian mix of women and action, and action and women. Although the plot is unique and fast-paced except for the expected sexual asides, the cast, including 007, seems stiff, as they never break out of the central casting role assigned to each one of them. Still Raymond Benson, author of several Bond tales, writes a tale that series fans will fully enjoy while the rest of us will choose a DOUBLE SHOT of Sean Connery. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.