Live and Let Die

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James Bond is not a superstitious man, but it’s hard not to feel unnerved in the presence of Mr. Big. A ruthless Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, he’s also one of SMERSH’s top American operatives. Mr. Big has been smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican island—and funneling the proceeds to Moscow. With help from Solitaire, Mr. Big’s beautiful and enigmatic Creole fortune-teller, and his old friend Felix Leiter, 007 must locate the crime lord’s hideout, ...

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James Bond is not a superstitious man, but it’s hard not to feel unnerved in the presence of Mr. Big. A ruthless Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, he’s also one of SMERSH’s top American operatives. Mr. Big has been smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican island—and funneling the proceeds to Moscow. With help from Solitaire, Mr. Big’s beautiful and enigmatic Creole fortune-teller, and his old friend Felix Leiter, 007 must locate the crime lord’s hideout, sabotage his operation, and reclaim the pirate hoard for England.

From the jazz joints of Harlem to the shark-infested waters of the Florida Everglades, Live and Let Die sends Bond headlong into the exotic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612185446
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: James Bond Series , #2
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 59,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This is the second Bond novel.

    Written in 1953~1954, this is the second James Bond novel. Although in many ways comparable to other action/adventure thrillers of it's era, Fleming's writing is generally superior to that of other's writing in this genre in that era. Many of the elements that seemed bold or risque at the time seem almost charmingly quaint by today's standards but Fleming's excellent books helped to move the genre forward to where it is today.
    It should go without saying that the book is much, much better than the film version.
    Much of the book deals with African Americans and some of the language relating to race is archaic but reflects what was in common use at the time. Fleming was a man of his times but his attitude regarding race was considerably advanced for his time.
    The book deals much more with character and human ingenuity and determination than with slam-bang action and will be a real surprise to people who only know James Bond through the movies. The book is well written, entertaining and interesting. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    good bond

    This is just another great bond

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Phenomenal

    This book is fairly gadget-free, unlike most of the films, and doesn't need them. The story is tight, well-paced and the characters a lot of fun. It won't disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Better than the movie X 10!!

    Anyone who thinks the 007 on the screen holds a candle to the real deal needs to read the whole series. Sooo much better!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    One of Fleming's Best

    Ian Fleming's second Bond novel is easily one of the best. The action is tough and violent, with Bond all but dead by the end of the book (the literary 007 usually ended up this way in Fleming's stories). The voodoo motif and Fleming's ability to make the scenery come alive through his writing add to the enjoyment of the book. If you've seen the Bond films and think that's all there is--think again. The storylines are dated--in this case it's lost pirate treasure used to fund covert Soviet operations--but Fleming's original stories frequently surpass the gloss and glitz of the films. Bless you, Penguin-Putnam, for re-introducing the world to the true James Bond--Ian Flemings original literary character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    James Bond on the page certainly comes across a lot different th

    James Bond on the page certainly comes across a lot different than James Bond on the big screen and LIVE AND LET DIE only serves to further hammer this point home. Ian Fleming has created a debonair masterpiece, with more than a hint of chauvinism. Sure, he uses terms then that he probably couldn’t get away with today, but this book was first published in 1954, so you have to roll with it a bit. If you’re a woman, or you’re easily offended, you might want to hesitate before picking it up.

    The action moves slower than it does in the movies (that’s understandable), but it’s nice to get a fuller and complete picture of a true icon. At times this novel reads like a military intelligence briefing, but it’s still well-written prose, and given Ian Fleming’s, along with James Bond’s backgrounds, it’s not all that surprising.

    If you’re looking for a quick read and a strong male lead, it doesn’t get much better than this.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    much better than the movie

    it took me more than a week to read this book. keep in mind that movies have to wrapped up in 2 hours so that everyone can go to the bathroom.

    the book is more believable than the movie and provides a longer period of entertainment than the 2-hour ration of titalling suspense you get at the theatre.

    also there is no clown sheriff in the book.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Did NOT deliver what was advertised!

    I recieved a Signet publisher's edition vintage 1954, with torn patches of the front cover, bent cover corners with one corner missing and yellowed pages and creased spine. Definately not the VERY GOOD quality advertised and not the Penguin edition 2003 that is pictured here. There is actually a sticker from the seller labeling this book as GOOD condition. Not the VERY GOOD listed here. I will be following with with the seller and B & N to obtain a refund and replacement. It was very important that this book match as it is part of a gift set I am reconstructing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Live and Let Die

    James Bond's fan will enjoy Ian Fleming's original "Live and Let Die". Bond returns as 007 investigating a smuggling ring from England, to Harlem, and to the tropics. He is assisted by the talented Solitaire who is prisoner by "Mr. Big" the intelligent antagonist of the novel.

    Forget the Roger Moore movie while reading this book; there is a little more in depth to the characters. There may be a touch of stereotype (the novel was written in the 50's) but there are few interesting points to keep the story moving.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    Second book in series-great sequel to Fleming's Bond

    Good second book-a little racist for today's standard, but much better than the Roger Moore movie.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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