Solo: A James Bond Novel

Solo: A James Bond Novel

by William Boyd


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It's 1969, and James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime. Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission, and piece by piece, he uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim—a twisting conspiracy which extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, Solo is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it's wielded—a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062223135
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 419,646
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William Boyd is also the author of A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys War Prize and short-listed for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and Waiting for Sunrise, among other books. He lives in London.

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Solo : A James Bond Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great to finally have a new Ian Flemming Bond book written by BOYD who has successfully captured the spirit of old school Bond.  Please, WB, write more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up with Ian Fleming and SOLO is as close to Flemings style as any in decades, Deaver's 007 book was very good too, if you loved Ian Fleming you will love SOLO!
NGC300 More than 1 year ago
Entertaining read. After a long time I never read anything else in-between.
booksandwine More than 1 year ago
Splendid Storytelling! You know the character; Bond, James Bond. And he lives up to all the charisma, thrill seeking, womanizing splendor in William Boyd's "Solo". After a mission to Africa where James winds up getting shot, he seeks retribution and decides to go off the grid, completely Solo. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous woman, and non stop action from the most suave and debonair spy ever! A must read for Bond fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ian Fleming could have written this. It was that well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow to action and blurred resolution dressed in an over-worked literary style.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Cynicism doesn’t suit you, 007. It seems risky to call a book Solo and not have people immediately think that it’s a Star Wars book. Maybe that’s just me. Turns out this is a James Bond novel, and a pretty cool one at that. What’s different about this story, is that the author sticks to Fleming’s chronology, in that James Bond was born in 1924. This novel takes place in 1969 after Bond has just turned 45. Out of all the Bond stories written since Fleming’s death, this one is the most authentic. There’s even a recipe in there, just like Fleming used to do! I hope there are more of these, this seems like the heir apparent to the James Bond legacy.
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thor42 More than 1 year ago
Of all the pseudo-Fleming follow on novels, this one truly hits the mark. If I hadn't seen the author's name, I would have believed this came from a lost Fleming manuscript. Encore, Mr. Boyd!
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In fact this isnt perhaps his movie double
g-gold66 More than 1 year ago
This book was a major disappointment I bought the book on the recommendation of Bill O'Rielly. The book doesn't compare to the Ian Fleming novels either in character or story line. I would not waste the money to recommend it to .anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was a major disappoint for me. having read all of the previous Bond books, I eagerly looked forward for this books release. I don't feel as though Boyd has captured the spirit or style of Fleming's Bond. The plot of the first half of the book was muddled and not the kind of assignment Bond would have been out on. Boyd writes well but this Bond adventure does not measure up to those by previous authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of the better James Bond novels, would not recommend it. I'm a HUGE James Bond fan so when I found out the release date for "Solo" I pre-ordered it. Unfortunately I didn't care for the novel that much. It's not a great story and, to me, it wasn't one of the better Bond novels. I also didn't like the fact that Boyd sort of left the reader hanging by not having Bond completely eliminate, either by killing or having arrested, all of his adversaries. I thought that Jeffrey Deaver's " Carte Blanche" and Sebastian Faulks' "Devil May Care", which were the previous two Bond novels, were much better than this one. So, even though I'm, as I said, a very BIG James Bond fan, I would not recommend "Solo". If William Boyd writes another Bond novel, maybe his next one will be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where you for politeness say just what i wanted even if it wasnt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres a fight at dup third to last res
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where James anf Felix were reunited.