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Not so much about the situation he was placed in and what his purpose might be but about the attractiveness of his female companions And untill the end of the book where Leiter pops us I kind of missed the male bonding Bond seems to have with male characters these ast Bondbooks written and are already called the celebrity trilogy are interested in placing women in important roles based upon a certain euality WHich is something that would be frowned upon by most in 1969 where this tale does plays and it annoyed me for some time in thsi bookWilliam Boyd commented on Fleming That He Has Written Some Sexist And he has written some sexist and aspects in his books Which is a fair thing to say if one is fameliar with Flemings books But perhaps Boyd should have used some edgier approuch to actually spice up this 007 story It falls kind of flat and is sometimes a boring story that makes the reader frustrated with the ack of action Instead we get another foodpornish episode which Boyd writes very well but are to much put in the novel instead of some straitgh action with some sadistic overtonesAs Bondnovel a failure for me although it is uite an easy read But of the celebrity trilogy it is sadly the worst of the threePerhaps the inhertors of the 007 iterary could ook into mr G rard de Villiers service to write a perhaps Uncommon Wisdom less PC version of 007 And the man has the skills and knowledge to make it fun and realAnd don t get me started on the recipe for Bonds saladdressing foodporn taken one step too farThis novel has 007 enjoying the good things inive and while he does so the adventure passes by and he is a spectator than a participant He is kind ike an elderly English gentleman that sits around waiting which might be possible the idea Boyd wanted to give in this post colonial possible the idea Boyd wanted to give in this post colonial With Licence to Read BOND ONLY BOND The Year 1969The place West AfricaThe Mission Oh something easyjust to stop a civil warBond only BondI had good expectations about this new novel about James BondThe first thing that I iked it was the title of the book Solo I Art liked it since I know that Ian Fleming creator of James Bond was involved in the pre production of the 60 s TV series about spies The Man from UNCLE And Fleming created the character of Napole. Neads him to Washington DC where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrorsEven if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment. ,
OvelKnowing that mr Boyds roots were in Africa I EXPECTED SOME OF THE BRUTALITY THAT WOULD REIGN THERE some of the brutality that would reign there a civil conflict in an oil rich country We get a rather boring travel through an African country in conflict Having read the writings of the French novelist G rard de Villiers I always admired his skill of writing about the geopolitical
Authenticity Of Conflicted And Exotic Places And The Post Colonial of conflicted and exotic places And the post colonial would be the place to show us some insight And while his stories of a Austrian prince hired by the CIA does often showcase ond
dimensional characters and gratious sexscenes they offer a ot of excitement as well characters and gratious sexscenes they offer a ot of excitement as well Boyds vision of Africa we get some polished in my view political correct version of the place It never gets very authentic or even exciting and even the plot does not offer any clarityThe villain is some former Rhodesian mercenary that has some nasty way of hanging dead soldiers on tree branches Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard like dead fish ANd of course he has his facial handicap So far Boyd ticks all the Fleming boxes but he never gives the man any feeling of threathening menace Jakobus Breed feelsike a man who enjoys his sadist kicks but is a mer man that can be easily taken out And Bond does eventually do just that The big financier is a one dimensional character that comes nowhere to his rightThe Bond women are fine in this novel but fail to impress at any The Matriarchs (The Family level and nowhere you feel that Bond has any attachment with them Even if the voyeuristic episode concerning one of them is easily the most exciting part written in the bookThis book is about Bond doing a job in post colonial Africa where the big cooperations after all those declarations of independencies were scramblingike mad to get some Notes for the Everlost lucreative contracts And James Bond goes into that situation without any idea of view it is only in the aftermath you get an opinion on that matter in a talk between Leiter Bond For me Bond never walked so shallow into any affairmission written by Fleming Amis Gardner Benson Faulks or Deaver And in the aftermath it felt out of place and as some conservative fans said that it was amazing that the British paper the Guardian had a positive review so something must be wrong The only uestions Bond asked himself were. M Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by theocal militia he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice Bond's renegade actio.
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Spy Novels In General This Was My First Book Thatnovels in general This was my first book that read ABOUT THE FAMOUS DOUBLE AGENT BEFORE the famous double agent Before I novels in general This was my first book that I read about the famous double agent Before that I knew him through movies played by 6 different actors in the main role Before i share my thoughts on the bookI would When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) like to mention that this book is set in the 60s the Connery eraWhere it s a tactical spy story with some actions here and thereSo if you were expecting somethingike Brosnan or Craig 007 movies then this book is not for youThat being said what did I think about the bookPositives I thought it was a very enjoyable engaging and interesting novel to read With surprising twists and turns that you may or may not see it comingNegatives Bond did 2 things during the first 30 pages that I thought were really stupid When it s all wrapped up there is one character that No Biggy! left me wondering what was hisher role in all of thisOverall despite it s flaws I really enjoyed it and if you are a fan of Sean Connery s 007 movies you are going to enjoy reading this book as well It s 1968 and James bond turning 45 years old is sent into a dirty war in AfricaThis is not the James Bond that Fleming wrote about Rather it s boring guy having a midife crisis The villain isn t strong enough to hold any sort of interest It s Crush It! like a 1970 s moral euivalence type novel The book opens with a chapter where Bondooks back on the first time where he as a young soldier in the aftermath of the invasion in Normandy 1944for the first time faces death And is actually fine reading and shows a promise for the bookThen 007 gets shipped of the Africa where he is supposed to end a civil war by taking out the Attracting Birds to Your Backyard leader of one of the parties involved It all goes of course horrible wrong and Bond ends up being terrible hurt The 2nd part of the book is Bond going solo on a one man mission to avenge his wounds and the awefull behaviour of a mercenary and his bossI really wanted toike this book due to some of the extreme critism I did read on some Bondfora and re adress the attitude that Fleming never did write as bad as Boyd did And perhaps it would be honest to admit that while Boyd is a good writer he has shown with this novel that he acks the writing skills to write a convincing 007 It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo recklessly motivated by revengeA seasoned veteran of the service 007 is sent to single handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzari.