Not a bad story at all, but it does show how important race was back in the late 50's. Everyone's lineage is clarified when each character is introduced, as well as their "Preordained" shortcomings.
I had never read an Ian Fleming work before, so I decided to try one, thinking the books might possibly be better than the movies, as is often the case. I selected this as being one of the best, according to his fans. It was pretty much what I expected from the movies--inane, superhuman feats by a cartoon character. I gave it 2 stars only because any Simon Vance narration deserves no less, no matter how bad the underlying work. It is the male counterpart of soft porn female romantic fantasies.