The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore. There's thinking, in some circles,that we need to play by a different set of rules too....
Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission.
©2011 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrator whispers constantly which greatly detracts from the listening experience. Maybe a well written book, but I'm frustrated and probably will not finish it.
Toby Stephens delivers Jeffery Deaver's 007 novel with flair and conviction. Deaver's story is typically brilliant and riveting with its twists and unexpected plot points. This is perhaps the best and freshest 007 novel ever. This presentation was a pleasant surprise and an engaging and rewarding experience. Highly recommended from and audio book veteran. This is the kind of story and performance that we search for and has one longing for time with his iPod. More please, Mr. Deaver. Bravo! Five stars all around.
This is not the james bond I know. This james bond actually has an office with a secretary! This james bond depends on others to get out of jams. This james bond drives a subaru! This james bond assesses each woman in her potential to be a long term relationship. This james bond is not take advantage of technological gadgets. This james bond is noht larger than life. In fact he seems less than mitch rapp or cotton malone. This james bond maybe more real that is not the james bond I know and love.
Compulsive reader, or listener... Eclectic tastes.
Was hoping for a Bond in the classic style, sadly that didn't happen. Nothing ever goes wrong for Bond that can't be fixed by a bit of Deus ex machina it seems. Very predictable, and a bit Hardy Boyish in my opinion.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
First, Deaver is an excellent writer who understands and writes in the genre with the best of them. I think we are lucky a writer of his caliber would take on Bond at all. Bond movies are so anticipated and loved, they tend to be judged more by how few times you are forced to suspend belief than by how good the story really is. I must confess I carried the same anticipation into the reading of Carte Blanche. In this case, Deaver delivers in a very big way with a complex mystery that is as entertaining as it is realistic.Best of all, he gives Bond the sophistication and complexity he deserves.
I loved how Deaver used the contrast of proper police work to expose how Bond's 00 status allows him far more leeway than most law enforcement.
Bond, James Bond.
If you love good writing, excellent mystery, and believable suspense and of course James Bond, you'll love Carte Blanche!
A little disappointed.
No. It is not the same Bond as Ian Flemming's.
It could me made into a movie. I have no idea who should star in it.
This was a Bond story written in present day; however, Bond is being cast like he was a spy from the 60s. The two don't jive. Bond appears too soft to be a real spy.
Jeffery Deaver puts a new spin on a classic. This book was hard to put down and more difficult to anticipate what was going to happen to our hero.
Not unless I read some other reviews that were positive
If you mean the reading it was fine.
This book was soooo slow. I don't know the number of pages but it should have been cut in half.
Also too many sub plots.
This book was just terrible.
A few things stand out in this modern version of 007 by Jeffrey Deaver: While the author updates the Operative from HM Secret Service to MI6 with all the technology that the present provides, there is no sacrificing the depth and strength of the original Ian Fleming character. Furthermore, the author gives each character depth with a richness of strengths and flaws. Hard to put down or turn off, the story travels a road filled with rich descriptions and explanations without getting lost along the way. Every twist and turn excites and stimulates the senses. What is even better is that the narration is one of best I've ever listened to.
About 10 times in the book, Bond apparently walks straight into a trap. Each time, a few paragraphs later it is explained why he was able to carefully avoid the mistake. This technique gets very old very quickly. I have read all the Fleming novels and rarely remember him using this literary device. Perhaps with the bank note in Casino Royale, but even that was more of a puzzle. Also, I was dismayed by the "surprise" betrayal at the end. Another trick not used by Fleming too often.
The plot was typical nonsense. You couldn't analyze Fleming's plots too carefully either. Bad guy was interesting. Henchman was good, very clever. I hate when characters act stupid just to move the plot along.
Some of the other "re-boot" features were actually quite good. Q, Tanner, the iqPhone, etc. I liked the lessons in "tradecraft" that were sprinkled throughout the book. That was Fleming-ish (or should I say Flemish?).
I thought narration was OK.
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