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
It was a labor to finish this book. The performance was adequate, but the story never really captured my imagination. Though I have seen all of the movies, this was my first Bond book. I was surprised by how pedestrian this Bond was compared to the others to which I am accustom. I was disappointed, and I would not recommend this audiobook.
It was a good book and I quite enjoyed the plot and action however it did make me miss the classic Deaver characters and storyline. I recommend it :-)
I really wanted to love this book who doesn't love the quintessential secret agent James Bond. Overall i liked the book and am now looking forward to a continuation of the series. All the characters were back again, Bond, M, Q and Moneypenny but brought smoothly into the 21st century. Jeffrey Deaver is to be admired for delivering the feel of the original Ian Fleming novels a task which had to be a phenomenal challenge. The narration could have been better, Simon Vance would have been my choice if he is available.
All in all, the The debonair spy is back with the best weapons, drink, food, cars and. of course, women.
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.
Deaver has a style that works well for describing characters. He tries hard to conjure some of the savoire faire of Ian Fleming. Bond and other of the familiar stable of characters are likably portrayed. The role of women has been appropriately updated. But the story line had no tension in it at all. When the denouement sloooowly unfolded, I really didn't care that much. I might not bother to read a second novel in the series.
second time through. narration outstanding. Bond also at his best. I look forward to the next edition.
Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel is clever and exciting, and the plot's twists and turns and will keep the listener hanging on every word. This is the James Bond we know from the novels, and not the cartoon hero of the films who performs superhuman feets. The narration by Toby Stephens is perfect. By the way, is there an accent he cannot master? The happy result of hearing this novel is a desire to purchase more of author Jeffery Deaver's other works, and to keep an eye (and ear) out for more of Toby Stephens' narrated books.
Very nice action-oriented novel. Mr. Deaver was successful in making James Bond three-dimensional. I really enjoyed his take on this classic character. Toby Stephens, as well, has done a remarkable job in reading this -- an excellent job. Great job!
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