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Publisher's Summary

It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his 45th birthday, 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 to discover the forces behind this brutal war - and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel 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 is wielded - a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

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©2013 Ian Fleming Publications Limited (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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The best of the period continuation novels.

Every Bond fan has their opinions about the continuation novels and I will not delve much into those discussions. As of this review, since 2008, three authors have written new Bond novels largely set within the original Fleming period of the 1950s and 60s; this one being set in 1969 (five years after Fleming's death and roughly a year after the events of "Colonel Sun," the first continuation book.). William Boyd wisely uses his own experiences and crafts them into a worthy Bond novel with a plot that differs a bit from Fleming's ideas. I especially enjoyed the action in Africa and London and found the book to be suitably detailed and entertaining. While no one will match Mr. Fleming, I appreciate that Mr. Boyd keeps Bond in his own wheel house and does not particularly attempt to "update" the character for the "modern" reader. If anything, Bond's consumption of spirits caused many reviewers to wonder if Bond had a sober moment during the course of the story. People, let that stuff go. This is escapism and let's enjoy the ride. Bond gets to do the things we only wish we could get away with... Thank you Mr. Boyd for a laudable addition to the canon.

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What a terribly boring book

I know that book Bond and big screen Bond are wildly different, but after seeing this on a top books to listen to list I'm just boggled. The book is slow, and doesn't really have a lot going on. I guess it's a political drama but I never felt like there was any real tension of consequences.

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More Please!

Great story that takes place in the correct timeline from Fleming's original books. Dominic West is a great narrator; highly recommended,

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Disappointing

Spoiler. The first half of the book is a mission that is an obviously pointless mission to bring down a government everyone agrees is about to fall. Huh?

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A fun listen for 007 fans

This was my first listen to a non Ian Fleming based story. It was worth the time invested. Better than anything Roger Moore played in.

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The perfect continuation of Fleming’s Bond

This is the best Bond continuation novel I’ve found. If you enjoy Fleming’s Bond you’ll like this book.

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Classic Bond

Great story, with everything you expect from a James Bond story: seduction, intrigue, debonair style, judicious application of violence. Very enjoyable!

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Intricate plot and story, well performed Audible

Dominic West does a brilliant job performing the Audible version of Solo, by novelist William Boyd. West succeeds is capturing dialects of a white Rhodesian mercenary, the smooth then edgy tone of James Bond and his boss, M. He also modulates his voice to a young energetic British woman, an American thirtyish actress, the various dialects of black west African men: mercenaries, taxi drivers, clerks, witch doctor, and the dialect of a German-Dutch-Anglo millionaire. So West is asks to lend voice to many characters, to bring them to life. He does this with great alacrity and adds a depth of texture to one’s experience to this interesting and entertaining novel with good dialogue that West displays his talent.

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Great race - last fence fall!!

Very enjoyable and well read, but the story finale has annoying loose ends. Deliberate? Sequel?

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Poor research

Decent story but poorly researched, especially regarding firearms. A pistol has a magazine for feeding cartridges into the barrel. It does not use clips. Misnomer. Also, it is much more difficult to acquire a firearm in the United States as opposed to “how easy” the wither made it seem to be. This is very dishonest, and shoddy writing.