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Double Shot (Basic) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Raymond Benson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Nov 2000 Basic
In this new James Bond adventure, the sinister criminal organization called The Union creates an exact double of James Bond and sends the double out to cause havoc. Is this bizarre warning the catalyst for a series of unsettling events that could push James Bond close to the edge of madness?
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  • Hardcover: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786228709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786228706
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,873,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bond novels should have a greater freedom to explore 007's deeper psyche , free as they are from the rapacious demands of Hollywood. In Doubleshot, Raymond Benson delivers a vivid, tense view of a vengeance-obsessed Bond, injury-stricken and forced to confront his existence as a "blunt instrument of death". This is at the cost of the more traditional Bond set pieces; there are no Q-brand gizmo's or dizzying action sequences. Set mere weeks after High Time To Kill, Bond is forcibly off-duty, recuperating after facing The Union, yet hell-bent on avenging the death of his long time lover, exposed as a Union agent. Before you can say "personal vendetta", Bond straps on the Walther PPK and sets off to destroy his enemies. However, they are equally anxious to meet him, thanks to his involvement in an audacious plot to retake Gibraltar from Britain. Bond isn't the death-proof super-spy of old, instead he is afflicted with all-too-human injuries and plagued with doubts--both welcome and ignored. Benson ensures that such "weaknesses" are constantly pitted against Bond's superhuman tenacity and formidable murderous abilities: "He felt no remorse, but he felt no satisfaction either. He felt absolutely nothing ... and performed the task coldly and objectively." Even so, the anticipated action and ingenious gadgetry are conspicuous by their absence. Peeking into an intriguing and dark mindset, Benson accomplishes his mission with verve and efficiency. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Double Shot is the best Bond in years! 16 May 2000
If you're looking for a read that will twist and turn and make you want to stay up all night, this is it! James Bond is fighting in the battle of a lifetime against the Union. He foiled their last scheme and they want revenge. These villains will stop at nothing short of death to have their way with the world at large and of course there's only one man who has even an outside chance to stop them! Raymond Benson has found the formula for beautiful women, the plot that pulls you in and won't let go and the hero we all wish we were! James Bond is back in a big way!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Goodshot but not a Badshot 18 Mar 2002
Benson has hardly lived up to his first three novels with his latest episode of Bond. He has never been Ian Fleming, but has successfully avoided making the novels too close to the almost too stereotypical film character. Unfortunately Doubleshot is the weakest of his novel todate.
Despite the fact the whole book is based on the premise that Bond has suffered a head injury and is unsure of what is happening around him, Benson does not produce a convincingly sick Bond. The novel starts with promise but as Bond's adventures from country to country begin, events and situations are poorly constructed and lack a sense of either being genuinely contrived to guide Bond to certain conclusions or being haphazard events that lead Bond along the trail of the Union.
It is not a difficult read, and it is pleasurable read. It has fleeting moments where Benson creates memorable scenes such as the assassination of the bullfighter or creates vivid and interesting prose such as around the Union leader Le Gerant. However I shall be reading Never Dream of Dying with a little trepidation, hoping that Benson can produce a novel of the quality of the first two.
A weak middle chapter of the trilogy, but a worthy holiday read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average Bond... 8 Nov 2000
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Thank God for the likes of Amazon because at normal retail... this is a lot of money for a thin novel. A weird sort of Bond this, too much self doubt and lack of the calculated killer instinct. Too many obvious plot lines ... and the frustration of a Bond that ignores the obvious and acts, well, stupidly. Mr Benson needs to do a little better next time and the publishers need to review their pricing policy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benson's Best! 10 May 2000
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Raymond Benson fashions a totally original, suspenseful Bond thriller with this one. It kept me up all night. The author really digs deeply into Bond's psyche in this one and it is fascinating. The plot is complex, surprising, and thrilling. Highly recommended!
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I found Doubleshot very disappointing.
Raymond Benson delivered the goods with "Zero Minus Ten", "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The Facts of Death". Then came "High Time To Kill" which started well but petered out badly. RB hit gold dust once more with "The World Is Not Enough" - a cracking read, but to me he is way off the mark with his latest JB tale. "Doubleshot" took a long time to get started and even then RB's foot was never on the gas. Nothing happened at all in the first three chapters. I found the plot completely unbelievable as were Bond's opponents. They all seemed as over the top as Elliot Carver in TND - the only poor part of a good story.
Attention to detail was lacking. Did RB really mean a three million peseta increase in Espada's mercenary recruitment budget (Chapter 5)? I've never recruited mercenaries but would not have thought that just over ten thousands pounds sterling would buy much, and on the same tack, knowing what a psycho Espada's was, can we believe that Carlos would help Maria, Roberto Rojo's girlfriend, to escape for just half a million pesetas; around one thousand seven hundred pounds sterling? Did RB pick the wrong exchange rate, or are terrorist costs really so cheap?
What is RB doing to Bond's intellect? Bond meets Heidi Taunt in chapter fourteen who immediately tells him she travels with her sister, both working as travel guide writers. Why then when Bond is snubbed by her two pages later does he not realise it is her identical twin sister?
Come to that what is RB's assessment of his reader's intellect? In chapter twenty he suggests that Peredur Glyn's Welsh accent was so close to James Bond's Scottish accent that it will only be noticed by those close to Bond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot 3 Jun 2014
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As with all Mr. Bensons Bond novels this is also very good and continues on from High time to kill. Good escapism and thrills to boot. Good fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good light hearted swash buckling bond action 18 April 2014
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I'm always dubious about reading a non Fleming bond but this is the 3rd one I've read now and I've enjoyed them all. If you love Bond you'll love Doubleshot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bond 20 Oct 2013
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Wow from start to finish this is one he'll of a good read, forget spectre and smersh the union are taking over
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark 007
Benson's 4th novel (2nd in the Union Trilogy) picks up only weeks after the devastating end of High Time To Kill (1999). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amon Avis
3.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot
Although not a direct sequel to the marvellous "High Time to Kill", this novel by Raymond Benson still incorporates "The Union" as Bond's arch enemies. Read more
Published on 20 July 2009 by Mr. R. A. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish!
I really enjoyed 'High Time to Kill'; it was exciting, well-crafted and suitably Bond-esque with nice some Fleming-ish touches. Read more
Published on 3 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Benson's most ambitious book
In all great trilogies Part II is always the darkest chapter, and this is certainly the case with DOUBLESHOT (part II of Benson's "Union Trilogy"). Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2001 by John Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Bungling Bond wins through once again
When I was fourteen years of age I went with my father to see the film version of "Goldfinger". It was the first James Bond film he had ever seen, and he hated it! Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
This was a great book and it didn't take me long to read it because it was so good. it is one of my favorite books and my favorite bond book that i have read. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Rock solid or steep slope downwards?
Something was missing from this. Whether it's because I was spoilt by knowing Gibraltar or that the plot was so formulaic it became predictable. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2001 by "cridders"
5.0 out of 5 stars Benson has returned Bond to his original Fleming character
A well crafted book , whilst not overly in depth Bensons greatest strength is his knowledge of the character . Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think twice, Doubleshot is second to none!
Raymond Benson's fourth James Bond continuation novel, "Doubleshot" starts with a stylish experiment in structure giving us the end at the beginning - a cliffhanger - to... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2000
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