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.
Sorry. This isn't really a very good James Bond book. It's readable enough but it's predictable, the characters aren't well developed and it gets repetitive. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darth Gixxer
Always good for a brilliant story, and the author truly represents Bond to the tee. Good work, congratulations.
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.Published 15 months ago by Mr. Shaun Patrick Gregory
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 DoubleshotPublished 16 months ago by Matt Allison
Wow from start to finish this is one he'll of a good read, forget spectre and smersh the union are taking overPublished 22 months ago by dennis mills
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 morePublished on 20 July 2009 by David
I really enjoyed 'High Time to Kill'; it was exciting, well-crafted and suitably Bond-esque with nice some Fleming-ish touches. Read morePublished on 3 July 2001
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 morePublished on 30 Jun. 2001 by John Cox
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 morePublished on 14 Mar. 2001