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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399146148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399146145
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,182,802 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A Nesbitt on 16 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Somerset on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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By Amon Avis on 1 Mar. 2013
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Benson's 4th novel (2nd in the Union Trilogy) picks up only weeks after the devastating end of High Time To Kill (1999). Smashing the Union's 1st major scheme has left 007 a physical and emotional wreck, with a powerful enemy in its leader Le Gerant. Popping pills and suffering from blackouts, Bond little realises that he is pivotal to the Union's latest plan. A plot that will ensure both 007's destruction and the shaming of Britain, via the machinations of a crazed former matador who would see Gibraltar returned to Spain at a terrible cost.

Score: 8/10. Though too overblown for some, this is one of my favourites from Mr Benson. Whereas HTTK scaled the heights in true blockbusting style, Doubleshot (2000) plunges into the depths of noirish storytelling not found in the series since Gardner's Scorpius (1988) or Amis' Colonel Sun (1968). The retrospective plot gambit works well: the opening chapter sets up the doom laden finale and then we rewind to watch our man manipulated, with excruciating inevitability, towards his own destruction. Although devotees of such fiction will probably guess the resolution, it's nice to see Bond in real trouble. The development of Le Gerant and the Union is nicely handled, without detracting from the main plot.

The major problem is the flabby 2nd act in Morocco that exists purely to pad the book to length. 007 bizarrely forgets his troubles, wining, dining and flirting and throwing common sense to the wind; the Union ensure Bond gains a vital ally; while Benson offers up Bond's very convenient friendship with a star matador! I don't at all mind Bond as the victim of the villain's plan until the 11th hour (From Russia With Love & Colonel Sun do it wonderfully) but the Union really makes life difficult for itself.
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