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The Man with the Red Tattoo (James Bond) [Hardcover]

Raymond Benson , Ian Fleming
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Amazon Review

The Man With The Red Tatoo is the latest of Raymond Benson's continuation of Fleming's James Bond series. Bond is back in Japan investigating mysterious deaths and elbowing his way into trouble. Like all of Benson's series, and indeed the recent Bond films, it tones down the high-octane sexism and snobbery of the original a little, in the name of making Bond contemporary; it is not just in terms of the actors playing him that Bond is no longer quite the man he once was.

Benson is a more thoughtful writer than Fleming, which leads, on the one hand, to some over-extended clumps of exposition in which he explains the right-wing politics of Japanese organized crime or the life-cycle of genetically-engineered mosquitos, but on the other hand to real conviction in his villains' motivations. Fleming created florid villains who were memorable because mythic; Benson's are credible because he makes us understand them--it's doubtful a Fleming villain would ever have quoted Mishima. Similarly, where the deaths of Fleming's heroines were a routine gesture, the fate of one of the "Bond Girls" here is genuinely upsetting. Where Benson most effectively follows Fleming's lead is in action sequences--Bond tied in the path of a bullet train and Bond dancing his way to safety in a burning lava-field. --Roz Kaveney

Review

'Welcome back, Mr Bond. We've been waiting for you . . . Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises.' Independent on Sunday

'Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism . . addicts of the genre will love it.' The Times



"Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism . . . addicts of the genre will love it." The Times

"Will have Bond fans cheering." Publishers Weekly (Doubleshot)

The Man with the Red Tattoo has everything you would expect, such as hi-tech gadgets, beautiful women and gripping action...If you have seen all the Bond movies several times and wish there were more of them, then this book is the next best thing. (Newbury Weekly News)

Benson's best Bond tale...non-stop action from page one. (Yorkshire Evening Press on THE MAN WITH THE RED TA)

Book Description

Bond returns to Japan to face the terrifying threat of a deadly biological weapon.

About the Author

Raymond Benson has now several James Bond novels, all Coronet paperbacks. He is also the author of The James Bond Bedside Companion, which was shortlisted for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for best biographical/critical work and is considered by 007 fans to be the definitive book on the world of James Bond. He is a director of the Ian Fleming Foundation and served as vice-president of the American James Bond 007 Fan Club for several years. Mr Benson is married, has one son and lives in the Chicago area.
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