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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Candidate for the best post Fleming Bond novel!!, 1 May 2001
"Never Dream of Dying" is Raymond Benson's sixth original James Bond novel (he has also written two film novelizations). It is also one of his best. Bond faces great danger, a powerful foe, a beautiful woman, and two old allies. Fans of the Bond genre will not be disappointed in this novel. One scene I was looking forward to was when Bond meets his Father-in-Law, Marc-Ange Draco. I was apprehensive on how Raymond Benson would approach this, as his predecessor, John Gardner, had mention in one of his novels that Draco was dead. I'm happy to say that Benson met this head on - and makes Draco a pivotal figure in the book. Bond has faced the Union before in Benson's last two novels. In the last book, "Doubleshot", the Union was after Bond. Now Bond is after the Union. From Nice in southern France to Monaco and Corsica, Bond is after Le Gerant, the blind leader of the Union, a man with almost mystical power. On his side he has Mathis, an old friend last seen in Ian Fleming's novel "From Russia with Love". I very much recommend this book to Bond and non-Bond fans. Raymond Benson will have to try extra hard to top this book. It is certainly a candidate for the best James Bond novel of the post Fleming era.