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2.0 out of 5 stars
Never Dream of Buying !!!, 27 Jun. 2001
I'm sorry to say I was disappointed by this latest effort by Raymond Benson. He delivers another of his weak, cliched plots which has a couple of good moments but as a whole seems like another tired rehash. In fact there are some plot elements strikingly similar to John Gardner's "Never Send Flowers" (1993). Both involve the film industry to some extent and both end with a plot to blow up royalty - so much for originality !!! Also Benson continues to treat Bond as a moron, taking him far too long to figure out what is going on when the average reader will have pieced things together after the first few chapters. Bond is after all an "intelligence" agent not "some stupid policeman" and should NEVER be portrayed as such. I also found the inclusion of the "Marc Ange Draco" character a predictable and somewhat pointless addition. Presumably this was a desperate attempt to link this novel back to the originals but again fails utterly !!! I realise I seem to be in the minority, but for me this novel was simply not worth the hardback price. I would advise any real Bond fan if they have any doubts about this novel after reading the synopsis, wait for the paperback edition as it would be better value for money.