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Doubleshot misses the target even with both barrels.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doubleshot (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. Can RB really not differentiate between these two accents?...
Regrettably then this for me was a very disappointing JB yarn, lacking pace, action and plausibility with neither a believable plot nor believable characters. Even James Bond was unbelievable!