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This review is from: Solo: A James Bond Novel (Kindle Edition)
'Solo' was a bit of a slow starter and took me a while to get into but that was probably because of it's somewhat different approach that took a little getting used to.
I found this book was a refreshing approach to a James Bond novel that did not move too far away from the feel of the original books.The old device and its many incarnations of super-villain on an island seeking to take over the world or hold it to ransom has been done definitively and parodied in the Mike Myers spoofs. Thus a new take is very welcomed. The villains and the moral dilemmas outlined within are thought provoking shades of grey, grounded in themes of the real world we live in, which I liked. Though it comes at the price of the story not being quite as colourful as in some previous instalments at times. In both a literary and artistic sense Blofeld is dead and should stay so in my opinion.
In summary I found this an intelligent Bond story that relied more upon story than action and can be related to themes in the modern day world as well as the old one. I would say that this is the closest anyone will get to writing a modern 007 novel as though Fleming were still alive or was being channelled through another writer.