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5.0 out of 5 stars Three of the best James Bond continuation novels, 29 Dec. 2008
This review is from: James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels (Paperback)
This year saw the release of new adult Bond novel, Devil May Care, by the celebrated novelist Sebastian Faulks, and the press frequently said it was the first James Bond novel since Ian Fleming. Not true. There have be over a dozen "continuation novels", including six books by Raymond Benson (author of the The James Bond Bedside Companion).

All of Benson's Bond novels are terrific 007 adventures (all set in present day), and he really hit his stride with these three books, which are loosely connected and form a "trilogy" within his series (similar to Fleming's "Blofeld Trilogy"). High Time To Kill is, IMO, one of the very best James Bond novels ever written, taking Bond to Tibet for a high altitude mountaineering adventure. Doubleshot is a bold and experimental Bond novel which finds Bond mentally impaired (due to injuries in the last book) to the point of fearing he may be going insane. Never Dream of Dying is a fantastic book with Raymond's best female character and relationship.

With Benson's Bond novels now all out of print, it's great to have these novels collected. For those who read Devil May Care and are craving more post Fleming 007, this is the book for you.

But what's most exciting about this release for me is that it includes the full and uncut version of "Blast From The Past," Benson's first James Bond short story. This story was only ever published in Playboy, and this full version has never before been published in English.

Here's hoping Benson's remaining Bond novels (and short stories) will be collected as well.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2009 01:23:44 BDT
Alan says:
Great review - very helpful. Thank you very much.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2011 18:48:06 GMT
Concur great & helpful review. Cynically Amazon can't be arsed to do one and reviews like yours are what made me decide to buy. Shame on Amazon, credit to you.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 03:11:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Oct 2011 03:11:15 BDT
John Cox says:
Thank you both. :)
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