5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2nd chronologically - 1st in rank,
This review is from: For Special Services (Hardcover)
When I first picked up this book, I thought it would be a tough read. The book itself is 6 years older then myself and I don't usually read books from that time span. However, I picked it up and read it, and couldn't put it down.
Firstly the plot is twisting and will keep you thinking, you can just imagine the majority of it, although most of it is probably made up (I should hope so, otherwise this author has access to some classified information!). The characters are yet another set of equals to Bond physically, however not mentally. Hense 007 will find his way out of such a situation.
The main villian is not revealed till the last couple of chapters and you'll be surprised really. Gardner puts across a different message concerning the "baddie", since a few people fit the bill. The setting in which Bond hunts for Blofeld is vast and, I thought, quite funny. A large area in Texas has been bought and has been enclosed to hold a billionaire's dreams. You could easily say it was a state in itself.
Now to our hero's kit. This time 007 has a custom made Saab, which hasn't been designed by Q Branch, Q himself doesn't know hardly anything about the car, and has often been found looking for them in Bond's absence. He carries his typical pistol and has a couple of things supplied by his friend Major Boothroyd. He is accompanied by an old friend daughter, who is instantly a major part in the book, right through till the finish.
On the whole, this is a fantastic book, as I said, I couldn't put it down, even if I was needed elsewhere.