This review is from: Doubleshot (James Bond 007) (Paperback)
Although not a direct sequel to the marvellous "High Time to Kill", this novel by Raymond Benson still incorporates "The Union" as Bond's arch enemies. Having murdered someone close to him in the previous book, James Bond wants revenge against The Union - and, curious enough - they want revenge from him too. Having acquired a brain injury in the Himalayas during the last book, Bond is feeling vulnerable and is not activating at 100%, and he goes rogue (like in "Licence to Kill") while on leave from SIS and so begins the usual globe trotting.
Generally speaking, it's a fine adventure, and has many terrific moments. The plot is slightly marred by the bull-fighting sequences, which I, personally, don't find especially riveting. The bad guy is also a little dull - a retired, egotistical matador. The book is probably best remembered among Bond fans for the not one but two love interests - and they're twins. Also, not to give too much away, The Union has a Bond double, adding further intrigue.
It's a lot darker than "High Time to Kill" but was, for me, a swifter read. It's probably best to get "The Union Trilogy" - like I did - and read all three Union adventures sequentially. In short, it's miles better than "Devil May Care", and is a fun read.
So sit back, enjoy, and have yourself a Vodka Martini; shaken, not stirred. In fact, why not make it a double!