(Carte Blanche 007: The New James Bond Novel) By Deaver, Jeffery (Author) Compact Disc on 14-Jun-2011
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Review by Glover Wright
If you're looking for vintage James Bond of the Ian Fleming era this is not for you. However, if you want your Bond thoroughly shaken-up and most definitely stirred then Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver is very much your next, thrilling, read. The twist in the tail disappoints but only because Deaver's masterly build-up of the flesh-crawling villain Severan Hydt was so full of foreboding and so vital to the whole suspense-filled plot, that to lose him - peremptorily I thought - took away the edge of expectation for the ultimate, surely had-to-be, horrifying denouement. One expected Hydt's villainous demise to be far more original than it turns out to be (others in the book meet far worse, less-deserved ends) leaving you with the strangely let-down feeling of his not being as terrible as he was built-up to be. James Bond though, in Deaver's hands, is everything in this modern concept you expect him to be: cold, ruthless and without mercy when it comes to his duty. In other words, Ian Fleming's hero to a tee. There was though an unexpected sensitivity in Deaver's Bond's dealings with women - at one point it seems he might even be falling in love with the deliciously-described and provocatively-named Ophelia Maidenstone. Does Bond have his Carte Blanche way with her? Read Jeffrey Deaver's excellent novel and discover!
[...] [...] Glover Wright on Kindle
The novel is presented as an interesting blend of author Jeffrey Deaver, and Bond-creator Ian Fleming's writing styles. For the most part, Deaver's language and plot structure comes through, but there are a few passages that are distinctly Fleming, some to the extent that I felt they could have been lifted straight from the original Bond books.
The characters, while slightly updated for the contemporary setting, are exactly those that Fleming gave us, especially Bond himself (fortunately not Daniel Craig) and M (back to the original male version), and a number of other familiar names crop up. This does become something of a cliché though in the first half of the book, where I found myself wondering which classic character would show up next rather than focussing on the plot.
I was very impressed by Deaver's plot, which departed somewhat from what I had been led to expect from some of the early publicity around the book (a little distracting as it meant I was constantly expecting something that never came). It moves at the perfect pace to hook the reader while remaining true to the attention to detail of Fleming's prose.
Twists and turns fly rapidly off the pages, however this is actually where I think the book is let down. There are several instances of what I consider to be Jeffery Deaver's trademark suspense technique - resolving a cliffhanger by utilising something that happened earlier but his narrative didn't tell us about. I find this really frustrating and it comes across as extremely lazy writing - especially when it affects a major part of the novel. In other places however, plot points are resolved without resorting to this method and I just can't see why Deaver does it.
Overall though I must confess to being impressed - my feeling from reader a couple of other Deaver novels recently was one of trepidation, but this book has managed to impress. The die-hard 007 fan may not appreciate the effort Deaver has gone to in order to update the settings, but I found it tastefully done, and look forward to finding out who the publishers will select when James Bond returns.
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