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- Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471309533
- ISBN-13: 978-1471309533
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 16.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Sep 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
In the books James is a bit more of a romantic than on film but even so he only truly falls in love twice and the story Herr between him and Tracy is as glorious as the action.
James Bond has been searching for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and other SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence Terroism Revenge and Extortion) members since operation Thunderball. This search finds Bond back at the casino in Royale in Northern France and memories of the night he came up against Le Chifre (Casino Royale) linger.
It is here he gets acquainted with Tracy. Which leads to a meeting with her father Marc Ange Draco, who is the head of the Corsican crime organisation the Union Corse.
Although on different sides of the spectrum there is mutual respect between the two men. Marc Ange beleives Blofeld is in Switzerland as he has lost men who have defected from the Union Corse to SPECTRE.
Months pass and British intelligence finds nothing on Blofeld in Switzerland then out of the blue the College of Arms in London gets a request for Baronetcy from a man that is believed to be Blofeld.
Bond travels to a location high in the Swiss Alps using the alias Sir Hilary Bray from the College of Arms. The plan is to meet with Blofeld and capture him.
Also in this Alpine retreat is a number of twenty something females how are receiving treatment for allergies. They are from various parts of the UK and Ireland. They are governed by Blofeld's right hand woman the hideous Irma Bunt a German.
During a meeting with Blofeld a British intelligence officer based in Switzerland who was caught spying on the location is brought in to the room and immediately identifies Bond who manages to bluff through Blofeld's suspicions.Read more ›
OHMSS is the eleventh appearance in print (counting the short story collection of For Your Eyes Only as one entry) for Ian Fleming's James Bond. Originally published in 1963 it finds our hero disillusioned with life in the secret service after a year on the trail of the probably dead Blofeld after the events of Thunderball. On the point of resigning, a chance encounter with a girl with the sort of problems that even Bond finds difficult to deal with changes both of their lives. Soon Bond is on the scent of Blofeld, tracking him down through means as varied as Corsican gangsters and the Royal College of Arms. And along the way Bond falls prey to that which he had always feared, committing an act seemingly out of character that leads to the gripping and numbing finale, with an ending even bleaker than that of Casino Royale.
This has all of Fleming's trademarks, all the qualities that made almost all of his Bond stories great reads. From the off there is a feeling of danger for Bond, either as he and Tracy are kidnapped in the opening pages, or when he is working undercover, with the threat of discovery always in the background, through to big final battle. The action scenes, especially Bond's frantic ski chase, are written with verve and vigour, and leave the reader breathless with excitement. There is character development for Bond - it is interesting to observe him becoming emotionally involved with someone for the first time, as Tracy breaks down the walls surrounding his heart. There are great descriptive passages, one can almost taste the salt in the air when Bond os on the beach, or feel the cold and see the icy snow spraying up as he is chased through the Alps.Read more ›
After The Spy Who Loved Me’ ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ is a return to form. In some ways it is a typical Fleming book. The plot is over the top and the story is exciting. Bond is in danger throughout. We also get the customary large scale battle at the end. This is all interspersed with action and pace, for example Bond’s frenetic ski chase. But in other ways Fleming departs from his normal blueprint as he shows an emotional side to Bond. Bond visits the grave of Casino Royale‘s Vesper Lynd, which he apparently does every year. He also asks the enigmatic Tracy to marry him after becoming emotionally involved. Both Bond and Tracey appear to be isolated people who both want more security in life.
Fleming is also great at the descriptive passages too. The scenes on the beach or in the Alps are well depicted and expressed in a way without breaking up a flow in the narrative. Fleming does insist on protracted explanations of card games and alpine sports.
In summary, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a notable chapter in the saga of James Bond. It pits Bond against his arch nemesis Blofeld’s and is one of the better books. The mingling of Bond’s personal life into the tale elevates this book higher than most in the series and this keeps the reader gripped until the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You might recognise this title, and if you do then you probably know that this book is one of the installations in the James Bond series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Masterpiece Fleming at his best if only the film had stared Sean Connery or Daniel Craig what a film would had done justice to a first class 007 adventurePublished 8 months ago by dennis mills
Best book ,best film.All the usual sex,snobbery and violence but with a softer more romantic edge.And a killer last chapter.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer 007
Not all of the Bond books were coherent from start to finish. Some of them wandered off and lost the reader. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book most loyally copied in its film version, this is a great story which neatly follows on the criminal career of Ernst Stavros Blofeld. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jules
I had nver read Ian Fleming before as like many people I only knew James Bond from his film portrayals. I enjoyed this book as it presented a more nuanced portrayal of James Bond. Read morePublished 11 months ago by leolennie
Exceptionally well read by David Tennant this is a gripping story of a very human James Bond, far superior to the 'superman' of the film series. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Greystone