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Thunderball (James Bond 007)
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on 27 May 2014
James Bond returns to form after the latest outings in Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only.

SMERSH has been dismantled by Nikita Khruschev and now a new organisation has arrived in the shape of SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence Terroism Revenge and Extortion). This outfit consists ex members of SMERSH, Gestapo officers and the Mafia. Their leader is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The principal villain in this story is Blofeld's number two and chosen successor Emilio Largo. SPECTRE have stolen two atomic bombs from a British aircraft and have sent ransom demands to the British Prime Minister and President of the United States.

Operation Thunderball is put into motion. Through intelligence Bond is sent to the Bahamas where he is reunited with Felix Leither (Ex CIA) and the pair of them share more action together.

Bond is also helped by Domino Vitali. Domino is Largo's mistress before falling for Bond.

There are some good action scenes like the attempt on Bond's life in the health farm and under water where most of the action in this adventure takes place.
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on 20 June 2017
Confession: I hated the movie for it's excessive underwater sequences. Connery (the best Bond) was wasted there.

However, the book is splendid. Possible one of the best Bond books, and interesting for it's occasional social comments (for example, the young taxi driver who "wants to be Tommy Steele"). Fleming didn't do that too much.
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on 14 January 2014
This is the ninth James bond book and is one of my favourite's as well as Dr.No & Live & Let Die, In this book the leader of SPECTRE under the command of Enrst Stravo Blofeld steal two atomic bombs and holds the United Kingdom to ransom for £100,000,000 if the ransom is not paid within 7 days the two bombs will be detonated in high profile targets based in the UK & US, Based on flimsy information M sends Bond to the Bahamas to track the bombs down.
During his investigations bond meets Domino Petachia who after initiating conversation invites bond to meet millionaire explorer and treasure hunter Emile Largo, Bond partnered with Felix Leither and Immediately is suspicious of Largo and concludes that largo has stolen the bombs and is covering this up through his treasure hunting business.
The book itself is a great read better than Goldfinger and is on par with Doctor No, every scene is described in great detail and Bond seems far more vulnerable and bonds seems a little less self confident than in previous novels. The book is fast paced engaging and a real page turner, it's as good today as it was when it was released in 1961.
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on 7 June 2016
This gets more delicious as it unravels.

A fiendishly clever plot, a new terror organisation, risk at every turn, some truly evil villains and the return of his mate Felix.

Clever. Taut. And there is even a passage where Bond drinks something other than alcohol.

My equal favourite in the series so far.
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on 28 October 2015
A bit surreal if you have seen the film first due to the obvious differences but a thoroughly enjoyable read
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on 4 June 2016
Brilliant book. Delivered quickly.
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on 4 February 2014
Great value for money fast delivery
a book I woul read over and over again
I would recommend it to friends
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on 3 January 2015
Certainly one of the best Bond stories. Glad that Felix is back. Of yes, also avoid Health Farms!!!
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on 31 December 2013
My husband travels regularly to London and beyond - audio books are perfect for him during the journey - and he is a Bond fan which makes this series of titles perfect :)
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on 17 March 2017
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