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on 20 September 2014
This is easily the most disappointing of the thirteen true James Bond books (why yes; I do consider the following books written by different authors to be non-canon) and honestly I think it would be unfair to blame Fleming for the result. He died writing it after all so its understandable that he wouldn't have been at his best, and it WAS finished off by the author of the terrible ''Colonel Sun.''
Put simply, this book absolutely squanders its own potential. The ''Manchurian Candidate'' style plot could have been awesome if it was done in the style of ''From Russia With Love'' but instead it is wrapped up literally within the first chapter and is almost never mentioned again.
Scaramanga himself is nothing but a henchman compared to SMERSH or SPECTRE and is only dangerous because he is a good shot. The film version as cheesy as he is, was far more menacing than this guy. And even if he wasn't, even if you believe that he is a formidable and impressive villain, you simply cannot say that he is more interesting than the brainwashing plot could have been.
Its still a good book mind, I would recommend it to you, but if you don't feel like reading the other twelve books in the series PLEASE read this after ''Casino Royale'' or ''From Russia With Love.'' Fleming at his best is miles away from Fleming at his worst.