Bond is back and bigger than ever. Raymond Benson's novels have reached
new heights both in sales and critical acclaim. Kirkus Reviews called The Facts of Death
"a postmodern treat." Benson "imbues his Bond with enough honor, sexual
prowess and action-hero skills to please the purist and enthrall the novice," says
It's at a dinner party with his old friend the former Governor of the Bahamas that James
Bond first encounters the deadly new criminal organization known simply as "The
Union." An international group, they specialize in military espionage, theft,
intimidation, and murder. When information vital to Britain's national security is stolen,
M and 007 suspect that the Union is behind it. Bond's pursuit of the crucial microdot
takes him from one of England's most exclusive golf clubs to the frozen heights of one of
the world's tallest mountains. His every step is dogged by Union assassins. Their presence
alone confirms Bond's worst fear--there is a traitor in Her Majesty's Secret Service.
James Bond has always been a figure of fantasy and Benson, in his routine fourth Bond novel (after The Facts of Death) wisely keeps him fantastic....Benson's prose, including the dialogue, is wooden, but the action he provides is fast and furious and Bond fans will note the narrative scores "a first for Bond... sex at 7,900 meters". A high point in a novel that otherwise is middling all the way.
Benson, author of the James Bond
Bedside Companion and two 007 novels (Zero Minus Ten, 1997; The Facts of
Death, 1998), shows why he was chosen to pick up from stylish John Gardner the
franchise on Ian Fleming's deathproof hero. No one can ever match From Russia with Love,
Fleming's dark masterpiece of serious Bondian daring (in which he actually killed Bond
with Rosa Klebb's poison-tipped shoeknife), but Benson's latest will satisfy those
destined never to have the thrill of discovery From Russia gave us in the 1950s.
Booklist - Budd Arthur
James Bond, the late Ian Fleming's martini-shaking 007, is alive and well in Benson's latest, chasing nasties from Belgium to the Himalayas....It all adds up to solid superagent fun.
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