The New James Bond Novel
Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451620696, 432pp.
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
“The face of war is changing.
The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore.
There’s thinking, in some circles,
that we need to play by a different set of rules too …”
James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week:
Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission . . .
The new thriller by Master of the Mind Game
as you’ve never seen him before.
James Bond has been updated for the 21st century. Now he's a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, drives a Jetta instead of an Aston-Martin and uses iPhone apps instead of spy gadgets. The estate of the late Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, asked suspense writer Jeffery Deaver to write the book, surprising some fans with their choice of an American author. Host Scott Simon speaks with Deaver about his new book, Carte Blanche, the latest installment in the five-decade-long James Bond series. More at NPR.org
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