The New James Bond Novel: Carte Blanche, by Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award winner Jeffery Deaver

14 Jun

The New James Bond Novel: Carte Blanche, by Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award winner Jeffery Deaver.

Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver is the best literary James Bond since Ian Fleming wrote the originals at Goldeneye, Jamaica.

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Carte Blanche is a fantastic book. It happens to feature the world’s most famous gentleman agent as protagonist, but doesn’t depend on that. I liken it to first discovering the best of Clive Cussler, never before having heard of Dirk Pitt.

Action sequences are invariably litmus tests of this genre. Jeffery Deaver brings ’em on full-force. Repeatedly. An already claustrophobic situation with threats of Bond being buried alive by mounds of dirt from an oncoming bulldozer. Shoot-outs in open fields, nowhere to hide. Midday and after dark. Deaver consistently gets the fast-pacing right, without ever compromising word-craft.

It’s writing meant to be read, as opposed to something overly-reliant upon iconic momentum (in hopes of “improving” when screen rights are optioned).

http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/books/the-new-james-bond-novel-by-jeffery-deaver-carte-blanche/

http://www.007museum.com/jefferydeaver.htm

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