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Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy-an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth on May 28, 1908.
An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed. Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into.
Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet, as a chain of events threaten to lead to global catastrophe. A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social upheavals of the late sixties.
Picking up where Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War in a story of almost unbearable pace and tension. Devil May Care not only captures the very essence of Fleming's original novels but also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our own times.
Opening the crisp pages of his novel, I was not sure what to think. I know Ian Fleming's novels, and the movies, and I was hesitant to read this novel, because I was almost scared, I suppose the phrase is, that this Sebastian Faulks would ruin Fleming's work for me, forever.
I needn't have worried.
From page one I knew I hadn't made a mistake.
This book had the smell of the Original bond, right down to the scent of the leather in his almost trademark Aston Martin.
Now I'm not going to go thru and ruin the story for everyone. I'm not going to let you in on the nitty-gritty details, or even if this bond holds true to form, and wins the girl at the end of it, like he seems to in every other Movie, or Book.
But it wouldn't be Bond, if he didn't go into a situation with just the right gadgets to get himself out of trouble, and come out of it, a few bruises later, in a perfectly pressed Tux'.
The challenge in the middle is of the highest standard of difficulty, to test Bond's abilities, after coming out of a forced sabbatical, and having to choose at the end of this mission, whether it really is time for hm to retire away, or go back into the service full time.
This is a fantastic novel, fully suited to Bond fans, (well, maybe the PG rated ones, of course, it is a bond novel, there are some saucy scenes-), and those who are prepared for a new taste, to an old dish.
They say If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
They never said anything about taking it in for a service, and getting that free upgrade.
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