Aaah Bond, you're back. We've missed you. Fans of had been left high and dry in recent years, with MGM's financial troubles putting the production of the latest cinematic outing by Daniel Craig on hold, and without any new novels since Ian Fleming Publications Ltd authorised the publication of Sebastian Faulks's spin in the Bondmobile, Devil May Care. Despite Devil May Care becoming the publisher's fastest selling hardback title ever, the reins have since been handed to the Chicago-born US thriller writer Jeffery Deaver.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver. 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 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 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. James Bond - Extended Series Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Carte Blanche , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I really wanted to love this book, to slap 5 stars up and tell the world to go and enjoy this while the 3rd Daniel Craig movie takes yet another long year to film. Especially when you consider that Jeffrey Deaver is a world class thriller writer and the Daniel Craig Bond movies have demonstrated it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossbile task of modernising Bond and still maintain his essential anti-hero arrogance, unpleasantness, and cruelty all wrapped up in a redemptive package of bra I really wanted to love this book, to slap 5 stars up and tell the world to go and enjoy this while the 3rd Daniel Craig movie takes yet another long year to film.
Especially when you consider that Jeffrey Deaver is a world class thriller writer and the Daniel Craig Bond movies have demonstrated it is possible to achieve the seemingly impossbile task of modernising Bond and still maintain his essential anti-hero arrogance, unpleasantness, and cruelty all wrapped up in a redemptive package of bravery in the face of insurmmountable odds Alas, as much as I enjoyed the book there are several fatal flaws: 1.
Strangely the book seems overly long. Never a good sign that over the 2 days it took to read the hundred thousand or so words, I put down the book at least a dozen times. Judge that againnst the page turning tension of the longer Suzanne Collins Hunger Games when I read that from cover to cover in one session.
But I did manage to pick it up again. The old writer's trick of limiting the Third person intimate Point-of-View of the protagonist so you are tricked into believing you are enjoying the ride inside Bond's shoes but no; it turns out you are not actualy privvy to his inner thoughts as the apparent dangerous situation, or life threatening peril that Bond finds himself in, turns out to be nothing of the sort: Bond had it under control all along with hurried post-mortem explanations of previously hidden vital information of Bond's actions.
The first time this writer device was used I felt annoyed. The fifth time I was spitting blood. Its such a cheap literary device to con the reader with fake excitement.
So for that I deducted one star. Finally, the Bond character himself: Ian Flemming created a character of subtle satirical dry wit that seems unrecognisable in Carte Blanche. I might as well be reading a Lee Child Jack Reacher novel because this new Bond is so pleasant, so likable that he berates himself for being annoyed by irritating minor characters. The whole point of Bond is that he is supposed to be an unpleasant, intensely snobbish bore who manipulates and exploits any weakness in people for his selfish ends.
Especially other people who lack his all consuming passion for life at the edge and all its finest rewards and pleasures. But Flemming cleverly tempered this personalty with the background of a tragic childhood and the product of an English boarding school upbringing resulting in a longing to look up to authority father figures such as 'M'.
Ian Flemming brilliantly held up the closeted and biggotted attitudes held by society and demonstrated its hypocrisy when Bond thunders and crashes into any situation requiring his ruthless efficiency. But do we get the modern equivalent with the Carte Blanche Bond?
Will you be shaken, and stirred? Will Carte Blanche's licence to kill have you in Bond's gun sights? No, no, and NO! What we get is Bond the bleeding heart liberal who wakes with night sweats and troubled conscience for sleeping with a woman when he may be falling for a work colleague. WE get the errant Knight Sir Galahad who puts the beautiful and vulnerable date in a taxi and waves goodbye lest he be tempted to take advantage WHy oh Why is Bond so wet?
When you consider that Daniel Craig's Bond is just as nasty and selfish and unlikeable as the Ian Flemming original; yet brilliantly portrayed as a complicated and flawed and vulnerable adrenalin junkie; why do we get such a feeble and bland Bond in this book? So for that I took off another star. View all 6 comments. Shelves: action-adventure-thriller.
Previously, I had only seen a few minutes of a Brosnan Bond flick with an ice castle that only left me thinking how stupid the whole franchise must be. It seems that it took a while for Jeffery Deaver -- this is his first Bond novel -- to get comfortable writing The first few chapters are a bit stilted and tentative, but once Deaver settles in, the book begins to flow into a great globe-trotting thriller that keeps to the spirit of the original Ian Fleming character, and features guest spots by M, Q, Miss Moneypenny and Felix Leiter.
I don't really understand the low ratings for this book. I would highly recommend it to fans of espionage, thriller and Bond stories, and look forward for further Bond tales from this author.
We are gathered here together to witness the joyous union between the James Bond literary franchise, and the successfully established thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver. And like any good wedding, we've ensured that we've observed the traditions. Bond drinks the finest wines, consumes fabulous meals, and drives fast and exotic cars. And Deaver's gone way back to the beginn We are gathered here together to witness the joyous union between the James Bond literary franchise, and the successfully established thriller novelist Jeffery Deaver.
And Deaver's gone way back to the beginning, so Bond is young and exuberant. Seems like old times, with the novel free from any baggage that might otherwise be remaining by keeping continuity with the John Gardner or Raymond Benson storylines. In fact, Bond seems a bit fresh in his personal struggles, so this novel could arguably use Ian Fleming's first couple of Bond novels its starting point.
Other authors' works appended to the series, but Deaver's version is actually a reimagining of the character for contemporary times. This is not your father's version of James Bond - he's rather politically correct, a non-smoker, and comes across a bit less self-assured.
He doesn't always charm the girls, and he employs a largely defensive form of fighting. Moreover his high-tech gear is up-to-date: his cellphone alone has many of the apps he needs for his job in one handy package. In this new start, Deaver actually seems to focus more on espionage - I've never seen Bond so careful. He literally never goes into any situation without a backup plan, as readers will discover in this novel.
Deaver for not forgetting, and now the wedding is perfect. Some general thoughts about this book - I've never read any works by Deaver before, but I certainly hope he writes more James Bond, as I definitely want to read more.
Will I check out his other works? Deaver writes an economical style of prose, succinct and parsimonious. Deaver's writing is very basic, so much so that younger readers who've never tried anything beyond YA novels could devour this without breaking a sweat.
And truthfully, the simplistic exposition and the basic vocabulary helps speed the book along. This book held my attention raptly and I was sorry when it was done - always leave them wanting more, right Deaver?
And not to be prudish, but an extra half-point to Deaver for writing a grim thriller with no strongly profane language. A couple milder expletives, but easily overlooked: I appreciated his restraint. I'll definitely be cheering Deaver for more Bond. Best reboot of any long-running franchise that I've read so far! Oct 23, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: james-bond , mystery-adventure , spies , continuation-from-original-writer , jeffery-deaver.
Being a fan of Deavers writing I kind of got what I expected from his book. A lot of twists in the tale and overall a decent book about a James Bond planted in our time. Well reseached by the writer with all the obvious things that makes the "movie" James Bond such fun to watch. Having read all Ian Fleming novels I am somewhat dissapointed by the fact that Deaver wrote a sequel to the movie and not to the literary creation as envisioned by Ian Fleming.
The only continuation novel that is Being a fan of Deavers writing I kind of got what I expected from his book.
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In Carte Blanche, Bond has been deftly updated to fit with the 21st century setting, making it the first ever reboot of the literary James Bond series. Jeffery Deaver has stated that his James Bond will have been born in the earlys, making him a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan Operation Herrick and Iraq instead of a World War II veteran and Cold War secret agent as originally conceived by creator Ian Fleming. As part of his latest assignment, travels to an assortment of exotic modern locations - including his first visit to Dubai. Part of the nonstop suspense in the novel is the looming question of what is acceptable in matters of national and international security. Are there lines that even James Bond should not cross? The Bentley Special Edition arrives encased in a shaped metal box that evokes the signature outline of the new Continental GT.
Carte Blanche (2011)
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T o write a new James Bond novel: dream job or poisoned chalice? The prospect of those millions of fans looking over your shoulder, nit-picking at every potential failure of tone or detail, must daunt even the most ardent admirer of Ian Fleming's urbane hero. Sebastian Faulks, the last contemporary writer to receive the imprimatur of the Fleming estate for an adult Bond novel, took a lot of flak on fan sites for his addition to the canon, Devil May Care. There was a suspicion that the highly regarded literary novelist viewed this excursion into genre as slumming it, and that the resulting book was little more than an exercise in pastiche. The Fleming estate has perhaps decided to avoid any such criticism this time around by commissioning veteran thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who unwittingly revealed his credentials when he spoke warmly of his admiration for Bond's creator after winning the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award in