Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.
The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.
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By Steve on 30-06-11
Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century
I originally thought of buying this novel for the Kindle but was put off by some of the reviews on Amazon, when I saw it on here I thought that I'd give it a chance.
I'm so glad that I did, excellent book. As someone that's read a lot of the original Ian Fleming novels this comes across as Fleming writing it, the attention to detail, character and style all sit well with the original.
Toby Stephens does a cracking job reading it and really adds to the excitement.
One of the best Audiobooks I've listened to!
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Clifford on 27-05-11
A new premium Bond
James Bond is rebooted for the 21st century just has the new films have done, so now Bond has once again for the first time since the 60`s got both a written and film life set in the same era with a younger Bond unlike the older Bond in most of the other non Fleming books.
The changes needed to do this are not as drastic as most fans would have you believe and are both logical and believable.
This book is well plotted and written by Jeffery Deaver who while not replacing Fleming does understand and respect the character.
The book is very well read by Toby Stephens who was in Die Another Day as the villan and has played Bond in two radio plays for radio 4.
52 of 57 people found this review helpful
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By Andrea on 28-06-11
A very worthy successor to Ian Flemming
I've read a few of the Flemming originals and none of them were as well researched and richly described as Jeffery Deaver has done in Carte Blanche. South African's will love the setting in Cape Town. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; good pace,not too cliched, good twists...and all the features that make James Bond such a successful character. Toby Stephens is also very good at recreating the scenes and helping your imagination along through his involved reading style. Highly recommended!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Donovan on 01-10-12
If you could sum up Carte Blanche in three words, what would they be?
Exciting, suspensful and well written
What was one of the most memorable moments of Carte Blanche?
What about Toby Stephens’s performance did you like?
His deep voice was well suited to the type of novel and his South African accent was good.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
"Doing whatever it takes"
Any additional comments?
Only thing that would have improved the book is when they do the music interludes between sections is to have played the Bond theme song.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful