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Solo

by William Boyd

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | September 23, 2013 | Hardcover

Solo is rated 2 out of 5 by 2.

It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war—and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded—a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.11 in

Published: September 23, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424137

ISBN - 13: 9781443424134

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Bond novel The Good Stuff Will appeal to Bond fans, especially fans of those early Fleming novels This Bond felt like a Daniel Craig style Bond - but than again maybe that is just how I imagined him to be. Nice addition to the back story of Bond Bond Girl was fabulous, really enjoyed her personality and how she dealt with Bond. Well written, Boyd does a fabulous job of setting the scene and the mood of the story. The African setting is a nice change of pace Author obviously has done some thorough research on Bond, he really has a true understanding of his character I have a feeling this will appeal mostly to the older Bond enthusiast as the slow paced style of the story will probably turn off the younger reader - this would be my Dad's Bond type of story (This isn't a negative comment) Nice to read about Moneypenny again, I have missed her (though would have liked to have more of her) The Not So Good Stuff Rather dull at times and quite frankly, couldn't wait to be done so I could pick up something a little more exciting. This has nothing to do with Boyd's ability to write (his talent is very evident) but this particular story was not my cup of tea Must we always kill off the women that Bond sleeps with. Than again I would risk death to have one night with Daniel Craig's Bond (But I would get the heck out of whatever country we were in once I left his bed & would have a big ferocious dog with me too (not to mention a full body bullet proof suit) I think Cory is going to be mad at me since I didn't love this book as much as he did (FYI he is young and loved it so maybe my observation about how this will appeal to older readers might be inaccurate) Favorite Quotes/Passages "Sometimes, Bond thought, Moneypenny's banter could verge on the annoyingly self-satisfied. He was vaguely irritated that she must know how old he is." "Bond found he rather admired the Captain's tireless ability to lie so fluently and with manifest conviction. He was good at his job, but no one was fooled." "They had seen everything, these nurses, Bond realized. Words like prudish, embarrassed, shocked, disgusted or ashamed simply weren't in their vocabulary. Perhaps that was why people - why men - found them so attractive." 3 Dewey's I received this from William Morrow (HarperCollins) in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A big disappointment. Its been a long time since I read one of Ian Fleming's original Bond books or Colonel Sun, by another writer carrying on the tradition, but having seen Skyfall, Quantum of Solace and the re-make of Casino Royale I thought I'd give William Boyd's version of the Bond story a try. Bond wasn't at all like I remembered him. The story seemed to rely on help from the gods at every turn, especially purloining the passport of a lover to create an identity to pursue the bag guys. The writing was incredibly stilted. Very little suspense in the tale and the scene where Bond directs the battle for the bridge should have blown his cover wide open, even if the bad guys hadn't already known who he was. The whole thing barely hung together until the end. Next time, I'll re-read a Fleming original rather than an untested author.
Date published: 2013-10-26

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Solo

by William Boyd

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.11 in

Published: September 23, 2013

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443424137

ISBN - 13: 9781443424134

From the Publisher

It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war—and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded—a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

About the Author

WILLIAM BOYD is the author of A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, among other books. He is married and divides his time between London, England, and southwest France.

WEB: williamboyd.co.uk

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