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- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 230mm x 36mm | 581g
- Publication date: 26 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1444716484
- ISBN 13: 9781444716481
- Sales rank: 17,069
'The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much any more. There's thinking, in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too ...' 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, 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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Jeffery Deaver is the author of 2 short story collections and 29 suspense novels. He is best known for his No. 1 bestselling Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include The Bone Collector, made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Among other awards, he won the Novel of the Year in the International Thriller Awards 2009 for The Bodies Left Behind, the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted. Visit his website, www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JefferyDeaver.
By Marianne Vincent 02 Jun 2012
Carte Blanche is the first 007 James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver. In this latest incarnation, Bond is 30, dark haired, with a facial scar, a veteran of Afghanistan with the Naval Reserve, ex-Defence Intelligence, now working for the Overseas Development Group. ODG is a front for a body whose brief is to "protect the realm.....by any means necessary". The action starts in Serbia, where Bond foils a train derailment, only to follow the perpetrator to England, where he does not have Carte Blanche to use any means he sees fit, and is constrained to work an irritating pedant from MI Division Three. Bond manages to escape certain death twice in the first hundred pages, after which the action hots up even more, moving to Dubai and eventually Capetown. The obvious villains are a Waste Disposal baron with a fixation on the dead and decaying, and a cold-blooded Irish ex-army sapper with a love for machinery. Whilst James is surprisingly celibate in the first half, there are, as with all Bond novels, a few double-entendre female names (Mary Goodnight, Felicity Willing), and the female characters include an ageing beauty queen, an efficient MI6 agent, a prickly police captain and an ex-merchant banker turned fund-raiser. Deaver includes some eye-opening facts on waste management and the secure disposal of confidential material. Bond has to deal with interference from government bodies and corrupt officials, but he does have all those useful toys that Q branch keep coming up with, and when things seems to be getting sticky, he always has a trick or two up his sleeve. Deaver's characters are believable, although the lesson is that no-one is who they first seem. This 007 has an interesting plot with fast pace, plenty of intrigue, a nice build up of tension, a few red herrings and enough twists to keep the reader engaged. It kept me guessing to the end.
'CARTE BLANCHE promises to be fast-paced, packed with twists and turns as torturous as any Bond car chase.' The Times 'Deaver does a commendable job of resurrecting his childhood hero.' Indian Express Praise for Jeffery Deaver : The most creative, skilled and intriguing thriller writer in the world Daily Telegraph 'The art of writing blockbuster thrillers is not easily mastered but Deaver has it at his fingertips.' Daily Express The best psychological thriller writer around The Times The master of ticking-bomb suspense People magazine