Solo: A James Bond Novel (Paperback)
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Short Description for Solo It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim.
- Published: 26 September 2013
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780224097482 ISBN 10: 0224097482
- Sales rank: 5,680
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Full of suspense with some unexpected twists
It is 1969. James Bond is sent to single-handedly end a civil war in the fictional West African nation of Zanzarim. Undercover as a journalist for a French press agency, Bond is aided by the Service's beautiful Zanzari head of station and hindered by the local militia. A devastating betrayal leaves 007 compelled to seek revenge. Ignoring M's orders, he sets off on a solo mission that leads him to Washington, D.C., where he not only discovers a web of intrigue but also encounters familiar faces last seen in Zanzarim...
After Ian Fleming's death in 1964, his estate commissioned a number of continuation novels. William Boyd's "Solo" is the latest work in this tradition. While I have seen the odd Bond movie or two, "Solo" was the first Bond novel I read. But it won't be the last.
"Solo" is full of suspense with some unexpected twists. Reading the book, one can picture the story ever so well. Not only does Boyd describe the surroundings in great detail, he also specifies the characters' clothing, such as the women's catsuits or bell bottom trousers. Very 1969! One of my favourite scenes was Bond being equipped with lethal toiletries before leaving for his mission. It had such a deliciously vintage feel to it. Not forgetting the cars. I actually found myself looking up the various car types mentioned to better picture them.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Solo" and look forward to watching the movie. I hope there will be one. Such detailed descriptions would translate very well onto the big screen. by Sandra