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Carte Blanche (James Bond - Extended Series #37)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  7,967 Ratings  ·  946 Reviews
James Bond as you've never sen him the smashing new thriller and #1 international bestseller from Jeffrey Deaver.

A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper—plans for a devastating attack:

Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

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Paperback, 517 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Pocket Star (first published 2011)
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Christopher Gordon
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the new, updated Bond
Whenever I read Ian Fleming Bond stories, I picture Daniel Craig as 007. I know I should be picturing Connery or Moore, or even Brosnan, and not the "Blonde Bond", but I can't help it -- Casino Royale was the first Bond film that engaged me. 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. So after reading Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories and Doctor No, I'm excited to se ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Bryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy
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.
Something Old:
James Bond is back - with all the high adventure, bizarre villains, and beautiful women (with whimsical names). Bond drinks the finest wines, consumes fabulous meals, and drives fast and exotic cars. And Deaver's gone way back to the beginn
Being a fan of Deavers writing I kind of got what I expected from his 007 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-007 and not to the literary creation as envisioned by Ian Fleming. (The only continuation novel that is
May 27, 2011 Gerald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-bond
In reviewing Carte Blanche, I’m going to be referencing all sorts of things Bond-related, from the films to Fleming’s Bond to some of the other literary versions. I think its important to note, right from the start, that I’m a Bond fan (probably safe to assume, given my speedy reading of this). But what sort of Bond fan?

My favourite book is Fleming’s OHMSS (along with Thunderball, From Russia with Love and Dr No); My favourite films are Thunderball, From Russia With Love, Casino Royale; My favou
Jun 15, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all the Ian Fleming Bond novels when I was fourteen-fifteen. I had to hide them from my mother as she didn't approve. I've followed all the "new " novels since Fleming's death: Kingsly Amis(as by Robert Markham, those of John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Charlie Higson(the young Bond series), and the one by Sebastian faulks. Even the two by Christopher woods based on the scripts for The Spy Who Loved Me and moonraker, both sufficiently different that a few name changes, and title, and you'd h ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This was a close one. I was very close to going 2 stars on it..but it finally seemed to pull itself together and finish strong. I will say that it's the best post Fleming 007 book I've tried.

I read Ian Fleming's Bond books years ago (the late '60s and early'70s) and since he passed (and the post Fleming's death books) there have been a "series of writers" adding to the "series of book". I've yet to be really drawn into one of those. I started another recently and laid it aside so often I had to
Mar 28, 2011 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, action, 2011
When I think of a reboot of James Bond, I think about Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies and all the newer Bond movies. Carte Blanche is the first novel in the Bond series to get a reboot; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and former smoker. These are the only real big differences I can see in this novel. Everything you would expect in a Bond novel/movie is still here; the cars (a Bentley Continental GT and even a Subaru Impreza WRX) the girls (so many of them), the gadgets (including a custom ip ...more
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the newest reincarnation of James Bond, and I was interested in seeing how Deaver would reinvent 007 as a 21st Century British operative. I’ll admit I’m not an avid James Bond fan, though I liked Sean Connery in Dr. No, and I’ve read Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. I was impressed with Deaver’s interpretation. He stayed true to the spirit of Bond, but added his own impeccable plotting, which frankly made a lot more sense than many of the Bond movies. All in all, Deaver successfully transpla ...more
Dec 07, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver doing James Bond is like having Robert Downey, Jr. play... Sherlock Holmes. Well done, but with serious disconnects on multiple levels. One needs to just enjoy the story as a story, and suspend complaints about deviations from Fleming's ideal. Though I am enjoying the story, I think Deaver needs to get back to Lincoln Rhyme.
Jun 01, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver accomplished something beyond the capacities that I expect from contemporary writers: he wrote a twenty-first century Bond novel that reads exactly as a Bond novel set in the twenty-first century should. Since Fleming passed away and the Bond name and series continued without him, a handful of authors have added to the Bond canon with varying measures of success, yet without capturing the vitality--the soul, you could say--that makes Fleming's books so good. Somehow, Deaver has ca ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well paced.
But, while Deaver is intent on reiterating Bond’s tastes in fast cars, sharp attire, and quality booze, he misses what originally made 007 such an iconic figure. Ian Fleming’s James Bond, arising from the conformism of the 1950s, carried the appeal of being an outsider within the system, someone who exercised the freedom of his “licensed-to-kill” status to create his own rules, bucking convention. Fleming’s Bond worked on very long tether from HQ as he pursued his quarries, as in his
Jan 29, 2017 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite authors. So, Deaver writing a James Bond yarn, why not? This is a contemporary Bond, i.e. post 9/11. He receives a bulletin from headquarters warning of an attack threat scheduled for later in the week jeopardizing British interests and estimates thousands of casualties. Of course this sends Bond to the airport and we are in for a complicated journey
that is fraught with danger. It's not the Bond we remember but it is Bond.
Jun 09, 2017 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
CARTE BLANCHE. (2011). Jeffery Deaver. ***.
The James Bond Trust – or some such organization – has been granting permission over the years to current authors to write new adventures for Ian Fleming’s series hero. This time, we got Deaver. This is a thriller in the Deaver style that uses many of the characters that appeared in the Bond series, along with Fleming’s fascination with clever gadgets to aid him in his search for the evil men of the world. In this iteration, it seems as if Bond has a su
Book Him Danno
Oct 04, 2011 Book Him Danno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited to read the latest James Bond, especially since it was going to be a modern Bond, much like Daniel Craig portrays in the new movies. For me he has revitalized the series, moving away from the over the top cartoonish aspects of the previous few Bonds, and going more towards the hard hitting thriller agent a la Jason Bourne and the like. This really hit home when I read Devil May Care awhile back featuring a period Bond; a very boring book.

Jeffrey Deaver, an outstanding thrill write
Arun Divakar
The charm of Pierce Brosnan while enacting the character of James Bond has been a major factor for my getting interested in the British spy. Which other character gets to ride the sexiest cars, make love to stunning women, shoot with unerring accuracy, wear brooks brothers & saville row suits and save the world in the process ? This was my superficial view of this arrogant, selfish, brutal and outright chauvinistic thug whom Fleming conjured in his novels. There have been offshoots after Fle ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Roger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping that the combination of one of my favorite authors (Jeffery Deaver) and my favorite fictional characters would be a slam dunk good read. We're bringing Bond into the modern era. I expected more of an influence of the new movie style on Bond: gritty, hard, deeply flawed, emotionally damaged but still likable. Sadly, I was disappointed.

Where the true James Bond (misogynist, elitist, specialist, connoisseur, womanizer) should be is a broken ex-military man with an intense love for his
Jul 07, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver was hired to do a modern reboot of 007 novels just as Daniel Craig was brought in to the film franchise. Similar Big Name. Similar Big Results.

When I have recommended Fleming's Bond books to people in the past I've told them that, while they are completely formulaic and a product of their time, they transcend the limits of formula thrillers and the constraints of outdated ideology through a careful literary feel for when to bypass the formula and a studied political ear for when
Apr 15, 2015 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffery Deaver hat früher gute Thriller geschrieben, aber das liegt lange, sehr lange zurück. Seit einigen Jahren produziert Deaver allerdings bestenfalls Mittelmaß, wenn nicht sogar schlicht Mist. Dazu gehört auch dieser Roman, der von sich behauptet, ein James-Bond-Roman zu sein. Ein Mann namens James Bond taucht in dem Buch auch auf, er hat nur überhaupt nichts mit Ian Flemings Romanhelden und schon gar nichts mit den Leinwandinkarnationen zu tun. James-Bond-Fans - von denen der Rückentext be ...more
Bill Lynas
Apr 06, 2015 Bill Lynas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thriller writer Jeffery Deaver has been a fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels since he was a child & his love of 007's adventures is clearly shown in this modern day Bond story.
The novel opens with plenty of action & shows a young Bond (in his 30s) working for a new British agency similar to the SOE of World War 2. As the story progresses Deaver starts & ends some chapters with "twists" that become a little tiresome. However, this is Fleming's Bond with a highly enjoyable 21st Cen
Jun 16, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got half way and gave up reading it. Boring, slow-moving plot.
Alex Gherzo
Mar 28, 2012 Alex Gherzo rated it liked it
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Jun 17, 2017 fleurette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, spy
I love all the books from Jeffery Deaver and when I found out that he wrote one of the James Bond books I was really interested. And definitely, I'm not disappointed.

James Bond is given a new mission. His unsuccessful action in Serbia seems to have a bigger impact than anyone suspected. A dangerous engineer of the felonies, the Irishmen escapes to UK where Bond has no power to act. But as the case becomes more and more serious, he has to leave England to stop the criminal schema.

In some way this
Frank Hughes
Carte Blanche is an admirable effort by novelist Jeffery Deaver to "reboot" the James Bond series in much the same way Sherlock Holmes was in the BBC series "Sherlock", by simply moving the existing back story forward in time and starting over from scratch. Unfortunately, the results are not the same.

All the timeworn ingredients are there: orphaned as a teenager, raised by his aunt in Pett Bottom, service in war, a Bentley, a Walther pistol, a Rolex, wine and food snobbery, a love of scrambled
Andrew Jacobson
Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel by Jeffery Deaver (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011. 432 pp) originally posted at

Born outside Chicago, Jeffery Deaver earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. Prior to becoming a bestselling author, Deaver was a journalist, folksinger and attorney. Having written thirty books, Deaver has won numerous awards. For The Bodies Left Behind, he won Novel
Tyler Hill
It must be a fairly thankless task to try to update James Bond for the modern era. You can either try to be true to Flemming's original portrayal, in which case you are struggling to write a thoroughly outdated racist, sexist Anglo-centerist as a sympathetic character. Or, you can do what Deaver does him, and largely scrub him of his less admirable traits, in which case you are left with a fairly bland spy. Either way, you are going to turn off about half your audience.

From my persepctive, I th
Doug Clark
To finish up on my late book reviews, in late August I finished Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver. Deaver has been designated by the Ian Fleming estate to carry on the World of James Bond in literature. Bond, the preeminent sophisticated spy was created by Ian Fleming, a member of the British Secret Service during WWII. Bond was a fictional outgrowth of Fleming's own experiences. Fleming's novels started with Casino Royale in 1953 and ended with The Man with the Golden Gun upon his death in 1964 ( ...more
J.F. Penn
Jun 07, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
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I had to read this book as I am a huge Bond fan and also enjoy Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series. For an American thriller author to write in the biggest British spy novel franchise, it’s quite the combination. Anyway, the book opens with a message that has been intercepted by British intelligence about an incident by the mysterious ‘noah’ that will have thousands of casualties and impact british interests. James Bond is assigne
Skip Maloney
Jul 07, 2011 Skip Maloney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been a big fan of the original James Bond back in high school, I had read a few of the books by others, who attempted to keep him alive and kicking; primarily John Gardner, and Kingsley Amis. I was intrigued by the very fact of Deaver's book, because among the many who've tried, he was the first whose work I knew beforehand.
Bond was a character born of the Cold War, when espionage and the tales it spawned were a reflection of the times in which they were written. Bond inhabited a world so
Sep 16, 2012 Peter rated it did not like it
What did I think? I just finished reading Jeffery Deaver's book: Garden of Beasts, and that was one hell of a book. Imaginative, smartly done, and a really cool narrative arc. The exposition was terrific, and I sensed the author's passion for the work. It was really well done, an excellent, well written book. However, I cannot say the same for Carte Blanche. It seemed like Deaver was just going through the motions, packing a "new" story about a previously created character into another installme ...more
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