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Moonraker by Ian Fleming
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** spoiler alert ** Wonderful book so far - Bond as never seen before. The first half of the book shows James Bond on inactive service - the daily routine of the Secret Agent at home... his secretary, his office life, the endless memoranda and updates. And this all, of course, gives way to intrigue when M wants a personal favour.

It seems a member of M's exclusive London club, Sir Hugo Drax, appears to be cheating at cards, and M asks Bond to cast an eye of him to see if his suspicions are correct. They are. The plot thickens when two workers at Drax's industrial plant are killed in suspicious circumstances on the eve of the test launch of his new strategic missile prototype.

Classic Ian Fleming so far, and a delightful view of James Bond away from active service - with all his insecurities and gloomy moods on display. The scenes in "Blades" - M's club - don't have any of the cinematic action that you'd expect - just gentlemen talking and playing cards, but they carry all the tension and drama that the film-makers would struggle to wring out of a car chase.

Excellent.
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