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Dr No by Ian Fleming
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Aug 17, 2011

really liked it
I own a copy , read count: 3

The sixth Bond novel is not the best. Once again we have to deal with a series of isms - racism and sexism mainly - but Bond finally accepts that rape is nasty and justifies the revenge of the rape victim that murders the rapist.

As for the plot, Bond is sent on a supposedly easy mission to find out what has become of Strangways and his secretary in Jamaica; obviously they have eloped and Bond must clear up the loose ends. Bond knew Strangways - they worked closely together in Live and Let Die - and believes right from the off that there is more to this case than meets the eye. When his supposedly secret arrival in Kingston becomes public straight away, Bond’s suspicions are confirmed. Bond spots the link in all these problems surround people of half Negro, half Chinese decent (the Chigroes where the racism comes in) and Crab Key, the home of the mysterious Dr. Julius No.

Bond is assisted by Quarrel - and eventually the beautiful Honeychile Rider - finds out that there is more to Dr No’s guano deposits on Crab Key than meets the eye.

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