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From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
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Apr 21, 2009

really liked it
Read in May, 2009

With all the hype surrounding the movie release of Quantum of Solace, I decided to pick up an Ian Fleming novel to see what kind of writer spawned so many huge movies. I bought From Russia With Love more or less randomly expecting a pulp fiction, throw-away escape. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised to find the book well written, the plot solid and the background surprisingly accurate. Unlike the movies that tend to get overblown and focus on the action, this was a low key suspense thriller of the highest caliber. Fleming's James Bond is something of a reluctant hero, who is fallible and makes mistakes and some poor decisions along the way, but ultimately overcomes his own weakness to save the day. The novel was well paced, with just the right amounts of action and suspense. I was especially taken with the cliffhanger ending that you just don't find in books today, although now I have to go out and buy Dr. No to find out what happens next...
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