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Carte Blanche

(James Bond - Extended Series #45)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  9,232 ratings  ·  1,021 reviews
"The face of war is changing.

The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore.

There's thinking, in some circles,

that we need to play by a different set of rules too..."

James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by Simon & Schuster (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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2011 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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, 2011, action
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 01, 2011 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 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
This will, probably be my last James Bond novel, that I read. The main reason is there aren’t many 007 books in my area, besides the two books that I bought. This time the writer is Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector) giving his spin on the famous 007 agent. The story follows: James Bond tracking down an Irishman who may have connections to the incident, that is about to occur on Friday. The clock is ticking, and Bond has few days to stop it, and the person behind it.

What I liked: The adventure,
J.F. Penn
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Book Him Danno
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 Fleming ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 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
Jack Silkstone
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
There is no doubt in my mind that Jeffrey Deaver can write. His work embodies all of the tenants of a good read. In saying that this novel is a real let down for many many other reasons.

For starters it is obvious that Mr Deaver has a very limited understanding of both Bond and the world he operates in. Bond is ruthless, charming, rugged, chauvinistic and a bit of an altruist. Deaver's character comes across as a bit of a namby pamby. All equal opportunities and first name, open plan offices. In
Bill Lynas
Apr 06, 2015 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 Century Deaver
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bond, spies
I enjoyed this a lot more than I'd thought, from my limited knowledge of the author and comments from Bond fans, I would.

Some details didn't quite ring true with me but it's a decent stab at Bond, with a plot that had me looking forward to finding out what would happen next. Nice to see Leiter and Mathis show up, although the latter's appearance is offstage and limited. And Deaver comes across as a nice guy and true fan.

It was a bit of a Dan Brown read, in that it all felt convincing until the
Keith (of the clan)
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was my first ever bond novel, I thought I'd hate it but I actually really liked it, I would recommend it if you like the spy thrillers of today.
Deaver did good here.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got half way and gave up reading it. Boring, slow-moving plot.
Alex Gherzo
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Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I want to start this review by stating that I’ve read every James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, John Gardner, and Raymond Benson. I’ve also read about 25 Jeffery Deaver novels. I state this because this will be a rather lukewarm review, and I didn’t want readers to think I’m either a James Bond snob who doesn’t think Deaver is up to the task, or a Deaver diehard who can’t stand James Bond. I will say, though, that I find this pairing a peculiar match.

James Bond, as everyone knows, is the world’s m
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The problem with the book is twofold. First, Deaver spent too much time aggressively pointing out that his new Bond is not the old Bond. Second, Deaver tried to write like he wasn’t Deaver.

Now, both of these problems resolved themselves around the halfway mark. But by that late in the story you really can’t create the literary magic that makes a great book.

The midpoint is where you can feel Deaver relax. As if he suddenly remembered that he was a brilliant and well established author taking a
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a solid Bond novel for sure, but my one problem is that Jeffery Deaver tries way too hard to modernize it; it felt clunky at times. As an American, he strove to remind you that Bond is British, which shouldn't have to be the case. The plot was interesting and it took our favorite secret agent to new places, but the pacing felt off.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this but it had a very annoying habit of withholding information from the reader so that a situation looked more dangerous than it turned out to be after you found out that Bond had planned it all very cleverly all along. A cheap trick that a book of this quality doesn’t need. Otherwise it was one of the best Bond novels!
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#1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He's received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.

Other books in the series

James Bond - Extended Series (1 - 10 of 48 books)
  • Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)
  • Live and Let Die (James Bond, #2)
  • Moonraker (James Bond, #3)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (James Bond, #4)
  • From Russia With Love (James Bond, #5)
  • Doctor No (James Bond, #6)
  • Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
  • For Your Eyes Only (James Bond, #8)
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