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Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 26 to August 08, 2011

This is old school Bond written by a modern day writer. Does a really good job of picking up the threads of the story where Ian Fleming left off. Although the writing is just not quite as good as Ian Fleming, and this writer has the disadvantage of having 40 years worth of films that have altered the character of James Bond from the original stories. As you would expect the characters and the plot are unique and over the top (the Villain's left hand is a monkey paw for example). Certainly a fun read for any Bond fan.

If you are a person who has never read the original Ian Fleming stories, pick them up immediately. Do not assume because you have seen the movies it is not worth reading the books. The written character of James Bond is a far more interesting, less brazen, and a tortured soul compared to the dashing bravado displayed by the various actors playing the movie character. In the books he really does behave like I expect a secret agent did behave in the cold war, and you have the benefit of being inside his head during the books (something no movie will every be able to effectively capture).

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