Book Review : Solo (James Bond – Extended Series #46) by William Boyd

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The name is Bond. James Bond. Yes its 007 and he is going solo. To be honest my brush with 007 is through the movie series and have never actually met the real 007. Meaning the original books. So i don’t know how this version of William Boyd’s Bond is in just with the original double agent. But it was definitely entertaining. I loved bond going solo

soloSolo Official Synopsis

It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond’s renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

Solo RWAT Take

One of the striking things in the book for me was the character of M being male. Of course i have read it in many places that unlike the movies, the character of the original M is a male. But having used to seeing and visualising M as Madam, it was tough to wrap around this new or rather original male version of M. Anyhow other than that i did enjoy the book a lot and it had a nice tune to it but admittedly at various places it does goes low on its pace but then personally i had a comfortable ride with the book as the plot had the right weightage and treatment. 

Best Part of the book ? Well You wouldn’t have to actually sit down with notebook to create a map for all the things and characters in the book. The twists and turns are created and unfolded in a way that it is easy to follow the thread and comprehend with the bigger picture of the book

The narration and language is easy to absorb and enhances the story telling. The plot runs in a smooth fashion. For those looking for glitz and glamour of the bond, might want to back off a bit. Not that glamorous but yes there are deaths and blood shedding so in case if that is a trigger for you, then do considered warned. On the other hand those who want killer actions and bloody fight, You too need to back off because there isn’t much of that as well. So basically what i am saying is that the book walks a middle path without going for too much action and blood and also not completely avoiding it . (If that makes sense )

Conclusion

Die-hard bond fans would want to take it easy with the comparisons to original Fleming creation and movie versions. This bond is easy, simple and yes thrilling. The plot wraps up everything in simple fashion and provides for a good thriller ride without making anything much complicated. I guess for me who has never read a bond novel before, this was a good introduction.

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