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  • sniperUKsniperUK UlsterPosts: 594MI6 Agent
    Special Forces Pilot by Richard Hutching the Royal Marine pilot who flew the Sea King HC.4 on Operation Mikado during the Falklands War, it was the one that got "lost" and landed in Chile :v Great detailed read.
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,660MI6 Agent
    superado wrote:
    An Ungentlemanly Act :
    A WW2 action thriller by Adam Chance, who was a former member here. It is very well written, so good
    in fact, I find it hard to believe it is a first novel. Some really interesting characters and exciting situations.

    Why "former"? Did he just stop coming over?

    He was the member stag here and he was banned a few months ago.
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,418Quartermasters
    At the moment I'm reading The Liquidator, which I believe was John Gardner's debut novel and the start of his Boysie Oakes character. Having just completed my tour of his Bond novels, I thought it would be fun to return to where he started as a novelist. So far, it is easy to see why he would have come to the attention of Glidrose...there was even a nice little reference to Ian Fleming early on.
  • BCFDRayBCFDRay Joppa, MarylandPosts: 373MI6 Agent
    Just started Trigger Mortise and so far I'm enjoying it.
  • ChriscoopChriscoop Belize Posts: 10,449MI6 Agent
    BCFDRay wrote:
    Just started Trigger Mortise and so far I'm enjoying it.
    It's a great read, I enjoyed it a lot.
    I'm currently reading forgotten holocaust, by Scott Mariani, it's a Ben hope novel who has a series of books about him, he's an ex sas man who studied theology. I love his adventures it's a bit of a mix of Dan Brown with a hint of Lee child and a smattering of harlen Coben, this latest story centres around the potatoe famine in Ireland, the gruesome murder of a young woman in front of Ben hope is leading him to discover the truth about the millions of people who died in the famine, was it really an act of nature? I'm ready for the usual plot twists, action and some bad guys dying in interesting ways. I recommend the Ben hope series highly.
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    It was either that.....or the priesthood
  • PeppermillPeppermill DelftPosts: 2,860MI6 Agent
    I'm listening to John Gardner's The Man From Barbarossa and reading Some Kind of Hero (A great book!).
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  • jan old skooljan old skool The NetherlandsPosts: 71MI6 Agent
    Terry Hayes, I am Pelgrim. Breathtaking.

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    this never happened to the other fellow
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,660MI6 Agent
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D

    My goodness that is one tough book to get through for man! Had to study it for English Literature. Awful. :D
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D

    My goodness that is one tough book to get through for man! Had to study it for English Literature. Awful. :D

    hahaha. I'm studying it this semester and finished it in a week.
    Loved it. Not a lot actually happens but the characters and their interactions were very entertaining to read. No Fleming of course...
    Now on to Waverly by Walter Scott
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,660MI6 Agent
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D

    My goodness that is one tough book to get through for man! Had to study it for English Literature. Awful. :D

    hahaha. I'm studying it this semester and finished it in a week.
    Loved it. Not a lot actually happens but the characters and their interactions were very entertaining to read. No Fleming of course...
    Now on to Waverly by Walter Scott

    You must be studying English Literature at university I guess?

    I did it for A Level. Also studied English Literature are university as the Minor part of my degree.
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent

    My goodness that is one tough book to get through for man! Had to study it for English Literature. Awful. :D

    hahaha. I'm studying it this semester and finished it in a week.
    Loved it. Not a lot actually happens but the characters and their interactions were very entertaining to read. No Fleming of course...
    Now on to Waverly by Walter Scott

    You must be studying English Literature at university I guess?

    I did it for A Level. Also studied English Literature are university as the Minor part of my degree.

    Yes, just about to start my second year, majoring in English.
    Thought I'd start reading before the course in order to be fully prepared.
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • VesperMelogranoVesperMelograno The SouthPosts: 901MI6 Agent
    edited January 2017
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D
    Emma is quite the vapid ****. Granted it is an easier read than moral heavy Mansfield Park and coaster worthy Northanger Abbey.

    What else is on your reading list? I am always looking for suggestion (much like Emma and her reading list.)

    *I just noticed my use of profanity is being auto corrected and I love it. I really should take a page from Emma and be more Lady like :))
    I've always wanted to have Christmas in Turkey
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,660MI6 Agent

    hahaha. I'm studying it this semester and finished it in a week.
    Loved it. Not a lot actually happens but the characters and their interactions were very entertaining to read. No Fleming of course...
    Now on to Waverly by Walter Scott

    You must be studying English Literature at university I guess?

    I did it for A Level. Also studied English Literature are university as the Minor part of my degree.

    Yes, just about to start my second year, majoring in English.
    Thought I'd start reading before the course in order to be fully prepared.

    I majored in History and then did a two year Masters in Law conversion course.

    Sounds like a good plan to get the reading done early!
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent

    You must be studying English Literature at university I guess?

    I did it for A Level. Also studied English Literature are university as the Minor part of my degree.

    Yes, just about to start my second year, majoring in English.
    Thought I'd start reading before the course in order to be fully prepared.

    I majored in History and then did a two year Masters in Law conversion course.

    Sounds like a good plan to get the reading done early!

    Yeah! That's the plan.
    Oh nice. Well-educated

    I hope to finally read Never Send Flowers this year by the way -{
    Actually, your Bond Blog was mentioned in the James Bond Radio Podcast that I listen to. Getting famous :)
    Just finished Emma, by Jane Austen :D
    Emma is quite the vapid ****. Granted it is an easier read than moral heavy Mansfield Park and coaster worthy Northanger Abbey.

    What else is on your reading list? I am always looking for suggestion (much like Emma and her reading list.)

    *I just noticed my use of profanity is being auto corrected and I love it. I really should take a page from Emma and be more Lady like :))

    haha. I am a fan of Austen. Breath of fresh air from a lot of nonsense books being published these days.
    My reading list?
    I have to read Waverly by Walter Scott
    Great Expectations
    Tess' of the D'Ubervilles
    Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
    The Voyage out by Virginia Woolf
    So as you can imagine, a lot to read!

    Over the New Year I read the Man Booker winner, The Sell-Out by Paul Beatty. That was an interesting read, very cleverly written
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,138MI6 Agent
    I am recently to start to read the Ian Fleming Casino Royale (my spell checker says the word royale is wrong?) book. I have just got all the Ian Fleming James Bond Books. I don't have any much time to read the books but I have already heard them on the talking books and I enjoyed them. The only talking books I have not had is you only live twice and the man with the golden gun so to read them in the book will be the first time.
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent
    Joshua wrote:
    I am recently to start to read the Ian Fleming Casino Royale (my spell checker says the word royale is wrong?) book. I have just got all the Ian Fleming James Bond Books. I don't have any much time to read the books but I have already heard them on the talking books and I enjoyed them. The only talking books I have not had is you only live twice and the man with the golden gun so to read them in the book will be the first time.

    That's awesome. They are great reads, Doctor No is my favourite, You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are up there as well.
    Casino Royale is a fantastic opener to the Bond series, a lot of atmosphere there, like entering into another world. What's your thoughts on it?
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,138MI6 Agent
    Thank you. I have just only started to read and am only a few of the pages but I think that the writing of the book is something I have not seen before and is very good. I can only have time to read a few pages every day if I am lucky so it will take me much times to read this books altogether.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 36,154Chief of Staff
    Joshua wrote:
    I am recently to start to read the Ian Fleming Casino Royale (my spell checker says the word royale is wrong?) book.

    In this context, "Royale" is correct (it's set in France). In everyday English, "Royal" (or "royal", depending on context) would be correct. :)
  • Unloved SeasonUnloved Season Denton, TexasPosts: 48MI6 Agent
    After 30+ years of being a fan of the movies (since I saw A View To A Kill in the theater when I was 5), I'm just now getting around to actually reading the Bond books. What happened was when I was about 12-13 I got a hold of a bunch of old 60's Bond paperbacks and I decided I would start with my favorite Bond movie at the time, The Spy Who Loved Me. Needless to say I was confused and not amused, which put me off the books for decades. But now I'm finally plowing through them and I just finished Dr. No and will probably start Goldfinger tomorrow. So far I've enjoyed them all, some more than others. Live And Let Die was probably the weakest so far, with Moonraker and Dr. No being my favorites. From Russia With Love was great but I've seen the movie so many times that the book wasn't all that exciting/suspenseful. The movie was very faithful to the book, aside from some changes like adding SPECTRE, so everything was too familiar to have me on the edge of my seat.
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 8,660MI6 Agent
    After 30+ years of being a fan of the movies (since I saw A View To A Kill in the theater when I was 5), I'm just now getting around to actually reading the Bond books. What happened was when I was about 12-13 I got a hold of a bunch of old 60's Bond paperbacks and I decided I would start with my favorite Bond movie at the time, The Spy Who Loved Me. Needless to say I was confused and not amused, which put me off the books for decades. But now I'm finally plowing through them and I just finished Dr. No and will probably start Goldfinger tomorrow. So far I've enjoyed them all, some more than others. Live And Let Die was probably the weakest so far, with Moonraker and Dr. No being my favorites. From Russia With Love was great but I've seen the movie so many times that the book wasn't all that exciting/suspenseful. The movie was very faithful to the book, aside from some changes like adding SPECTRE, so everything was too familiar to have me on the edge of my seat.

    Glad to hear that you're enjoying reading the original Fleming Bond novels, Unloved Season. A great username, by the way. Welcome to AJB! :) -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • Unloved SeasonUnloved Season Denton, TexasPosts: 48MI6 Agent
    Glad to hear that you're enjoying reading the original Fleming Bond novels, Unloved Season. A great username, by the way. Welcome to AJB! :) -{

    Thanks for the welcome and glad you like the user name, I've always loved that line.
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,406MI6 Agent
    Glad to hear that you're enjoying reading the original Fleming Bond novels, Unloved Season. A great username, by the way. Welcome to AJB! :) -{

    Thanks for the welcome and glad you like the user name, I've always loved that line.

    welcome to ajb!
    Great profile pic by the way. You will soon learn that AVTAK gets a lot of love here. It's a great final film of Sir Rog.
    “The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. "
    -Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
  • Unloved SeasonUnloved Season Denton, TexasPosts: 48MI6 Agent
    Glad to hear that you're enjoying reading the original Fleming Bond novels, Unloved Season. A great username, by the way. Welcome to AJB! :) -{

    Thanks for the welcome and glad you like the user name, I've always loved that line.

    welcome to ajb!
    Great profile pic by the way. You will soon learn that AVTAK gets a lot of love here. It's a great final film of Sir Rog.

    Thank you, and it's good to hear about AVTAK. I know it's not the best Bond movie but it is my sentimental favorite. Like I said, I saw it in the theaters when I was 5, it was my first Bond movie, and not long after that I saw it countless times when it was constantly shown on HBO. And no telling how many times in the years since. AVTAK and Star Wars are probably tied for the movie I watched the most times, and I wouldn't even dare guess how many that is.
  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 10,262MI6 Agent
    I finished reading Heartstone, the penultimate story in the Shardlake mysteries by CJ Sansom. Shardlake is a lawyer turned humble sleuth in Tudor times, it's against the backdrop of the Reformation and all the twisted political and religious alliances of the time, under Henry VIII. You remember the backdrop rather than whodunnit actually.

    Heartstone is maybe the best, set around a little recalled attempted invasion of England by the French near the end of Henry VIII's reign.
    "This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

    Roger Moore 1927-2017
  • Unloved SeasonUnloved Season Denton, TexasPosts: 48MI6 Agent
    Finished Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only and Thunderball. Goldfinger was a bit of a letdown, it was a little slow but picked up near the end and ended well. My expectations were a little high because of the movie I think. I liked the short stories, particularly Riscio (which I didn't know was basically going to be my favorite parts of the movie FYEO) and From A View To A Kill. The two non-spy stories, Hilderbrand Rarity and Quantum Of Solace, were less enjoyable but not terrible. I thought Thunderball was awesome, maybe my favorite so far. I didn't have high expectations because it's not one of my favorite movies. I always suspected that it probably made for a better book than movie and I think it does.

    Now I'm on to the dreaded TSWLM, the book that I got halfway through before putting off the rest of Fleming's books for a couple of decades. I'm guessing it won't be nearly as painful now as it was when I was a kid wondering where the hell Atlantis and Triple X were, but I'm still not looking forward to the read. At least it appears pretty short, about 150 pages.
  • 00730073 COPPosts: 985MI6 Agent
    I'm on a bit of a Chris Ryan binge, finished "Killing for the company" yesterday and started straight away with "Hunter Killer".
    "I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
    -Mr Arlington Beech
  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,418Quartermasters
    I've been on a bit of a WWII binge lately. Have read The Guns of Navarone, The Great Escape, The Eagles Has Flown, and currently: Enemy Coast Ahead (the wartime memoirs of Guy Gibson, leader of the Dambusters raid.)
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,792MI6 Agent
    When first collecting the Bond novels, from old shops and markets. I would also buy, any
    Nick Carter, or The Saint books too. Now after listening to a few bbc radio adaptations of
    "The Saint" stories. I bought a few Saint books off kindle and will enjoy getting to know
    Simon Templar again. -{ although I'll always imagine him looking like Sir Roger.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • always shakenalways shaken LondonPosts: 6,287MI6 Agent
    Advice needed , :D ive read FRWL and DR NO ,so far , im off to Cyprus this year for a 2 week hol (I heard Daniel Craig was there doing something with mines ) :D I have a hankering to take GF ,with me , I know TP and SM will shout MR ,and im almost in agree ment ,help needed :s :s :s
    By the way, did I tell you, I was "Mad"?
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