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Can't wait for this new novel, I just hope I'm not hyping it too much to myself. ajb007/lol

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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I have a good feeling about CB. It's like the new Planet of the Apes movie: it cannot possibly be worse than the Tim Burton film -- CB cannot possibly be worse than DMC!!

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No doubt in my mind Carte Blanche will be a literate, suspenseful, and probably very memorable thriller whether its a good Bond novel or not. But I think it will be a solid Bond novel as well, one in which the character is done internally right. We have seen a lot of Bond covers that are internally careless and internally wrong -- in books as well as in films. Deaver is never careless. His observations on the character of Bond are the most astute I've read. He may update a few external details of Bond's world, but internally, I think he will nail the character on the page as surely as Connery did on film.


Richard

The top 7 Bond films: 1)  Dr No.   2) From Russia With Love.  3) Thunderball.  4) On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  5) For Your Eyes Only.  6) The Living Daylights.  7) Licence to Kill.

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Richard--W wrote:

No doubt in my mind Carte Blanche will be a literate, suspenseful, and probably very memorable thriller whether its a good Bond novel or not. But I think it will be a solid Bond novel as well, one in which the character is done internally right. We have seen a lot of Bond covers that are internally careless and internally wrong -- in books as well as in films. Deaver is never careless. His observations on the character of Bond are the most astute I've read. He may update a few external details of Bond's world, but internally, I think he will nail the character on the page as surely as Connery did on film.


Richard

Eloquently stated!

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Golrush007 wrote:

Carte Blanche doesn't strike me as a fantastic title, but I'll wait until I've read the novel before judging it. The info in the article suggests that it might be interesting in terms of the theme of "what is acceptable in security matters ... giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement." I look forward to the new novel - I hope it proves better than the last official effort. ajb007/smile

Yeah agree. The last novel had a good title but was a lazy and half hearted book.

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zaphod wrote:
Golrush007 wrote:

Carte Blanche doesn't strike me as a fantastic title, but I'll wait until I've read the novel before judging it. The info in the article suggests that it might be interesting in terms of the theme of "what is acceptable in security matters ... giving an agent carte blanche on a mission comes with an enormous amount of trust and constantly tests both personal and professional judgement." I look forward to the new novel - I hope it proves better than the last official effort. ajb007/smile

Yeah agree. The last novel had a good title but was a lazy and half hearted book.

Actually, if you think about it, DMC was the perfect title for the negligible lazy effort Faulks gave the novel...

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I've just pre-ordered my copy of Carte Balanche ajb007/smile

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Pre ordered my copy of carte blanch, should get it on the 28th of this month.

"Yes,dammit,I said "was".The bitch is dead now."

"It's not difficult to get a double 0 number if your prepared to kill people"

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I read www.commanderbond.net that Deaver has James Bond carring the new Walther PPS pistol in the story. To me it is a fine choice for a new gun. As I have mentioned elsewhere on this site, that if the films were to update Bond's weapon of choice than I feel that the PPS is the way to go. To me it is this generations answer to the PPK.

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I sat down and thoroughly read the first extract from The Times, it's good and Flemingesque. Lots of detail in there, and some product names. Perhaps as style that's easier to admire than warm to. Some improvements there, in Garden of Beasts on the first page he refers to a room 'as silent as a morgue' (cliche city) while in this one a setting is 'as silent as an undertaker's chapel of rest' which is better writing. But other stuff either smacks of going back to do unnecessary tightening/editing or stuff that's not quite right. Bond recalls being called away from a dull dinner date with a 'beautiful' woman whose tale of being an 'unappreciated painter' had begun to bore him. Well, that's a bit bland and what - 'painter and decorator' does he mean? What about 'tales of her property investment' or 'successful DIY makeover' that has a bit of an edge to it, immediately the reader would warm to Bond or the writer, rather than what he puts.

But this is nitpicking, it reads well mostly and has an edge of authority, it's better written than his other stuff it seems. It's just, it has you in its grip while you're reading it but not when you've put it down.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Having pre-ordered both the regular and special editions of CB, imagine my delight when I saw this in our local paper today:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/archive/201 … Bond_book/

I am going!

Cheers

SR

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You can read the first two chapters of Carte Blanche here:

http://www.jefferydeaver.com/Novels_/Ca … cerpt.html

"A blunt instrument wielded by a Government department.  Hard, ruthless, sardonic, fatalistic.  He likes gambling, golf, fast motor cars.  All his movements are relaxed and economical". Ian Fleming

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Steve Rush DI5 Agent wrote:

Having pre-ordered both the regular and special editions of CB, imagine my delight when I saw this in our local paper today:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/archive/201 … Bond_book/

I am going!

Cheers

SR

Sounds good...please report back ajb007/martini

YNWA 96

The Unbearables

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Hi all, well im very much a lurker on here as apposed to posting but I had an urge to gloat..... I got my copy today!! ajb007/smile

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Well, lucky you! The rest of us in the UK can make do with an excerpt in today's Shortlist freebie magazine for Londoners.

In it, Bond is described as having a mobile, not cell phone so yah boo sucks to the yanks! Otherwise it's good stuff; disconcerting to show his very first meeting with M, it's very much a reboot (though the M is the Bernard Lee one, not Judi). And his housekeeper May is perhaps an annoying anachronism. Deaver packs in the information alright. There are few however of Bond's personal observations, or rather Fleming's observations, and this may be a drawback. He's going through it in a fairly regimented way. And you have Deaver's occasional itallics to emphasise a point, which doesn't seem quite right.

"This is where we leave you Mr Bond."

Roger Moore 1927-2017

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Well I am about a quarter of the way through and so far I am enjoying it.
One thing I will say is it definitely isn't attempting to be a pretend Fleming book. I'm finding this both good and bad as I love Flemings style of writing, but I do feel his style was a product of its time. I cant imagine it being used in conjunction with modern day topics.

I wouldn't suggest starting this book expecting a Fleming masterpiece, read the book for an (hopefully) enjoyable original take on 007. I will leave it there for now as it could still go either way! three quarters left to go!

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Napoleon Plural wrote:

Well, lucky you! The rest of us in the UK can make do with an excerpt in today's Shortlist freebie magazine for Londoners.

The excerpt NP refers to can be found here:
http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/ … bond-novel

A tall youngish man in a dark blue suit, white shirt and black tie turned away from the window and came towards him.
"Mr. James?" the man smiled thinly. "I'm Colonel, let's say - er - Johns."

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Got my copy in the post this morning. Seems to be quite good at the moment. Describing Bonds razor, food etc. Somewhat reminiscent of the way fleming did, but without trying to sound to much like him. Should be a pretty good read.

"Yes,dammit,I said "was".The bitch is dead now."

"It's not difficult to get a double 0 number if your prepared to kill people"

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J Deaver has just been on "front row" on BBC radio 4 explaning why he's made Bond a non smoker, as the smell of smoke can give you away in stealth ops and dna evidence can be taken from them, also ash is alway left.
    I was thinking it would be because Bond would always have to be running off to the buildings doorway to light up. ajb007/lol

“God has given you one face, and you make yourself another"

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Thunderpussy wrote:

J Deaver has just been on "front row" on BBC radio 4 explaning why he's made Bond a non smoker, as the smell of smoke can give you away in stealth ops and dna evidence can be taken from them, also ash is alway left.
    I was thinking it would be because Bond would always have to be running off to the buildings doorway to light up. ajb007/lol

Well at least thank god it's not because he's suddenly become PC!  I'd hate Bond to stop being a sexist misogynist dinosaur.

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I read in the Guardian review that Bond is wearing Oakley sunglasses in this.  I'm in the US and have to wait another few weeks to read it.  Could someone tell me what model, or does Deaver get that specific?

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I picked up my copy today...and got the LE slipcase edition in the post this afternoon too...not I just have to try and buy the signed edition...my local bookstores didn't have this edition when I visited them today...all said they haven't received any ajb007/frown Guess it's off to ebay then !

YNWA 96

The Unbearables

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If you are going to Ebay for the Black signed edition, please consider my local independant bookshop:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SIGNED-1st-EDITIO … 4cf7807d75

I picked my copy up from them yesterday afternoon. They had quite few left and are selling on Ebay for the cover price plus reasonable postage charge.

(I know the postage is reasonable because last week it cost me £2.61 to send a (different) book of the same size that I had sold on Ebay).

Cheers

Steve

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Steve Rush DI5 Agent wrote:

If you are going to Ebay for the Black signed edition, please consider my local independant bookshop:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SIGNED-1st-EDITIO … 4cf7807d75

I picked my copy up from them yesterday afternoon. They had quite few left and are selling on Ebay for the cover price plus reasonable postage charge.

(I know the postage is reasonable because last week it cost me £2.61 to send a (different) book of the same size that I had sold on Ebay).

Cheers

Steve


I'll be sure to do that...thanks for the tip...I much prefer buying from a recommended source ajb007/martini

YNWA 96

The Unbearables

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Let's everybody post the links to any book reviews you come across.

Richard

The top 7 Bond films: 1)  Dr No.   2) From Russia With Love.  3) Thunderball.  4) On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  5) For Your Eyes Only.  6) The Living Daylights.  7) Licence to Kill.