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Book Title: Doubleshot|
The author of the book: Raymond Benson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 331 KB
Date of issue: June 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780515130614
Read full description of the books Doubleshot:Once upon a time there was a major fan of Ian Flemings masterspy/assassin James Bond 007 who wrote a serious bedside companion on the subject that was on every fans wishlist. However as soon as he got the job of writing some 007 novels by himself he suddenly was rather loathed and considered below fan-fiction. Any selfrespecting James Bond fan knows for a fact that he/she can write a better book than any of the continuation writers have done or than EON has made the movies. Indeed they are rather full of themselves, visit any fansite and you'll get my drift.
This book is about Ian Flemings spuerspy/assassin but more as envisioned by EON, as in the movies. But in its defense I doubt EON would ever film this book as the story is not the best advertisement for the character of James Bond EON would consider as it is a far more grimm tale as compared to the glamorous affairs the general 007 vehicles are.. Bond is on medical leave after his last job which included climbing in the Himalaya's and stopping a criminal organisation by the name of UNION. (an organisation not unlike Flemings SPECTRE or EON's QUANTUM) they are kind of upset about how such a simple secret agent foiled their plans and have decided to take revenge on 007 himself and England. Their plot is taking Gibraltar away from the UK and making the UK and 007 look like fools.
This book is certainly not Mr. Bensons finest hour and a somewhat unrealistic story with a predictable ending that woul not thrill any reader with a little bit of experience with thrillers. While the book is decently written and you can easily see the research done for the book in the scenery and subjects as a thriller it kind of fails. You never are really involved, it is like a movie chosing obvious solutions and well traveled roads that sadly don not add anything new to the series. And the story really never gets going leaving the reader with the choice to struggle on or do something else like reading a better book on the subject of 007.
While I have enjoyed some of mr. Bensons literary attempts in the genere of continuations novels with 007, this one is certainly not one of them. In the so-called UNION trilogy it is the weakest book, and I would dare to state that it is overall the weakest of Bensons output.
I am not one the crowd who likes to overreact in their critism on any writer but Ian Fleming. I do think that Ian Fleming did give us the best books but am also of the opinion that all continuation writers did give us some more of that addictive stuff called: Bond, James Bond.
So why did I read it again. Well as a fan of Flemings hero I find it difficult to say NO whenever I run into a 2nd hand copy of any of the James Bond adventures especially when it is an Hardcover for 99p. Not the best of defenses but for a novel that is probably one of the weaker attempt overal in the continuation genre of 007 it will do.
Read information about the authorRaymond Benson is the author of 35+ titles. Among his works are the critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling serial THE BLACK STILETTO, and he was also the third--and first American--continuation author of the official James Bond 007 novels.
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