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by Sebastian Faulks

Bond is back. With a vengeance. Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth on May 28, 1908.An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed. Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into. Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet, as a chain of events threaten to lead to global catastrophe. A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social upheavals of the late sixties. Picking up where Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War in a story of almost unbearable pace and tension. Devil May Care not only captures the very essence of Fleming’s original novels but also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our own times.
Download Devil May Care (The New James Bond Novel ) epub
ISBN: 0385524285
ISBN13: 978-0385524285
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Sebastian Faulks
Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (May 28, 2008)
Pages: 278 pages
ePUB size: 1948 kb
FB2 size: 1645 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 154
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Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks, a follow up to the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. It is set in the same timeline as the original Fleming novels and ignored all the follow-ups that were written afterwards. This one follows the Bond formula pretty well, structurally it's very similar to Dr. No and Goldfinger. This one involves a villain who intends to destroy Britain by flooding the country with drugs, heroin to be specific.

It was quite good and Faulks did an Admiral job at imitating Fleming. I felt it was a bit stronger than some other attempts, though quite as good as Fleming of course. I sensed a hesitancy to take the risks of shake up the formula the way Fleming did. Faulks I think got the character of Bond a bit better than many of the other writers who attempted.
Bond is back. The year is 1967 and the novel picks up exactly where Ian Fleming left off before his untimely death. Sebastian Faulks writes as best he can in the same vein as Bond's creator, but the best intentions in the world can't forgive such a derivative and forgettable plot.

This may be a good or a bad thing, depending on the reader, but there's very little in the way of new content or complexity added to the James Bond mythos. Taking place right after The Man With the Golden Gun, Bond is middle-aged, remorseful, and ordered to go on sabbatical by MI6 so he can pull himself together. I'll admit, the novel was off to a great start and effortlessly brought the forgotten classic literary Bond we knew and love back into the limelight. It was quite exciting.

But, while the setting is very well done, the characters are lacking. And so is the plot. Our main villain is a cheap knock-off of Dr. Julius No: Dr. Julius Gorner, a meglomaniac sporting a deformed hand, an Oxford education, and a very, very thinly defined need to destroy England. He also comes complete with endless financial resources, a spaceous lair, and a big brute as his second-in-command. Yawn.

It would be still be very forgivable, but the novel goes through every familiar notion that Fleming covered decades prior. Bond chases! Bond gets chased! Bond gets chased again! Bond gets captured! Bond gets a big monologue detailing the villain's intent! The villain leaves the room so others can "take care of" Bond! Bond escapes! Bond... you get the point. There's no suspense here because there's nothing new to offer. Even the mysterious nature behind our main Bond girl doesn't pan out with much surprise. Maybe it is an act of genuine homage from the author to keep it so familiar, but it doesn't reinforce the classic character's relevance to a new generation of readers. Bottom line: What's old is... still old.

If, like me, you felt the need to return to the world of a more classic and sophisticated James Bond, you'll get a kick or two out of the first half of this novel. But the disappointing second-half pays little in the way of dividends for the reader. Be warned.
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There is good and bad in the new Bond novel. It is great to see 007 back in print and back in his own era. The 1967 setting harkens back to the best of Bond, both in print and on screen. Fleming's novels of the 50's and 60's have never been surpassed by any of the continuation authors and the film series varies in quality after Thunderball, the fourth and final movie to adapt Fleming's work faithfully.
So what's good about Sebastian Faulk's novel? The story picks up after the events of "The Man with the Golden Gun", which gives a sense of continuity which is present in the best of Fleming's books. We see that Bond is still recovering from the beatings he received in the last two novels, where he was humiliated by being brainwashed by the Soviets and was almost responsible for the assassination of M.
The books final confrontation aboard an airliner is also handled extremely well by Faulks. He created the same sense of dread in the face of overwhelming odds that I felt reading Dr. No, Moonraker and Live and Let Die. Bond's foray through the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the show down with the bad guys is a fun read too; with Bond trying to remain undercover in hostile enemy territory.
As for the bad of the book?
Setting much of the story in Pre-revolutionary Iran may not have been such a great idea. The activities of the US and UK in that country during the reign of the Shah were villainous, no two ways about it. The UK was looting Iran's oil and the Shah, as their puppet, brutally kept the locals in check while they did so. Compared to this, it is hard to take fictional villain Dr. Gorner seriously. This also means that Bond is aiding his government in doing some very dirty and underhanded work, a common theme in some of the Fleming books, but never so overt.
I also found this book to be a little too long. I think the page count could have been kept under 200, rather than 300 pages. The story just doesn't warrant the length and the book sags in the middle as a result. Julius Gorner isn't much of a villain; he is a little flat and uninteresting, although Faulks gives him a good reason for being who he is.
Faulks also slips a few times; I found some of the references to Goldfinger and other Bond adventures unnecessary and distracting, since they were only dropped to tie in better with the Fleming books, and served no purpose story wise, but that's a small gripe.
If Mr. Faulks or another author of quality choose to continue with this new series I would certainly be interested, but I hope that we can see something with a little more punch. Perhaps we can see Mr. Sebastian Faulks writing as Sebastian Faulks next time.