Cover image for Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in doubleshot
Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in doubleshot
Benson, Raymond, 1955-
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2000]

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258 pages ; 24 cm
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While officially on medical leave, James Bond uncovers a murderous plot by the Union, a shadowy criminal syndicate determined to destroy SIS and kill its most famous agent.

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Booklist Review

The life of a fictional British intelligence officer can be dreary or sexy, depending largely on whether he or she is portrayed realistically or as an object of fantasy. These very different thrillers let readers pick their pleasure. Nick Stone is no James Bond. Sure, he may be part of Her Majesty's Secret Service, but his rank is such that he receives information solely on a need-to-know basis, which often catches him vulnerable during crisis times. His assignments mostly come via the U.S.--dirty little deeds that the righteous Americans are too "ethical" to carry out themselves. Stone's latest charge is to locate and bring home Sarah Greenwood, a fellow officer gone rogue. (She also happens to be Stone's former lover.) Stone quickly realizes that he is both hunter and hunted, forcing him to watch his back while simultaneously searching out his prey. McNab, a former Special Air Service member himself, adeptly puts the reader right in the thick of things, providing a wealth of detail about secret-service strategy and allowing us inside Stone's head as he plots every decision. Stone may not be suave, but he's a pro. Then there's Bond, James Bond. Since 1997, Benson has been giving Bond fans a reasonable facsimile of the Golden Age of international espionage, as seen through the very special eyes of Ian Fleming. Here we find Bond on a bender--er, medical leave--between assignments. His last mission (High Time to Kill [BKL My 15 99]) left him injured and more than a little shaken, thanks to the death of his personal assistant. Eager to return to active duty, Bond starts digging around in the affairs of the Union, the criminal group responsible for the assistant's death. Then a fortune cookie proclaims that "meeting your double means certain death," and Bond sets off in search of clarification. His hunt for the meaning of the message and for the Union leaders takes him on a typical 007 world tour, from London's Soho to Spain to Morocco to the Rock of Gibraltar. As good as Bond gets in the post-Fleming era. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

Benson (The Facts of Death), a director of the Ian Fleming Foundation and chief litterateur/preservationist of the 007 tradition, delivers his seventh volume of James Bond fiction. Mobilizing a cold-blooded hit man surgically restructured to be the British superspy's double, a worldwide organization of terrorists known as the Union conspires to assassinate the governor of Gibraltar and the British and Spanish prime ministers at a summit meeting to settle rioting and political unrest over the control of the Rock. The plan is to let the real Bond take the blameÄand kill him off in the resulting mayhem. Bond himselfÄsuffering disabling headaches and sporadic amnesia from a head injury incurred in the HimalayasÄfinds a message in a fortune cookie: Meeting your double means certain death. Bond ignores his boss M's orders to take medical leave and, intent on exacting revenge on the Union for the death of his personal assistant, Helena, undertakes a mission to bring her killers to a final reckoning. Following a sensual encounter with his beautiful physician, 007 blacks out and wakes to find her brutally murdered. The trail leads to Tangier, where a fellow agent is killed helping Bond scout the Union stronghold in the Rif mountains. On a train to Casablanca, 007 meets a pair of beautiful blonde identical twins who turn out to be CIA agents assigned to escort him back to London. He prevails on them to plead his case with M, and they join his quest to discover the purpose and identity of the imposter Bond and to settle the score with the Union. Benson's faithful manipulation of Fleming's boilerplate formula will have Bond fans cheering as 007 and the sexy twins race to save the day on Gibraltar, then demurely retire to a king-size bed. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved