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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Carte Blanche (James Bond) by Jeffery Deaver: Book Review

Carte Blanche
by Jeffrey Deaver
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2069-6
Buy From Indigo

Description:  The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much anymore. There's thinking, in some circles,that we need to play by a different set of rules too"

James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected. And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission . . . .

The Good Stuff
  • This is my first James Bond book ever and I was seriously impressed. I love spy movies but have never been a fan of spy books, usually way too much detail and bored with all the spy stuff. But this was fabulous
  • Fast paced plot with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing
  • The right blend of action and intrigue for both the spy novel fan and those who usually are not keen on this sort of thing
  • Stays true to the James Bond mythology but at the same time brings him into the modern age. Done without losing what makes you love Bond, fabulous cars, great gadgets, excitement and hot bond girls
  • Great character names
  • After reading this I am off to pick up some more Jeffery Deaver books, I really enjoy the way he writes
  • Lots of intrigue and on the edge of your seat scenes - sort of like watching a Bond flick
  • Writes a good Bond, sort of pictured him as a mix of Daniel Craig and Timothy Dalton with a little bit of Connery thrown in - would totally want to wake up in bed with him
  • Nicely multicultural and not as misogynistic
  • Interesting back history on James Bond's parents
The Not so Good Stuff
  • M is a man -- I know historically he has been a Man, but I have loved that in the movies M is now a women 
  • Some boring spy descriptions -- now for true spy novel fans this point should go in above section, but hey I am being honest about MY particular enjoyment of the book
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He shaved with a heavy, double-bladed safety razor, its handle of light buffalo horn. He used this fine accessory not because it was greener to the environment than the plastic disposables that most men employed but simply because it gave a better shave - and required some skill to wield; James Bond found comfort even in small challenges."

"Evil, James Bond had learned, can be tirelessly patient."

"And don't worry. My second favorite way to wake up is to the sound of champagne opening."
She responded to this with a subtle smile."

Who should/shouldn't read

  • Perfect for James Bond purists and those new to the genre
  • Great for fans of intrigue and spy stories
4 Dewey's

My Blog Post from the Jeffery Deaver signing

I received this from Bookalicious at the Yummy Mummy Club. Plus I bought my own copy to be signed for my hubby and me


  1. I have never read a James Bond book either but I have seen many movies through all the different Bonds. Roger Moore was my favourite probably because I was a teen when I first saw him on screen. I think I'll pick this up for hubby.

  2. I love Deaver. I have read all of the Lincoln Rhyme series and started his newer Kathryn Dance series. Both are very good.