My name's Bond, James Bond.It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own band of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors. Even if Bond succeeds in extracting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.
Within the first few chapters of the novel, William Boyd establishes his James Bond as a full round character in an easy and interesting writing style. In the second half of the novel, as the betrayed James Bond takes on a journey of revenge the plot starts pulling the reader like a trick. Quickly enough, as the plot complicates, the prose tunes into a lyrical style as the author introduces interesting literary devises in the narrative. In William Boyd's Solo, with sharp departure from the cinematic James Bond, what the readers get is a compelling literary character who is fallible and whom we can feel with.
Solo: A departure from the Cinematic Bond. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at amazon or at Flipkart in case you live in India.