Solo: A James Bond Novel

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HarperCollins, Oct 8, 2013 - Fiction - 336 pages
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It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war—and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded—a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

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Five word review: Compelling yarn but no blockbuster - Goodreads
There is no character development. - Goodreads
Plot was enough to keep me interested until the end. - Goodreads
No interesting insights, no particular sensibility. - Goodreads
Good ending, though. - Goodreads
Boyd is a good writer, esp. - Goodreads

Review: Solo: A James Bond Novel (James Bond - Extended Series #38)

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

William Boyd named this book "Solo" because halfway through James Bond goes off on a solitary mission of vengeance, but the title could just as well refer to the spy's ruminative mood. This is very ... Read full review

Review: Solo: A James Bond Novel (James Bond - Extended Series #38)

User Review  - Bob Price - Goodreads

James Bond has had better days...but he returns to his classic nature in Solo a new book by Wiliam Boyd. In fact, one can say that this new entry in Bond's adventures rivals and even surpasses some of ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

William Boyd is also the author of A Good Man in Africa, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Award; An Ice-Cream War, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Brazzaville Beach, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; Restless, winner of the Costa Novel of the Year; Ordinary Thunderstorms; and Waiting for Sunrise; among other books. He lives in London.

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