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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 brand 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 exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

About the Author

William Boyd is the author of one work of non-fiction, three collections of short stories and thirteen novels, including the bestselling historical spy thriller Restless – winner of the Costa Novel of the Year – and Any Human Heart, in which the character of Ian Fleming features. Among his other awards are the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Jean Monnet. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2005, he was awarded the CBE.

Born in Ghana in 1952, William Boyd spent much of his early life in West Africa. He now divides his time between the south-west of France and Chelsea, where he lives a stone's throw from James Bond's London address.

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      I found this an easy book to read with a great plot.

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      Disappointing rebirth of James Bond. Not one of William Boyd's best

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      "This is well-plotted, exciting stuff and Boyd has a great sense of time and place. His boozy, maturer, more fallible Bond is totally believable. Mission accomplished, Mr Boyd." -- Natasha Harding Sun "Boyd was a smart choice for a Bond thriller. The action clips along. There are welcome literary flourishes and a dense plot." -- Richard Fitzpatrick Irish Examiner "Written with aplomb, Boyd's Bond novel is a terrific twisting thriller." Sunday Times "Anyone wishing this autumn to enjoy the Cold War with the assurance of a happy ending should seek out William Boyd's new James Bond novel, Solo, in which 007 is dispatched to West Africa and the fictitious country of Zanzarim, where he finds himself in the midst of a civil war." -- Stephen McGinty Scotsman "A fantastic read, which I ripped through in the time it would take to watch Skyfall, as it happens, and I found it significantly more enjoyable." The Times

      James Bond

      James Bond is the son of Andrew Bond a Scot of Glencoe. His mother was Monique Delacroix a Swiss. Both his parents were killed in an accident in the Aiguilles Rogues when he was eleven years old. James had travelled extensively with his parents and by this time was fluent in both French and German.

      He went to live with his erudite and accomplished aunt Miss Charmian Bond at Pett Bottom, near Canterbury, Kent. She sent him to Eton but his aunt was asked to remove him after only a short time when some "alleged" troubles with one of his maids came to light; he was twelve at the time. He then went to Fettes College, Edinburgh. After this he briefly attended the University of Geneva. It is interesting to note that the author Ian Fleming also attended these same schools.

      In 1941 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve. He served throughout the Second World War and left the Royal Navy in 1945 with the rank of Commander.

      James Bond, who was given a 00 prefix to his agent number 7, (the 'double-oh' prefix indicates his discretionary licence to kill in the performance of his duties) undertook his first missions in 1946 (as recounted in Casino Royale 1953.)

      There have been numerous short stories and books written about this agent’s activities. Ian Fleming first brought Bond to the wider audience. He named 007 after an American ornithologist James Bond (author of Birds of the West Indies) and the character's early exploits were based partly on the true activities of an actual British agent Lieutenant Commander Patrick Dalzel. After Fleming’s death further adventures have been written by Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Chalie Higson. The Ian Fleming books are:

      From Russia With Love is credited with sparking the Bond craze when US President John F Kennedy listed it as one of his favourite books.

      James Bond Books

      1953 Casino Royale
      1954 Live and Let Die
      1955 Moonraker
      1956 Diamonds Are Forever
      1957 From Russia With Love
      1958 Dr No
      1959 Goldfinger
      1960 For Your Eyes Only
      1961 Thunderball
      1962 The Spy Who Loved Me
      1963 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
      1964 You Only Live Twice
      1965 The Man with the Golden Gun
      1966 Octopussy and The Living Daylights

      The films to date (2005) and the actors who portrayed Bond are

      1962 Dr No - Sean Connery
      1963 From Russia With Love - Sean Connery
      1964 Goldfinger - Sean Connery
      1965 Thunderball - Sean Connery
      1967 You Only Live Twice - Sean Connery
      1967 Casino Royale - David Niven
      1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - George Lazenby
      1971 Diamonds Are Forever - Sean Connery
      1973 Live and Let Die - Roger Moore 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun - Roger Moore
      1977 The Spy Who Loved Me - Roger Moore
      1979 Moonraker - Roger Moore 1981 For Your Eyes Only - Roger Moore
      1983 Octopussy - Roger Moore
      1983 Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery
      1985 A View to a Kill - Roger Moore
      1987 The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton
      1989 Licence to Kill - Timothy Dalton
      1995 Golden Eye - Pierce Brosnan
      1997 Tomorrow Never Dies - Pierce Brosnan
      1999 The World Is Not Enough - Pierce Brosnan
      2002 Die Another Day - Pierce Brosnan
      2006 Casino Royale - Daniel Craig
      2008 Quantum of Solace - Daniel Craig
      2012 Skyfall - Daniel Craig

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      ISBN: 9780224097482
      ISBN-10: 9781508431350
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 336
      Published: 1st October 2013
      Publisher: Vintage
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 2.7
      Weight (kg): 0.45