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My fear upon opening Devil May Care was that it would just be a book version of a James Bond movie. Now, I like a good Bond flick as much as the next person, but I've waited years for someone to successfully pick up the mantle of Ian Fleming. Along comes Sebastian Faulks to satisfy that craving. Devil May Care picks up right after Octopussy, successfully reviving one of literature's most captivating heroes. True, it's not exactly Fleming, but the character is dead-on, the writing crisp, and you can't beat Bond as an escape from your day-to-day drudgery!
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Devil May Care is the newest installment in the iconic James Bond series. The book will be released worldwide on Ian Fleming's birthday, May 28. Written by novelist Sebastian Faulks, Devil May Care is set in the cold war. Picking up where Fleming left off in 1966 with Octopussy and The Living Daylights, Faulks, writing as Ian Fleming, has created the perfect continuation of the James Bond legacy. Devil May Care features all the glamour, thrills, and excitement that one would expect from any adventure involving Bond...James Bond.

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Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was born on May 28, 1908, 100 years ago today. In 1964, at the age of 56, having completed 12 Bond novels, he died of a heart attack, one apparently hastened by his fondness for the cocktails and cigarettes he wrote of with such affection. Despite Fleming's death, more than 20 additional Bond novels, authorized by his estate, have appeared, written by John Gardner,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[I]njects new life into the formula....Devil May Care is in many ways a stronger novel than any that Fleming wrote, both because it's better written and because it has all the Bond lore to draw upon. It's a satisfying thriller in its own right..." Charles McGrath, The New York Times Book Review

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"Though Devil May Care is no literary landmark...it comes commendably close to the original and, provided you know what to expect, provides some real, retro pleasure." The Dallas Morning News

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"[A] smart and enjoyable act of literary resurrection. Among the now 33 post-Fleming Bonds, this must surely compete with Kingsley Amis's for the title of the best." The Guardian (U.K.)

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"[A] serviceable madeleine for Bond nostalgists and a decent replica of past Bond escapades. But if you didn't pick up Devil May Care convinced that Bond was an enduring pop-cultural landmark, you would not come away with that conclusion." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"[A] near-effortless read, and considerable fun....Faulks' writing is fine....But, unlike Fleming at his best, he doesn't quite elevate the boyish material above the bar of dignified nonsense. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

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"On the whole...it is a book Fleming fans will enjoy — provided they don't take it too seriously....Faulks has clearly worked hard to emulate the master's distinctive, journalistic style." The BBC News

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"It's all likely enough in an undemanding sort of way, but it compares with the real thing in about the way a sour apple martini compares with the proper cocktail, shaken not stirred." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

James Bond is back. By invitation of the Fleming estate to mark the centenary of the Bond creator's birth, acclaimed novelist Faulks picks up where Fleming left off, writing a tour de force to electrify Bond fans everywhere.

Synopsis:

Bond is back. With a vengeance.

Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Flemings birth on May 28, 1908.

An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed. Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into.

Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet, as a chain of events threaten to lead to global catastrophe. A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social upheavals of the late sixties.

Picking up where Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War in a story of almost unbearable pace and tension. Devil May Care not only captures the very essence of Flemings original novels but also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our own times.

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About the Author

Sebastian Faulks's seven previous novels include the international bestseller Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), and most recently Engelby (2007). He lives in London, is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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Linda Wilkins, January 19, 2009 (view all comments by Linda Wilkins)
Devil May Care is a great start for Sebastian Faulks as the newest author of authorized James Bond novels. This book begins with Bond on a 3 month sabbatical recovering from what he calls "the two B's"= brainwashing & bereavement". His sabbatical is cut short with the understanding that he will still be required to be followed-up for psychological fitness by medical staff.
His newest assignment is to shadow the sadistic & power-crazed Dr. Julius Gorner, a pharmaceutical giant. The beautiful Scarlett Papava has her own personal reasons for pursuing Dr. Gorner & hassels Bond into allowing her to come along on the pursuit.
In addition to the evil Dr. Gorner is Chagrin whose use for chopsticks is quite perverse. Bond's fight for his life & his sanity shows that his will to live is as strong as ever.
I do hope that Mr. Faulks continues writing James Bond novels. There are 48 Bond novels by my count & as of this date I have read 34 of them. This includes Jim Hatfield's unauthorized The Killing Zone & Charlie Higson's authorized Young James Bond novels.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385524285
Author:
Faulks, Sebastian
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Fleming, Ian
Author:
Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Bond, james (fictitious character)
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.35 x 6 x .95 in 1.05 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

My fear upon opening Devil May Care was that it would just be a book version of a James Bond movie. Now, I like a good Bond flick as much as the next person, but I've waited years for someone to successfully pick up the mantle of Ian Fleming. Along comes Sebastian Faulks to satisfy that craving. Devil May Care picks up right after Octopussy, successfully reviving one of literature's most captivating heroes. True, it's not exactly Fleming, but the character is dead-on, the writing crisp, and you can't beat Bond as an escape from your day-to-day drudgery!

"Review" by , "[I]njects new life into the formula....Devil May Care is in many ways a stronger novel than any that Fleming wrote, both because it's better written and because it has all the Bond lore to draw upon. It's a satisfying thriller in its own right..."
"Review" by , "Though Devil May Care is no literary landmark...it comes commendably close to the original and, provided you know what to expect, provides some real, retro pleasure."
"Review" by , "[A] smart and enjoyable act of literary resurrection. Among the now 33 post-Fleming Bonds, this must surely compete with Kingsley Amis's for the title of the best."
"Review" by , "[A] serviceable madeleine for Bond nostalgists and a decent replica of past Bond escapades. But if you didn't pick up Devil May Care convinced that Bond was an enduring pop-cultural landmark, you would not come away with that conclusion."
"Review" by , "[A] near-effortless read, and considerable fun....Faulks' writing is fine....But, unlike Fleming at his best, he doesn't quite elevate the boyish material above the bar of dignified nonsense. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "On the whole...it is a book Fleming fans will enjoy — provided they don't take it too seriously....Faulks has clearly worked hard to emulate the master's distinctive, journalistic style."
"Review" by , "It's all likely enough in an undemanding sort of way, but it compares with the real thing in about the way a sour apple martini compares with the proper cocktail, shaken not stirred."
"Synopsis" by , James Bond is back. By invitation of the Fleming estate to mark the centenary of the Bond creator's birth, acclaimed novelist Faulks picks up where Fleming left off, writing a tour de force to electrify Bond fans everywhere.
"Synopsis" by , Bond is back. With a vengeance.

Devil May Care is a masterful continuation of the James Bond legacy–an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Flemings birth on May 28, 1908.

An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed. Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into.

Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet, as a chain of events threaten to lead to global catastrophe. A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social upheavals of the late sixties.

Picking up where Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War in a story of almost unbearable pace and tension. Devil May Care not only captures the very essence of Flemings original novels but also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our own times.

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