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Staff Pick

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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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Bond is back in this electrifying new novel of intrigue and suspense.

An Algerian drug runner is brutally executed on the desolate outskirts of Paris and 007 is assigned a new task; to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate. Alongside a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava, Bond must stop a chain of events that will lead to global catastrophe.

Review:

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)

Review:

"[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.)

Review:

"[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

Review:

"[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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"Well-written [and] entertaining....The tension ratchets up." The Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

Bond is back. With a vengeance. Devil May Care is an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth on May 28, 1908.

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307473318
Author:
Faulks, Sebastian
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming
Author:
Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Action
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.76x4.40x1.05 in. .42 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307473318 Reviews:
"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 , "[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 , "[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 , "[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 , "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 , "Well-written [and] entertaining....The tension ratchets up."
"Synopsis" by , Bond is back. With a vengeance. Devil May Care is an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth on May 28, 1908.
"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.
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