Synopses & Reviews
The Man with the Golden Touch tells the unlikely story of how Eon Productions-the owners of the Bond franchise-has kept James Bond at the top of the charts for forty-five years when originally only three or four films were planned. Through twenty-one films featuring three M's, two Q's, and six Bonds-from Sean Connery's career-transforming turn in 1962's Dr. No to Daniel Craig's debut in the 2006 blockbuster Casino Royale-the action superstar and perfect English gentleman reigns supreme.
Thanks to the films, Ian Fleming's original creation has been transformed from a black sheep of the postwar British elite into a figure with universal appeal, constantly evolving in step with changing social and political circumstances. Sinclair McKay interviewed those concerned with every aspect of the film, and is ideally placed to describe how the Bond brand has been managed over the years and to tell the inside stories of the vivid supporting cast, from Bond girls and Bond villains to Bond cars and Bond gadgetry.
"O'Loughlin's mixed debut finds newspaperman Owen Simmons in possession of his dead colleague's files and, more importantly, a secret they contain. It is Simmons's ensuing tale of his African war reporting that promises to reveal what that secret is, but late in the book, when a minor character publishes 'a memoir of sorts' that shares the title and characters of this novel, the reader begins to suspect that Simmons has found in his dead colleague a convenient MacGuffin to string readers through his own war stories. They're good anecdotes that evoke the danger of battle, the horror of its aftermath, and the camaraderie of the brooding and maniacal 'bigfeet,' nomads, fixers, stringers, and 'lens monkeys' who witness it, but the intrigue promised in the first chapter doesn't run evenly through the story, and Simmons doesn't give away enough of himself, leaving readers with no one to really care for. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Not Untrue and Not Unkind
is a book that far transcends the usual literary efforts of the former combat reporter. It stands as an elegy not only for Simmonss band of colleagues but for a golden era of journalism." -- New York Times Book Review
, Editors Choice
¦A fine, darkly authoritative novel.¦ ïJoseph ONeill
¦It¦s a dark and expertly told soap operaè it¦s an astonishingly powerful and accomplished debut novel written with great authorityè This atmospheric book authentically carries the sounds and flavors of a Graham Greene novel, reading at times like a memoir with the seamless underbelly of a gritty Hemingwayesque taleè Buy, steal, or borrow this book. Whatever you do, read it.¦ -- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books
¦O¦Loughlin, a former editor and war correspondent, writes fiction with a stoic lyricism evoking mordant war-weariness and the eerie hollow left behind once the rush of adrenaline runs out.¦ VogueDaily (Ten Summer Must-Reads)
¦One of the most powerful debut Irish novels of the last decade.¦ ïSunday Business Post
¦Passionate, colorful ... love story and tragedy, mystery and professional satire (a la Evelyn Waughs Scoop) all rolled into one.¦ ïIrish Times
¦[O¦Loughlin] makes readers see the storytellers as they describe the unimaginable.¦ -- ForeWord Magazine
¦Not Untrue and Not Unkind is a profound look back into Africa as the continent implodes with violence.¦ -- Midwest Book Review
¦Like many foreign correspondents, O¦Loughlin has yielded to the compulsion to sum up his experiences; unlike many, his skills prove up to the task...Not Untrue and Not Unkind is a near-total success, combining a gripping narrative, a consistent voice, and a dark, professional grace. I highly recommend a trip to your local bookstore for it.¦ -- The Brown Tweed Society Blog
¦An impressive achievement for a first novelèthe story is intriguing, the prose beautifully constructed and Ed O¦Loughlin kept me riveted until the end.¦ -- BookSexy Review
is Owen's story-a gripping tale of friendship, rivalry, and betrayal among a group of journalists and photographers covering Africa's wars. It is an astonishingly powerful and accomplished debut that immediately establishes Ed O'Loughlin as a mature master of the novel, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize.
Fantastic writing, great subject. . . . The most exciting first novel I have read in many years. Anne Enright
In Dublin, a newspaper editor called Cartwright is found dead. One of his colleagues, Owen Simmons, discovers a dossier on Cartwright's desk containing a photograph that brings him back to a dusty road in Africa and to a woman he once loved.