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DoubleShot

DoubleShot Seeing double makes life twice as dangerous for James Bond when an organized crime group makes him believe he s going insane It s a mad but brilliant plot that forces Agent into the ultimate face

  • Title: DoubleShot
  • Author: Raymond Benson
  • ISBN: 9780399146145
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Seeing double makes life twice as dangerous for James Bond when an organized crime group makes him believe he s going insane It s a mad but brilliant plot that forces Agent 007 into the ultimate face to face confrontationwith himself.

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    1. Once upon a time there was a major fan of Ian Flemings masterspy/assassin James Bond 007 who wrote a serious bedside companion on the subject that was on every fans wishlist. However as soon as he got the job of writing some 007 novels by himself he suddenly was rather loathed and considered below fan-fiction. Any selfrespecting James Bond fan knows for a fact that he/she can write a better book than any of the continuation writers have done or than EON has made the movies. Indeed they are rathe [...]

    2. Another masterful entry from Raymond Benson, it does not eclipse previous effort "High Time to Kill" as it continues Bond's chase of The Union yet it does what the film "Skyfall" did so well: thoughtfully explore Bond's vulnerabilities.In the aftermath of "High Time To Kill" Bond returns hell bent on chasing down the Union and yet his mental health is not its finest. Cross that with an introduction that foreshadows the ending and leaves you wondering the entire time just exactly how the pieces w [...]

    3. I've always had some trouble with the Raymond Benson Bond novels. It's not that they're bad, they're not, it's just that they don't resonate with me. When I first read the Ian Fleming novels, I was mesmerized by the prose, captivated by the character and enthralled with the action. They may not be great literature, but they were literature. I then moved on to the John Gardner novels and was equally enamored with how the stories developed and the how Gardner approached the character. Unfortunatel [...]

    4. Among the best of the 21st-century Bonds. Some genuinely new plot wrinkles, mixed in with some old favourite templates.

    5. Interesting read but no where near as exciting as the Ian Fleming books. Plot was too flat for my tastes.

    6. At the beginning of the book, James Bond is sent as a taunt a novel from a smut shop, and that sums up this novel perfectly. Yes, sex has always been a part of James Bond novels, but it has always been used as a plot devise and not just for titillation. The incessant use of doppelgangers and twins as a plot devise just adds insult to injury, and easily makes this the worst James Bond novel that I've ever read.

    7. Any time I pick up a new James Bond novel, I still get that little twinge of excitement I got when I first started reading Fleming's Bond novels some 30 years ago. However, the thrill just doesn't linger like it used to. Raymond Benson has proven with his previous novels that he can stir up a fairly decent plot for a Bond novel; but he also tends to be clumsy in their execution, and this is exhibited more in DOUBLESHOT than perhaps any of his others. Even after several practice rounds, Benson al [...]

    8. Raymond Benson's fifth addition to the Bond novels follows on from the events of High Time to Kill with Bond recovering from his trip to the Himalayas and the Union determined to take revenge upon the hero. The target for their act of revenge is to increase the tension between Britain and Spain over the issue of of Gibraltar.In Benson's previous Bond novels he struck a good balance between a decent thriller and the bonkers plot that we have come to expect from a Bond story. This one just falls f [...]

    9. Borrowing elements of From Russia with Love (Bond is shadowed and saved at various times in order to keep him alive so he can carry out the nefarious master plan), Benson crafts another exciting entry in the James Bond canon. (view spoiler)[To quibble though - the decision to have Bond continue to take the pills for his headaches (and then to increase the dosage) despite the fact that they obviously weren't helping that seemed to be unrealistic (in terms of the Bond universe). The character is s [...]

    10. This is a really good Bond book.After the unique High Time to Kill, Benson is at it again here, staying faithful to character and style but not afraid to do new things.No obligatory torture scene here. The writing is simple but effective, the pages filled with action, and the plot is a good one.What's wrong with Bond? Why does he keep blacking out? What are the Union up to? What is the outcome of the fantastically original murder mystery?The story keeps you interested until the suitably Fleming- [...]

    11. I'm a big James Bond fan in a iconic kind of way. I love many of the movies, and when I was a kid, I loved the Bond books. But now, it's more of a nostaligic kick to read the Ian Fleming books. I received the trilogy of Benson Bond films for a Christmas gift and am slowly going through them. Ok thrillers, but somehow, they seem old fashioned. I guess I have now graduated to more sophisticated spy thrillers, having moved on to the John LeCarre books and others like those. For interesting modern s [...]

    12. Using Southern Spain (Andalucía), Morocco and bullfighting as a backdrop, this 007 adventure relies little on Bond tropes like gadgets and cars and instead goes for a psychological thriller vibe. Doubleshot uses an ill-conceived James Bond doppelgänger (not a spoiler) and plays the clues too close to the chest causing the reader alternately figure things out too early or get frustrated by a lack of disclosure.

    13. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. Benson did a good job with the Bond as the troubled spy on the run. The general storyline was pretty good and I was very engaged. Then the Taunt Twins then stepped in and ruined what had been a decent story and the denouement was just lame. Really, Raymond Benson? Bond beat the bad guy against overwhelming odds while experiencing a blackout so that you didn't have to explain how he managed it? Nojust no.

    14. Although I did like the book, I was hoping that Benson would have given us a typical "lighter" Bond character. I think he focused too much on the accident in the Himalayas and gave us a dark, brooding Bond. There were flashes of the old debonair Bond, but he was a very dark character here. Let's keep him a bit lighter, shall we?

    15. I realize that Bond books (and movies) are formulaic. I also realize that this is highly glorified fan-fiction. But this was too formulaic, even though I read it as mind-candy. At least the movies are considered somewhat "campish" This book was highly predictable in it's storyline and most characters were two-dimensional.

    16. I enjoyed this look at James Bond pre 9-11. The KGB and SPECTRE have been defeated but now a new enemy seeks to destroy James Bond. The plot flowed quickly and the author does not give Bond as many gadgets and has him questioning his sanity. Of course ladies galore including a pair of blonde twin CIA ladies. Nice book for summer reading.

    17. As a Fodors travel guide of Northern Africa, this book does all right. As a Bond novel If I had to cast the movie for this one using a past Bond, it would be Roger Moore. There's more violence here than any of the Moore films, but he's primarily a lightweight.

    18. Bond is out for revenge with the Union the organization that gives Spectre a run for their money. Injured and pursuing the Union against orders Bond is seeing double, framed for murder, and with two beautiful twins. The Union also wants it revenge on Bond. Very good read, highly recommended.

    19. One of the more far-fetched novels written by Benson of the James Bond character. His simplicity does well for painting settings and events, but the storyline and plot in this particular read does not encompass the character he places on the pages.

    20. A Bond book for the Christmas break. Enjoyable 007 adventure in some favorite places of mine--southern Spain & Gibraltar.

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