17. January 2013 16:56
From the opening strains of Bond's signature movie theme music to the last shaken-not-stirred martini, the reader is drawn into the nonstop-action world of 007. Thanks to best-selling author Deaver, a longtime enthusiast of Ian Fleming's creation, the British spy is reintroduced with a wonderful modern flare. Both newcomers to the subgenre and traditionalists will find much to enjoy with the updated electronics, political framework, cliff-hanging situations, and, as always, bad men to fight. Actor Toby Stephens, who appeared as the villain in the Bond movie Die Another Day, provides a wonderful reading. Stephens has the most proper British accent, which is essential. For thriller, suspense, and spy lovers. [The S. & S. hard cover was an Editor's Spring Pick, LJ 2/15/11, and a New York Times best seller.--Ed.]
By J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA
Deaver, Jeffery. Carte Blanche 007: The New James Bond Novel. 11 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 13½ hrs. S. & S. Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781456119157. $123.75; 2 MP3-CDs. library ed.; 11 CDs. retail ed. S. & S. Audio; Playaway digital; digital download.