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Publisher's Summary

A James Bond novel written by William Boyd.
It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.
A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond’s renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.
Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.
Dominic West is well known for his leading roles in many films, including 28 Days, Mona Lisa Smile, The Forgotten and 300. He played McNulty in HBO’s The Wire, one of the most critically acclaimed television programmes ever made in the U.S. In 2011 he won a TV BAFTA for his role in ITV mini-series Appropriate Adult, and he was also nominated for a Golden Glove for BBC series The Hour.
©2013 Ian Fleming Publications Limited (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By antonio on 04-21-14

This sounds really like Bond, James Bond..

As a fervent reader of the Ian Fleming books in my early years , I have been deeply disappointed by the various attempts of different writers to re-create James Bond. This time is different. If anything , the best I can say about this book is that , at times, it really sounds like the real thing. The worse is that James Bond - as a character- comes through as a bit "depassė" with his snobbish and macho attitude and belongs to a world ( Cold War) forever gone...In any case this is good entertainment and I would certainly go for an additional " Bond by Boyd" book..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michele on 11-09-13

Bond in Flemings time but now..cool

I enjoyed this it's a solid story, it has the original Bond story timing, Bond girls in peril, evil bad guys who won't die and plenty of twists and turns. Kept my interest.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 09-07-14

Well Done

What did you like most about Solo?

The writing style. Mr Boyd really captured the essence of the original stories by IF. INFINITELY better than Sebastian Faulks's effort which was poor.

What did you like best about this story?

The atmosphere and pace of the story. It felt authentic Bond.

Which character – as performed by Dominic West – was your favourite?

He did them all well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have done, but didn't

Any additional comments?

Use Dominic West more often. He is a 1st rate reader!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By sia on 01-28-14

Dominic West's dulcet tones brings Bond back!

What made the experience of listening to Solo the most enjoyable?

Dominic West delivers a great performance as a sultry and self-assured Bond. William Boyd's story is hard to follow in some places and typically Bond - there is a touch of sexism there... So Bond is older but the writing is still very much Fleming. I would actually say that I preferred this imagining of Bond to Jeffrey Deaver's in Carte Blanche - perhaps because Boyd has been brave enough to keep Bond more like the original Fleming one i.e. misogynistic and yet enamoured with female beauty and charm...He is the whisky drinking smoking womaniser of old!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Bond himself, followed by the female love interests.

Which character – as performed by Dominic West – was your favourite?

Apart from Bond in the story the black female love interest

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me both laugh and cry a little

Any additional comments?

A great audiobook : great entertainment. It's easy listening and yet substantial.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 07-05-18

Shoehorning

Starts in an interesting setting.

Villians are either serotypical or forced in.

The message of 'geopolitics' is complicated is very forced and shoehorned in too late in the book.

Overall it feels like two shorter books pushed together.

Narration is good.

However, it at no point made me uncontrollably angry or indignant with the quality of the writing. That is good.

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