This is my review of the book “Solo” by William Boyd, which I read recently. - Bond, the names, Bond as the saying goes. This story is all about James Bond in the late nineteen sixties. Though I have not read a James Bond story written by Ian Fleming, for a number of years I could recognise Ian's style in the plot line.
It has been written with great skill and detail, whilst adding the depth to the characters, the story goes along at a good rate, with several twists and turns along the way.
So getting back to the story, our hero James driven by revenge, sets out to try and stop a civil war in a small West African country called Zanzariun. He is there under cover as a journalist. Surprise surprise, he is aided by a beautiful accomplice, but all is not quite what it seems – To say more would spoil the plot, but I will say beware flying bullets.
He then gets drawn into a plot that takes him to America. Once in Washington the plot thickens. He is left with the dilemma – does he follow orders or solve the mystery, which he uncovered in Zanzarium.
To say much more could spoil a really enjoyable story. Other than to say it is one that has not been ruined by excessive use of gadgets, but rather skill and genius in making a fantastic atmospheric plot.
A very enjoyable book to read. It was book 19 week 15 fiction 17 (audio book 3) non fiction 2
This is my review of the book Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd, which I have read recently. Yes – There are not many books which result in a debate between Pauline (who had also read the book recently) as to the ending of the book but this one did.
It is a book that has been written in different parts, and certainly in my view the parts are of varying quality and interest. Some of the text seemed very boring and if the book is abridged, I am sure would just be cut out. Other parts of the text are really frustrating, or maybe just very clever as there are gaps which you as the reader have to fill in with your imagination. Depending on how you do that, effects the story line. Then finally there are other parts of brilliant descriptive story telling enjoyment.
Anyway that being said what is the book about. It starts off in Vienna during 1913, and the star of the story is Lysander Rief a young gifted English actor. Then through a set of seemingly random circumstances he meets and falls for Hettie Bull. They start an affair, that has terrible consequences.
Time moves on and the war has started Lysander finds himself in debt to the British Government, and to clear the debt he has to become a spy. There is an agent for Germany causing great damage with the information that is being leaked. Lysander is given the special task of finding who this is, and becomes entangled in the dangerous web of wartime intelligence.
Of course the big question is does he find who the spy is or not??
Over the years I have read several of William's books and this one did not disappoint. This was book 34 week 28 fiction 31 (8 on audio) non fiction 3
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