Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

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12 Critic Reviews

Jeffery Deaver is a Fleming manqué, producing a serviceable Bond film script but not a particularly good Bond novel. To carry the torch of Ian Fleming, one must be capable of doing both.
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Synopsis

James Bond as you've never sen him before...in the smashing new thriller and #1 international bestseller from Jeffrey Deaver.

A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper—plans for a devastating attack:

Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan War, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6, and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission...
 

About Jeffery Deaver

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Jeffery Deaver, a former attorney, is the New York Times bestselling author of two collections of short stories and dozens of previous suspense novels. He is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, most notably The Bone Collector, which was made into a feature starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His many awards include the Novel of the Year at the International Thriller Writers’ Awards in 2009 for his standalone novel The Bodies Left Behind. The latest entries in the Lincoln Rhyme series are The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, and The Burning Wire. Visit the author on Facebook or go to JefferyDeaver.com.
 
Published June 14, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Jul 03 2011
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Critic reviews for Carte Blanche
All: 12 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 4

Guardian

Excellent
on May 29 2011

Deaver is a master of the twist in the tale and he deploys it here with cinematic verve, keeping the reader biting their nails until the last minute...

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Blog Critics

Above average
on Jul 28 2011

It's one of those books that if you devote the time to it, it'll just fly past and you'll be left wondering where the time went.

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WSJ online

Below average
on Jun 14 2011

Jeffery Deaver is a Fleming manqué, producing a serviceable Bond film script but not a particularly good Bond novel. To carry the torch of Ian Fleming, one must be capable of doing both.

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Examiner

Good
on Dec 02 2012

It is a quick read, and the characters (whether new or not) seem familiar to the reader. Deaver pays homage to Fleming, while simultaneously holding true to his own form.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 27 2011

From beginning to end, Deaver makes what is old and familiar new again...While Deaver is one of the most American of authors, he writes of Bond with an authority and voice that seem as if it was to the...manner born.

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The Telegraph

Above average
on May 26 2011

Deaver adds a series of twists that reveal a Bond with more Sherlockian intelligence...

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Express

Good
on May 27 2011

Bond fans will enjoy Deaver’s slightly mischievous take on Ian Fleming. Deaver fans will enjoy the taut plotting and the action scenes...

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About.com

Good

...includes the best of his signature twists and turns along the road to resolution. You will not see the ultimate resolution of a number of plot lines until the last moments.

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Independent.ie

Below average
on Jun 04 2011

...there's a particular skill set required to write espionage novels, and Deaver is not an espionage writer.

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The National

Below average

There's nothing he can do but lay the ground for the next instalment in a franchise that refuses to die another day.

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The New Zealand Herald

Below average
on Jul 08 2011

...once the blood's been mopped, we learn that all Bond was shooting for all along was the love of a good woman.

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Country Life

Above average
on Jul 13 2011

...the novel burns on at a cracking pace, with Bond flitting from the Balkans, to Britain, to the Persian Gulf and finally to South Africa.

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