Book Review: Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this novel. I expected the character of James Bond, of course, loads of action, and fast cars and (arguably) even faster women – but I admit I find the Bond movies completely boring, and having never read a Bond novel, I wondered if Jeffery Deaver would deliver a good read. Thankfully he does. Jeffery Deaver is a terrific writer and he breathes new life into this literary creation.
Carte Blanche is a fast-paced, contemporary story. Bond is fresh back from Afghanistan and has been recruited to a new agency in Britain. Intelligence suggests that an attack is scheduled for later that week and casualties are estimated in the thousands. Bond is given carte blanche to find out how and where the attack will occur so he can prevent it. To do so Bond follows clues that take him from England to Serbia, Dubai and South Africa. On the way he drives some very fast cars, abandons his classic martini in favour of a new cocktail, and falls for the charms of some very beautiful women – although whether they are on the same side as him remains to be seen. It’s unashamedly an escapist read for men, but it still has enough substance, pace and characterisation to also be an entertaining read for women too. Jeffery has certainly delivered! Carte Blanche is a page-turning modern thriller.