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It's a shame too; I always judge books by their covers.
There's certainly something to be said for 'less is more" but this cover tells me nothing of the character or the themes and has no kind of inventiveness. At least DMC had something a little more interesting and actually relating to the theme of the book. This, by contrast, seems rather uninspired.
Honestly, I've seen much better results from our Mi6 competitions. Yes, this is simple and bold, but it doesn't jump off the shelf and scream "read me!". I'm really not that impressed.
The text reads:
“The face of war is changing. The other side doesn’t play by the rules much anymore. There’s thinking, in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too . . .”
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.
A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.
And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche.
Carte Blanche is due to be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the UK, a few days before Fleming’s birthday, on 26th May 2011. It has been commissioned by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Jeffery Deaver comments, “I’m really excited about being back in Dubai. It is an inspirational and awe-inspiring city and makes a perfect Bond location—especially for a novel that pushes our hero to new extremes.”
I don't really like the sound of this either. Unless they meant that it's an independent organisation but SET UP BY Mi6 outside the Vauxhall Cross building. Hope the headquarters are located in a grey, anonymous building overlooking Regents Park.
The rest excites me though. Bond has always been a part of the official British Secret Service though. I just can't warm to him being part of another organisation. Glad he's in his thirties instead of his twenties!
Unlike most I really enjoyed Sebastian Faulks 'Devil May Care' and while not in anyway perfect at least he tried to write both respectfully and in the style of Ian Fleming. If your not going to take that approach why even bother to write a Bond novel at all, you might as well just rename the character and have an original concept.
Still an open mind is the key, and despite my worries it may surprise me and turn out to be really good, after all I remember before DAD was released thinking that it would be a good Bond film and look how wrong I turned out to be...
I wish they'd've kept the gun in the UK cover.
The US cover looks like a 45 single from 1985...terrible.
They're disappearing fast though, so you'd better hurry if you want one.