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James Bond: The Union Trilogy (James Bond 007) Paperback – October, 2008
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All of Benson's Bond novels are terrific 007 adventures (all set in present day), and he really hit his stride with these three books, which are loosely connected and form a "trilogy" within his series (similar to Fleming's "Blofeld Trilogy"). High Time To Kill is, IMO, one of the very best James Bond novels ever written, taking Bond to Tibet for a high altitude mountaineering adventure. Doubleshot is a bold and experimental Bond novel which finds Bond mentally impaired (due to injuries in the last book) to the point of fearing he may be going insane. Never Dream of Dying is a fantastic book with Raymond's best female character and relationship.
With Benson's Bond novels now all out of print, it's great to have these novels collected. For those who read Devil May Care and are craving more post Fleming 007, this is the book for you.
But what's most exciting about this release for me is that it includes the full and uncut version of "Blast From The Past," Benson's first James Bond short story. This story was only ever published in Playboy, and this full version has never before been published in English.
Here's hoping Benson's remaining Bond novels (and short stories) will be collected as well.
The first of the three novels in the Trilogy, High Time to Kill, Benson cites as his personal favorite. That is a significant endorsement from Benson, the person most consider the leading Bond expert in the world (author of the The James Bond Bedside Companion). I personally enjoyed Benson's The Man With a Red Tattoo, a continuation of Fleming's You Only Live Twice story. Here again, The Union Trilogy delivers because it includes for the first time in English, the short story, Blast From the Past. Blast ties up ends left dangling in Twice.
The complexity we see portrayed on the screen by Daniel Craig's 007 owes much to the Benson Bond and the novels included with the Trilogy.
Unlike the very unsatisfying Sebastian Faulks novel earlier this year, Mr. Benson's work really does breath new life into Ian Fleming's original James Bond character. It "feels" like Fleming's hero. You recognize him in a way that only a truly sympathetic expert could have accomplished. Readers who picked up Faulk's novel looking for James Bond found him absent. Good news. He's here, and not just in one novel, but three; any one of which is superior to the muddled attempt by Faulks.
James Bond occupies the center of a very intriguing trilogy. Ian Fleming had his own Bond trilogy and like those novels, each of Mr. Benson's can be read as a stand alone adventure. But published here for the first time together, the reader can best appreciate the sweep of continuity that ties these three stories together into one grand adventure.
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I enjoy the James Bond novels by Raymond Benson, as much or more than the original Fleming stories.Published 5 days ago by slim
Quick, and fast transaction. item in great condition. Highly recommended!!!A+++++Published 10 months ago by Joseph Morales
Bond just keeps getting better, I truly enjoy these series of books and how the different authors implement their special touch's to the man.Published 10 months ago by Andrew C Smith
These stories are okay but just did not meet my expectations of a suspenseful James Bond story.Published 15 months ago by C. carter
All those who write in the Ian Fleming's canon are excellent -- hope more is on the way.Published 21 months ago by Tom Lee