Monday, May 30, 2011

CARTE BLANCHE getting strong reviews across the UK

Looks like Jeffery Deaver's Carte Blanche is getting very positive reviews across the UK. A sampling:

Scottish Daily Express - "Bond fans will enjoy Deaver’s slightly mischievous take on Ian Fleming. Deaver fans will enjoy the taut plotting and the action scenes and, by the way, it is going to make a great movie."

Evening Standard - "The most impressive feature of Carte Blanche is the ingenuity of the breathless, blood-thirsty plot. A master of misdirection, Deaver manufactures more surprises than anyone flogging an old warhorse can be expected to produce."

The Guardian - "Fans will approve of Jeffery Deaver's James Bond, who is both the daring spy of old and a product of the 21st century."

The Telegraph - "Ian Fleming purists who agonise over each new incarnation of Bond can shake a celebratory martini and light up a Morland’s if they dare."

The Independent - "Crucially, the novel proves itself worthy of the 007 logo on its spine by presenting us with one of the most bone-chillingly creepy bad guys in history."

The Express - "Deaver’s enthusiasm for Bond comes through on every page and he puts the gift for plotting that has garnered him such massive popularity to superb use here."

Carte Blanche is available now in the UK. It will be released in the U.S. on June 14.


  1. Nice to see the reviews are generally positive. There doesn't seem to be any pleasing the Fleming purists however. I will make it a point not to read reviews from now on until after I have read the book. The negative reviews from many of the latter put me in a less than positive frame of mind. If the style is too different to Fleming then they just tend to write it off.

  2. Sadly, this novel can't reach the level of the Benson and Gardner novels and surely not the Ian Fleming novels.

    Doesn't read like a Bond novel but more like an nowadays adventure novel.

  3. The Gardner novels and the Benson novels were terrible!

  4. I'm suprised at these reviews - it is an extremely poor novel, the character of Bond is poorly fleshed out and could be anyone. Utter rubbish

  5. How much for the Bentley special edition now??