Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

A James Bond Novel

Book - 2003
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"Her hair was black and fell to her shoulders. She had high cheekbones and a sensual mouth, and wore a dress of white silk. Her eyes were blue, alight and disdainful, but, as they gazed into his with a touch of humour, Bond realized that they contained a message.

Solitaire watched his eyes on her and nonchalantly drew her forearms together so that the valley between her breasts deepened. The message was unmistakable."

Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr Big--master of fear, artist in crime and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition--he knows that this criminal heavy hitter is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem, to the everglades and on to the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced. And no-one, not even the mysterious Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end…

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780142003237
0142003239
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Fle

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geratho
Mar 23, 2018

Ian Fleming is a great writer for this genre. His command of the language and imagination make for great story telling and great reads. To comment (negatively) that his work is dated misses the point that these are period pieces. It's a shame that the movies eventually chose to place the stories in contemporary settings, sometimes with disastrous effect. Moonraker for example is one of the very best books but the movie is a farce that has little to do with it.

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crowl92
Jan 19, 2018

A thrilling read, and perhaps the most violent of the novels.

However, it is horribly dated in how it treats non-white races. Ian Fleming's dialogue to match African American dialect is at times laughable, other times jaw-dropping, but eternally troubling. His female characters is a whole other discussion entirely...

I can only recommend the book to die-hard Bond fans going through the books. Much like reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft, it's a fun reading experience, but sadly punctuated throughout with garishly horrible, dated, and naive depictions of race relations

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cath9977
Feb 09, 2016

This is the second James Bond book he wrote, and it is very good. It's completely different from the movie. Written in 1954, it really has a flavor of the 50s in New York and Jamaica. There are no gimmicks and high tech gadgets and though the villain is a little far-fetched, it really could have happened. There's a lot of stuff in it about aquatic life such as sharks and barracudas. The characterizations are real. I enjoyed it a lot.

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erndawgg
Jun 07, 2014

Fast-paced with lots of detail. The N-word is used and some of the characters die horrible deaths. Unlike the movies, you get to feel how stressed out Bond gets about events and mission prep.

LMOH May 12, 2012

Culturally-insensitive and dated.

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blossom21
Nov 02, 2010

Good, fast action like the movies.

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