Tag: Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming – Thunderball | Review

Title: Thunderball

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 264

Rating 3.5/5



I thought I’d read all of the Bond novels, but apparently not! I’d somehow missed this one, but the good news is that while I have seen most of the films, I don’t really remember them. That meant that I could read this as though I was experiencing the story for the first time, which was fun.

It’s interesting because it shows its age, especially because of the fact that it reflects the fears of the cold war and the threat of a nuclear Armageddon. And yet even though it seems a little dated, it still holds up pretty well. A lot of the ideas in here could still happen today, even if they came about through a different diplomatic landscape, and the action is pretty good too.

Some of the Bond books have bored me, especially when they’ve contained lengthy paragraphs about a single game of bridge or golf or something. There wasn’t really anything like that to worry about here, although there was a casino scene. Mostly though, the action was pretty quick and it never felt as though the story was slowing down.

The only thing I would say is that the ending almost felt as though it came out of nowhere, and so because of that it was a little bit of a let-down. That happens a lot with the Bond novels though, and so don’t worry too much. If you’ve read and enjoyed the Bond books before, you’ll enjoy it.



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Agatha Christie – Destination Unknown | Review

Title: Destination Unknown

Author: Agatha Christie

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 192

Rating 3.5/5



This book was worth reading if only because of its unusual historical significance. It’s a rare Christie standalone, but it also has some espionage vibes that makes it feel almost like an Ian Fleming or Graham Greene novel.

The main problem that I had with this one was that I thought the build-up was better than the bulk of the book and then the ending, and so while it didn’t exactly let itself down, it just didn’t end up being as good as I was expecting it to be from the start of it.

Destination Unknown is a good title for this one, because you’re best off going in with no real idea of what’s coming. In that way, it’s almost reminiscent of a modern day thriller, and it certainly has some of the same vibes. That makes it an interesting book because of what it’s trying to do and when it was trying to do it, but I don’t know if there’s anything to recommend it for beyond that.



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