Title: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Author: Ian Fleming
Page Count/Review Word Count: 238
You might recognise this title, and if you do then you probably know that this book is one of the installations in the James Bond series. In fact, I’m assuming this was one of the earlier ones, because there’s a big twist at the end of the book which I knew was coming thanks to references back to it in later books.
In this book, 007 heads up into the Swiss Alps to track down Stavro Blofeld, one of his biggest and most enduring arch-enemies. Bond is there on a pretext, pretending to be an expert in genealogy who’s performing a service for Blofeld, but there’s danger at every turn, especially because he packs light to avoid any further suspicion.
For me, it was an enjoyable enough read, but it did get heavy at times and whilst I powered through it in a day, that was only because I spent most of the day travelling. It isn’t one of the best Bond books, but it just about sneaks its way into the top half, and if you’ve seen the movie then you’ll know what to expect and be able to make the call on whether to read it. Either way, I’d recommend it to other Bond fans, or people who like skiing and bobsleighing.