Carte Blanche is the latest book from Jeffrey Deaver and I have to admit my initial excitement dimmed a little when I heard it was a James bond novel. I don’t have anything against the 007 franchise but it’s not my style of crime writing. But happy to give it a go I suspended my thoughts and hoped for the best and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This is a book for fans of 007 to really sink their teeth into. Not the typical style for Jeffrey Deaver, but one he has done very well at.

“The face of war is changing and. The other side doesn’t play by the rules much anymore. There’s thinking in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too….”

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post 9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence is deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

This is Bond at his charming, well dressed best. If you’re a fan of the 007 franchise this is the book for you. If not it’s definitely worth giving it a look. For me, this is the sort of good spy novel that while not believable, is so infinitely enjoyable that a few far fetched plot lines only add to the enjoyment.

Filled with mystery, suspense, fast cars and beautiful women and of course violence this is the sort of reading that u enjoy when you’re having a break from your more serious choices. Jeffrey Deaver probably won’t win any literary prizes with this novel but I can guarantee he will win himself a lot of new fans.

Buckle yourself in because Carte Blanche has all the thrills, spills, crashes and crazy antics you have come to love from Bond and even more. Complete with cool gadgets, outrageous scenarios, really amazing cars and the latest in cool “boy toys” this is 007 at his finest. Men will want to be him and women will want to know him. And take it from me picturing Daniel Craig as 007 doesn’t hurt the reading experience at all.