It’s 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth birthday, James Bond – British special agent 007 – is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime.

Bond’s arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war – and he soon realises the situation is far from straightforward. Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends further than he ever imagined.

Moving from the rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington, this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted story of memorable characters and breathtaking twists, and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded – a brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.

William Boyd follows Jeffery Deaver’s modern day Bond adventure with a return to Fleming’s original timeline, portraying a more vulnerable and introspective Bond in a Britain changing more and more around him every day.

William Boyd is an award-winning British novelist and screenwriter.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.

'You ever been in combat?' Breed asked.
Bond smiled, tiredly. 'You ever heard of World War Two?'

007 Essentials

  • First published 2013
  • Leading Lady Blessing Ogilvy-Grant
  • Villain Hulbert Linck

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