Double or Nothing contest announced

A contest has been announced where 15 winners will get tickets to an event with Kim Sherwood, author of Double or Nothing, the “James Bond novel without James Bond.”

The event will be held on Aug. 31 in London. It is open to U.K. or Irish residents, except for employees of HarperCollins.

A few details from the website.

We are offering 15 lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to join author Kim Sherwood in London to celebrate the publication of her new novel Double or Nothing.

This exclusive event will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday 31st August at The News Building in London.

Kim Sherwood will be live in conversation with Vipul Patel from the James Bond & Friends podcast, talking all things Bond and discussing the process of writing Double or Nothing.

To enter the competition, simply email fictionmarketing@harpercollins.co.uk with your full name and postal address and use the subject header Double or Nothing Event Competition.

T&Cs apply, see below. You must be over 18 to enter. Travel costs are not included.

The website has more details about deadline for entries. Winners will also get a signed copy of the book.

The book is to be published next month. A number of James Bond fan websites have already received advanced copies to help promote the novel.

Double or Nothing depicts James Bond as missing and new 00-agents are taking up the slack. They are: “Johanna Harwood, 003. Joseph Dryden, 004. Sid Bashir, 009. Together, they represent the very best and brightest of MI6. Skilled, determined and with a licence to kill, they will do anything to protect their country,” according to a promo.

Forever and a Day won’t reach U.S. until November

Anthony Horowitz

For American fans of the literary James Bond, it will merely seem like Forever and a Day to get the new 007 continuation novel.

The novel, by Anthony Horowitz will be published Nov 6, publisher HarperCollins said today in a listing on its website.  The American publication will be more than five months after it debuts.

The second 007 effort by Horowitz is coming out on May 31 in the U.K., Ian Fleming Publications said on Feb. 8. IFP only said at the time that Forever and a Day would be published in the U.S. in the fall.

As it turned out, HarperCollins also put out a Feb. 8 statement saying it had acquired the U.S. rights. The publisher said in that statement the book would come out in November.

Forever and a Day is a prequel to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel. Horowitz’s first 007 continuation novel was 2015’s Trigger Mortis.

Boyd’s U.S. publisher provides plot summary of Solo

William Boyd

William Boyd

HarperCollins, the U.S. publisher of William Boyd’s upcoming James Bond novel, Solo, has provided a synopsis of its story line.

THE BOOK BOND WEB SITE spotted the PLOT SUMMARY earlier. The summary reads:

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 realizes 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 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 full 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.

Does Boyd’s novel delve a bit more into politics than other 007 tales, even if the author is using a fictional African country? The part about Bond being assigned “to quash the rebels threatening the established regime” raises that possibility. Ian Fleming’s original novels, of course, were penned during the Cold War and make occasional references to events. But 007’s creator also created larger-than-life villains and devised escapist plots.

Boyd’s BACKGROUND includes writing novels with an African setting such as A Good Man in Africa, where the author ALSO WROTE THE SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE VERSION.

To read The Book Bond’s post, CLICK HERE.

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