Carte Blanche, the new James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver, was released today in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the Netherlands, and Korea. Unfortunately, those of us in the United States and Canada have to wait over two weeks until June 14th. It's so unfair.
To make the wait more bearable, Amazon UK has a description of the book:
"The face of war is changing. The other side doesn't play by the rules much any more. 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 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.
Jeffery Deaver has also provided the first two chapters of the book at his web site:
Carte Blanche Exerpt