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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,632 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Faulks Narrator: Tristan Layton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739366226
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Bond is back. With a vengeance. Devil May Care is an electrifying new chapter in the life of the most iconic spy of literature and film, written to celebrate the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth on May 28, 1908.

An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed. Gorner has lately taken a disquieting interest in opiate derivatives, both legal and illegal, and this urgently bears looking into. 

Bond finds a willing accomplice in the shape of a glamorous Parisian named Scarlett Papava. He will need her help in a life-and-death struggle with his most dangerous adversary yet, as a chain of events threatens to lead to global catastrophe. A British airliner goes missing over Iraq. The thunder of a coming war echoes in the Middle East. And a tide of lethal narcotics threatens to engulf a Great Britain in the throes of the social upheavals of the late sixties. 

Picking up where Ian Fleming left off, Sebastian Faulks takes Bond back to the height of the Cold War–but also shows Bond facing dangers with a powerful relevance to our own times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Has admirable style and verve, in large part because Faulks approaches the material with respect, never winking at the reader. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • Well-written [and] entertaining.... The tension ratchets up. The Wall Street Journal
  • Goes down as easily as one of 007’s bon mots. The Christian Science Monitor
  • So satisfying was Sebastian Faulks’s new James Bond novel that I felt obliged to celebrate by making myself a vodka martini, very dry, shaken, not stirred. Fritz Lanham, Houston Chronicle
  • Faulks is a graceful writer with a bracing cold streak and a sharp eye for period detail. Time
  • Keep[s] the action coming fast and furious.... Devoted to full-throttle pursuit. The New York Times
  • A satisfying thriller. . . . A fond and at times funny homage to all the other books in the series. The New York Times
  • Superb. . . . Clever, quickly paced and pedal-to-the-metal entertainment. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • Superior.... The book races along. Unlike many modern novels, it gets better and better. The Economist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 2/16/2014

    " Certainly enjoyed this book, but perhaps I expected and James Bond more inline with the Daniel Craig character insead of realising it was a Bond more true to Ian Flemings writtings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 2/8/2014

    " A disappointing book. I like Faulks, and liked Bond in his day, but this came across as a stupid unintentioned parody. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/2/2014

    " I haven't read the BOOK, just an excerpt in Vanity Fair. It's fun! The chapter they shared was one in which Bond play tennis against the villain of the story. I have never read any of Ian Flemmings Bond stories (and I tried to read Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which yes he wrote too), but Sebastian Faulks is trying to keep the Flemming/Bond style and I can just picture how this would play out in a movie version. Speaking of, I can't wait to see the new Bond movie Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrick | 2/1/2014

    " I really appreciated the fact that Faulks wrote in the style of Ian Fleming. I think that I read most of Flemings books before I saw one movie and Gardner and Benson never quite caught the style that Fleming had. This was the best show of it that I have ever seen. If you were a fan of Fleming, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rusty | 1/21/2014

    " Much closer to the originals than the Gardner books. Bond is still a boyscout, but the author isn't quite as obsequious as Gardner, and the plot is only as preposterous as the originals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Adams | 1/10/2014

    " It was nice to dive back into the Cold War era Bond. And I thought Faulks' effort an emulating Fleming was spot on. Similar to some of the older Bond books, it has it's slow spots. But the last half moved at a quick pace toward a nice ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Henriquez | 12/28/2013

    " This is the old James Bond (and that is a good thing, no strange gadgets and he is kind of brutal) liked it. also, some parts of the book seem to have inspired scenes in Quantum Of Solace, specially the airplane one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Nixon | 12/18/2013

    " Hmm, this was an ok Bond book. I loved most of Fleming's work, Faulks captures some of the feeling of the original books & the era (set in the cold war 50's) but for me doesn't quite pull it off. Perhaps it's because Bond isn't quite hard edged enough. There's one scene where he cooly rams two motorbike riders off the road before continuing on his journey, good stuff that was. The bad guy is ok but his end comes in a slightly contrived & a little disappointing fashion considering his behaviour previously. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guy | 12/14/2013

    " Fun read, very Fleming-like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 8/18/2013

    " First Bond book I ever read. Honestly, it was unexpected, and the style and flow of the narrative were surprisingly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/4/2013

    " Good Bond, especially set in teh 60's but not as good as Flemming or Benson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 4/27/2013

    " A good old fashioned yarn, back to the Fleming days. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 3/31/2013

    " This is the latest James Bond book with a guest writer in place of Ian Fleming. It started off great but then I lost interest and barely finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Pinto | 3/4/2013

    " After a long time... another james bond book... as usual.. thrillin and full of action "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alfredo | 2/17/2013

    " It gets boring after a while... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gloria | 1/11/2013

    " Typical crazy, Bond plot but a fast, tense read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 10/4/2012

    " The story was all over the place and didn't develop naturally; characters dropped in and out, and there was a pointless reveal that I saw a mile away. There was barely a sense of "James Bond" to the proceedings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Devries | 9/18/2012

    " I love spy novels and Bond books are always great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 9/4/2012

    " Too silly. Just not my thing, but audio book pickings are slim at my local library. I had higher hopes given the author, but maybe I'm just not a good judge of this type of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Chung | 7/24/2012

    " good reads though certain place seems to be slow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yorky Caz | 6/16/2012

    " Great book fab writing really fits in well as a bond book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 7/21/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this for similar reasons to why Faulks probably enjoyed writing it, but it's just not really my thing. Probably two stars on the experience of reading it but a third star for the fun of having it and talking about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 4/26/2011

    " Too silly. Just not my thing, but audio book pickings are slim at my local library. I had higher hopes given the author, but maybe I'm just not a good judge of this type of thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donovan | 3/28/2011

    " Set in the 1960s, this 007 adventure wasn't quite up to Ian Fleming's originals but close enough that I'd like to read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 3/21/2011

    " A well written book that very much felt in the style of Fleming, Devil May Care should be a fun read for fans of Bond books, though not necessarily of the movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhian | 3/17/2011

    " I am a closet James Bond fan. It's not as unashamedly sexist or cool as the originals, but it's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefan | 2/1/2011

    " A fine addition to the James Bond universe. The story lagged a bit, especially at the beginning and the story was not as fast-paced as I expected. However, Devil May Care was still a rollicking fun read. The exotic settings and exciting action scenes didn’t disappoint either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/3/2011

    " Some of the story elements seem preposterous and unlikely. First chapter starts off strong, but the book seemingly never revisits or connects the opnening. Worth a read if you just need to get back to reading Bond. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/17/2010

    " This was more like the old school James Bond books and movies. I enjoyed it! "

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About the Author
Author Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks’ six previous novels include Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), The Girl at the Lion d’Or (1989), and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

About the Narrator

Tristan Layton has performed in plays in London and New York and has served as a television host. He’s done voice work for documentaries as well as for television and radio commercials. His audiobook credits include reading Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris, Sebastian Faulks’ Devil May Care, and David Nicholls’ The Understudy. Known as “The Master of Accents,” Tristan currently lives in New York.