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Author: William Boyd Narrator: Dominic West Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The James Bond Series Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9780062265272
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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.

James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nearly a century on, Boyd proves that there are plenty of pages left in 007’s passport. I doubt his creator could have done it better.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compulsively readable thriller, replicating the cocktail of ingredients that got Fleming’s readers hooked and yet to let the cracks in the fantasy figure show through. A thoroughly rewarding, entertaining and ultimately thought provoking fix.”


  • “A light, slick, sinuous adventure…Though Boyd’s iteration of the character owes something to Graham Greene’s moral melancholy, Fleming’s Bond remains recognizable. So does the excellent pacing.”

    USA Today

  • “Anyone wishing this autumn to enjoy the Cold War with the assurance of a happy ending should seek out William Boyd’s new James Bond novel, Solo, in which 007 is dispatched to West Africa and the fictitious country of Zanzarim, where he finds himself in the midst of a civil war.”

    Scotsman (Edinburgh)

  • “A brilliant imitation that’s occasionally superior to the prototype.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Boyd brings back the real Bond, triumphantly…A formidable literary achievement…It succeeds wonderfully.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • Solo’s true literary craft lies in the subtlety of its correspondences and also the suspenseful quality that keeps us on our toes until the closing pages. Mission accomplished.” 

    Financial Times (London)

  • “A terrific twisting thriller…A tremendous Bond story.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Boyd has rendered his Bond perfectly.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The prose of Boyd is frankly superior to that of Fleming…A bloody good thriller. A triumph.”

    Observer (London)

  • Solo never fails to keep the reader on the edge of his chair…Boyd is a brilliant storyteller and the interwoven plots and surprises of Solo are often superior to Fleming’s own narrative stunts.”

    Daily Beast

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

William Boyd, Scottish novelist and screenwriter, was born in Accra, Ghana, and attended university in Nice, Glasgow, and Oxford. He is the author of ten novels and a number of screenplays and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He lives with his wife in London.

About the Narrator

Dominic West, an English actor, has appeared in numerous award-winning films, television shows, and plays. He is best known for his role as Detective Jimmy McNulty in the HBO drama, The Wire