Colonel Sun E–pub New

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  • Colonel Sun
  • Robert Markham
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780786120765

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FREE READ ✓ Colonel Sun S the globe to a volcanic Greek island where Colonel Sun Liang tan of the People's Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex Nazi atrocity expert in a world mena Where do I startBecause Kindles let you do crazy stuff like this I bought all of Fleming s Bond books and binge read them This was interesting as an exercise as it revealed Fleming s preoccupations booze misogyny and bigotry very much included They bear down on the reader with considerable weight You stagger away from the experience with the impression that Ian Fleming was a really unpleasant wee man who had discovered much as had Elizabeth David the rewards of offering escapism to the post war BritishCasino Royale happened to a generation of people still coping with rationing to whom Bond s Krug guzzling leggy blonde fondling avocado scooping lifestyle was wonderful indeed As we started to face the realities of the End of Empire Bond made us feel relevant In the 1950s we needed heroes and leggy women in fast cars to liven up our brown world of weak tea powdered egg and fag smokeThen Fleming s hooch and nicotine consumption got the better of him and his publishers faced with that most feared of all publishing disasters a dead cash cow farmed out the Bond franchise The first writer of these non Fleming Bonds was Robert Markham as eny fule no these days we re actually talking celebrated satirist and literary giant Kingsley AmisThe uestion I kept coming back to throughout my difficult time reading Colonel Sun was whether Amis was doing this for the LOLs The whole thing is so very badly done the writing dialogue and characters so stilted and the situations so very wooden that you wonder but then you pull back and debate whether writing very very badly is the stuff of satire If this is satire then it is very subtle indeed for its time we re looking at fifty odd years before The OfficeHave a look at this an action sceneBond dropped to his knees shoved out of the way the legs of the man he had stabbed got his finger through the brass ring of the trapdoor and heaved it aside The roar of well tuned machinery and an engine room smell came up at him He moved to the deck immediately outside the doorway and there swiftly and methodically drew from the pouches at his waist the four Mills grenades Each was surrounded by a half inch thick protective coating of heavy duty grease from the Altair s stores Again he made no delay but with uick deft movements grasped one grenade after another in his right hand drew out the safety pin with his left index finger and tossed all four down the hatchway before the seven second fuse of the first had had time to release the firing pin Then it came a monstrous pounding shivering bang underfoot that made the deck boards leap as if struck with a massive hammer the buzz of flying metal a wash of flame above the hatchwaySee It s just not very goodThe breeze was whipping the blaze for ard and Bond caught the glow of flames sweeping the deckhouse He could hear the roar of fuel fired combustion Something aft went up with a kind of puffing bellow and bunch of flame intensely orange in colour jerked and eddied outwards Not for the first time in his career Bond felt a surge of sickening remorse at the gross outrageous destruction he had caused the stabbing of the man in the pilot s seat and the unknown but probably dreadful fate of the other He tried to push the thought out of his mind It was necessary he told himself It was duty A kind of puffing bellow Yew Throughout the book the writing s at best pedestrian Bond walks uickly and stomachs lurch suddenly bellies betray no sign of fat and calculations are made in split secondsReluctantly I came to the conclusion that no we re not looking at satire here We re looking at someone trying to give Bond readers what they want And in attempting that MarkhamAmis amplifies the worst aspects of Bond and neglects the good aspects of him That finding the good aspects of Bond is rather like searching haystacks perhaps doesn t helpTo sum up the plot nothing much really happens because there s no reason really for anything to happen M is kidnapped and Bond goes on holiday in Greece There s a bad Chinese guy and a good Greek guy There are various other guys who sort of pop in and out We muck around in boats eat Greek food and lament the Greeks are uite as lazy and crap as they are apart from busty Greek bird Ariadne who Bond turns from Communism to enthusiastic screwing something they indulge in at every opportunity There are lashings of ouzo The bad Chinese guy wants to torture Bond to satisfy the code of the Chinese or something There are girls They are Albanian and so like to screw menThere s a man who s a fairy Oh yes I know this is of its time but stillAriadne nodded vigorously Right I was exactly the person he couldn t believe I m Greek so I m backward and stupid and a peasant Then I m a woman Oh he s Litsas gestured one of the boys is he Yes you should have seen the look he gave Yanni A little later the character s defined deftly a fat little fairyThe racism and sexism are both very much in evidence overdone to a tee The Chinese are very chinky winky the girls are all winky winky and the fat fairies are very Tinkywinky It s all so obvious and well wearyingI started taking notes after a while realising that the only thing keeping me going was that the whole thing was so monumentally bad that it was worth the effort just for the celebration of its total crapness I finally with an enormous sigh of relief got to the end The baddy Chinaman goes to his death shouting Damn you Bond I felt his pain truly I did

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FREE READ ✓ Colonel Sun Cing conspiracy Stripped of all professional aids Bond faces unarmed the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical enduran Fleming approved of Robert Markham s 007 companion book and the Fleming Estate tabbed him to author the first Bond story after Fleming s death By the time this story came around it was 1968 4 years after Fleming s death and it would be another 13 years until the character was written about again not counting film novelizations Colonel Sun has impacted the Bond series in a few ways the antagonist of Die Another Day derives some of his name from this antagonist an M kidnapping plot makes its way into The World is Not Enough and very exact lines of dialogue emerge from Blofeld s mouth in 2 scenes of SPECTREThis book starts with golf with Bill Tanner Bond s penchant for the good life and drinks and reference to some of his most recent adventures The Man with the Golden Gun and James Bond In New York where Fleming left off It takes us swiftly into the action Bond finds some unlikely allies and while it does not often feel exactly like Fleming s Bond it is a worthy entryFleming spent most of his time detailing every aspect of the scene Markham does that to a degree but tells much story as well with a much intricate complex plot M isn t just kidnapped there is a whole elaborate plot behind it that ties to another elaborate plot that ties to the politics of multiple nations Colonel Sun is a must read for Bond fans and a worthy successor to the Fleming stories 35 out of 5 stars

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FREE READ ✓ Colonel Sun The life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped The action ricochets acros There was all that fuss the other year about Sebastian Faulks an actual literary author unlike John Gardner or Raymond Benson being hired to write a James Bond novel Wasn t it incredible Proof of the high esteem in which Fleming s writing is heldBut ignored in all the coverage was that the Fleming estate had hired a literary author to write a James Bond novel before It might say Robert Markham on the front of this novel but step forward Mr Kingsley AmisOne of the things about books like this is that a certain level of pastiche is inevitable Of course the author doesn t want to go so far that it all becomes parody but he does want to mimic the voice of the original while telling his own tale And on this score Kingsley Amis a writer not traditionally known for his thrillers does Fleming perfectly He really captures that mix of sex sadism and the lash as well as all the excessive consumption that James Bond does so well In fact it s so accurate it could be mistaken for a lost Fleming it s better than The Man with the Golden Gun certainly and maybe that isn t so surprising as despite their different backgrounds Amis and Fleming were much the same type of Englishman Indeed both writers throughout their work gradually become hard core conservative and reactionary No doubt if Fleming had lived Mrs Thatcher would have given him a knighthood tooFollowing the events of The Man with the Golden Gun a soft and bored James Bond is suddenly thrust from London into a great adventure off the Greek coast which has dangerous conseuences for the whole world There s a beautiful woman guns boats an over the top villain and a brutal torture scene What could anyone really want