Well, I'm reading it and absolutely galloping through. Sure, there are a couple of inconsistencies, but nothing like the scale of Fleming - only a pedant would complain about them.
Here we see the Bond world through a fresh pair of eyes. It is not meant to be Fleming's, it's not a continuation or a novelisation. It's new and fun and clever, I think.
Thanks, I've never been called a pedant before. Don't you think these "inconsistencies" could so easily have been avoided?
I'm looking forward to the majority verdict on this one - hell, some people even rate Benson as as good as, if not better than, Fleming.
Suppose I'll have to finish it then.