The truth? I actually really enjoyed it. Sue me. I know a lot of you guys in here really don't dig this volume but I personally had a great time!
Boyd doesn't write Our Man like Fleming did... but this time it's OK. Boyd writes him how Boyd writes him and that's good enough for me!
Loved the opening storyline of Our Man being thrown into an African civil war. His adventures out in Zanzarim were pretty exciting and compelling - and an unexpected bonus was it reflected modern concerns whilst still being set in the 60's. Retro and contemporary meet each other head on and it's most satisfying. Especially as Our Man is a bit older than we're probably used to seeing him in the overall book series.
Kobus Breed and his cronies were truly nasty, NASTY pieces of work and Blessing was an interesting and well written character.
I was surprised by how severely injured Bond is at one point in this story but it's a great set up for an amazing pay off. I ADORED his bloodthirsty rampage of revenge in the book's last third. Real sleazy fun.
What lets this book down for me if anything though - is it probably has about two twists in the tale too many. I had to read the final conversation toward the end of the book a couple of times to get a handle on things... and I'm still quite not sure I've 100% got the gist of it.
Also the open ending left me somewhat frustrated. I know what Boyd was trying to do with it. Even though it's probably not a set up for a sequel - I'd still like to see Boyd return to the Bond series one day and clear the matter up.
Anyway, that's it. Thanks for reading!