Book: Moonraker

Ian Fleming. Moonraker. Signet, 1960s, originally published 1955. 175 pages.

Very slow to get started. The first part (of three) is just a card game, more-or-less unrelated to the plot. Once it gets going there’s some fun action, but it’s not anywhere near as good as the first two books. This is the point in the series where it turns into the cartoonish melodrama that Bond is now famous for, complete with a monologging evil genius who inexplicably leaves Bond to die a creative death instead of shooting him. That sort of thing can be fun in its own way, but Fleming is still trying to drive the story with suspense, which doesn’t work in such a predictable setting. 6/10 (Okay).

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