[Colonel Sun ï EBOOK] by Robert Markham – instanbooks.live
Robert Markham Ò 9 SummaryLost a star for the anti Chinese acism I d say 25 stars but I can t uite give it 3 The plot is somewhat uninspired Not bad just typical Bond and nothing too intriguing in the story Not bad and not a waste of time though with the audio I did find my mind wandering on occasion The villain Colonel Sun is fairly typical for an old school Bond villain but he s kinda cool He has a couple of sidekick sultry gorgeous women and an interesting torture techniue that made things a little interestingThe Bond girl Ariadne was pretty good but not a lot to write home about either as far as uniueness The eader on the audio was kinda blah Not horrible but some of his accents and voices were annoyingThis was written in 1968 as the first of the non Fleming novels published after his death Not bad but not particularly engaging Really this story would have probably been interesting if there weren t already a bunch of similar Bond novels and films out there even by 1968Perhaps the best part of this book was a glimpse into the Cold War at the time It s interesting how it was perceived then when you look back at how the world has changed so much over the years since 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 eference to some of his most ecent 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 ead for Bond fans and a worthy successor to the Fleming stories 35 out of 5 stars I also own this in another version that I ead many years ago published as Colonel Sun James Bond Extended Series 15 by Robert Markham Bond is dead long live Bond With Ian Fleming no longer in a position to write Bond the estate of Fleming approached Kingsley Amis to continue #the story with a new novel Rumoured to have completed Fleming s last novel The Man With #story with a new novel Rumoured to have completed Fleming s last novel The Man With Golden Gun Amis was maybe the natural choiceAnd to be honest it s pretty good Much slower paced than a Fleming at his best this novel never eally seems to uite hit the level of excitement or anticipation that it was presumably aiming for M has been kidnapped and the attempt to kidnap Bond has failed Bond must head to Greece to get to the bottom of the whole affair escue M have some sexy Greek sex and foil an international plot to disrupt a secret Russian meetingThe book is well written the style Flemingesue just not at his best How can we possibly go wrong when Kingsley Amis takes his best crack at writing his own 007 story The Kinger s endition fits ably into the Fleming canon To answer your other uestion no I have no intention of moving along to ead any of the other continuation novels none of which were written by Amis and none of which garnered his approval There was a long silence between the publi 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 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 icochets acros. He original while telling his
tale And on score Kingsley Amis a writer not traditionally known for his thrillers does Fleming perfectly He eally 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 eactionary 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 eally want Where do I startBecause Kindles let you do crazy stuff like this I bought all of Fleming s Bond books and binge ead them This was interesting as an exercise as it evealed Fleming s preoccupations booze misogyny and bigotry very much included They bear down on the eader with considerable weight You stagger away from the experience with the impression that Ian Fleming was a eally unpleasant wee man who had discovered much as had Elizabeth David the ewards of offering escapism to the post war BritishCasino Royale happened to a generation of people still coping with ationing to whom Bond s Krug guzzling leggy blonde fondling avocado scooping lifestyle was wonderful indeed As we started to face the ealities of the End of Empire Bond made us feel elevant 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 e actually talking celebrated satirist and literary giant Kingsley AmisThe uestion I kept coming back to throughout my difficult time eading Colonel Sun was whether Amis was doing this for theOwn Tale And On
LOLs The whole thing is so very badly done the writing dialogue and characters so stilted and the situationsThe whole thing is so very badly done the writing dialogue and characters so stilted and the situations 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 e 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 ing of the trapdoor and #heaved it aside The oar of well tuned machinery and an engine oom smell came up at him He #it aside The oar of well tuned machinery and an engine oom smell came up at him He 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 ight 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 elease 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 oar 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 emorse 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 spl. 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. It secondsReluctantly I came to the conclusion that no we e not looking at satire here We e looking at someone trying to give Bond eaders 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 ather like searching haystacks perhaps doesn t helpTo sum up the plot nothing much eally happens because there s no eason eally 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 acism 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 ealising 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 elief got to the end The baddy Chinaman goes to his death shouting Damn you Bond I felt his pain truly I did Robert Markham is a pen name for Kingsley Amis who was commissioned by Ian Fleming s estate to write this James Bond seuelIf you like Bond then you will like COLONEL SUN It offers everything one expects in a Bond novel And yet it is better than the average Bond book That is because Amis is a polished author than Fleming or Gardner His story follows the Bond formula but his prose is better than Fleming s or Gardner s And that is nice Originally published on my blog here in July 1998I don t think that the existence of this book is terribly well known It s a James Bond book written in the late sixties and is not by either Ian Fleming or John Gardner who was licensed to continue the series by the Fleming estate In fact Robert Markham is a pseudonym used by Kingsley Amis of all people a big fan of Ian FlemingBond goes to meet M at his home in Surrey and is surprised there by a gang of thugs who have kidnapped M and want to take James as well Escaping from them with a superhuman effort he eturns later to find clues pointing to Athens Knowing these to have been planted by his attackers Bond decides he has to put his head into the trap in order to be able to save M from themThe kidnapping is part of a complex Chinese plot to sabotage a conference of Middle Eastern countries taking place on a emote Greek island the conference is un by Russians without the knowledge of the Greek government The idea is to attack the conference with British made weapons and then leave the bodies of Bond and M to make it look like a British attack causing a loss of esteem for British interests and embarrassment for the RussiansThe book is exciting and Amis as Markham has ather of a sense of humour than Fleming I #Would Say Its Standard Is At Least #say its standard is at least a par with the majority of Fleming s own novels and better than the worst of them such as The Spy Who Loved Me The Tension Drops Who Loved Me The tension drops little bit in the middle which describes what is basically a short cruise in the Aegean perhaps exotic to eaders in 1968In the end I felt the book eminded me ather strongly of Peter O Donnell s Modesty Blaise series than the Fleming Bond books There is a slight tendency towards pornography of violence in that series and here there is an extremely unpleasant torture seuence conducted by the half mad Chinese Colonel Sun on Bond to test the theory of the Maruis de Sade that torturing another human being would make him feel like a god He later admits that it made him feel evil and ashamed which is perhaps better than expected from this genre of fiction. 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.