"It's a very traditional
Bond story, it's got all the bits that you like about a
Bond adventure and none of the boring bits. So it's got
pace, adventure... It has - not one - but two beautiful
Ian Fleming loved trains, so there are
trains. He loved cars, so there are cars. There is also
I've discovered, a very exotic Cold War era vehicle -
I can't really think how better to describe it. And of
the book has high-life and adventure.
I tried to isolate the essential and the most enjoyable
aspects of the books. Then I took that pattern and added
characters and a story of my own with as much speed and
as many twists as I thought the reader could bear.
I developed a prose that is about 80 per cent Fleming.
I didn't go the final distance for fear of straying into
pastiche, but I strictly observed his rules of chapter
and sentence construction.
My novel is meant to stand in the line
of Fleming's own books, where the story is everything."
Click here to watch the interview video online (MySpace)
Above: The cover artwork of the
first edition hardback, due out May 28th 2008.
Hardback - Amazon UK
Hardback - Amazon USA