Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Book - 1954
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James Bond is not a superstitious man, but it's hard not to feel unnerved in the presence of Mr. Big. A ruthless Harlem gangster who uses voodoo to control his criminal empire, he's also one of SMERSH's top American operatives. Mr. Big has been smuggling British pirate treasure to New York from a remote Jamaican island--and funneling the proceeds to Moscow. With help from Solitaire, Mr. Big's beautiful and enigmatic Creole fortune-teller, and his old friend Felix Leiter, 007 must locate the crime lord's hideout, sabotage his operation, and reclaim the pirate hoard for England.

From the jazz joints of Harlem to the shark-infested waters of the Florida Everglades, Live and Let Die sends Bond headlong into the exotic.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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Publisher: 1954.
ISBN: 9781612185446
Branch Call Number: Flemi

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tgerard
Mar 23, 2018

Ian Fleming is a great writer for this genre. His command of the language and imagination make for great story telling and great reads. To comment (negatively) that his work is dated misses the point that these are period pieces. It's a shame that the movies eventually chose to place the stories in contemporary settings, sometimes with disastrous effect. Moonraker for example is one of the very best books but the movie is a farce that has little to do with it.

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crowl92
Jan 19, 2018

A thrilling read, and perhaps the most violent of the novels.

However, it is horribly dated in how it treats non-white races. Ian Fleming's dialogue to match African American dialect is at times laughable, other times jaw-dropping, but eternally troubling. His female characters is a whole other discussion entirely...

I can only recommend the book to die-hard Bond fans going through the books. Much like reading the works of H.P. Lovecraft, it's a fun reading experience, but sadly punctuated throughout with garishly horrible, dated, and naive depictions of race relations

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cath9977
Feb 09, 2016

This is the second James Bond book he wrote, and it is very good. It's completely different from the movie. Written in 1954, it really has a flavor of the 50s in New York and Jamaica. There are no gimmicks and high tech gadgets and though the villain is a little far-fetched, it really could have happened. There's a lot of stuff in it about aquatic life such as sharks and barracudas. The characterizations are real. I enjoyed it a lot.

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erndawgg
Jun 07, 2014

Fast-paced with lots of detail. The N-word is used and some of the characters die horrible deaths. Unlike the movies, you get to feel how stressed out Bond gets about events and mission prep.

LMOH May 12, 2012

Culturally-insensitive and dated.

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blossom21
Nov 02, 2010

Good, fast action like the movies.

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