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On Her Majesty's Secret Service
A James Bond 007 Novel
By Ian Fleming
Thorndike Press - Large Print Edition (2006)
ISBN: 0-7862-8242-8
Genre: Mystery - Espionage

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - May 29, 2006

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the best James Bond books written by Ian Fleming. In this fast paced thriller, British secret agent 007 is hard on the trail of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the leader of the now defunct Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, better known simply as SPECTRE. Bond brought this fiendish organization to its knees in Thunderball, a previous 007 book. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service Blofeld is trying to resurrect the organization with the aid of the delightfully devious, Irma Bunt. However, the true villain in this story is solidly Blofeld rather than his organization.

As the story unfolds, Blofeld is secreted away in an isolated base in the Swiss mountains. Their Blofeld is busy working on a new method to destroy the world. In the process of hunting down Blofeld, James Bond runs into Teresa 'Tracy' Vicenzo just as she is about to commit suicide. Bond rescues her and in return her father, a noted crime boss, offers 007 information about Blofeld in return for Bond marrying this beautiful and brash young woman. Bond eventually concedes to his wishes only to discover that he has real feelings for Tracy.

At the time of their meetings, Bond is at a crossroad in his career. He's tiered of being a secret agent and disillusioned about the work that he is doing. He has just one thing left on his plate - and that is Blofeld. Once that task is cleaned up, he has nothing to keep him from retiring. Getting Blofeld will be anything but easy. Even with the information provided by Tracy's father, getting Blofeld will be dangerous. More important, for Bond, he must keep not only himself, but also his beloved Tracy alive as they find themselves turned from the hunter into the hunted and on the run from Blofeld's agents.

Fleming is at his best in this book. His writing is lyric and he has painted Bond as a real man with real feelings, desires, and faults rather than the one-dimensional ladies man that Bond comes across in many of the other books in this series. Best of all, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a fast paced thriller with an ending that will have you holding your breadth!

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