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4.0 out of 5 stars Was Walter James Bond's father?, October 22, 2011

By Mr. Richard Lw Bunning (Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Troubled Waters (Kindle Edition)

This story about an early James Bond type character, develops an interesting plot amongst a satisfactory balance of real and imaginary events, places and people. Wakeham has done a masterful job of recreating what to me felt like a very accurate reflection of life amongst the well-connected of London in 1909. At times I felt that I could have been reading a contemporary writer to Conan Doyle, E.M. Forster, or Lord Dunsany, only to be deterred from that view by a very few signs of what I felt were hindsight, and a modern admittance of a diversity of private behaviours that would have generally been less openly stated. This book is very much a thriller for all those that like excitement rather than an injection of modern "voyeurism". In short a book for the general reader that leaves the most of the obvious harsh details in our imaginations. Simply put, this is an Ian Fleming James Bond, rather than the Bond of some of the most modern films.

All of Wakeham's characters are portrayed believably, both the real and totally invented, though just possibly that of Walter's cousin is rather a 20th Century Englishman's view of a militaristic German. I really enjoyed this adventure and will be looking out for the next instalment of Walter's career for His Majesty's Secret Service.


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