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The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling

Mission: Final Fling
Author: Samantha Weinberg
First Published: May 1, 2008

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  •  Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling Official Summary:

    "It's the mid-1960s and the British secret intelligence service is hit by a series of defection scandals. Facing considerable personal danger, Jane Moneypenny combines forces with 007 to try to smoke out a mole that she is convinced is buried deep in the heart of the Office. But as Bond is sacked and M forced into retirement, Moneypenny may have to find him alone. Forty-two years later, Miss Moneypenny's niece and heir, Kate Westbrook, starts to suspect that her aunt's death was not an accident. She is sure the clues to what happened lie in the search for the mole. But as she pieces them together, she realises that there are significant forces determined to prevent her. From the glamour of 1960s Jamaica to the treacherous beaches of the Outer Hebrides, Final Fling relates the thrilling adventures of the world's most famous secretary and reveals just how far people are prepared to go to defend -- or betray -- their beliefs."

     Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling Review:

    The conclusion to Samantha Weinberg's Moneypenny Diaries is one of the very best James Bond continuation novels. It's a true third act adventure that not only wraps up this wonderful 3 book saga, but can also be seen as the very last James Bond book -- a Final Fling indeed.

    The plot is a solid series of payoffs and twists, including a delightful twist on the very last page that made me gasp out loud. I also got so caught up in the author's skillfully spun web of intrigue and subterfuge that I suddenly found myself suspecting that maybe these "diaries" are REAL; that these books are, in fact, a clever MI6 plot to out a Cold War secret via a piece James Bond "fiction." I found myself looking over my shoulder as I raced toward the conclusion, feeling as if I was making a momentous, and potentially dangerous, discovery here. Effective fiction indeed!

    I'm sad to see this series end, but it certainly went out on a high. Thank you "Kate" for this wonderful contribution to the James Bond canon.

    Review written by John Cox of the Young Bond Dossier

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