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[Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service]
section break "High in the air of the Swiss Alps a set-up is planned. A man is hunting respectability with all the cunning that made him Europe's most ruthless criminal. Nothing is to stand in his way. Especially not 007. And Bond, too, has a lot on his mind...She is so beautiful, so incredibly sensual, that the charms of bachelorhood seem oddly tarnished. Bond is skating on very thin ice."
-From the 2002 Penguin Edition

Perhaps one of Ian Fleming's finest works, this novel succeeds on most every level. The pace is perfect, beginning with an out-of-gas Bond who is infuriated when his search for Blofeld continues to go nowhere. His answer for this boredom is a young woman named Tracy. Not only does Fleming paint a beautiful picture of the relationship between Bond and his future wife, but he puts plenty of action and intreague in the middle with Bond's visit to Piz Gloria. Although the book is basically the same as the movie, I still enjoyed following the adventure whose sharply sad ending I already knew.

Fan Reviews:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service was a great book. I firmly believe that any and all Bond fans should read this book. The book starts out great and gets you tied up in it and never slows down. The heraldry information is quite interesting, and I feel like researching my own family. I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end, and could not put it down. However, towards the end of Bond's stay at Piz Gloria, and durring the ski chase, and even some parts later on in the book there is an over-abundance of pharses such as: "Now he had had it.", "He had had it now!", "He was done for now," and other phrases similar, and to that effect. They seem to pop up in every paragraph, especially through the ski chase. Highlights include: Bond's meeting of Tracy, Bond meeting Marc-Ange Draco, the heraldry study, and visit to the College of Arms, the arrival at Piz Gloria, the love affair with Ruby Windsor, the escap from Piz Gloria, the ski chase, the meeting with M., the wedding, and the finale.

Submitted by Largo 007

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

April, 1963
Author: Ian Fleming

Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Organization: SPECTRE
Bond Girl: Tracy di Vicenzo;
                 Ruby Windsor
Allies: Marc-Ange Draco




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 Casino Royale
 Live and Let Die
 Diamonds Are Forever
 From Russia With Love
 Dr. No
 For Your Eyes Only
 The Spy Who Loved Me
 On Her Majesty's Secret

 You Only Live Twice
 The Man With The Golden


 Ian Fleming Biography

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