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As the eleventh book in Ian Fleming's Bond series begins, Commander James Bond, Agent 007 of Her Majesty's Secret Service, is on the verge of resigning from his post.
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For the past year, he has done nothing but search for Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the supercriminal whose SPECTRE organization attempted to blackmail the world with stolen nuclear weapons, and he has come to the conclusion that the elusive mastermind is dead.

On vacation in France, Bond encounters a beautiful girl who, he believes, is preparing to commit suicide. Saving her, he discovers that her father is the head of the French Mafia, and the man has decided that he is now in Bond's debt. Asking the man if he can locate Blofeld, Bond is informed that the terrorist is somewhere in Switzerland.

Almost a month later, Bond is called to the College of Arms, where he learns that Blofeld, who is indeed in Switzerland, is attempting to claim the title of the Comte de Bleuville, claiming that his Polish ancestors migrated from France during the Revolution.

Going undercover as Sir Hilary Bray, a researcher in the College of Arms, Bond is taken to Blofeld's mountain stronghold, which doubles as a ski resort and an institute where allergies are cured via hypnosis.

There, he discovers that Blofeld's sinister scheme involves much more than simply stealing a title to which he has no claim. With the help of eleven beautiful, brainwashed girls, Blofeld plots to unleash biological weapons on the farms of Britain and irrevocably destroy the country's economy.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Switzerland Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   falling off    -   skiing off Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   diced    -   crushed    -   frozen    -   impaled    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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