A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful
writers working in the UK. He has written more than forty books,
including his 2016 stand-alone novel Magpie Murders, a
Sunday Times bestseller, and 2017's The Word is
Murder, the first in a series of crime novels starring
Detective Daniel Hawthorne.
He is the author of two Sherlock Holmes novels -- The House of Silk and Moriarty -- and one previous James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis. His teen spy Alex Rider books have sold 19 million copies worldwide, and he is also responsible for creating and writing some of the UK's most-loved TV series, including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War.
He is on the board of the Old Vic Theatre and was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.
"The super spy is back, with a fresh injection from novelist and
screenwriter extraordinaire, Anthony Horowitz. The expert in
suspense takes us back to the beginning of James Bond's story...
the story rips along with plenty of familiar Bond staples: evil
villains, fast cars and women falling for young Bond's charms. Ian
Fleming would be proud." * Guardian *
"Horowitz is a worthy successor to Ian Fleming, putting 007 back in his true domain... This New Bond is up there with the better Old Bonds... The denouement is a very fine piece of action writing... Horowitz has done splendidly." * Scotsman *
"Straight away Horowitz is able to capture Fleming's flowing style and intricate details from how Bond likes his eggs in the morning to the cars he drives... He's just as faithfully suave as in the original novels." * Daily Express *
"A novel that feels very like a film... fast-paced, skilfully written... leaves you wanting more, and for serious Bond junkies [it] is the next fix in a long tale of addiction." * The Times *
"Even better than Trigger Mortis... it is tremendous fun. Anthony Horowitz has the discipline and skill of a first-class action writer." * Sunday Express *
"Exciting high drama... Horowitz stays loyal to the fabulous Fleming formula. And for that he surely deserves another mission guiding the fortunes of the world's favourite superspy." * Daily Express *
"[Horowitz's Bond] is once again in safe hands, not departing much from Fleming's entertaining formula... Horowitz's light touch and smooth plotting create something close to the ideal holiday read." * Irish Examiner *
"Anthony Horowitz writes Bond in the style of Fleming... Total brain candy in the best possible fashion." -- Rick O'Shea * RTE Guide *
"Anthony Horowitz's second James Bond book will keep 007 obsessives happy with martinis, beautiful women and an enormously fat Corsican gangster." * The Times *Best New Novels* *
"Horowitz shows that he knows the Fleming books backwards, offering plot twists that are homages to the master's novels. This nicely imagined book... is an amusing and thought-provoking addition to the post-Fleming bond canon." * The Times *Audiobook of the Week* *