I’m taking part in the Blogging From A-Z Challenge April 2017 with the theme of books. I’ll be blogging about the books on my Goodreads shelf that I’ve read or want to read.
Today’s letter is Y and the book I’ve chosen is You Only Twice by Ian Fleming, number 12 in the James Bond series. I much prefer listening to the audio versions of the Bond books as I get much more out of the stories with the narrator’s emotions and accents than from reading the books. This particular book is narrated expertly by Martin Jarvis a superb English actor who really brings this story to life. I particularly enjoyed his Australian and Japanese accents for Bond’s contacts in those countries.
Here’s the Goodreads blurb:
“The tragic end to James Bond’s last mission—courtesy of Ernst Stavro Blofeld—has left 007 a broken man and of little use to the British Secret Service. At his wit’s end, M decides that the only way to snap his best agent out of his torpor is to send him on an impossible diplomatic mission to Japan. Bond’s contact there is the formidable Japanese spymaster Tiger Tanaka, who agrees to do business with the West if Bond will assassinate one of his enemies: a mysterious Swiss botanist named Dr. Guntram Shatterhand.
Shatterhand is not who he seems, however, and his impregnable fortress—known to the locals as the “Castle of Death”—is a gauntlet of traps no gaijin has ever penetrated. But through rigorous ninja training, and with some help from the beautiful and able Kissy Suzuki, Bond manages to gain access to Shatterhand’s lair. Inside lurks certain doom at the hands of 007’s bitterest foe—or a final chance to exact ultimate vengeance.”