||26th September 2013 (UK)
8th October 2013 (USA)
Bond alone must find a way to cease a civil war between the Fakassa and Lowele tribes of a fictional West African nation in which the British have a financial stake.
London, UK; Washington DC, USA;
Zanzarim, West Africa [fictional]
William Boyd is the third author in recent years to be
invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write an official
Bond novel, following in the footsteps of the American
thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, who wrote Carte Blanche
in 2011, and Sebastian Faulks, whose Devil May Care was
published to mark Ian Fleming's centenary in 2008.
'Solo' will be published
by Bond's traditional imprint Jonathan Cape on 26th September
2013. In the USA, 'Solo' will
be published by Harper a couple of weeks later on
8th October 2013.
Official Book Description
It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his forty-fifth
birthday, James Bond—British special agent 007—is
summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment.
Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged
by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the
rebels threatening the established regime.
Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish
mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war—and
he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward.
Piece by piece, Bond uncovers the real cause of the violence
in Zanzarim, revealing a twisting conspiracy that extends
further than he ever imagined.
Moving from rebel battlefields in West Africa to the closed
doors of intelligence offices in London and Washington,
this novel is at once a gripping thriller, a tensely plotted
story full of memorable characters and breathtaking twists,
and a masterful study of power and how it is wielded—a
brilliant addition to the James Bond canon.
Above: 1st edition Jonathan
Hardback - Amazon UK
Above: 1st edition Harper hardback
Hardback - USA