Of the Bond books I’ve read so far, I would have to say that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, by Ian Fleming, is one of his best.
This book encompasses a lot for changes for Bond. Picking up Bond’s life after Thunderball, Bond is about ready to quit his job as a 00 after becoming discouraged tracking down Ernst Blofeld, the leader of SPECTRE, and is just ready to hand . . . → Read More: Review: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
So, I had a plan for the last free month of the summer before school starts: exercise four hours per week for four straight weeks. I accomplished this, but along the way I found that I didn’t know how to run.
Especially in light of the Olympics, four hours of exercise per week is nothing compared to what real athletes do. For me, however, with my middle-age lifestyle and Type A work and travel . . . → Read More: Learning How to Run
Doctor No, by Ian Fleming, picks up immediately after where From Russia with Love left off.
After recovering from the poisoning at the end of the previous novel, James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a section chief on the island. Once there, Bond starts to uncover clues around many secret and strange activities of a certain Dr. No on Crab Key Island. Investigating further, Bond finds . . . → Read More: Review: Dr. No
It was from a different time, a somehow more refined time that bred James Bond. It was a time before fancy gadgets, suicide bombers, and the Internet. It was a time of heroes, when the clack of the train as it runs along the rails promised a certain romance, and when the trace of a hidden door in a wall panel brought danger. A double-edged throwing knife, bullets smuggled through airport security, vodka martinis.
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If one were to pause for a moment and consider what “good government” would be like, we might think of one that would serve the people, upholding the Constitution, working to help the citizens in time of need, offering services to enrich the quality of life, promoting science, innovation, and education, defending the country in time of crisis, and serving as a shining example to other nations.
Now, if you were to reflect on . . . → Read More: Review: Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters