I’m not a big fan of authors taking over a franchise after the death of the original author and have regarded books like this as “authorized fan fiction”, not unlike the pornographic fanfic you discover on the web. I usually find these types of novels are soulless copies of the originals. The essence of the series the author cultivated throughout his career was always somehow missing when handed over to a young buck, much like several Issac Asimov 3 Laws of Robotics books. The ideas are there, but there’s no “life”.
However, after reading Devil May Care, I find that Faulks has created a story that is very much like an Andy Warhol print: not the original but important and to be revered just as much.
More information on Devil May Care
- Randomhouse.ca | Chapters.ca | Amazon.com
- Sebastian Faulks on Inheriting the James Bond Mantle from Ian Fleming (on Amazon.com)