“Come in 007,” said M. “It’s good to see you back.”
“There’s something I need your help with. The details are a little hazy at the moment, but I sense that it’s going to be something big. Very big indeed. Have you heard of Dr Julius Gorner?”
It’s a name that will become seared into James Bond’s consciousness. The name of a man who knows no master but his own power-crazed ego, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed and who will stop at nothing until he has destroyed the very heart of Great Britain.
Sebastian Faulks began his working life, like Ian Fleming, as a journalist. Since then, he has been a full time author and his novels, which include Human Traces, Birdsong and Engleby, have been among the most widely admired of their time. He first encountered the Bond novels as a twelve-year-old: the books were banned at his school, but he read them by torchlight beneath the sheets.