Book Review: A Spy Like Me by Kim Sherwood

April 30, 2024

About:

A Spy Like Me by Kim Sherwood is the second book in the Double O series expanding the world of James Bond. Ms. Sherwood is a published author and creative writing lecturer in Edinburgh.

  • 384 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : William Morrow
  • Language ‏ : English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : 0063236575

Book Review: A Spy Like Me by Kim Sherwood
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Thoughts:

I am currently re-reading the James Bond novels, in order, in between my other readings. I was intrigued by this new series and was glad to get my hands on the second book.

A Spy Like Me by Kim Sherwood follows a Fleming-esque to a glob trotting adventure. Like Fleming himself, most of the locations are places one would like to visit. Ms. Sherwood sets up her own world but has many callbacks and references to Fleming books and movies. Some of them are, of course, just fan service but I enjoyed them, nonetheless.

The plot might be overstuffed, but I really enjoyed the new characters who are fleshed out. The fact that Ms. Moneypenny is COO of the 00 division is one of the aspects of the book that I liked the most.

Unlike the Fleming books, however, this one is not a male spy fantasy. It takes place in the modern world, with modern issues, and modern sensibilities. James Bond is hardly in the book since he’s missing but he’s always in the background.

The new characters are very intriguing and likeable, but especially the female ones. Johanna Harwood is certainly the most intriguing of the bunch. The story is packed and moves fast. Frankly, if I found myself skimming pages I went back and re-read them because there was a good chance I missed something.

I did, however, feel that I missed a lot by not reading Double or Nothing, the first book in the series. I already ordered it though and am looking forward to reading it working my way backwards.

Synopsis:

A team of MI6 agents attempt to undercover a smuggling ring of antiquities, diamonds, humans, and more which funds terrorism. Johanna Harwood, 003, tries to find clues to a black site where James Bond is being held captive.

Joseph Dryden, 004, and Conrad Harthrop-Vane, 000, follow the items from Sotheby’s to Crete, to Venice, to Afghanistan attempting to uncover who is the person that can launder the items and currency. That person knows the players involve and can be the key to take down the Rattenfänger network.

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