Series: James Bond Original Series #7
Author: Ian Fleming
Published: October 10/06 by Blackstone Audio Inc (1st published 1959)
Format: audio book
Back Cover Blurb:
Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.
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Fleming’s meticulous development is seen in his characters as well. We go into the story with the assumption that we’ve met Bond before (and in this day in age, who hasn’t, even if just from the movies). That said, Fleming ensures that we get to know him quite well in this novel. His mannerisms are so unique and well done that you could pick him out of a crowd anywhere just from a description. I also appreciated the way that the rest of the cast was presented and developed. Everything was done gradually, allowing readers the time to get acquainted with the individuals.
I will admit, this is my first foray into the world of 007 (in literary form anyways). It most definitely will not be my last. This is a series that should be read in order, but I thoroughly enjoyed this as a standalone none the less.