On Her Majesty's Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

by Ian Fleming

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In the aftermath of Operation Thunderball, Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s trail has gone cold—and so has 007’s love for his job. The only thing that can rekindle his passion is Contessa Teresa “Tracy” di Vicenzo, a troubled young woman who shares his taste for fast cars and danger. She’s the daughter of a powerful crime boss, and he thinks Bond’s hand in marriage may be the solution to all her problems. Bond’s not ready to settle down—yet—but he soon finds himself falling for the enigmatic Tracy.

After finally tracking the SPECTRE chief to a stronghold in the Swiss Alps, Bond uncovers the details of Blofeld’s latest plot: a biological warfare scheme more audacious than anything the fiend has tried before. Now Bond must save the world once again—and survive Blofeld’s last, very personal, act of vengeance.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185552
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 124,575
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming (1908-1964) was an English author, journalist, and intelligence officer. He is best known for his series of spy novels featuring MI6 agent James Bond codenamed 007. Many of the James Bond books were later adapted into movies and the film franchise continues to be popular to this day. Fleming's experience as a intelligence officer provided the background for many of the Bond novels. Fleming was also the author of the beloved children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service (James Bond Series #11) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please bring back to the nook, I honestly can't believe that I have gone through each of these to do this and would not like this effort to be in vain. -Garrett-
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the hardcover version of this book and it is a keeper. Probably Ian Fleming at his best. The story is about Ernst Starvo Blofeld, who has taken the name Count de Bleuville. He owns Piz Gloria, a center for allergy curing. He calls Sir Hilary Bray, from the College of Arms to trace his family's background. James Bond takes Sir Hilary's place. I'm not telling anymore (James gets married). A sad ending but Ian Fleming at his peak.
yosarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot of people who regularly read Fleming have this book down as their favourite in the series (some crazy people even put the film down there too!), it's certainly a stand out book, a crossroads in Bond's life where he contemplates quitting the service and reveals to the reader his heart and feelings. As the book opens we see Bond rescue the heroine of OHMSS, Tracy, not once but twice, we find out that he has been visiting the grave of Vesper, the girl he nearly left the service for in the first book, every year since her death and Fleming gives Bond another chance of happiness as he contemplates a life with Tracy outside of his seemingly suicidal lifestyle and job.Of course, as happened in the first book of the series when Fleming introduced Bond to the world, it will never be that simple for him and we see here the development of the almost autonotom killer he later becomes towards the end of the series climaxing in his almost robotic state at the beginning of The Man With The Golden Gun.Personally I prefer the earlier books, the descriptions of the foods and drinks, the atmosphere, Bonds 60th cigarette of the day and Bond's lifestyles, his thoughts on clothing and opinions of different countries but in OHMSS I think we have perhaps the best Bond story with a devilish villian, Blofeld returning from Thunderball, a plan - as always - to take over the world's economy and an exhilirating ski-chase scene down a mountain so fast you can feel the wind whipping past your hair. This could easily have been Bond's last adventure and the start of his retirement but as alwasy Fleming drags him back at the end with a climax guaranteed to tug at the heart strings and show Bond in a - briefly - new light.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian Fleming is simply too English prissy for me, I think. The stories translate well into movie scripts, however.
nesum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Bond novels can be corny, dull, or sometimes very good. Luckily, this is one of those very good ones. The plot is a little far-fetched, and yet it is so well paced and interesting that you don't really care. Fleming here is doing what he does best -- writing a great page-turner that doesn't necessarily have any literary value, and yet has value all the same.
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh my goshhh. Just when I thought Fleming had hit his lowest low with A Spy Who Loved Me, the guy turns around and delivers this masterpiece. Blofeld was as great as I remembered, and the part about the College of Arms made me laugh for ages.
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jdub48 More than 1 year ago
Once again Bond comes to the rescue,gets thumped but wins the battle and girl. This is the same format found in all Bond thrillers except 'Quantum of Solace". Light reading. Fantastic wordsmithing. Focus is midteen to young adult market.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
coming from someon who was training to be secrt servis i luv this book b/c its actually super realistic too. i would hav gone on to be a ninja-like secret servis guy but i hurt my knee and it would require alot of running and so i cant but thats ok b/c i hav a grappling hook and i like to climb things with it, hehe. My nickname is Dark Helmet. Anyway, definitely get this Bond book it is a true keeper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book- I'd go so far as to say it's one of my favorite Bond books, and there are 14 of them! The ending will really break your heart. I loved Bond skiing and the way they charecterized Tracy and Blofeld.