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Iain McLaughlin

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FireWalker

a James Bond novel

November 22, 1963.

Dallas, Texas.


A motorcade drives along a wide Dallas street. A lone gunman sets his sights on the politician in the car...


James Bond’s mission has led him to the United States where he works with the CIA to discover a conspiracy which reaches all the way around the world and may lead to billions of deaths.


As the world lurches closer to nuclear armageddon, Bond crosses America from Dallas to New York to Miami, before a desperate return to Europe and an intrusion into a hostile Soviet Union to avoid another assassination.


Only James Bond can walk through the fire to save the world from burning....



FireWalker is an unofficial Bond novel and was published in Canada where Bond is a public domain character in 2020.



The roots of this novel go back to when I was writing a short story for the Licence Expired anthology. I had three stories in mind, all of which I liked, but the one I submitted, A Dirty Business, was the one which I felt best suited the brief for the book. 


However, one of the others, To Kill the King intrigued me.


I thought it would be an interesting thing if I could present the first chapter of a James Bond book as a short story. I held back on that because I felt readers would want to see the rest of the book and it might feel that I was short-changing them. However, the story that went with that opening chapter began to grow in my noggin, and soon enough I knew the story I wanted to tell. 


Ian Fleming's original Bond is a mass of flaws. He's a sexist, a snob, a borderline racist, addicted to tobacco and verging on being a functioning alcoholic. And yet he's the hero. Writing a hero with all those flaws is interesting. Keeping him as the hero while sticking with all these flaws is a challenge. 




More 007

A DIRTY BUSINESS

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY

Other Novels

THE FORTY NINE STEPS

THE COMING OF THE QUEEN

THE OMEGA FACTOR

SPIDER'S WEB

THE LAST PHARAOH

THE HEART OF FRANKENSTEIN

 
 

Coming soon

BROKEN CHAIN

EYES TO DIE FOR