Pete Reviews Moonraker

Moonraker by Ian Fleming


Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Card Games, Missiles, Germans, Espionage, Submarines

Genre: Crime/Thriller

What did you think of the cover art? I had the cover with the girl looking into a mirror. Although this didn’t make that much sense to me, I was grateful that I didn’t have the movie-related cover.

Who was your favorite character and why? James Bond. You’ll have to read the book to find out why.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Hugo Drax, again, you’ll have to read the book to find out why.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? It did take a little while to grab me, but it was well worth the wait and was the most enjoyable of the Bond series that I’ve read so far.

Was it plot or character driven? This was a good balance of both.

What did you think of the ending? Brilliant and unexpected in some aspects (which I always like).

What was the moral of the story? As a spy, you should expect the unexpected.

Did you learn anything? A tiny bit of German and how to spot card cheats.

Favorite quote: “Flowers can’t shoot back.” – James Bond

Have you read other books in the series? This is the third Bond book I’ve read by Ian Fleming and I plan to read the rest of the 14 in the series. Check out my other reviews here.

How does the book compare to the film? Not much of a comparison; worlds apart…

Who would you recommend it to? Fans of Ian Fleming.

Number of unknown words: 2 (plus a few German words)

Architectural Detail: Interior of the ‘World Without Want’ pub in Dover

moonraker archi detail

Beer pairing: J.W. Lees’ Moonraker Ale

Artwork: Les Jeunes Filles (Jeune Femmes, Young Girls) by Marie Laurencin

moonraker artwork

Craft/Activity: Make your own rocket.

What is the best pub name you’ve ever heard of?

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