I took another sentence at random in the chapter, put quote marks around it, and entered it into Google Books. It was verbatim from another Bond novel, Zero Minus Ten, by Raymond Benson, which I haven?t read. Another sentence: verbatim from Second Sight by the American spy novelist Charles McCarry, which I also haven?t read. Another sentence: verbatim from The Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum, which I have read, many moons ago. He seemed to have taken most of his action scenes and dialogue from post-Fleming Bond novels (at least six of Gardner?s), and added long poetic descriptions from several of McCarry?s books, as well as the back-story for his protagonist. A bizarre personal playlist of his favourite moments in the genre, I guess, all sewn together with the magic of Controls C and V.
The Debrief: Assassin of Secrets?> an extraordinary tale of plagiarism. I?m a sucker for this stuff, if only because I cannot understand why these people do it, and how they think they will get away with it. It?s a sort of madness.