From Russia With Love is the fifth book in the James Bond series. SMERSH has decided that, after some high profile failures, they need to successfully hit back at Western intelligence agencies. Their target? James Bond.
Despite it being the fifth book in the James Bond series, Bond is not involved until well over 100 pages into the book as the plot is put together. Bond remains more of an observer to the action than anything else until the end. As is Fleming’s style, great depth is gone into over what would be seemingly trivial points for other authors, notably Bond’s flight to Istanbul.
From Russia With Love is a good solid addition to the series.
Rating (out of 5): ****