high-3, pushing 4, according to GR the fifth most impressive James Bond book, the 11th book in the series, published 1963 (one book a year since franchise start), Fleming is 55 and the first stirrings of the 60s revolution are underway. the Beatles have released 'Love Me Do' and finished a five day tour of Sweden, their first time abroad since Hamburg.
Bond skies, Bond falls in love
, Bond tangles with evil Swiss German class climbers. much of the book's tension on 'posed identity', culminating in a standard action sequence.
a late career minor rebound, but not terribly unforgettable as a stand-alone work. perhaps for Bond fanatics only, although containing good description of upper class ski adventure