"Mr. Benson makes a case that he is the heir to Mr. Fleming"
On a flight from Tokyo to England, passenger Kyoko McMahon
becomes violently ill before dying. At about the same time
near Tokyo, Kyoto's parents and her older sister also die.
In England, the coroner believes that Kyoko died from a
strand of West Nile disease, but only ten times deadlier
than the normal strain.
James Bond attends the G8 summit in Japan to provide added
protection to his country's leadership. He also
investigates the deaths of the McMahon family, as the
patriarch was a Scottish citizen and the CEO of a powerful
pharmaceutical firm. Bond prefers not to return to Japan
as he has bad memories though he appreciates the grace and
beauty of the women. He soon works with his old friend
Tiger Tanaka and agent Reiko Tamura in a race against a
doomsday clock. Japanese Mafia Yami Shogun Goro Yoshida
plots an end to western domination especially kicking
America off his beloved nation's soil through a strand of
virus that makes the deaths of the McMahon seem slow and
THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO is the best of the neo-Bond
light tales. Raymond Benson returns Bond to what makes the
character interesting to readers, yet humanizes 007 with
his bad memories of Japan. The story line is quite
exciting with global implications yet simplistic. The
support cast is fun especially the return of Tiger and the
villain who seems a lot like Bin Laden, as he wants the
American presence off his beloved island nation. Mr.
Benson makes a case that he is the heir to Mr. Fleming.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2002