Dr. No

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James Bond In this book, Dr. No, James Bond is a international spy (or secret agent). Bond is a tough man that is very cocky and only likes to get his way. He has just gotten out of the hospital because of a mishap that happened on his previous job that almost left him dead. Now that he is all better, his boss, M, sends him on a new job in Jamaica. M tells him that it will be an easy one that will give him a good vacation from the hospital. Bond doesn't like this because he doesn't take pity very good, but since he is ordered to do it he does. This job however ends up to be as life threatening as his last one.

Down in Jamaica Bond contacts one of his good friends, Quarrel. Quarrel is a man that Bond can trust and relies on for good contacts.

In the couple of days that he is down there Bond does his normal activities of questioning people and gathering information. Once he finds enough about what he is looking for, Bond and Quarrel head to Dr. No's island, called Crab Key. There he meets a beautiful girl and being the charming gentlemen he is, gets more information about the island and the Dr. No. Not too long after meeting she starts to fall in love with him. This poses a problem later on in the book. Now that they are all together trouble finds them easier. The girl, Honeychile Rider, tells Bond about the "Dragon" and how it is scaring the birds away. of course right away Bond doesn't believe her and he decides to go investigate.

While they all go search the island they run into a couple of problems. When these problems arise, we find out that Bond is not selfish at all but he is smart enough to know when to save himself and not get them all killed. We first find this out when the are trapped in a river and he is thinking to himself that, "Honey is an innocent bystander, but she is also another heart." Which is stating that, "she shouldn't be in this but her life could save mine." The second time we see this is when Quarrel gets killed and Bond doesn't go kamikaze and kill himself too, instead he surrenders and becomes a prisoner. Once him and Honey are taken hostage he is more concerned with her life than his. (This is where you see the main character change from being a stingy, cocky, and self indulged man to one who cares about the other person more than himself). When he finally meets the famous Dr. No he tries to convince him to let the girl or both of them go and to really think about what he is doing. When realizing that this isn't going to work he uses his skills in stealing a knife and a lighter. These two objects will save his life later on. After being split up Bond is put though an obstacle course that is almost impossible to get through and live. While going through these obstacles all he is really thinking about is Honey and how he has to save her and kill Dr. No.

By using his brains, skills, and stamina he makes it through and ends up saving Honey. This proves that in certain situations a man can overcome his fear, his pain, and his fatigue to get to his objective. I think that this book is not only a action but also has a hidden theme of what i just stated.