The paperback edition became an instant bestseller in the UK, staying on the British bestsellers list for several months.
Critics were mixed though most noted Wood's talented writing. Marghanita Laski, writing in The Listener, called Wood "an apparently promising thriller writer struggling to emerge from obligatory bits of set-piece nastiness." Kingsley Amis wrote in The New Statesman that, despite several reservations, "Mr Wood has bravely tackled his formidable task, that of turning a typical late Bond film, which must be basically facetious, into a novel after Ian Fleming, which must be basically serious. ... the descriptions are adequate and the action writing excellent."
T. J. Binyon, writing in The Times Literary Supplement said, "Christopher Wood's style is lusher than Ian Fleming's, and teeters throughout on the brink of parody." Maurice Richardson in The Observer called "The latest licensed ersatz Bond" a "uitable silly season read."
Australian novelist Eileen Alderton called it "a gutsy, punchy novel" that has "as much action as anyone could take."
That said, fan reaction to the novelization has been largely positive with many fans claiming it to be one of the better James Bond continuation novels.
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