Raymond Benson Books

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Raymond Benson, who is most notable for being outsourced to continue writing James Bond books, was born in September 1955. A sexagenarian, Benson’s place of birth is Midland upon Texas. The penman spent a considerable part of his childhood in the Texan city called Odessa.

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Order of Black Stiletto Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Black Stiletto: The First Diary 2011 Description / Buy
2 Black & White 2012 Description / Buy
3 Stars & Stripes 2013 Description / Buy
4 Secrets & Lies 2014 Description / Buy
5 Endings & Beginnings 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Gabriel Hunt Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hunt at the Well of Eternity ( By: James Reasoner) 2014 Description / Buy
2 Hunt at World's End ( By: Nicholas Kaufmann) 2014 Description / Buy
3 Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear ( By: Charles Ardai) 2014 Description / Buy
4 Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire ( By: Christa Faust) 2014 Description / Buy
5 Hunt Among the Killers of Men ( By: David J. Schow) 2014 Description / Buy
6 Hunt Through Napoleon\'s Web 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Hitman Series with William C. Dietz

# Read Title Published Details
1 Enemy Within ( By: William C. Dietz) 2007 Description / Buy
2 Damnation 2012 Description / Buy

Order of James Bond Non-Fiction Series

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1 The James Bond Dossier ( By: Kingsley Amis) 1965 Description / Buy
2 The James Bond Bedside Companion 1984 Description / Buy

Order of Metal Gear Solid Series

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1 Metal Gear Solid 2008 Description / Buy
2 Sons of Liberty 2011 Description / Buy
3 Metal Gear Solid 2 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Spike Berenger Series

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1 A Hard Day's Death 2008 Description / Buy
2 Dark Side of the Morgue 2009 Description / Buy
3 On the Threshold of a Death (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Clancy's EndWar Series

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1 EndWar ( As: David Michaels) 2008 Description / Buy
2 The Hunted ( As: David Michaels) 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Missing ( By: Peter Telep) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Ghost Recon ( As: David Michaels) 2008 Description / Buy
2 Combat Ops ( As: David Michaels) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Choke Point ( By: Peter Telep) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Dark Waters ( By: Richard Dansky) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Splinter Cell ( As: David Michaels) 2004 Description / Buy
2 Operation Barracuda ( As: David Michaels) 2005 Description / Buy
3 Checkmate ( As: David Michaels) 2006 Description / Buy
4 Fallout ( As: David Michaels) 2007 Description / Buy
5 Conviction ( As: David Michaels) 2009 Description / Buy
6 Endgame ( As: David Michaels) 2009 Description / Buy
7 Aftermath ( By: Peter Telep) 2013 Description / Buy
8 Firewall ( By: James Swallow) 2022 Description / Buy
9 Dragonfire ( By: James Swallow) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Splinter Cell 2004 Description / Buy
2 Operation Barracuda 2005 Description / Buy
3 Checkmate 2006 Description / Buy
4 Fallout 2007 Description / Buy
5 Endgame 2009 Description / Buy
6 Conviction 2009 Description / Buy
7 Blacklist Aftermath 2013 Description / Buy

Order of James Bond Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Colonel Sun ( By: Kingsley Amis) 1968 Description / Buy
2 The Authorized Biography of 007 ( By: John George Pearson) 1973 Description / Buy
3 License Renewed ( By: John Gardner) 1981 Description / Buy
4 For Special Services ( By: John Gardner) 1982 Description / Buy
5 Icebreaker ( By: John Gardner) 1983 Description / Buy
6 Role of Honor ( By: John Gardner) 1984 Description / Buy
7 Nobody Lives Forever ( By: John Gardner) 1986 Description / Buy
8 No Deals, Mr. Bond ( By: John Gardner) 1987 Description / Buy
9 Scorpius ( By: John Gardner) 1988 Description / Buy
10 Licence to Kill ( By: John Gardner) 1989 Description / Buy
11 Win, Lose or Die ( By: John Gardner) 1989 Description / Buy
12 Brokenclaw ( By: John Gardner) 1990 Description / Buy
13 The Man from Barbarossa ( By: John Gardner) 1991 Description / Buy
14 Death Is Forever ( By: John Gardner) 1992 Description / Buy
15 Never Send Flowers ( By: John Gardner) 1993 Description / Buy
16 SeaFire ( By: John Gardner) 1994 Description / Buy
17 GoldenEye ( By: John Gardner) 1995 Description / Buy
18 Cold Fall ( By: John Gardner) 1996 Description / Buy
19 Zero Minus Ten 1997 Description / Buy
20 Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Description / Buy
21 The Facts of Death 1998 Description / Buy
22 The World is Not Enough 1999 Description / Buy
23 High Time to Kill 1999 Description / Buy
24 Doubleshot 2000 Description / Buy
25 Never Dream of Dying 2001 Description / Buy
26 The Man With the Red Tattoo 2002 Description / Buy
27 Die Another Day 2002 Description / Buy
28 Devil May Care ( By: Sebastian Faulks) 2008 Description / Buy
29 Carte Blanche ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2011 Description / Buy
30 Solo ( By: William Boyd) 2013 Description / Buy
31 Trigger Mortis ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2015 Description / Buy
32 Forever and a Day ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2018 Description / Buy
33 With a Mind to Kill ( By: Anthony Horowitz) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Benson Standalone Novels

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1 Evil Hours 2001 Description / Buy
2 Face Blind 2003 Description / Buy
3 Sweetie's Diamonds 2006 Description / Buy
4 H.A.W.X. 2009 Description / Buy
5 Torment 2010 Description / Buy
6 The Plagiarist (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
7 Homefront: The Voice of Freedom ( With: John Milius) 2011 Description / Buy
8 Artifact of Evil 2011 Description / Buy
9 Dying Light: Nightmare Row 2015 Description / Buy
10 The Secrets on Chicory Lane 2017 Description / Buy
11 In the Hush of the Night 2018 Description / Buy
12 Blues in the Dark 2019 Description / Buy
13 The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold Way 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Benson Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 12 + 1 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Benson Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Thumbs Down (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy
2 The MacGuffin (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Benson Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Jethro Tull (Short Story) 2002 Description / Buy

Raymond Benson Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold 2014 Description / Buy
2 Corruption at the Crossroad 2017 Description / Buy
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For his O-Levels, Raymond Benson schooled at Permian High School wherein he finished in 1973. For his undergraduate education, Benson studied at the Austin-based University of Texas wherein he got a Bachelor of Fine Arts; the scribbler pursued Directing and got his bachelor’s degree in 1978. Raymond Benson has worked in theatre as a stage director, been a game designer, actor, playwright, freelancer, and has lectured students at the Illinois-based Columbia College Chicago.

Reading voraciously in his childhood set the stage for Raymond Benson’s writing career. Inspired by the fictitious character named James Bond, Benson started writing a non-fiction novel based on the character’s history. Benson began writing in 1981 and the book was published three years later. And thus heralded Benson’s stint writing James Bond books; the novelist-cum-short story wrote his first fictitious James Bond-based novel in 1996. Benson started writing his original novels in 2001. He has also authored Tom Clancy novels under the nom de plume David Michaels.

Raymond Benson, whose niche is especially mystery and thrillers, has authored standalone books, two duologies, a quintet, and a sextet. Even then Benson is notable for authoring Raymond Benson’s Bond series. Basically, the said series is a development of the heroic exploits of Ian Fleming’s famed protagonist James Bond.

The Raymond Benson’s Bond series consists of six major works but the grand total is twelve, including a related non-fiction novel, omnibuses, and novelizations. There are about 15 editions of the first book in the Raymond Benson’s Bond series. Written in 1996, the first edition was originally published in April 1997, titled Zero Minus Ten; and this book is shelved under the thriller (particularly spy thriller sub-genre), fiction, adventure, and mystery genres.

The featured central character in the serialized Raymond Benson’s Bond is the world-famous fictitious characters named James Bond, nicknamed 007. Bond is a fictitious protagonist originally created by Ian Fleming, a journalist-cum-novelist. Bond is black-haired, blue-grey-eyed, slim, and a six footer. He was born around 1920; he is a witty and daring chain-smoker, likes high-end cars, and is often accompanied by beautiful ladies. A past master at espionage, Bond is attached to the Secret Service intelligence and serves in the position of a commander in the Royal Navy.

The cynosure in the earliest book in Raymond Benson’s Bond series, Zero Minus Ten, is a quick succession of disastrous terrorist attacks in both China and Britain in the run-up to a historic reversion of Hong Kong to rightful owner China. Ostensibly, the attacks pit Britain against China. James Bond travels to Hong Kong to investigate the seemingly well-orchestrated attacks that might doom the reversion process. Amid badass antagonists, James Bond delves into the truth of the matter in his signature troubleshooting.

Raymond Benson Awards

In 2006, Raymond Benson clinched the Readers Choice Award, in the Best Thriller category, thanks to his 2006 book titled Sweetie’s Diamonds. In 2010, Benson was nominated for the Shamus Award, in the Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel, courtesy of his 2009 book named Dark Side of the Morgue. Benson’s non-fiction work on James Bond was nominated for Edgar Award, in the Biographical/Critical Work category. In 2014, his fourth installment in The Black Stiletto series bagged the Lovey Award, in the Best Suspense Novel category.

Raymond Benson Books into Movies

The Black Stiletto series has been optioned multiple times. It was very nearly a television series produced by Mila Kunis in 2015 by ABC Studios, but it ended up falling apart as so many things in Hollywood due. As of late, the book is being worked on as a potential major motion picture.

Best Raymond Benson Books

These are the three best Raymond Benson books.

Sweetie’s Diamonds: It features a teenager who is grappling with the shocking revelation concerning his mother, a one-time porn star. That alone is enough to hook most readers, but this book ends up being so much more than that.

Deep family secrets and a two decade old murder are the key to this and the twists and turns in this book keep readers on their toes. The relationship between David and his mother Diane is the key to the drama and their search for the truth really drives this one. A great read.

Dark Side of the Morgue It revolves around a series of murders wherein the targets are rock artists. Spike Berenger, the PI who comes to help, is a former musician himself so this mystery is definitely close to his heart. That is a great hook, but the real appeal of this book is the story of how rock stars become products and seem to lose their humanity in the eyes of some. The book has tons of twists and turns which are a Benson staple. The mystery will definitely keep you on your toes.

A really cool part of this book is that each chapter features a song title and artist. The songs often tie into things that happen in a chapter. They also make a heck of a good playlist.

High Time to Kill: The third book in his Bond-related series; hereby, Bond is mandated to retrieve high-secret cargo from a downed plane amid deadly snipers and harsh environment. Benson knows Bond better than maybe anyone else alive and he nails Bond in this one.

Other Book Series You May Like

Readers who liked book series authored by Raymond Benson also liked these literary series. The first is “James Bond” series, authored by Robert Markham–legal name Kingsley Amis. The second is “John Gardner‘s Bond” series, authored by John Gardner. The third is “The Moneypenny Diary” series, penned by Kate Westbrook–it is a pseudonym of Samantha Weinberg. Just like Raymond Benson, the said authors were outsourced to continue James Bond’s heroic expeditions after the character’s original creator passed away in August 1964.

When Does The Next Raymond Benson book come out?

Raymond Benson doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Mad, Mad Murders of Marigold Way and was released on October, 4th 2022.


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