To my delight, I came across a new one in the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology, written by Steven C. Latta, Director of Conservation and Field Research for the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
Since the real James Bond has been synonymous with that region's ornithology since the 1930s, the review has a special meaning to me.
The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue, and Ian Fleming is a quick and absorbing read that pleasantly leads the reader through a collection of themes almost as diverse as the Caribbean avifauna. Quite a treat!
Furthermore, in an era when many books seem to be thrown together for quick and inexpensive sale, this is a well-researched, high-quality book printed on heavy paper and loaded with interesting photos reproduced in true colors. Bibliophiles will understand when I say this book just feels good to hold!
I highly recommend this book to any Caribbean ornithologist who appreciates the history of bird study and bird conservation in the region, and especially to those who recognize the added color that diverse subjects and popular culture can add to ornithology and conservation.
You can download the review here.
You can read more about the National Aviary here.
You can read other reviews of The Real James Bond here.