I’ve never read one of the books, nor seen any of the movies, nor read any of the comic strips. Other than knowing a very little bit about the character second-hand I am a Modesty Blaise virgin.
However, I am very familiar with Peter O’Donnell’s non-Modesty Blaise books, written under the pseudonym Madeliene Brent. I love those books, which were written during the heyday of the ‘Gothic Romance,’ and are usually billed that way. They bear no real resemblance to the typical '70s style Gothic, though, but are wonderful, exciting books filled with competent, brave and intelligent women leading adventurous lives in fascinating places.
Very recently I discovered that Madeleine Brent and Peter O’Donnell were one and the same and I’ve been thinking about finding the Modesty Blaise books to see if I’d like them as well as his other books.
I’d really love to hear from someone who has read both the Modesty Blaise books and the Brent ones. Is the writing style at all similar? Because I love the Brent books so much, I’m a bit afraid I’ll be disappointed… This is why I’ve been dragging my feet. Any input anyone?