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Blood Fever (Young Bond) [Hardcover]

Charlie Higson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Jun 2006 Young Bond (Book 2)

Young Bond: Blood Fever is the second book in Charlie Higson's high-impact, explosive Young Bond series.

James Bond has discovered danger. Now it's come looking for him.

An Eton boy's family disappears at sea.

James uncovers a shadowy society operating in a hidden corner of the school.

And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, a sinister Italian count has built himself a mountain fortress.

Is there a connection?

Young Bond is about to find out - and face a lethal group of villains beneath the burning Mediterranean sun.

'Action-packed and not for the faint-hearted' Daily Mail

'Double-oh so good' Sunday Times

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. He has written five mega-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command, as well as Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier and best-selling teen thrillers The Enemy and The Dead.

***www.youngbond.com***

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax Books (Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786836628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786836628
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,633,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Higson's Young Bond books get an A* (GQ)

This is writing for children of the highest order (Spectator) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. He has written five mega-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold and By Royal Command, as well as Danger Society: The Young Bond Dossier and best-selling teen thrillers The Enemy and The Dead. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A More Mature Young Bond 15 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
For this old 007 fan, Charlie Higson's first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, was a mixed bag. Clearly a book written for a preteen target audience, it too often seemed to mimic a Harry Potter adventure. I'm happy to report this is NOT the case with Young Bond Book 2: Blood Fever, which takes a confident quantum leap into maturity and gives Bond fans of all ages one of the very best James Bond novels yet written.
The key difference seems to be that SilverFin was written as a children's book (which could still be enjoyed by adults), while Blood Fever appears to have been written with a more adult readership in mind. This is a tougher, darker, much more violent book than SilverFin. It even includes a classic Bondian torture scene (but don't panic, parents, the torture is more about endurance than person-to-person sadism). But because Blood Fever chronicles the adventures of a 14 year old, it's still very much a novel young readers will find thrilling--even dangerous. This one may need to be smuggled beneath the sheets and read by flashlight--which is precisely where a James Bond book SHOULD be read. Ian Fleming would be proud.
The villain in Blood Fever, Count Ugo Carnifex, is a true Bond baddie in the most classic sense, with a lair and scheme reflecting every inch of his megalomania. This is the best drawn Bond villain, book or film, we've encountered in some time. Secondary characters are also marvelously conceived, but it's the character of young Bond who stands head and shoulders above all others. The timid, apologetic youngster of SilverFin is long gone. Here, we have a teenage James with all the skills and swagger of Ian Fleming's secret agent.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Fever - On The Path To 007 27 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
Literary 007 fans are in for a real surprise with Charlie Higson's Blood Fever. A dark and intense story awaits readers and the result is thrilling and enjoyable. At first I was apprehensive about starting it. When I had obtained Higson's first novel, SilverFin, I had immediately jumped into it, excited and curious. With Blood Fever, I was worried that I would be slightly disappointed; that the success of SilverFin might have just been a one time deal. It turns out that I could not have been further wrong. Blood Fever is a fast-paced, exciting, well-crafted, and mature James Bond novel.

SilverFin started to clear up the many, many rumours that this new Young Bond series would only appeal to young readers or the Harry Potter crowd, but Blood Fever wipes the slate clean. This is a darker and tougher James Bond novel than anticipated. Where there were some decidedly cute aspects of SilverFin, such as the horse being called "Martini," Blood Fever is devoid of such moments. The maturity, both of Bond and overall, is much more pronounced in this story.

One way this new level of maturity is obtained is in the development of the characters. Many of them are standouts in this novel, starting first with the villain, Count Ugo Carnifex. Villains, both in the Bond novels and films, have to be above par to create an interesting enough challenge for Bond, and Carnifex meets the requirements. He is ruthless and cruel; Higson's characterization of this villain is full of details; and...of course, where would a good villain be without a well-designed and dangerous lair? An improvement over Lord Randolph Hellebore of the previous novel, SilverFin. The other obligatory character is the Bond girl--in this case, the determined and efficient Amy Goodenough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most exciting book! 27 Dec 2009
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Format:Paperback
The story begins when a schoolboy called James Bond finds out about a group of bandits, the Millenaria. He comes to Sardinia and discovers that the bandits are based there. The head of the Millenaria is trying to recreate the Roman empire and be an emperor himself. James Bond works out that his teacher who is taking the children to Sardinia is in the Millenaria. After a few days with the other children James Bond goes to a villa to meet his cousin. At the villa James finds out more about the Millenaria and the excitement starts. Blood Fever is a adventure book with some mystery added into it. It also is very exciting and is difficult to put down.

The setting takes place in Sardinia and at a school called Eton. In Sardinia he goes to see his cousin in a villa called "the House of the Octopus". The story is set in the present. I like James Bond because he solves all the mysteries. I dislike Count Ugo (the person who wants to be an emperor) because he starts all the wars and is the head of the Millenaria. He also steals paintings and artwork from all around the world. I liked it when James Bond gets chased on the rooftops at Eton by angry men. I also liked it when there has a big war in Ugo's palazzo because James bumps into Jana (Ugo's wife).

The book is very exciting and builds up lots of tension. It is very hard to guess what's happening next because he always does some thing strange. The author uses lots descriptive language such as when he introduces a character he describes the people very realistically. I would recommend the book to you if you like exciting stories or mystery books. This book is the is the most exciting book I ever read.
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Published 9 days ago by Mrs L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I think it is a great book it is full of action and adventure. I like the Young James Bond series as it is perfect for my age.
Published 1 month ago by Niclas Stick
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Great story - very exciting.
Published 1 month ago by Matty B
5.0 out of 5 stars Read them all
Great book nearly read all of them just by royal command to go and then finished you must read all of them if you want to live.
Published 2 months ago by Simon of yogscast
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Bond: Blood Fever by Charlie Higson
Young Bond: Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is the second in the Young Bond series and is a very good book.
Published 3 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I would recommend this book as it was very action packed and had a touch of mystery. 10/10
Great book!
Published 3 months ago by nicola roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect intro to the ultimate spy!
I bought this for my 10 year old and he devoured it in a few days.... great story and a brilliant book for encouraging boys to read more!
Published 4 months ago by Natasha W
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood fever
This is an exciting awesome novel from Charlie higson well done him.I could read it again and still have adrenaline pumping
Published 5 months ago by luke livesey
4.0 out of 5 stars Sardinia
A good young bond book although not as good as Silverfin, the story changes sides at the end Love haight is actually love hate
Published 6 months ago by Fred S
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