What is it with the third books in the series being notably the best? My favourite Harry Potter was Prisoner of Azkaban, my favourite Alex Rider was Skeleton Key and my favourite His Dark Materials was The Amber Spyglass. And now Mr Higson has joined them...I really liked Silverfin and, although wasn't as keen, enjoyed Blood Fever. But Double or Die has come along and given them a good kick in the place where a laser beam very nearly went in Goldfinger!! It really does feel like a Fleming book, or one of the early Cold War era films. Now we have more references to the war, better assassins (I loved the Smith Brothers) and much more action...Although it should be noted for younger readers, it is quite violent and some sequences quite intense. I wouldn't have a problem with my Children reading it (I'm 29 and enjoyed it as much as they did!) but some parents may wish to check before reading it to their little un's!
Young James now really feels like Young Bond. The books have been given time to settle in. The character is darker, more intense, now not afraid of his deadly killing skills...I could easily see him growing up to be Mr Sean Connery or Mr Daniel Craig.
The plot is a lot tighter than the previous books, and moves at an extremely fast pace. Your children won't be able to put it down...I certainly couldn't!!
Good work Charlie boy...roll on the next instalment!!