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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Abridged edition edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141807946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141807942
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,488 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 three best-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever and the most recent, Double or Die.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Western N.Y. on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
**WARNING: This review does have a few minor plot spoilers**

Charlie Higson's newest Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is a bit of an oddity. One aspect that always shined through as the winning formula of the previous three novels in the series, especially evident in both Blood Fever and Double or Die, was the delicate and interesting mixture between the young James Bond character and the adult 007 he will eventually become. The main character is most undoubtedly a boy and one could argue that is the prime audience these novels should be attempting to please, but Higson always managed to perfectly fit together the puzzle pieces such as new and intriguing locations, the outlandish villains and their sinister plans so that they worked on both the Young Bond and 007 levels. With Hurricane Gold, it seems like the focus was much more in creating a young boy's adventure story and it results in somewhat throwing off that compelling combination.

In the most recent novel in the series, Double or Die, the story's events were always on a tight timescale as James and his friends frantically rushed around London trying to solve several cryptic clues in search of the missing professor. Hurricane Gold's plot is slightly less defined, but the pace still moves at breakneck speed. One of the first things the reader will immediately notice upon starting Hurricane Gold is the absence of any scenes at Eton. With this location out of the way, the action can promptly begin in Mexico. This is an interesting departure for the series in terms of the basic setup for the storyline, but Higson makes it work by interspersing three letters from Bond's friends at Eton (Pritpal Nandra, Perry Mandeville and Mr. Merriot), thus keeping the reader in tune with the general events going on at the school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Western N.Y. on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
**WARNING: This review does have a few minor plot spoilers**

Charlie Higson's newest Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is a bit of an oddity. One aspect that always shined through as the winning formula of the previous three novels in the series, especially evident in both Blood Fever and Double or Die, was the delicate and interesting mixture between the young James Bond character and the adult 007 he will eventually become. The main character is most undoubtedly a boy and one could argue that is the prime audience these novels should be attempting to please, but Higson always managed to perfectly fit together the puzzle pieces such as new and intriguing locations, the outlandish villains and their sinister plans so that they worked on both the Young Bond and 007 levels. With Hurricane Gold, it seems like the focus was much more in creating a young boy's adventure story and it results in somewhat throwing off that compelling combination.

In the most recent novel in the series, Double or Die, the story's events were always on a tight timescale as James and his friends frantically rushed around London trying to solve several cryptic clues in search of the missing professor. Hurricane Gold's plot is slightly less defined, but the pace still moves at breakneck speed. One of the first things the reader will immediately notice upon starting Hurricane Gold is the absence of any scenes at Eton. With this location out of the way, the action can promptly begin in Mexico. This is an interesting departure for the series in terms of the basic setup for the storyline, but Higson makes it work by interspersing three letters from Bond's friends at Eton (Pritpal Nandra, Perry Mandeville and Mr. Merriot), thus keeping the reader in tune with the general events going on at the school.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TJ on 24 July 2009
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If you dont read much because you find too few exciting books out there then this one is for you! If you are like my partner and read a new book every day and are an avid James Bond reader (even the classic novels), I am sure you will love this.

I am always reluctant to pick up a book over using my computer, but these are really good! They kept me reading the entire series so far and I cant wait for the next book. They are fun, exciting and really give you an idea how James Bond learnt all the skills that made him the man you read/see today. If you are looking for flaws and inconsistancies - good luck!

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-T
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Hirsh on 14 Feb. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am not a big fan of the Young James Bond series. I have read the previous three and believed that Charlie Higson was turning a great idea into a mediocre series. I was plesently suprised by the fourth installment of the bestselling series. It's fast, fun, and you're on the edge of you're seat the whole way through. Like always there are many layers behind the plot, it is not complex, but for a young adult book it is. You have to find out many things for yourself and the author uses a very good job of foreshadowing. Charlie struck gold (sorry couldn't help myself) in this book. It does resemble the third Alex Rider book by Anthony Horowitz. It is similar and sure sometimes old Charlie might of looked through it for some inspiration, but it is not a copy. The storyline is similar in many books, even if Charlie used Skeleton Key as a refrence a few times he did make it his own. This is a must read for all teen spy lovers, and fans of young adult litriture.
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