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Young Bond: By Royal Command [Paperback]

Charlie Higson
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28 May 2009 Young Bond

Young Bond: By Royal Command is the fifth heart-stopping instalment in the phenomenal Young Bond series by Charlie Higson.

Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school - and his country.

Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

'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.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322056
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Would have made Ian Fleming proud (Daily Telegraph)

More action, more demented crime and more flesh-crawling deaths than ever before (Observer)

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Several authors were approached by Ian Fleming Publications to write the Young Bond series. They were gathered in a secret mountain hideaway and sat around a huge marble-topped table. Charlie Higson pulled a lever and the other authors disappeared into a shark-infested tank. So Charlie got the job and the Young Bond series is a phenomenal No. 1 bestselling success. Charlie Higson is also a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, as well as a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Bond loses his innocence 5 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
With By Royal Command Charlie Higson brings the Young Bond series in for a picture perfect landing, touching down cleanly and evenly on every aspect of James Bond's past and future life. Within its own universe, By Royal Command is the equivalent of 2006's Casino Royale or this year's The Dark Knight -- a surprisingly profound, introspective, and ultimately tragic chapter that takes a leap in quality and maturity from all that has come before. At the same time, By Royal Command is a kinder and gentler Young Bond novel that doesn't have nearly the level of gruesome violence that has become a hallmark of the series, and even contains a love story! It's a surprising book in many ways. Of course, all the Young Bond books have been individualistic and, in their own ways, surprises, so By Royal Command fits perfectly into a series that has never repeated itself.

Structurally, By Royal Command is somewhat similar to Devil May Care (the celebrated Centenary adult Bond novel by Sebastian Faulks), particularly in its post-caper third act flight. But By Royal Command has an emotional depth that the adult Bond adventure didn't. There is a real sadness that permeates By Royal Command, a steady drip drip drip of Bond's innocence, of which Bond is all too aware. After the bloody events of the past four books, especially the relentless Hurricane Gold, this James Bond wants nothing more than to live a normal schoolboy's life. He's a 14-year-old with post traumatic stress. But Bond discovers he is fated to be a magnet for danger and death, and his reserves of stamina and strength in such situations have not gone unnoticed by leaders who soon need young men with such reserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book 1 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Gutted in a couple of sleepless nights under the covers by my ten year old son. Well at least he's reading!!!
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By Royal Command was the final book in the Young Bond series. This is really a shame. Myself not being a particular fan of the series surprisingly, I am sad to see the last of our young soon to be 007. We started off with Young Bond in Silverfin. This was a dissapointing book, though it was not bad it didn't meet the high expectations that I had for it. The second was Blood Fever, which I did not like at all. It was a step back from Silverfin and I was angry at Higson, this is because I believed that he was turning a book series that should be up there with Alex Rider, CHERUB, Jimmy Coates, and Jason Steed as the best teen espionage series. Sadly at that point it was outclassed. Higson did not put the elements into the books that would make it feel quite like a Bond storyline. It lacked excitment, and the writting was very poor. Double or Die showed improvment, but still showed it was not at the point of being compared to the best of young adult teen espionage fiction. Hurricane Gold was a great book, it in my mind was a breakthrough for good old Charlie.

Now to the book I'm suppose to be reviewing. I was scared that he would not keep it up with By Royal Command. I didn't believe he could do it, I thought this because Hurrican Gold resembled Skeleton Key, the third Alex Rider adventure. I heard about the plot and was scared that Charlie may not be able to come out with a book, with mainly his own idea. I am glad to say he proved me wrong. By Royal Command was by far the best of the series. It has all of the elements to make it a Bond adventure. This book had it everything you would expect the girl, the sinister villin, the action, and finally Charlie showed us how Bond was carved into our favorite MI6 agent. Was it a little formulated sure, but isn't that what we all want?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Higson bridges the gap to Casino Royale. 3 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
Having just read By Royal Command in about seven hours, it's clear it's a page turner. Whilst not as lean and thrilling as Double or Die, or as action packed as Hurricane Gold, BRC is a more complex beast but just as good, and a fitting end (sadly) to the Young Bond series (at least for now).
The edges of enemy sides are blurred as Bond discovers people are far greyer than he originally thought. The whole book has the ominous presence of the upcoming war. People are paranoid, violence starts to become a way of life, loyalties are questioned. It's a dangerous time.

The book is very well written, with no easy answers for who's right in war or fighting. Bond is a more angry, conflicted character, very much in the mold of Fleming's novels.

My only minor gripes were some of the characterisations of the villains and henchmen weren't as well developed as some of the previous books. There were some nice links to previous books, but i felt they weren't as explored as much as i'd like (and occasionally smacked of plot contrievence) and a few of the later action set pieces have a slight over familiarity to previous Young Bond books...

But it's still a cracking read, and links the character to the older Bond nicely (unlike say the Star Wars prequels did with Darth Vader).

So another belter from Mr Higson, and given the success of the series, i can only hope to see him follow them up with Bond at Fettes... and then lying about his age to join World War 2 for further adventures.
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Published 2 months ago by ZEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Enjoyed this as much as the other books, even though I'm a little older now! Would highly recommend this book.
Published 11 months ago by GJS1
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
My 12 year old son read the whole of the young bond series during teh summer holidays and loved them all
Published 11 months ago by A Nagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another exciting, fast-paced Young Bond novel
The storyline is again fast-paced and towards the end ties together many of the previous plots into one overarching plot. What a shame the series comes to an end with this book!
Published 14 months ago by Mr. T. A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a present for someone else
My grandson thought the book was great. He is a voracious reader, so if he says it's great, then it probably is.
Published 16 months ago by Nancy SWS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab service reccomended
Got this for my daughter she loves it and says it is a very good read and as good as all the others in the series
Published 17 months ago by Paul C Third
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Superb series of books. Highly recommend for boys in particular aged about 9 +. Will be buying the rest in the series.
Published 20 months ago by Victoria Lyden
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Mr Higson, can we have some more?
A superb finish to this series. During the books we have seen James developing and this open-ending, really cements the character we meet in the Fleming books of old. Read more
Published on 14 July 2012 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable romance
The book starts well but the romance between "darlin" Roan and James never seems more than a schoolboy crush, and showed he had the emotional maturity of a 14 year old public... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Dunfermline woman
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