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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322056
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,011 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Hirsh on 18 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Durke on 8 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 13 year old son. He always has been reluctant to read, though he did enjoy this book. He found it very exciting to read and he found it pretty hard to put down. From his prespective, the book starts off pretty boring but gets better after some pages. It also involves a very clever plot and gives you some surprises along the way. Overall, this book is a neccesity to all teen age boys. Credits to Charlie Higson for creating this book aswell as a full series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Humphrey on 1 Mar 2013
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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. P. Drake on 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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