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Young Bond: Double or Die [Paperback]

Charlie Higson
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4 Jan 2007 Young Bond

The explosive third title in the mega-selling Young Bond series.

Kidnap. Violence. Explosions. Murder.

No ordinary weekend. But then, James Bond is no ordinary boy . . .

In a North London cemetery a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint.

A suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles.

Once the code is cracked, he has just forty-eight hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both. And, if the professor can't escape, it's not only his future under threat.

It's the rest of the world's . . .

Product details

  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st edition (4 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141322039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141322032
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for BloodFever:

'This story is double-oh so good!' – Funday Times

'This is Higson's second instalment of the young James Bond's life. Aimed at the teenage market, it's every bit as much fun and convincing as his debut' – Daily Mirror

'A thrilling second adventure for the young Bond' – Guardian

'This is writing for children of the highest order' – Spectator

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. Silverfin was his first book for young readers, and was a phenomenal success. His second book, Blood Fever, became even more successful.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Young Bond gets smart 28 Jan 2007
Charlie Higson's Double or Die is the pivot on which the Young Bond series turns. Double or Die both pulls from past books and points to the future. Where SilverFin infused Bond with his fearless instinct and Blood Fever developed his brawn, Double or Die works his mind (and ours). This Young Bond novel is psychologically more complex than its predecessors. Indeed, with its many scenes set in tombs and tunnels, Double or Die drips with Freudian undercurrents.

Thematically, Double or Die is an adventure of the mind. Bond and his band of friends must decrypt puzzles and clues contained within a mysterious cipher sent by a kidnapped professor. Higson plays the motif throughout as references to skulls and the brain abound. Where Blood Fever was bright and expansive, Double or Die is dark and contained. While this could make it a lesser Bondian adventure for some, the smaller scale allows Higson to work in greater texture and detail, making Double or Die the most vivid and visual of all the Young Bond novels to date. It's also the Young Bond novel that showcases its 1930s setting the best as Higson peppers the book with delightful period slang and long forgotten brand names.

The body count in Double or Die is lower than Blood Fever, but Higson doesn't skimp on the gore, especially during the terrific climax on the London Docklands and inside an abandon pneumatic railway (wonderful Bondian locations both). The fact that the henchmen comes away from each encounter with Young Bond missing another body part is grisly good fun and pure Bond. Higson adds a surprising postscript to this book that is unlike anything that has yet appeared in a Young Bond novel. I will leave it to the reader to discover it, and decide whether it belongs in the Young Bond universe.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure reading pleasure! 5 Jan 2007
As a 41-year-old mother of two, I am not exactly this book's target audience, but I thought it was pretty close to perfect. I've read the other two Young Bond books, but the author has really hit his stride with this one. It's exciting and cleverly plotted, with more than enough action to satisfy every boy (and surely every girl) who reads it and also enough hints at how Bond ends up the man we know from the Fleming books to intrigue adults. I gulped it down in two sittings and now envy all those who have yet to enjoy escaping into it. Surely no one with a pulse would fail to enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Or Die: Continuing On The Path To 007 16 May 2007
Introductions came with SilverFin. Development and maturity followed in Blood Fever. In Double Or Die, Charlie Higson's third novel in the increasingly popular Young Bond series, the key word here is expansion. The first two novels proved that this is indeed no ordinary boy. Bond is obviously quite capable in dealing with an assortment of villains and his past battles have been quite noteworthy. With that in mind, a challenge is created for the author. The truly difficult task in creating the third novel in a series is simply not writing the second one over again. Blood Fever was an incredibly easy Bond novel for the reader to enjoy. With locations in both the UK and Sardinia and unquestionably bizarre villains with even more outrageous plans, the second novel Young Bond is larger than life. How does Higson succeed in making Double Or Die just as enjoyable; and even more importantly, different? Going in the exact opposite direction.

Charlie Higson expands the Young Bond series by restraining Double Or Die from the exotic and glamorous style that characterized Blood Fever. With the entire storyline taking place over the course of only a few days, this third novel gives off the impression of being a much more reserved (and dark) mystery. Thankfully, the pace moves at breakneck speed, making each and every page tense and unputdownable. The solving of the cryptic clues early on in the story is a perfect example. Whether working out the clues in the company of Pritpal and Tommy or trying to figure them out on his own, they are a constant weight on Bond's mind due to the extremely limited amount of time remaining.

Confining the novel to locations only within the UK is another brilliant move by Higson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Double or Die" by Charlie Higson is author's third novel in Young James Bond series that tell of the James Bond's adventures when he was a young man and studying at Eton College.

In this installment, that follows SilverFin and Blood Fever, story starts when one of James's professors has been kidnapped in a London cemetery, although his kidnappers want to show that he went willingly.
James is back to his Eton school after spending summer on Italian isles.
Afterwards, professor's letter full of cryptic clues will arrive to James friend, Pritpal, requesting young Bond to decipher this mystery with help of his two friends.

Soon, they'll find out that their professor didn't leave by choice, and his life is very likely in danger.
And when they would finally succeed in deciphering, 48 hours will be all available to save the professor from the dark forces threatening to destroy both them and professor, but the world itself...

The third novel in author's series is of a bit higher quality than last two though the writing style is quite similar, enabling reader to easily read these novels.
Novel is well-made and is able to draw reader into the story due to good action but also clever mystery that young character has to solve in order to save his professor and much more that's at stake.

It's great that younger readers who weren't able to read original Fleming works will get an opportunity to learn about the Bond's youth and attempts of British secret service agency to create a super-secret agent that Bond eventually become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double or die book review
This book is amazing.
It is really good for James Bond lovers . I recommend this to people who love mystery .
Published 2 days ago by Sophie Maxim
3.0 out of 5 stars Silverfin is better
I liked it but Silverfin is way better than this one.
it would be better if I hadn't read them in order one after the other
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Bond: Double or Die by Charlie Higson
Young Bond: Double or Die by Charlie Higson is the third in the Young Bond series and is very good.
Published 2 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Higson
i love these series of books and i cant get enough of it they are some of my favrioute books ever, hail higson!!!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by S W SHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Young James is brilliant.
I have read all the books in this series and have enjoyed them enormously . Thank you , Mr. Higson.
Published 3 months ago by ina ohlandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson over did himself. It is one of the best books that I have read and I have read all of them
Published 3 months ago by Simon of yogscast
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Simply fantastic, you can't stop reading it. The best of the young bond books so far and that's saying something
Published 4 months ago by Mathew Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Death
How many ways could you die,
James Bond expiriences almost half of these with trying to stable the nemesis in time
Published 5 months ago by Fred S
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book
It is a sensational book,not going to lie but I love all of charlie Hudson's books, they are magnificent. .
Published 5 months ago by Alex andra Irish
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
The third young bond book I've read and it just gets better and better I recommend these books to anyone over the age of twelve
Published 5 months ago by chumboy
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