- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (6 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857533738
- ISBN-13: 978-0857533739
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Young Bond: Shoot to Kill Hardcover – 6 Nov 2014
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"There are car chases, fight scenes, a glamorous party and a final shoot-out that is surely a homage to the climax of The Man With the Golden Gun . . . [Cole] is a master of action, and the scenes on the sinister airship as it makes its way over the Atlantic are particularly tense." (Suzi Feay The Financial Times)
"What impressed me most about Shoot to Kill was Cole’s ability to create a contained story that moved the character of James Bond on, but stayed true to the Fleming vision. Children will love the action elements of this book, but even an adult who is a fan of Bond can get some sneaky pleasure out of the book." (The Bookbag)
"The story was exciting and the period details were authentic; he has obviously done his research and handles his material with confidence. The writing is economical and the characters are well drawn, they include some suitably villainous bad guys plus strong female roles too. As a life-long fan of Fleming's books Steve Cole is comfortable in Bond's world including several playful nods to the older Bond's character." (Clair Stanton We Love This Book)
"Action-packed, with references to Fleming's Bond that will surprise and delight the most avid Bond fan." (Mail on Sunday)
"Comedy, dash and imagination refresh a rebooted British hero." (Amanda Craig New Statesman)
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All of that said, any misgivings about the suitability of the idea or worries about the execution of it faded quickly when I started to read Shoot To Kill. Cole has clearly had to write within quite imposing restrictions - Bond isn't yet a martini-guzzling, Beretta/Walther-toting assassin but clearly he still has to get into dangerous situations (or dangerous situations find him)...events have to take place that will help shape the future of the spy. Cole skilfully takes on Bond from where Higson left off (again, within what little of the back history Fleming left us with, Bond has to move school after having been thrown out of Eton) into what appears to be a temporary limbo; but very quickly a fascinating adventure develops. The fact that Bond finds his way across the Atlantic to the seemingly glamorous Allworld Studios in Hollywoodland as part of the plot works well. It's pacy, it's well-written and Cole has clearly done his homework - the period detail is seamlessly incorporated into the story and enhances it; the supporting characters are well-drawn, Bond is believable...above all it's a cracking good story and a page-turner. I read the last 200-odd pages in one sitting. Definitely one to read and has made me think seriously about reading Higson's entries as well.
The story takes place following the end of the series written by Charlie Higson (which covered Bond's time at Eton) but before he starts at his next school, Fettes - which allows the author to have some fun and take Bond away from home much in the style of many of the original Fleming novels.
Despite the setting in the earlier half of the twentieth century, Coles has managed to craft a really exciting story that doesn't feel dated to a (admittedly slightly old) reader in the twenty-first. It's full of the technology, peril, adventure, glamour and action that's expected of James Bond, and while there are tiny hints of things to come, it skips some of the aspects of the original character that might not work in a book aimed at younger readers.
An exciting, superbly paced, richly detailed story about one of my favourite characters that really hints, perhaps more so than Higson even, at the man Bond will become.
The plot of Shoot To Kill is well handled and the opening chapter has a terrific Film Noir feel and a nice twist. Young Bond himself feels much like Higson's character, and the Young Bond Girl, Boudicca "Boody" Price, is very well drawn. The author also offers up several nods to Fleming that hardcore fans will appreciate. The first chapter is titled "You Asked For It" (the title of the first American Casino Royale paperback), and at one point James passes himself off as the son of Hoagy Carmichael (Fleming's physical model for 007). And while Steve doesn't quite yet have the Higson touch when it comes to penning atmosphere, he is just as capable with the action scenes.
Hollywood is a location that is LONG overdue for a Bond visit, and it's exciting to finally have a Hollywood-set James Bond adventure. However, I feel like the author's handling of the L.A. locations isn't as well researched as it could be. There are a few errors that are hard to get past, such as mentions of freeways which didn't exist in 1934.Read more ›
I enjoyed it whilst I read it, in a guilty pleasure way - it is quite a decent page turner but it is far, far, far below the standard of the other Young Bond novels (which I have started re-reading since).
Plot - not great, lots of holes, iffily worked out motivations of the villains
Characterisations - Bond is a cipher of the Higson character. It's a shame. His supporting cast aren't any better.
So why 3 stars? It's more 2.5 to be honest. It's enjoyable if you can disengage your brain. It's the equivalent of a dumb fun blockbuster - the Transformers of Bond novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Picked up the mantle from Fleming, Higson etc with ease, a thrilling story. Only problem came when I turned the last page...... 😒 Bring on the next book. Quickly 😃😃😃Published 1 month ago by S Boote
Enjoyable follow up to Charlie Higson. Bit surprised when he got his Helium/Hydrogen mix-up at the end!Published 2 months ago by stattosdad
amazing book really recommended to all readers of all age groups and cant wait for the next book to come out i wish that this book was endlessPublished 3 months ago by William Purcell
Very good quality, bought used at a very good price. I was expecting a paperback but was surprised and delighted when it arrived to find it was a hardback. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen MacKenzie
A fantastic addition to the Bond world. Perfectly capturing the feel of Fleming's original style, and packed with action which sweeps you along from a midnight tussle in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patrick Kempshall
Simply nowhere near as good as the earlier Young James Bond books. Indeed from this one would think it a positive miracle that Bond survived to adulthood!Published 9 months ago by Mother of 2
It was such a great book it was full of great and extraordinarily well written action and adventure. If you are into awesome action and adventure then you should read this book! Read morePublished 9 months ago by GODZILLA
Great read, even for those of us above the recommended reading age! Plenty of action, intrigue and plot twists. Well worth a read.Published 11 months ago by Ben