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on 19 September 2008
Ok...here it is. Im gonna make this review short and sweet, just like the book. If you have read the previous titles in the Young Bond series, you know what to expect. A great plot, thrilling action scenes and diabolical villains. If you havent, you are in for a pleasant surprise...however I would read the other books in the series before reading this one, as the plot may confuse you. Now, onto the actual book...
This is a fantastic read. It has a complicated plot, unlike Hurricane Gold, and involves SOME thinking. Great fighting sequences, and scenes described so well it is as if you are in the room with the characters themselves. However, the characters themselves are getting a little (see the word LITTLE) repetive. For instance, the flesh crawling villain, the tomboy bond girl, and the sideline allies and enemies. All very well, you may think, all the bond books, young bond books, and countless films all have these as well. BUT this makes the plot slightly predictable. Another reviewer put "Higson bridges the gap to Casino Royale...". "Higson bridges the gap to Alex Rider", more like. MANY simalarites are clear in this series, and the series of Anthony Horowitz. Though not enough to spoil the book, thank God. Worth a buy, especially at Amazons exeptional price! ( I bought this in WH Smith for 12.99!!) Buy it now!
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on 22 September 2008
I must admit that while I have been an avid reader of the Young Bond series but while I have found each volume to be wildly entertaining, I have never considered them quite on a par with the Alex Rider series. However, By Royal Command, unfortunately the last in this cycle of the series, blows the others out of the water! By Royal Command has it all: not just a rip-roaring story, but an emotional roller coaster that fits into the Bond cannon beautifully (I enjoyed it far more than Sebastian Faulks' much-vaunted continuation) and does so with a kind of sophistication and moral ambiguity that one seldom find in a book of this sort. It seems a shame that anyone might be put off because this is marketed as a children's novel. Absolutely brilliant and I hope that we get to see more of Higson's Bond in the future.
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on 30 August 2013
I rated this book five stars because this book almost literally comes to life and has so much good description so much so I would like to see this series of books to be turned into films.
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on 24 June 2013
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!
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on 14 September 2015
My 9 year old son just couldn't put this set of books down, never before have I seen him read so avidly and with such enthusiasm. A tad obsessed about James Bond now though.
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on 15 March 2015
This series of books is well written and suitable for both young and established Bond Devotees and develops the fountation of later relevant attitudes and skills
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on 8 January 2015
bond is back and better than ever before!SENSATIONAL BOOK ,WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE!:)It is filled with action!I GOT IN-FORM RONALDO IN A 100K PACK!!!
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on 6 May 2013
This book was absolutely amazing ..................... ..... ........ .....m.. ... .. . . ...... .... ..... minecraft video ...

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on 7 July 2013
This is the best book in the world and i cannot wait till i start James bond . If you like action and a bit of romance this is the book for you.
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on 23 March 2015
This book was absolutely TERRIBLE!!! How bad can u get. It was boring so there charlie nooo. (Kidding this book was actually really good )
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