- Paperback: 416 pages
- Age Range: 9 - 13 years
- Publisher: Puffin (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141343397
- ISBN-13: 978-0141343396
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Young Bond: Double or Die Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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This is writing for children of the highest order (Spectator)
Charlie Higson's Young Bond books get an A* (GQ)
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. 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Young James now really feels like Young Bond. The books have been given time to settle in. The character is darker, more intense, now not afraid of his deadly killing skills...I could easily see him growing up to be Mr Sean Connery or Mr Daniel Craig.
The plot is a lot tighter than the previous books, and moves at an extremely fast pace. Your children won't be able to put it down...I certainly couldn't!!
Good work Charlie boy...roll on the next instalment!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Any Charlie Higson book is worth buying and reading. It was packaged adequately as are all Amazon books. Makes a good present.Published 14 days ago by Marilyn
One of the things I love about this Bond series is how well Higson weaves history and fantasy together, and this book does this wonderfully. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Elsie Reads Books
This book has a clear stortyline where Young James Bond is learning to take care of his friends. You can never take your eyes off this book! Age gap is approximately 10-20+. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Baldy
Excellent addition to the series and very thrilling....as expressed by my 14 year old son!Published 10 months ago by E. L. Stoney
My 9 year old son has just avidity read his way through the whole series. He is currently recommending them to his friends. He loves them.Published 11 months ago by yellingpig
Very good, quickly received. Abridged version which wasn't great but the product itself was goodPublished 13 months ago by Mrs. T. V. Beesley