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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; hardcover edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141383917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141383910
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Young Bond:

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

'heart-stopping action and terrifying villains' Observer

'double-oh so good' Sunday Times

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 three best-selling novels about Young Bond - Silverfin, Blood Fever and the most recent, Double or Die.


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Format: Hardcover
**WARNING: This review does have a few minor plot spoilers**

Charlie Higson's newest Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is a bit of an oddity. One aspect that always shined through as the winning formula of the previous three novels in the series, especially evident in both Blood Fever and Double or Die, was the delicate and interesting mixture between the young James Bond character and the adult 007 he will eventually become. The main character is most undoubtedly a boy and one could argue that is the prime audience these novels should be attempting to please, but Higson always managed to perfectly fit together the puzzle pieces such as new and intriguing locations, the outlandish villains and their sinister plans so that they worked on both the Young Bond and 007 levels. With Hurricane Gold, it seems like the focus was much more in creating a young boy's adventure story and it results in somewhat throwing off that compelling combination.

In the most recent novel in the series, Double or Die, the story's events were always on a tight timescale as James and his friends frantically rushed around London trying to solve several cryptic clues in search of the missing professor. Hurricane Gold's plot is slightly less defined, but the pace still moves at breakneck speed. One of the first things the reader will immediately notice upon starting Hurricane Gold is the absence of any scenes at Eton. With this location out of the way, the action can promptly begin in Mexico. This is an interesting departure for the series in terms of the basic setup for the storyline, but Higson makes it work by interspersing three letters from Bond's friends at Eton (Pritpal Nandra, Perry Mandeville and Mr. Merriot), thus keeping the reader in tune with the general events going on at the school.
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Bond is BACK in this terrific 4th Young Bond novel. This time author Charlie Higson shakes up the formula and elects not to have any set-up scenes at Eton. Instead, Higson throws Bond almost instantly into action in a hurricane ravaged Mexico (amazingly, a location Bond has never been before). In many ways, this book is a sister to Book 3, Double or Die (released earlier this year), in that it is very much about its location and is jammed with action and a wild collection of sinister villains. But I expect Hurricane Gold will easily become the favorite Young Bond novel thus far as Charlie seems to have perfected his own unique "Young Bond" formula (a curious mix of James Bond, boys adventure, surprising amounts of gore, and dry wit) and executes it here perfectly. Even publisher Puffin seems to be throwing in with this book as it is the first Young Bond to be published in hardcover...and dig that all-gold cover!

The only disappointment with this series is the realization that there is only one book left.
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I was very much looking forward to reading this book and it arrived swiftly and in pristine condition. It is difficult to review whether a book is fit for purpose - as condition was excellent I would say it was absolutely fit for purpose.
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My grandson has got three of Charlie Higson's Young Bond series and has really enjoyed reading them. They are very well written and have loads of action and excitement in them and I bought him this for his 11th birthday as he said he would like it. I read the first bit on-line and was hooked myself! I can really recommend this book for youngsters and I am sure girls would find it good reading too.
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If you dont read much because you find too few exciting books out there then this one is for you! If you are like my partner and read a new book every day and are an avid James Bond reader (even the classic novels), I am sure you will love this.

I am always reluctant to pick up a book over using my computer, but these are really good! They kept me reading the entire series so far and I cant wait for the next book. They are fun, exciting and really give you an idea how James Bond learnt all the skills that made him the man you read/see today. If you are looking for flaws and inconsistancies - good luck!

Happy reading
-T
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I have been looking forward to this book ever since I first heard about. My favorite super spy, James Bond, In action in one of my favorite places in the world, the Mexican Carribean. In this book we meet a young James Bond, and it is set in the mid 1930's, so do not be expecting the more modern Bond. This James as a teenager. The book has plenty of action, suspense, and thrills. An it was fun to have action take place in a place I am acquainted with. I do wish the Mayan ruin sites could have played a more prominent roll in the book, but the scenes on the Avenida de la Muerte had me on the edge of my seat. Some Bond purists may complain but I found the book very enjoyable look at the young bond, and I will read more from this series. And for another great adventure/thriller set in Mexico I highly recommend "Tourist in the Yucatan!" You won't be sorry if you do!
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Charlie Higson's newest Young Bond novel, Hurricane Gold, is a bit of an oddity. One aspect that always shined through as the winning formula of the previous three novels in the series, especially evident in both Blood Fever and Double or Die, was the delicate and interesting mixture between the young James Bond character and the adult 007 he will eventually become. The main character is most undoubtedly a boy and one could argue that is the prime audience these novels should be attempting to please, but Higson always managed to perfectly fit together the puzzle pieces such as new and intriguing locations, the outlandish villains and their sinister plans so that they worked on both the Young Bond and 007 levels. With Hurricane Gold, it seems like the focus was much more in creating a young boy's adventure story and it results in somewhat throwing off that compelling combination.

In the most recent novel in the series, Double or Die, the story's events were always on a tight timescale as James and his friends frantically rushed around London trying to solve several cryptic clues in search of the missing professor. Hurricane Gold's plot is slightly less defined, but the pace still moves at breakneck speed. One of the first things the reader will immediately notice upon starting Hurricane Gold is the absence of any scenes at Eton. With this location out of the way, the action can promptly begin in Mexico. This is an interesting departure for the series in terms of the basic setup for the storyline, but Higson makes it work by interspersing three letters from Bond's friends at Eton (Pritpal Nandra, Perry Mandeville and Mr. Merriot), thus keeping the reader in tune with the general events going on at the school.
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