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Effective teen thriller but a bit gruesome!
on 22 May 2006
'Bloodfever' is the second in the series of Young Bond books and immediately it benefits from the characters already being introduced. Gone is the tedious section at Eton in 'Silverfin' and instead we soon jump into the action.
Bond has gone on a school trip to Sardinia where he meets a strange egomaniac who has built his own city in the mountains. Is Ugo a benevolent leader or does his criminal past suggest that he could be the killer many suspect?
This book is very fast paced and does not have a storyline, as such, but a series of well paced set pieces. Young James is a hero already and you do route for him to save the day. I can imagine for teenagers that this would be an excellent and exciting read.
However, a warning for younger readers, it is a more gruesome book than you may expect with many scenes of violence hinted at. I for one feel that this is scarier as my imagination can create more horrors than an author can write.
Due to the lack of real story I can only give this an average mark but if Higson continues in the upwards fashion that he is, I am looking forward to the next installment of Young Bond.