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Blood Fever (The Young James Bond, Book 2) Hardcover – June 2, 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Young Bond Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8–What began as schoolboy fun leads to life-threatening adventure for 13-year-old James Bond when he stumbles upon members of an Italian secret society who speak only Latin. On break from the prestigious Eton School, James and his schoolmates travel with two teachers to the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia to study archaeological ruins. James later stays with his cousin and a famous artist who become the target of an art theft. It turns out that one of James's teachers is a spy for the Millenaria society, which is conducting a series of art heists throughout England and Europe for a megalomaniacal man based on Sardinia. James and the new friends whom he meets on the island must find a way to rescue a kidnapped English girl and to stop the villain who wants to relive the days of the Roman emperors. The story occurs sometime between the World Wars and during the reign of Mussolini. It involves piracy, danger, violence, and intrigue. With its highly descriptive style of writing, it's a fun, easy read, although the characters are not particularly well developed. Its greatest appeal might be to reluctant middle-school readers, but it would not receive as much attention if not for the 007 connection.–Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library
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"A great read for fans of detective tales (with) heart-pounding scenes that will keep readers turning the pages." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Faithful to the spirit and detail of Fleming’s original Bond." -- Time Out, UK

Product Details

  • Series: Young Bond (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786836628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786836628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers, Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and the YA apocalyptic thriller: The Enemy, which he wrote to frighten his ten-year-old son. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at: twitter.com/monstroso

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For this old 007 fan, Charlie Higson's first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, was a mixed bag. Clearly a book written for a preteen target audience, it too often seemed to mimic a Harry Potter adventure. I'm happy to report this is NOT the case with Young Bond Book 2: Blood Fever, which takes a confident quantum leap into maturity and gives Bond fans of all ages one of the very best James Bond novels yet written.

The key difference seems to be that SilverFin was written as a children's book (which could still be enjoyed by adults), while Blood Fever appears to have been written with a more mature (even adult) readership in mind. This is a tougher, darker, much more violent book than SilverFin. It even includes a classic Bondian torture scene (but don't panic, parents, the torture is more about endurance than person-to-person sadism). But because Blood Fever chronicles the adventures of a 14 year old, it's still very much a novel young readers will find thrilling--even dangerous. This one may need to be smuggled beneath the sheets and read by flashlight--which is precisely where a James Bond book SHOULD be read. Ian Fleming would be proud.

The villain in Blood Fever, Count Ugo Carnifex, is a true Bond baddie in the most classic sense, with a lair and scheme reflecting every inch of his megalomania. This is the best drawn Bond villain, book or film, we've encountered in some time. Secondary characters are also marvelously conceived, but it's the character of young Bond who stands head and shoulders above all others. The timid, apologetic youngster of SilverFin is long gone. Here, we have a teenage James with all the skills and swagger of Ian Fleming's secret agent.
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With one of the most ardent critics of the Young Bond idea recently stating on a fan-run Web site that author Charlie Higson's second foray into the world of a teenage James Bond was so good that he read it twice. Higson certainly seems to have come a long way since the initial announcement of his assignment was received with an equal mixture of curiosity and horror by the fan community.

Certainly the author seems more settled and sure-footed in his sophomore effort, perhaps due to the plaudits his first Young Bond novel SILVERFIN received from critics and Bond fans alike and the impressive sales that it managed in the United Kingdom. Or the fact that it was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2005.

The second novel BLOOD FEVER also benefits from what I feel is a more compelling plot. To be honest the first novel with its tale of an American millionaire injecting eel serum into humans seemed a little too much like Fu Manchu for a Bond thriller and was saved in large part by Higson's wonderful prose. Here, he combines that writing style with a plot surrounding an effort by a Sardininan count to resurrect the Holy Roman Empire in a vibrant concoction that includes pirates, art theft, secret societies, seaplanes, intrigue and a mermaid. Well, okay so the lead female character is referred to as a mermaid, but more on her later.

It can be argued that Higson mimics certain trademark components of the movie series. Each novel has what is essentially a pretitles sequence and here we have a very exciting account of pirates overrunning a private yacht off the coast of Greece and the kidnapping of the two female passengers. We then join James at Eton who has become part of a society addicted to danger.
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Charlie Higgins has produced another winner in this second installment of his "Young James Bond" series. His grasp of the character and traditional style make these novels, arguably, the best Bond stories since Ian Fleming's death. Don't let the "young readers" tag fool you; these adventure yarns rank on a par with Harry Potter in terms of rollicking enjoyment for readers of all ages.
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I consider myself a well read Bond person, even used the early Bond films in the classroom, and have had the opportunity to meet many of those connected with the films at various conventions and gatherings. Author Charlie Higson has done the impossible. He has restored the flavor that the better Ian Fleming books had, the special touch that made one read a Fleming novel more than once to recapture the joy.

Not to take anything away from John Gardner who frankly is a great writer, however his many books beyond the Bond ones were better done as he was not restricted. Raymond Benson means well and I can enjoy his stories, but it is not James Bond. It is just that Ian Fleming had a special way of handling his super spy that has up til now not been equalled.

In Blood Fever, as in the first book in the series, Silverfin, the author has gone to the young Bond. At the appropriate age as Fleming had Bond in his mid thirties in the early 1950's. The young James Bond series is placed in the proper time in history for realism and the author has done a beautiful job in describing places and settings. He has taken the few facts given by Fleming about Bond's beginnings and has weaved them into a beautful tapestry of stories true to the character. As in the first book, Blood Fever gives you an insight into things that later would mark Bond as a man and it is fascinating to watch his development.

The plotting is excellent and you feel as though the real father of Bond, Fleming, is alive and well and at his best. You have super villains, young ladies appropriate to the age, (James is not into girls yet), and very tight and careful plotting. If anything the flow is better than some of Fleming's last books.

Now comes the long wait for the next one.
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