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The Young Bond Series:Book 5: By Royal Command (A James Bond Adventure) (James Bond Adventure, A) Hardcover – May 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: James Bond Adventure, A (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423125266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423125266
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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A series with a high I.Q. --New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

CHARLES HIGSON is the author of the best-selling Young Bond™ series and a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of the BBC hit comedy The Fast Show. He lives in London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This final book of the series was the best of all.
D. McCaf
Not only does Bond lose what remained of his innocence in By Royal Command, it's clear the world will soon lose what remains of its innocence as well.
John Cox
Highly recommended for action/adventure series lovers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Cox on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
With By Royal Command Charlie Higson brings the Young Bond series in for a picture perfect landing, touching down cleanly and evenly on every aspect of James Bond's past and future life. It's a surprisingly profound, introspective, and somewhat tragic book that takes a leap in quality and maturity from all that has come before. At the same time, By Royal Command is a kinder and gentler Young Bond novel that doesn't have nearly the level of gruesome violence that has become a hallmark of the series, and even contains a love story! It's a surprising book in many ways. Of course, all the Young Bond books have been individualistic and, in their own ways, surprises, so By Royal Command fits perfectly into a series that has never repeated itself.

After the bloody events of the past four books, especially the relentless Hurricane Gold, this James Bond wants nothing more than to live a normal schoolboy's life. He's a 14-year-old with post traumatic stress. But Bond discovers he is fated to be a magnet for danger and death, and his reserves of stamina and strength in such situations have not gone unnoticed by leaders who soon need young men with such reserves. Not only does Bond lose what remained of his innocence in By Royal Command, it's clear the world will soon lose what remains of its innocence as well. The specter of World War II and the Cold War looms large over this novel. By Royal Command is full of sophisticated political and historical references, and the plotting is an intricate web of spy intrigue. Even the youngest readers, having invested in the first four books, will be rapt with attention, waiting for the next revelatory shoe to drop.

So where does By Royal Command stand among the other Young Bonds?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Extreme 007 Fan on February 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
By Royal Command was definitely a page-turner. Being a twelve and a half year old boy, when my teacher announces, " Boys and Girls, find a good place to stop," I can't! I typically can't sit still for five minutes, but with this book, my attention was undivided for hours. I will say that the story line stalls a bit in the middle, but overall, By Royal Command is an awesome book.
My suggestion is that you read Higson's other books, Silverfin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, and Hurricane Gold first so that you can better understand the characters. Unlike these previous books, By Royal Command only features James, not his "mess mates." Always able to find his way out of a sticky situation, James is quite clever for his age. With his strong gambling skills, James always manages to win a large chunk of cash. On the other hand, his tendency to find trouble is impeccable. (He destroys two cars--one borrowed, one owned!) Because of these strong character traits, Higson is able to capture readers' attention so easily.
If you're not already a James Bond fan, By Royal Command is sure to turn you into one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By this game is the bomb Amazing graphics and capabilities on February 13, 2013
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Charlie is such a good author his books are all ways Page Turners and I love reading them.The best bond book yet
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Read the first one in this series to my son when he was about 9 or 10. Had to wait for the last 3 books to come out. It was a fun "bonding" experience to read together and discuss the books. We went to this series while waiting to finish the Harry Potter series. I can not stress enough how important it is to read WITH your children. Find series they love and you will instill a lifelong love of reading and education. My son has very little time to read for "fun" now but I'm sure once he finishes college he will once again find the joy of picking up a book just for pure enjoyment not just to write a paper!
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the young james bond series is a good, solid series. this is the best of the books, or at least the most Bond-like. Not the best series ever, but a good read non the less.
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By Spydie on April 12, 2014
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I've read the entire series and I have to say, the first one was more for kids, but the rest of them are written for an older audience and at age 60, and a big James Bond fan, I have to say they were all very well written and fun books to read. I wish there were more of them. I have the kindle version.
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By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2013
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This is awesome! Everything that happens is so weird. Read it!
It is a really awesome book! READ IT!!!!!!
That is all.
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By Nicholas freer on January 11, 2013
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this is a very good book that is full of action and drama i would recommend it to anyone who likes James bond (which is most people)
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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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