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The Young Bond Series, Book Five: By Royal Command (A James Bond Adventure) (James Bond Adventure, A) Paperback – May 10, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
Book 5 of 4 in the Young Bond Series

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Charlie Higson's Young Bond books get an A* GQ Would have made Ian Fleming proud Daily Telegraph More action, more demented crime and more flesh-crawling deaths than ever before Observer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Several authors were approached by Ian Fleming Publications to write the Young Bond series. They were gathered in a secret mountain hideaway and sat around a huge marble-topped table. Charlie Higson pulled a lever and the other authors disappeared into a shark-infested tank. So Charlie got the job and the Young Bond series is a phenomenal No. 1 bestselling success. Charlie Higson is also a well-known writer of screenplays and novels, as well as a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: James Bond Adventure, A (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423126515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423126515
  • ASIN: 1423126513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,268 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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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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Format: Hardcover
"Young Bond Book Reviews"- Akash Kumar's Reviews

"By Royal Command"- Ages 14 and up~ only in UK~ James Bond has to stop a communist plot, and falls in love with a 17 year old maid.
"By Royal Command" is a very enthralling conclusion to the "Young Bond" series. It becomes action packed in the middle and the end. The love story within it is carried intelligently, and not too gushy-mushy. The maid is Roan Powers. James is attracted to her at first sight. Since it is told in James's view, teenage boys can easily connect with him. The book is serious throughout. The plot is too mature for kids under 14. I myself had to research a bit about King George. James Bond loses his innocence in this one, and since he is lovesick, "he runs slowly, so the pace is slow." This book reminds me of the serious "Quantum of Solace". This book is by far one of the best conclusions yet.
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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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I bought this as a lark to use up some credit and was surprised that it was as good as it is. It seems to be written for a younger audience but as an old Bond fan I found it pretty good.

I have not read the series from the start (and probably won't) but If they are anything like this one, they would be enjoyable as well.
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Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my almost 13-year old son who is an avid reader. He says, "This book was totally amazing!!! I've read the entire Young Bond Series to date and this one was well worth the wait. Since this is book #5 in the series, I would suggest that you read the previous four books before starting By Royal Command." We order the Young Bond books directly from the UK and my son is always thrilled to get them a year or two before everyone else in his school!! He gets so engrossed in the story and has difficulty putting the book down, even for a little while. He is so looking forward to the next book in the Young Bond series.
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As usual, this Young James Bond book keeps the reader on his toes as Bond faces unusual villains and situations. This series does a great job of incorporating Bond's wild adventures with daily, normal problems, and I liked this book in particular because of the increased focus on Bond's desire and attempt to be a "normal boy". This last book, like all the others, is insightful and exciting.
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