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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
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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 By Royal Command is full of sophisticated political and historical references, and the plotting is an intricate web of spy intrigue.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.
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"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.
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!
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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Have enjoyed all the Young Bond series.Look forward to reading more!Published 4 months ago by Ellen
So this is the last young bond book and personally it was the worst. IT IS STILL A GOOD BOOK.Published 10 months ago by Chris Theen
It was a great book! It was exciting and all the characters were really cool. I read this book when I was in fourth grade, and have read it three times!Published 14 months ago by Carla E. Willetto
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. C. Williams
The young Bond books are amazing. Charlie Higson is a genius! Every time I read the books the suspense is still there.Published 21 months ago by Dawn