- Series: A James Bond Adventure (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Miramax Books; First Edition edition (April 27, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078683661X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786836611
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Young Bond Series, Book One Silverfin (A James Bond Adventure) Hardcover – April 28, 2005
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Grade 6-9–Meet Bond–James Bond–at 14, before he became the suave, lady-killing international spy. An orphan, he attends Eton and lives with his Aunt Charmian during school breaks. While the premise for this prequel sounds intriguing, it fails to deliver. Action, adventure, and mystery are not a part of the plot until the end. While visiting his dying Uncle Max in Scotland, James discovers that his enemy at Eton, George Hellebore, is visiting his father, Lord Randolph, who owns the castle in the same town. On the train to Scotland, James met Red Kelly and learned that Red's cousin Alphie is missing. Rumor has it he disappeared near Loch Silverfin, which is part of the Hellebore estate. It doesn't take long for James and Red to determine that Alphie's disappearance is connected to the castle. Red Kelly, Meatpacker, Wilder Lawless, and her horse, Martini, are interesting and quirky characters while James is positively dull. He is merely a part of the plot instead of a driving force. The book may appeal to serious Bond fans, but for students who are looking for mystery and adventure, Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" books (Philomel) are a better choice.–Angela M. Boccuzzi-Reichert, Merton Williams Middle School, Hilton, NY
Gr. 5-8. The name's the same--Bond, James Bond. But the face is different. And no wonder: the late Ian Fleming's fabled superspy is only 14 years old in this newly launched, lavishly promoted, high-concept series. Higson struggles heroically to incorporate all Fleming's trademark ingredients. There's a ravishing heroine (who rides a horse named Martini); a larger-than-life villain (a wealthy American with large, flashing white teeth who is "mad, I tell you, mad"); and lots of melodramatic nonsense about eels and eugenics. The problem is that young Bond is a bit of a cipher, and the story takes forever to get going. Then once things heat up, they go on too long and, worse, too predictably. Part of the problem is endemic to all new series: the need to establish characters, background, etc. But one hopes that Higson will give more attention, in future volumes, to fresher plotting and fleshing out the character of his hero. Michael Cart
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Top customer reviews
I was not disappointed, the book gripped and did not let go until the last word.
You can try to look for the bond nods to the past/future or you can enjoy the book for their own sake as either work equally as well.
I may not be this bonds target but to paraphrase the end of all the bond movies bond will be back and I'll be reading it.
James starts out at a new boarding school at the age of 13. He quickly makes a couple good friends, but has his share of bullies. When he goes home for break, James and another boy decide to investigate a missing boy from the area. But the missing boy seems to have disappeared on the land of one James' meanest schoolmates.
While the story is written for youth, it's a fast-paced thriller with fun characters and evil bad guys. A few times during the book, science and technology is explained in detail, so it could be considered almost educational as well.
James hasn't become a spy yet, but this is a fun look at his early years and what helped shape him into the man he will become.
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