Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school — and his country. Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

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Mar 20, Steve Fincher rated it it was amazing Not as good a good 1. Silverfin but still a great series, this is the last of the Higson written Young Bond, I hope Steve Cole who writes the rest is as good. This series so far has been every bit as good as Alex Rider or Jason Steed. Apr 12, Benjamin Clow rated it it was amazing Charlie Higsons By Royal Command is not only a master-class of a James Bond novel, but also a perfect example of how Young Adult fiction can be both emotionally mature as well as beautiful literature.

I first read this book when I was 11 years old, when I was moving schools and towns, and I remember it having such a powerful impact on me. It was one of the first books which she showed me the emotional affect a book could have on its reader, and it taught me an important lesson that an adventure novel was as much about its characters as it was on its thrilling plot-twists.

He gets it. A man who struggled between being a blunt instrument and a thinking, feeling, autonomous individual. A man who struggled between being alone, or being someone who allowed women into his heart. And all the time, fitting this within the constraints of a novel meant for young teenagers. It was like he knew that old Bond fans wold be buying the books as well. Higson understands how to build tension, but also how to create a prolonged sense of doom and tragedy, which permeates the last third of the novel.

The plot even owes a little bit to the health clinic plot points in Thunderball. Higson has created a world of colourful characters around James Bond, and a number of memorable allies and villains from the previous four books return to make this feel like a proper, well-planned five book series arc.

As someone who used to live in this area of England, this was quite heavily appreciated! I liked his version of events, and I love his Bond. If they are as good as his Young Bond Series, then we would be in for a real treat!


Young Bond: By Royal Command

She then finds a sheet of paper with a name from the past on it: James Bond. During this time, Bond is on his way for a school skiing trip in Austria when he runs afoul of a group of Hitler Youth members who call him a cheater for having won a game of poker. He beats them, gives them back their money, and tells them to play with good grace. Some time later, he arrives in Austria where he realizes that he is being followed. When he arrives at his hotel, he is still being followed. There, he meets with his friend Andrew Carlton and his teacher Mr.


By Royal Command

When his whole world explodes, James is forced to go on the run, pursued by enemy agents and the British authorities. James must choose between friendship and duty. His life will never be the same again The following excerpts concern book five - By Royal Command.



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