Higson, Charlie Silverfin (Young Bond)

ISBN 13: 9780141806037

Silverfin (Young Bond)

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FILE NOTE STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL - AUTHORISED PERSONNEL ONLY Subject: James Bond Age: 13 Description: dark hair that falls in a comma above his brow, despite efforts to control it; blue eyes; tall for age; surprisingly strong; fluent French, good German Essential components: A villain so vile no white fluffy cat would go near him A girl - blond, green-eyed, named Wilder Lawless One fast car Additional detail: Sinister experiments at a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands The disappearance of a young boy Britain building to war in the 1930s Summary: A must-read book for spring. A hot sequel follows in autumn.

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James Bond is, without doubt, the daddy of all literary spies. His name is synonymous with intrigue and adventure, action and old-fashioned derring-do. So Silverfin, the first in a series of Charlie Higson’s fully authorised prequels to the most famous of all British Secret Service agents, has mightily big boots to fill. Fortunately, Higson is a genuine Bond aficionado who has remained true to the style of Ian Fleming’s creation, and his legend, to create an authentic story featuring a teenage Bond that should not disappoint other equally appreciative fans.

After a supremely scary opening sequence featuring some terrifying mutated eels and a gruesome death, Bond’s early days at Eton in the 30’s as a thirteen-year-old are the focus for the first third of the book. Since the death of his parents in a climbing accident, James had previously been educated at home by his aunt. The alien world of this infamous public school is a new world for him and he makes enemies immediately. But young James is not without a backbone of his own, and he soon begins to win small victories against those who choose to bully him.

It is, however, when James is in Scotland for the rest of book, at the remote home of his Aunt Charmian and Uncle Max, that his first great adventure, and mystery to solve, truly takes shape. A local Laird, in his ominous castle nearby, is conducting horrific scientific experiments that prove he is very mad indeed and a threat to society who must be defeated. Before this excitement is over, James has a date with some killer eels.

The author, well known for his comedic exploits on television in The Fast Show and for adult thrillers such as King of the Ants and Full Whack is without doubt a skilled writer. Bond purists might wince a little, that such an extension of Fleming’s legacy was needed at all, but despite being shackled by the constraints of its period setting, Silverfin is an intriguing read.

(Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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A page-turning adventure that will get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck. -- Sunday Express, February, 2005

A well-crafted page-turner with substance… a most enjoyable, well-written book. -- Guardian, March 5, 2005

Good, gritty and funny… Very clever, Mr Bond, very clever indeed. -- Daily Mail, March 11, 2005

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Higson, Charlie
Published by Puffin (2005)
ISBN 10: 0141806036 ISBN 13: 9780141806037
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Book Description Puffin, 2005. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Puffin Books, 2005. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. The FIRST in a series of Charlie Higson¿s fully authorised prequels to the most famous of all British Secret Service agents. Uncorrected proof copy in fine, unread condition.SCARCE. Bookseller Inventory # 000114

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