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Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became the man. Meet Bond. James Bond. Something is in the water at Loch Silverfin. Something deadly. Something secret. On his first day at Eton, James already meets his first enemy. In remote Loch Silverfin, a terrifying discovery threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.


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Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became the man. Meet Bond. James Bond. Something is in the water at Loch Silverfin. Something deadly. Something secret. On his first day at Eton, James already meets his first enemy. In remote Loch Silverfin, a terrifying discovery threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Take a wealthy madman, a Nazi scientist, a horde of killer-man-eating eels, and a young hero on the cusp of manhood and you've got one of the best kids mystery novels I've ever read. By the way, the boy happens to be named Bond...... Take a wealthy madman, a Nazi scientist, a horde of killer-man-eating eels, and a young hero on the cusp of manhood and you've got one of the best kids mystery novels I've ever read. By the way, the boy happens to be named Bond......

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    I'm going to admit right off that I'm not a fan of the older James Bond. I mean, really. The guy runs around sleeping with strange women and killing people like it's all fun and games. Doesn't that strike anyone else as, um, slightly sociopathic? Thankfully, the same isn't true for the young James Bond. I really like his character in this book. In fact, even though Bond is a fictional character, I couldn't help feeling a sort of wistful sadness that such a nice young man was going to grow up into I'm going to admit right off that I'm not a fan of the older James Bond. I mean, really. The guy runs around sleeping with strange women and killing people like it's all fun and games. Doesn't that strike anyone else as, um, slightly sociopathic? Thankfully, the same isn't true for the young James Bond. I really like his character in this book. In fact, even though Bond is a fictional character, I couldn't help feeling a sort of wistful sadness that such a nice young man was going to grow up into a Roger Moore, swaggering jerk of a guy. But that is neither here nor there. This was a good book and an enjoyable read. The action is just right for young readers but the writing is good enough for older readers to enjoy too. I only had one complaint about the book and that was that there was a complete scene about James learning to drive which also veered into a discussion of how car engines work. Not my cup of tea. I could care less, but maybe some of the readers found that part interesting. Anyway, I'll look for more books by Charlie Higson.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    -This book starts out slow. It is not like Alex Rider, where the adventures come straight away. James is also not as cocky as Alex. But this is book 1. James is very wishy washy at first and acts wimpy. That changes as the book goes on. -James Bond’s parents died in a climbing accident. So, James spends his time at a Eaton, a boarding school in England, and with relatives. When James spends the Easter holiday with his Uncle Max and his Aunt Charmian, he finds out that something evil is going a on -This book starts out slow. It is not like Alex Rider, where the adventures come straight away. James is also not as cocky as Alex. But this is book 1. James is very wishy washy at first and acts wimpy. That changes as the book goes on. -James Bond’s parents died in a climbing accident. So, James spends his time at a Eaton, a boarding school in England, and with relatives. When James spends the Easter holiday with his Uncle Max and his Aunt Charmian, he finds out that something evil is going a on a Hellebore Castle. Hellebore Castle is owned by Randolph Hellebore; his son George goes to school with James. George and James do not get along, but that changes. -A young boy disappeared by the Castle and Hellebore is very secretive. James and his friend Red Kelly start snooping around the castle and they find out that Hellebore is a very evil man. -Can James stop his evil plans? The second half of the book tells you. ** I wonder if the second book in the series: Blood Fever, is more fast paced?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who had enjoyed it thoroughly. I couldn't reject to read it, as she lent me a copy herself. It was written by Charlie Higson, covering the 'book written by a male author' category of the wide reading program. I feel that this aspect was likely one that greatly affected the writing of the novel. The main character of this book is James Bond, while he is still a teenager and progressing through school. It was interesting to read the detailed desc This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who had enjoyed it thoroughly. I couldn't reject to read it, as she lent me a copy herself. It was written by Charlie Higson, covering the 'book written by a male author' category of the wide reading program. I feel that this aspect was likely one that greatly affected the writing of the novel. The main character of this book is James Bond, while he is still a teenager and progressing through school. It was interesting to read the detailed descriptions of his sporting life at Eton- namely running - and how it was embedded in his character. I think that this aspect was deprived from the author's own experience because of the amount of depth that goes into the description and emotions felt by the character. A favourite quote from this novel would be: "Every insane decision he'd made so far had paid off: going down the branch of the pine tree, swinging on the wall, climbing down the well shaft, dropping into the pool... He had to trust in his own crazy guardian angel." The protagonist, James, takes risks often. I like this quote because it seems to describe his character quite accurately. What I had learnt from this novel was that everyone was, once young. It helps put life in perspective, to envision adults I know as children or my friends and I growing up. Also, I learnt much in the way of vehicle function from this novel; there is a chapter when James learns to drive, when a car engine and the processes that are undergone within one is explained thoroughly. Max Bond is James' uncle in this novel. He is described as old and feeble but proves that he still has much energy and can relate to James in many ways. Max once discusses his days as a spy with James. I think that he would be one of the reasons James eventually took up that career path, despite that Max discouraged James from taking up spying, I expect that at the time James found the stories exciting rather than frightening. James' uncle seems to crave James' company, perhaps because James reminds him of his own youth. He teaches James to drive, making the cheeky promise that if James took care in not crashing his car on his first drive, he would give it over to the boy when he died. I was again given the impression that the character Max was based on a real person because of the vivacity and warmth of his personality, perhaps a father figure of the author's. I liked how this novel was fast-paced with plenty of action, and quite a bit of intruige. It is the kind of thriller that I generally try to avoid and I am surprised that I did, indeed, find reading this novel a pleasure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I am so sorry. I genuinely wanted to like this book! My teacher had recommended it to me because she knows I love the series Alex Rider. At the start, I was doubting but willing to give it a chance. In the middle, I was beginning to get bored because it was too slow. Near the end, I just got really frustrated. The main character, James Bond, is written with no emotion. The only character that kept me reading this book was Kelly. Once again, I so so very sorry.

  6. 4 out of 5

    An Odd1

    First of series sets hero, brave, curious, sponge for learning. Give him skills, languages from travelling with parents, driving and Aston Martin from spy uncle. Classic orphan needs friends and mad scientist in stone cellar. Realistic rigid boarding school, watery meals, contrast with loving aunt. Observant, he notes footprint in dried mud others miss. Fun kid to hang around with. Alfie Kelly sneaks under arms merchant Lord Randolph Hellebore's fence, to fish guarded Loch Silverfin, but eels, s First of series sets hero, brave, curious, sponge for learning. Give him skills, languages from travelling with parents, driving and Aston Martin from spy uncle. Classic orphan needs friends and mad scientist in stone cellar. Realistic rigid boarding school, watery meals, contrast with loving aunt. Observant, he notes footprint in dried mud others miss. Fun kid to hang around with. Alfie Kelly sneaks under arms merchant Lord Randolph Hellebore's fence, to fish guarded Loch Silverfin, but eels, strangely aggressive, pull him down screaming and he passes out when a hissing humanoid grabs him. At Eton, first-year orphan James Bond struggles against bully George Hellebore, two years his senior. "Endless rules and traditions. James hated rules" p 33. George cheats at long-distance race after father initiated tri-event Cup for shooting, swimming, and running. Don't need name, or breath "smelt sour and sulphurous" p 37, "madness behind the eyes" p 76 to peg villain. Dedication "For Frank and my own Uncle Max" means gifts and words from Great War spy Uncle Max, dying from lung cancer, are his last. Despite warning "belly-rotting fear", inspires "Nobody can hold a Bond forever" p 215. He teaches James to drive his Aston Martin and wills car to the boy, though two years under legal driving age. Supernatural 4 am wake-up call is a bit much. Pretty girl at circus, eyes "vivid emerald color" p 148, is Wilder Lawless (some name that) who rides to rescue on "great black beast" p 162 stallion Martini. She "older .. bigger .. stronger" p 207, pins him down and "stuffed his mouth full of dead leaves" p 208. "That'll teach you not to laugh at lasses" .. "quite a girl" p 208. Without "little white pills", George misses mother Maude, regains sanity. Maude hired Pinkerton 'Meatpacker' Mike Moran, although "Huh?" is suspicious response to agency motto "We never sleep" p 173. Village bribed by donations, local Sgt White is "as much use as a pork pie on legs" p 205. Cockney 'Red' Kelly investigates missing relative. Two years older (16?), Kelly convinces 'Jimmy' to distract station-master and hide him from train ticket-taker, tags along as sidekick, teaches him to fight dirty. "Always try and scare them off before they can get the measure of you" p 153. Ignoring James' herb lore "handful of bog myrtle and crushed its greyish-green leaves .. resin .. midges .. keep them away" p 159, makes him rude, arrogant, stupid. Potential as future font of underworld and burglar tips mean he is likely to reappear in sequels. Mostly exciting, buildup to lair of biological mutants. Lecture on "internal combustion engine" innards p 136 slows James' first driving lesson, on hormone glands drags down crucial confrontation. Scary feelings of drowning, suffocating. (view spoiler)[ Randolph's brother Alger, eyes "of sadness and pain" p 273, once "better-looking" twin p 274, became monster after injecting own chemical formulas, caught trying to save Alfie, then James. When injected, Alfie's heart gave out, but James swims free, given strength and stamina. He drives lorry (truck) through castle gates, climbs behind Wilder on Martini. Enemy closing in, he avoids expected destination, returns to destroy lab, helped by George. Alger pulls Randolph down into lake where eels gobble both, like gruesomely described body of Moran. (hide spoiler)] Room-mates are here place-holders politically correct blanks, turbanned Pritpal Nandra from India and Tommy Chong from Hong Kong, may grow in future. Aunt Charmian, anti-tea p 121 anthropologist, beautiful, cooks exotic dishes, is "James' favorite relative". To her claim "I can hold my own with any man", Max responds "you could thrash any man I know" p 133. p 107. She, Wilder, Kelly, and James are a gang to reckon with. Possibly more mystery about his parents' accidental deaths?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ames

    One advantage of being the father of a couple of rowdy boys is increased appreciation for this kind of book. I was not a rowdy boy myself. Oh, I had plenty of fun, got myself dirty and all that, but I just never aspired to fight, shoot, race cars, or topple evil megalomaniacs over spring break. However, there must be some rowdy genes on Libby's side, because I'm sure at least one of my boys will grow up with all those inclinations, and will love this book. I haven't read any other "Bond, James Bo One advantage of being the father of a couple of rowdy boys is increased appreciation for this kind of book. I was not a rowdy boy myself. Oh, I had plenty of fun, got myself dirty and all that, but I just never aspired to fight, shoot, race cars, or topple evil megalomaniacs over spring break. However, there must be some rowdy genes on Libby's side, because I'm sure at least one of my boys will grow up with all those inclinations, and will love this book. I haven't read any other "Bond, James Bond" books (yes, he says it!) and don't recall if I've seen any of the movies. No matter -- this is a great action/adventure story for boys in its own right, but I am sure 007 fans will appreciate seeing how James transforms from average Joe to burgeoning superspy in 250 pages. We discover where he learns to drive, to hide cool things in the heel of his shoe and, yes, to even land a kiss from [sic:] Wilder Lawless, the lovely redheaded lassie. I credit the author for creating something reasonably fresh in a genre already saturated with (mostly feebler) attempts at getting boys to read. But with so much in this book to like, I must ask, in anguish, why, oh why did the author start the book with a young, unknown boy, parents mysteriously dead, entering a boarding school in Britain, meeting ragtag friends, sinister bullies, and quirky teachers? Excuse me, Mr. Higson? It's been done before! Thankfully, it all gets left behind shortly into the book. Perhaps there is simply no other way for us to get to know James as a youth. But I think it's possible that by "leaving the boarding school behind," the author is deliberately sending a message about what this young hero (and the next four books) will turn out to be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    Interest in this Young James Bond Young Adult series perked my interest when I read it was authorized by the Ian Fleming Estate. It promised to probe into the pre-007 years when he was about 12-13 years old and his family and other things that may or will influence the character as an adult. It, surprisingly, is quite violent and builds tension leading up to the plans of a psychotic Lord Hellebore who has plans of developing a master race in a lab in Northern Scotland near where Bond's Aunt and Interest in this Young James Bond Young Adult series perked my interest when I read it was authorized by the Ian Fleming Estate. It promised to probe into the pre-007 years when he was about 12-13 years old and his family and other things that may or will influence the character as an adult. It, surprisingly, is quite violent and builds tension leading up to the plans of a psychotic Lord Hellebore who has plans of developing a master race in a lab in Northern Scotland near where Bond's Aunt and terminally ill Uncle (both sister and brother to his late father) are living. It goes full tilt sci-fi with mutant killer fish and animals and pre-Nazi scientists (this takes place before WWII). Before the last third of the book, the reader is shown Bond's first year, before Easter break, at Eton. Bond's association with a very old model of Aston Martin car and meeting girls with captivating names that are descriptive in their allure (Wilder Lawless and her horse Martini) are, also, introduced by the author ... but though the villains are quite memorable, the main character of young Bond is a bland and unexciting. Then again, even Bond in the Fleming books and films isn't a very deep individual in character or portrayal. He is there to propel the plot and action which, also, happens in this teen read. AS an adult, it did bore me at times, but I can see how this would excite a younger reader. Lots of violence, adventure and hair raising escapes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabe

    I liked the book because it was exiting and really action packed and i couldnt stop reading

  10. 4 out of 5

    16ChoudryS

    I thought the book wasn’t necessary to add to the story of James Bond. With prequel stories there is always a risk of the story changing what was originally thought of the character, and this was a reinvention of the character and was not for the better. The story didn’t feel like a James Bond story and the plot felt kind of weak. Despite having some good description, the story feels far too different from what has been shown of Bond and it doesn’t feel like James actually changes, instead he’s I thought the book wasn’t necessary to add to the story of James Bond. With prequel stories there is always a risk of the story changing what was originally thought of the character, and this was a reinvention of the character and was not for the better. The story didn’t feel like a James Bond story and the plot felt kind of weak. Despite having some good description, the story feels far too different from what has been shown of Bond and it doesn’t feel like James actually changes, instead he’s just kind of given information about the spy world and is given his iconic car. The story seems to use iconic parts of the James Bond story to keep people entertained without giving anything truly original nor creative. It just seems that this book was made to expand the story of James Bond without any real creative purpose of message. However, it did definitely immerse the reader on this journey with Bond, even if the plot seemed slightly rushed and unrealistic. There is no doubt that the reader felt the impact of the story and all the decisions made within it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Omar

    When we first meet young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930’s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boy’s cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfie’s disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power. This book mostly did not catch my attention only parts of the book I understood. I do like James Bond movies but not When we first meet young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930’s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boy’s cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfie’s disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power. This book mostly did not catch my attention only parts of the book I understood. I do like James Bond movies but not that much of reading the book . I might think this book might be the least book I have read so far. I recommend this book to James Bond fans. This might be the best one for them. I was about to abandon this book but I decided to read the rest to see what happens. Sometimes some books catch people and some books dont.

  12. 5 out of 5

    15foleyj

    I have just started this book, the first bit is good when he goes though a lake full of iels, i rate this book but it is unusual for me to give mad ratings because i don't really like reading to be honest. I have only read 1 paragraph. I have just started this book, the first bit is good when he goes though a lake full of iels, i rate this book but it is unusual for me to give mad ratings because i don't really like reading to be honest. I have only read 1 paragraph.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryce b

    Mysterious and fast at the same time from start to finish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Great, action-packed series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This audiobook kept me as an interested companion from Detroit to Grayling and back. Story about the earl life of James Bond and his first year at Eaton. Focuses on adventures at Loch Silverfin.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan Mackie

    Still reeling from his parents’ death, James Bond travels to Eton College for his education. There is a lot to learn: years and years worth of rules and traditions that James must get to grips with. He befriends the boys in his ‘mess’, Tommy and Pritpal, and together they prepare him for life in Eton. James discovers that he is a good runner, as much to his tutor’s delight as much as Pritpal’s disappointment. Having made himself an enemy of one of the older boys, George Hellebore, on the first d Still reeling from his parents’ death, James Bond travels to Eton College for his education. There is a lot to learn: years and years worth of rules and traditions that James must get to grips with. He befriends the boys in his ‘mess’, Tommy and Pritpal, and together they prepare him for life in Eton. James discovers that he is a good runner, as much to his tutor’s delight as much as Pritpal’s disappointment. Having made himself an enemy of one of the older boys, George Hellebore, on the first day, James quickly learns to step carefully, and what better way to get his own back on his bully by beating him in the cross country section of the cup event that Lord Hellebore, George’s father, has put on? Even during the holidays, when James attempts to put Eton behind him, George Hellebore keeps popping up in his life. They both travel to Scotland on the same train, and are only stopped from injuring each other by an Urchin called Red that James befriended. Red is on a mission to find out what happened to his missing cousin, and while at first him and James go separate ways, they collide again, and James decides to help Red find out about his cousin. Their investigations take them into dangerous territories, but what concerns James the most is the regularity with which the Hellebore name keeps popping up. The family are definitely hiding something, and James is determined to find out what it is, even if it kills him. Which is seeming more likely by the minute... I read the entirety of this book in one sitting, without putting it down. It was such an action packed book: there was always something going on! Due to the fact it is based on James Bond as a child, the writing is easy to read, with no majorly complex vocabulary. The author has an amazing imagination, especially with the descriptions of characters, and in return you need to have a lot of imagination in order to properly visualise some of the events and people. I really enjoyed the story, although I did think time passed very quickly at Eton at the beginning of the novel, without much happening, whereas the last third (maybe) of the book happened in the space of a few days. This did make it somewhat difficult to determine how long certain events went on for, but due to the plot of the book, it made sense to be that way. It wasn’t hard to see how the boy would become the man, as it were, and you could recognise several of the qualities that would often appear in James Bond’s adult life. Some of these were done on purpose, such as the ‘name?’ ‘Bond. James Bond.’ but there was still a little thrill at reading it and being able to predict the response. Although the ending had a positive outcome, it wasn’t happy, and that made a nice change for me. I’m so used to reading books where everyone lived happily ever after, so this was very refreshing to read. All in all, this was a nice easy read that kept me entertained the entire way through!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Before James Bond became the legendary 007, he was just a boy trying to fit in with all the other boys in Eton. On a holiday in the country, he finds that his nemesis George is also from the same area. Instead of becoming friends, when seen at the local fair - George hires some young bullies to beat up James. But James is soon to find out there is more to life than fitting in at school. Strange things are happening in the country too and George seems to be in the middle of it. I enjoyed this nov Before James Bond became the legendary 007, he was just a boy trying to fit in with all the other boys in Eton. On a holiday in the country, he finds that his nemesis George is also from the same area. Instead of becoming friends, when seen at the local fair - George hires some young bullies to beat up James. But James is soon to find out there is more to life than fitting in at school. Strange things are happening in the country too and George seems to be in the middle of it. I enjoyed this novel and the reader sounded just like Sean Connery when James was speaking.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Borrowed this from my grandson. I'd heard about the Young Bond and needed to find out for myself. What a 'ripping good read'! Action packed - typical Bond, getting in to various scrapes, but always managing to get out of them. Interesting to read how the Young Bond related to the Old Bond. He even learnt to drive in his Uncle's Aston Martin! A good introduction to reading for the 11+ age group. Borrowed this from my grandson. I'd heard about the Young Bond and needed to find out for myself. What a 'ripping good read'! Action packed - typical Bond, getting in to various scrapes, but always managing to get out of them. Interesting to read how the Young Bond related to the Old Bond. He even learnt to drive in his Uncle's Aston Martin! A good introduction to reading for the 11+ age group.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hudson Mcminn

    It was a great book with many action packed parts and many twists.

  20. 4 out of 5

    George

    James Bond is a new boy at Eton and he doesn’t fit in. Ever since his parents died in a climbing accident James has been home schooled by his aunt but now its time to learn what most kids go through every day. With all the peculiar rules, the itchy uniform and the strict beaks, -teachers- James is struggling to fit in but academically he is finding Eton easy as he is a very bright boy. As all kids do, James finds he is confronted by an older student who immediately dislikes James. His name is Ge James Bond is a new boy at Eton and he doesn’t fit in. Ever since his parents died in a climbing accident James has been home schooled by his aunt but now its time to learn what most kids go through every day. With all the peculiar rules, the itchy uniform and the strict beaks, -teachers- James is struggling to fit in but academically he is finding Eton easy as he is a very bright boy. As all kids do, James finds he is confronted by an older student who immediately dislikes James. His name is George Hellebore and he goes out of his way to make James’s life misery. It finally reaches the Easter holidays and James finds he has scraped through without getting into to much trouble. James heads onto the train when he meets a cheeky faced good natured red head who goes by the name of Red Kelly. James is convinced by Red to sneak him onto the train which later entangles the boys in a dark adventure the tests the very strands of life and an unlikely friendship is brought between these two boys. James just heads up for a nice quiet holiday to meet his very sick uncle and his aunt, but James can’t stay out of trouble. Despite being on holiday it soon comes to pass that his troubles with George are not over and James would have to confront him again with his fierce manic dad Lord Hellebore. Red Kelly’s cousin has gone missing on none other than George Hellebore’s estate. My first favorite scene was w./hen Alfie Kelly was fishing in the lake SilverFin on the Hellebore estate. It all seemed so calm like it was going to be just another slow st to a book when he cut his finger on the hook of his rod and at the taste of blood eels came swarming to devourer him. This was no ordinary start. Many books I have read you would have to wait half the book to get to an exciting scene but not this one, there were climatic scenes all throughout the book. Which is why I really enjoyed this scene because it kick started it from the first chapter. The second scene that I really enjoyed was when James and Red escaped from the Hellebore estate. James and Red had been around to all the engines of these massive trucks and cut the brake wires and leaked all the petrol everywhere. They had especially left one truck. It was completely quiet on the estate everyone asleep when suddenly there was a roar from the start of the truck and the whole place was chaos. The boys then drove the truck straight into to the guard house and the barbed wire fence and away into the country side of Scotland. I especially liked this scene because it was so climatic and because it showed how much these two kids wanted to get off this horrifying estate. I would recommend this book to kids age ten and up. I recommend it to this age group because some scenes might be slightly upsetting for younger aged children and because the story line at times might be hard to comprehend. It is quite an easy read for young teens but it has an amazing story line and once you pick it up it is impossible to put down.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    SilverFin: Young Bond by Charlie Higson 2.25/5 stars A quick summary of Young Bond (in my opinion) would be: Nancy Drew but for young boys who like adventerous and mysterious books with an easy writing style. The story is about James Bond, we ''see'' him in this book as a 13 year old boy, his parents passed away two years ago, and now he attends to an elite boarding school for boys in Eton pre WWII. There he makes friends with two boys his age, that part was unrealistic to me because one of his fri SilverFin: Young Bond by Charlie Higson 2.25/5 stars A quick summary of Young Bond (in my opinion) would be: Nancy Drew but for young boys who like adventerous and mysterious books with an easy writing style. The story is about James Bond, we ''see'' him in this book as a 13 year old boy, his parents passed away two years ago, and now he attends to an elite boarding school for boys in Eton pre WWII. There he makes friends with two boys his age, that part was unrealistic to me because one of his friend was Asian probably Chinese and the other one was Indian and I don't think there would heve been boys during 1920's or 1930's from different countries except English countries and probably United States. Then he goes to Scotland during the Easter holiday to his relatives Max Bond (his uncle) and his aunt Ms Chairman, the adventures of Young Bond begins the minute he steps his foot in Scotland. And of course, there was a bully who's name was Charlie Hellebore son of a Lord, he was always picking on boys who were younger than him. I know it's cliché to include a big bully especially since the book takes place in a school, but there's a reason behind why every person (bully) who acts like they're tough and better that the rest, but in reality they're just as weak and emotional from the inside as the others. What crossed to my mind whle reading this book is that why every great (super) hero/agent/spy lose their parents at a very young age. I also liked reading about May, Bond's maid in the original James Bond novels (yes, her part was very minor, per usual. However i got excited over that), , she was officially Max's maid who then becomes James's. I guess there's no escaping for her from Bond family. For the writing style, I think Charlie Higson did a devine job, he tried to stay as true and as original as possible to Ian Flemming's writing style, so no arguments about the writing. There was a quote Max said to James duting their conversation: 'Information is the most important weapon in your arsenal. The more you know, the better equipped you are'. Unfortunately the story wasn't something for me, but I will definitely continue the series because I'm curious of young Bond's adventures, maybe I will get used to it the more I go further with the others. Also, young Bond is a must read for those who love James Bond films.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I bought this book when I was younger but I picked it up again today and I still enjoy reading it. I would recommend this book to any one who likes the James Bond movies and who enjoys reading crime and thriller novels.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carson

    **Updated July 2020** In January 2019, I began re-reading as many Bond novels as I could prior to the release of "No Time To Die." After seeing my first Bond film in 1995, I fully immersed myself into everything Bond - novels, films, memorabilia. When Young Bond was announced, I was skeptical, and I did not read SilverFin until 2014 - 9 years later - when I typically read a new Bond novel upon release. That said - I was blown away - love SilverFin, and have enjoyed most of the Young Bond novels si **Updated July 2020** In January 2019, I began re-reading as many Bond novels as I could prior to the release of "No Time To Die." After seeing my first Bond film in 1995, I fully immersed myself into everything Bond - novels, films, memorabilia. When Young Bond was announced, I was skeptical, and I did not read SilverFin until 2014 - 9 years later - when I typically read a new Bond novel upon release. That said - I was blown away - love SilverFin, and have enjoyed most of the Young Bond novels since (definitely all of the Charlie Higson ones). We know much of Bond's adult life: a handful of years of his prime thanks to Fleming, and because of numerous prequels and sequels and the phenomenal biography by John Pearson we have a lot more gaps filled. SilverFin is perfect in introducing us to the boy who would be 007; not only is it the teenage James Bond's first steps into Eton and a "case" with some real implications, but it is rich in Bond lore from his parents, his aunt, cars, other supporting characters, and traits - physical and character - that we always attribute to Bond. If you are a James Bond fan, you will enjoy SilverFin. 5 stars. __________________________________ Being passionate about all things 007, I figured I would give this a go after finishing everything by Gardner and Benson, along with the recent novels by Deaver, Boyd, etc. However, I was not sure what to think, as much of my love of the Bond character is around his cold, cool demeanor and his dispassionate dispatching of baddies with his licence to kill. That said, this novel was incredible. It far surpassed my expectations as it set the stage for so much of what was to come; so many references were made to the future James Bond and the people in his life, the backstory we knew existed but never saw in detail, and the many likes and dislikes he will have in later years. Furthermore, the adventure was believable and fitting, considering this is the 13-year old James; it explores the death of his parents, his time at Eton and early experiences that will forever shape him. Outstanding. 4 1/2 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Murfee

    Exciting! Ever wonder how James Bond became James Bond? How did he pick up all of the talents that allow him his narrow escapes? This backstory is full of suspense & danger, and spy novel enthusiasts will definitely enjoy it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    it's where it all started...or rather it isn't otherwise we would have to ignore the Fleming canon of books....just of late I have been perusing a few charity shops in my locale and have noticed a fair bit of fiction endorsed by the Fleming estate and therefore keeping the James Bond literary brand in form...of course this possibly comes at a cost to quality as I'm sure for every well executed tale there are maybe a few misses it was against this background I purchased this book plus a couple of it's where it all started...or rather it isn't otherwise we would have to ignore the Fleming canon of books....just of late I have been perusing a few charity shops in my locale and have noticed a fair bit of fiction endorsed by the Fleming estate and therefore keeping the James Bond literary brand in form...of course this possibly comes at a cost to quality as I'm sure for every well executed tale there are maybe a few misses it was against this background I purchased this book plus a couple of other of the young Bond books plus a couple of spin off adult Bonds. despite all this I'm not the biggest Bond fan but recently did read Ian Fleming's spy who loved me so have some interest in the character..plus it's fair to say I did grow up watching the film's. despite me not being the target audience for this book being neither a teenager nor overtly into the Bond series(as previously mentioned) I did find this book engaging with enough nods to later aspects of Bond characteristics to make it feel like a Book..whether that be the villain rattling on for ever about their plans near the end of the plot..explosions galore and scientists running about at times plus a proto Bond Girl..partial Car chase and horse named after a Bond tipple. the plot itself is characteristically lean..much for the readership I guess and much as the fact that Bond stories are rarely overly complex and are more about the central character...anyhow truth be told a quick read but fun enough and likelihood is I will read the others I picked up sometime soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eashwar

    Have you ever seen a James Bond movie?? Well about half the world has. This book is about James Bond but when he was younger. It's called Silverfin and is by Charlie Higson. It is the first book in the Young Bond series and I really liked it. It starts out with James at this new school in England because he is an orphan. He meets lots of people including this boy and his dad, the Hellbores. Mr. Hellbore used to work with his dad and they were rivals. During break James went to Scotland and lived Have you ever seen a James Bond movie?? Well about half the world has. This book is about James Bond but when he was younger. It's called Silverfin and is by Charlie Higson. It is the first book in the Young Bond series and I really liked it. It starts out with James at this new school in England because he is an orphan. He meets lots of people including this boy and his dad, the Hellbores. Mr. Hellbore used to work with his dad and they were rivals. During break James went to Scotland and lived with his aunt and uncle. Turns out Mr. Hellbore is like the leader of the town he lives in. He has to solve a mystery about a murder. On the way he meets many people, many obstacles, and has to solve this quite old mystery. I think that if you like mystery and sci-fi as well and action packed books, then this book is definitely for you. Also if you enjoyed the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, you will like this. I would definitely rate this book 5 stars and I hope you read and enjoy this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    15lewisc

    Very very good I definitely recommend this book. It's an action book but is quite slow paced. Very very good I definitely recommend this book. It's an action book but is quite slow paced.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    I knew I would like this because I like teen spy books, Alex Rider, Jason Steed are my favorite British teen spy's. With the name James Bond I thought this might be even better. It wasn't as good it was set in olden times and I found it hard to relate too. Yes I know James Bond was written years ago so having him as a boy in the 1930's would be correct. But HEY I was born in 2003 that old stuff means nothing to me and I am the target audience. Apart from that it was slow to get going, ZZZZZzzzzzz I knew I would like this because I like teen spy books, Alex Rider, Jason Steed are my favorite British teen spy's. With the name James Bond I thought this might be even better. It wasn't as good it was set in olden times and I found it hard to relate too. Yes I know James Bond was written years ago so having him as a boy in the 1930's would be correct. But HEY I was born in 2003 that old stuff means nothing to me and I am the target audience. Apart from that it was slow to get going, ZZZZZzzzzzz. We learn about his aunt and his parents dying and going to a new school. This is way before we get going, then he meets the Malfoy character from Harry Potter. His dad is the 'Bad Guy' and just happens to have a castle in Scotland…. It was getting close to Harry Potter, but then it came back again to spy world. Yes it was ok, I liked it but overall disappointed in the actual story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lady Knight

    This was actually a lot better than I was expecting. I've never been a big fan of the 007 movies, and I've never read the books, but I'm always intrigued by origin stories, thus I picked this one up. Definitely a good novel for boys, probably 9 to 16 would be the most intrigued. Set in 1933, the plot involves Bond enrolling at Eton, and during a break heading to Scotland to visit his remaining family. There he becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a missing teenage fisher, Lord Hellebore (the This was actually a lot better than I was expecting. I've never been a big fan of the 007 movies, and I've never read the books, but I'm always intrigued by origin stories, thus I picked this one up. Definitely a good novel for boys, probably 9 to 16 would be the most intrigued. Set in 1933, the plot involves Bond enrolling at Eton, and during a break heading to Scotland to visit his remaining family. There he becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a missing teenage fisher, Lord Hellebore (the father of James' worst enemy at Eton) and the legend of Silverfin. I have no idea how accurate to the Bond cannon these books are, but this one at least, was highly enjoyable and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Lair

    I was on a big Bond kick so I looked for a long time for this book. These books are hard to find. In some ways this isn't Fleming's Bond. He's not persnickety or shallow about looks. He's not a know it all about anything. I think this was longer than the average Fleming book. In some ways he is like Flemings Bond. The American father Hellborne, is big rough and grizzly. I get the feeling that he is infatuated with Wilder and like Fleming's Bond the result isn't what you think. There was some goo I was on a big Bond kick so I looked for a long time for this book. These books are hard to find. In some ways this isn't Fleming's Bond. He's not persnickety or shallow about looks. He's not a know it all about anything. I think this was longer than the average Fleming book. In some ways he is like Flemings Bond. The American father Hellborne, is big rough and grizzly. I get the feeling that he is infatuated with Wilder and like Fleming's Bond the result isn't what you think. There was some good prequel type stuff, like James hearing what is was like to be a spy in war. James learning how to run marathons, swim like a champ and throw a punch. The action in the last 100 pages went quick. The story really took off. I would look for more in this series.

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