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Before the name became a legend...
Before the boy became the man...
Meet young Bond.
What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the James Bond series, readers meet a thirteen-year-old schoolboy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will one day take him all over the world, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals known to man.
When we're first introduced to young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930s. His first adventure is set in the Highlands of Scotland, where James spends a holiday at a remote castle. Mysterious things start to happen someone has disappeared; then James discovers that the dark waters around the castle contain a sinister secret and he becomes aware that a very dangerous mind is at work. SilverFin is the story of Young Bond's first mission to thwart a deadly foe.
Acclaimed British writer Charlie Higson has written a brilliantly crafted tale that ingeniously uncovers the unknown story of a boy who became one of the most iconic figures of our time. Commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate, SilverFin is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will mesmerize readers of all ages from the very first page.
"Unlike its grown-up hero, this first installment in the Young Bond series commissioned by Ian Fleming's estate, is not quite sure what it wants to be. The opener feels just like one for the adult 007, with a spine-tingling scene of a boy grappling with eels and a human (or is it?) eel-like entity. But then the book shifts into a standard English boarding school tale, set in Great Britain between the world wars. Readers follow 13-year-old James through his initiation at Eton and observe him at running and swimming practice where he develops skills that come in handy 200 pages later. The teen bests a bully George Hellebore in a cross-country race, making a mortal enemy of him. Then James is off to Scotland to visit his aunt and Uncle Max, an ex-spy himself. Who should turn up but George, whose father has inherited a nearby castle. Lord Hellebore is an arms merchant with tight security around his property, situated on Loch SilverFin, named for a vicious creature from Scottish lore. When a local boy goes fishing there and never returns (the one from the opening scene), James sneaks in to investigate. Higson's (Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen) pace quickens as the hero wriggles out of one brush with death after another. Many not-for-the-squeamish moments will likely appeal to middle-grade boys. Sadly, there's no hint of the bon vivant James later becomes, but there is a blond, green-eyed beauty named Wilder Lawless who comes to his rescue on horseback. The steed's name? Martini. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Many coincidences and fortunate encounters (and some unfortunate ones) lead Bond inside the compound and to heart-pounding scenes that will keep readers turning the pages....A great read for fans of detective tales." Kirkus Reviews
"The problem is that young Bond is a bit of a cipher, and the story takes forever to get going....[O]ne hopes that Higson will give more attention, in future volumes, to fresher plotting and fleshing out the character of his hero." Booklist
"James is positively dull....The book may appeal to serious Bond fans, but for students who are looking for mystery and adventure, Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider
books are a better choice." School Library Journal
"[A]n easy, exciting read. If you're a fan of the Alex Rider
novels about a teenage spy by Anthony Horowitz, you'll love this." BBC
This thrilling prequel to Ian Fleming's novels introduces the boy who would become a legend. This brilliantly crafted first tale in the series uncovers the unknown story of James's first adventure, set in the Highlands of Scotland.
His name is Bond, James Bond. And he's...14 years old.
Acclaimed British writer and Bond fanatic, Charlie Higson, with the Ian Fleming Estate, writes an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will appeal to young adults and serious Bond fans alike. He ingeniously uncovers the unknown story of how an average boy became history's most formidable and suave super spy.
This thrilling prequel to the James Bond dynasty shows young James at boarding school at Eton in the 1930's, where he spent his formative years. Acclaimed British writer Charlie Higson, with the Ian Fleming Estate, writes an edge-of-your seat thriller that brilliantly plants the seeds to show how young James learns the skills that will eventually make him history's most formidable and suave super spy.
About the Author
Charlie Higson is an acclaimed British comedy writer, producer, and actor. His previous novels included Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen; Full Whack; Happy Now; and King of the Ants.