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Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure (Young Bond, book 1)

by Charlie Higson

Rated: None

I don’t know how many Young Bond adventures are in the works, but if Charlie Higson continues with this type of storytelling, they will all be worth reading.

Be advised that the main character (James Bond as a young teen) is nothing at all like his adult persona. He is certainly no weakling, but he has the expected teenage boy self-esteem issues and lack of common sense. The author does an absolutely tremendous job making him a completely believable character, getting into completely believable jams, and making completely believable mistakes. He paints a perfect picture of a nervous young boy (whose parents have recently died) thrust into the English boarding school system of the 1930s and just happens to get involved with a psychotic villain.

I was really hoping for some subtle foreshadowings of his future life with Universal Exports, but if they were there, I missed them. James does meet with some interesting fellow students at Eton, and I hope these characters continue in future editions. The antagonist is truly over the top, and an absolute joy to experience. The author keeps the believability right on the edge, and just when you fear it is about to go overboard, reality gives a solid pull, and you can relax again.

The target audience seems to be young readers, but the story line, subplots, and vocabulary are more than satisfactory for the over-the-hill gang.

Rated: None. A thoroughly enjoyable, clean read.

— Reviewed by Craig Smith

Craig Smith is chief medical officer of Tacoma Cat Hospital. In addition to providing book reviews on Rated Reads, he podcasts about feline health issues through iTunes and www.tacomacat.com.

5 Responses to Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure (Young Bond, book 1)

  1. […] third book chronicling the teen future 007 takes place only about 16 months after the first book, during James’ second year at Eton. It also marks a turning point in his life that sets him well […]

  2. Nichole says:

    I love Silverfin ! Ever since I read it , I fell in love with the series ! I currently on Double or Die , but I plan on buying and reading the rest of the series ! I highly recommend this book to others !

  3. […] up in the web of another villain, this one not quite so interesting as the previous bad guy in Silverfin. It is very fun to read about some of his extended family members; a fair amount of the book covers […]

  4. […] third book chronicling the teen future 007 takes place only about 16 months after the first book, Silverfin, during James’ second year at Eton. It also marks a turning point in his life that […]

Silverfin
  • Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure (Young Bond, book 1)
  • by Charlie Higson
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Young adult
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