Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure by Charlie Higson

Posted January 13th, 2011 by Sabrina

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Most people have heard about the amazing spy James Bond. They know that he always beats the bad guys while doing amazing things in foreign countries and looks cool while doing it. But what they don’t know is how he became the person he is, and that’s what makes this book from the Young Bond series so great.

It starts out with a teasing introduction that already presents a glimpse of the evil that the teenage James Bond will face as an unnamed boy has a mortal encounter while fishing at a lake on private property. I really like this introduction because it set the mood of the story really well and most authors I read don’t jump right into the action like that and prefer to lead up to something.

One of the things I didn’t really like about the book was when James starts at a boarding school named Eton he’s quick to be marked by the bullies as a target. I find this sort of clichéd, but I guess it’s to be expected of a character like him, who always has to have adversaries to stand against. I don’t think other readers would have a problem with it though, since it still fits pretty well with the story and gives his school life some more spice and leads to some interesting events.

Overall I think the book was great, and would recommend it to any mystery and action readers.

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