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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlie Higson Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Young Bond Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781455197200
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Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school—and his country.

Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows, with only a beautiful—and dangerous—girl by his side. Soon he is trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy plunges him once more into the face of death. With nowhere to run and no one to trust, James will have to uncover the truth behind an evil plot before all is lost. Life for James Bond will never be the same again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A series with a high IQ.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A thrilling read from first to last.”

    Julia Eccleshare, children’s book critic

  • “This is really clever (and really very good)…Presents an entirely convincing series of events in the young [Bond’s] life that explains why and how he became his elder self.”

    MaterialWitness.typepad.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/14/2014

    " This is a great read. I was sad to finish and know that the series is over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/4/2014

    " The fifth installment of the young Bond series based on the limited details given in his obituary in the novel "You Only Live Twice." This book tells a story behind the "alleged trouble with one of the boys' maids" that got him removed from Eaton as a teenager. While not quite what Fleming probably had in mind this is an exciting story involving communists, Nazi's, the royal family, the British Secret Service, ghosts from young James Bonds past and "one of the boys' maids" figuring in prominently. A tighter story than the last book while still a page turner written for the early teenage reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 2/1/2014

    " Unbelievable Young Bond book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 1/28/2014

    " I have been reading this series with my 10 year old son and he finds them fascinating. Higson has struck the perfect chord; combining just enough complexity, plot twists, historical information, suspense, and even some Bond style violence, to make these novels real page turners and a wonderful father/son activity. The series takes place before the second world war so there is excellently handled prescient references to Nazis, Communists, and the European stage. Royal command is the last in the young Bond series while he is still a student at Eton. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 1/26/2014

    " Not a bad end to the series. Not super great, though either. Got a little heavy-handed with the double crosses and the potential girlfriend and the Nazis and creating a transition from young Bond to adult Blond. Good summer read, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Durand D'souza | 1/23/2014

    " It was pretty good but the plot felt a bit stretched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Crosby | 1/6/2014

    " Easily the best book in the series. This fifth novel ties James Bond's year at Eton into a neat story arc. Elements of the first three books are all tied toogether in this story, especially volumes 1 and 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/5/2014

    " An amazing end to the Young Bond series. Well done, Charlie Higson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/5/2014

    " Because I put Typhoon away while the appraiser was here and can't find it - Now reading James Bond! I have to finish tonight before Cassidy takes it away to Camp Whitsett...I didn't finish so now I need to mail it to Cassidy! I enjoyed the first 3/4 better than the final 1/4. Can this really be the end of the series?????!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/26/2013

    " This appears to be the book that will bridge the Young James Bond series into the the Bond we know. He makes his first contact with MI6 and has some very dramatic adventure including a very Bondesque romance (minus the randy sex of his later years). Probably the best in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/12/2013

    " Great final book in a wonderful series of books by Charlie Higson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max Hammond | 12/8/2013

    " once again james bond is back and finding himself in trouble. james falls in love with the new dorm maide Roan Powers. james ends up dating her but she is married to a psycopathic maniac who nwants to kil;l the king of brittain. james hase to stop him but finds himself stuck. must read . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/6/2013

    " Best one, and unfortionatly, last in the series. It was amazing, a great conclusion to a great series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 11/24/2013

    " What could turn out to be the final volume of the young Bond series is the pick of the bunch. Bond, although still a schoolboy, finds himself at the end of this book with his signature on the official secrets act and becoming the cold and ruthless man that Fleming crated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~(D+S+G)+(14x2)+0+(3x2)~= ~DSG2806~ | 11/22/2013

    " XDDD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillian | 11/13/2013

    " First review! Go British boys! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominic Louth | 9/23/2013

    " whats not to love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashton Otto | 8/31/2013

    " It was really good and i think that if readers get intriged,they would really like the book. its good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 8/9/2013

    " Not as good as the rest of them - I didn't like the way it tried to tie him into the SIS at such a young age - after all, he's about twenty years away from Casino Royale. Still way better than Sebastian Faulks lamentable effort. The best one was the second one, Blood Fever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elnatan Sacher | 10/28/2012

    " This one was pretty good but if it weren't for the fact that this is the last in it's series I would give it a three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiiks | 7/20/2012

    " A disappointing end... Too rushed. I felt pushed into the story, and it didn't connect well. And Roan wasn't a very desirable or admirable heroine... why on earth would you fall in love with her? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yang-Ha Kim | 10/26/2011

    " Eh, I don't think I like this one that much. This one is way more serious and a strong dose of romance. I can't really stand Roan and now, James is just confused the whole time. The author reveals an interesting way of seeing the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mickelson | 8/30/2011

    " I loved these Young James Bond books and was very sad to come to the end of the tale. If you enjoy this type of read I would recommend the Young Sherlock Holmes by Andy Lane and the Enola Holmes books by Nancy Springer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicki M | 8/26/2011

    " I didn't finish this as I found it really boring, maybe I should try again some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TikiPaws12 | 5/10/2011

    " This was a fun one. I'm really sad about no more young James Bond but Higson did pretty good with this short series. Same buildup as the rest but this one is away from Edon, having James run away instead of having Edon as a safe haven. It is fun and as good if not better than all the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/13/2011

    " This is a great read. I was sad to finish and know that the series is over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar | 2/19/2011

    " Its a very exciting book full of weird and funny things but is always keeping you on your toes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/29/2010

    " An amazing end to the Young Bond series. Well done, Charlie Higson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 11/18/2010

    " Not a bad end to the series. Not super great, though either. Got a little heavy-handed with the double crosses and the potential girlfriend and the Nazis and creating a transition from young Bond to adult Blond. Good summer read, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katniss | 9/21/2010

    " Super Duper awesome!! The whole thing with MI6 was a tiny bit weird, and very much like Alex Rider with the whole being used without knowing it. But, still better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 8/30/2010

    " I really enjoy these books... the Eton as the spymaster equivalent of Hogwarts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/13/2010

    " Easily the best book in the series. This fifth novel ties James Bond's year at Eton into a neat story arc. Elements of the first three books are all tied toogether in this story, especially volumes 1 and 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/6/2010

    " This appears to be the book that will bridge the Young James Bond series into the the Bond we know. He makes his first contact with MI6 and has some very dramatic adventure including a very Bondesque romance (minus the randy sex of his later years). Probably the best in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 2/19/2010

    " Great book to finish this series, having taken James Bond from a 13 year old to a young teenager becoming very recognisable as Bond, James Bond. "

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About the Author
Author Charlie HigsonCharlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, and actor. His previous novels written for adults include Getting Rid of Mister Kitchen, Full Whack, Happy Now, and King of the Ants. He lives in London.
About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.