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By Charlie Higson

      I've been an unabashed Bond fan for years and I've read all the Ian Fleming series, so I was delighted to discover Hyperion was doing a series showing Bond's younger years. I only hoped they would do well by my favorite spy. Charlie Higson does a fine job in this first novel in the series. Silverfin lets us meet James in his early days at Eton, before sending him off on blood-chilling adventure. This early meeting does a wonderful job of showing us both Bonds' early state of "otherness" that sets him apart from his schoolmates and his very human fears and discomforts. Bond is a schoolboy, not a spy, so he's still feeling his way in the world, a bit. The Eton opening gets the reader off to a bit slower start than adventure story readers might expect, but James' school days aren't without interest - and we get to meet the arch-villain, which is always important. The author has him say, "Bond, James Bond" perhaps one too many times - certainly we expected it, but it takes a careful touch to render Bond without parody. For the most part, Higson manages it. Overall, it's a solid adventure story - interesting with plenty of tension and tight spots. Though James must make do with a minimum of gadgets, we enjoy him just the same.

The Book

Hyperion Books for Children
April 2005
Children's adventure / spy [Ages 10 - 14]
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2005
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