Blood Fever (Young Bond Series #2)

Blood Fever (Young Bond Series #2)

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by Charlie Higson, Nathaniel Parker
     
 

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The young James Bond must uncover a conspiracy that will take him head-to-head with ruthless enemies James Bond is back at Eton. Summer vacation is on the horizon and he is looking forward to the school trip that will take him to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. It will also give him the opportunity to spend some time with his reclusive cousin Victor. But

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The young James Bond must uncover a conspiracy that will take him head-to-head with ruthless enemies James Bond is back at Eton. Summer vacation is on the horizon and he is looking forward to the school trip that will take him to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. It will also give him the opportunity to spend some time with his reclusive cousin Victor. But soon, James discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors strange secrets.

Victor's house is ransacked and important pieces of artwork are stolen. James learns that the Millennaria- a ruthless Roman society long thought to be extinguished- is still active. He suspects the impetuous millionaire Count Ugo Carnifex may be behind it. But one of his teachers has been acting strangely as well.

"A great read for fans of detective tales...[with] heart-pounding scenes that will keep readers turning the pages."- Kirkus Reviews

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Children's Literature
In "Young Bond, Book Two," Bond aficionado Charlie Higson has done it again. The British writer has struck exactly the right note in continuing to create the back-story for Ian Fleming's legendary gentleman spy. There are more of the quirks of life at Eton. There are the war clouds building over 1930s Europe—specific in this case to Mussolini's Italy. And then there is our intrepid young hero's continued introduction to adventure, not to mention his introduction to romance. The clever Higson has even tossed in the justification for Bond's later use of "007"—a marvelous scene that involves a crazy Italian surrealist painter. But there are also bandits and a touching Hungarian pirate—'nuff said? When young James Bond takes off for a summer holiday in Sardinia, he finds himself involved in international art thefts and the search for the missing sister of one of his Eton chums. Higson does not hold back on the violence that follows James like a shadow. If gladiatorial-style boxing bouts, slit throats, and scores of dead bodies are not your cup of tea, move on to Pollyanna. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy this roller-coaster ride. 2006, Miramax/Hyperion, Ages 10 up.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-What began as schoolboy fun leads to life-threatening adventure for 13-year-old James Bond when he stumbles upon members of an Italian secret society who speak only Latin. On break from the prestigious Eton School, James and his schoolmates travel with two teachers to the Mediterranean isle of Sardinia to study archaeological ruins. James later stays with his cousin and a famous artist who become the target of an art theft. It turns out that one of James's teachers is a spy for the Millenaria society, which is conducting a series of art heists throughout England and Europe for a megalomaniacal man based on Sardinia. James and the new friends whom he meets on the island must find a way to rescue a kidnapped English girl and to stop the villain who wants to relive the days of the Roman emperors. The story occurs sometime between the World Wars and during the reign of Mussolini. It involves piracy, danger, violence, and intrigue. With its highly descriptive style of writing, it's a fun, easy read, although the characters are not particularly well developed. Its greatest appeal might be to reluctant middle-school readers, but it would not receive as much attention if not for the 007 connection.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Adventure, intrigue, romance, pirates, murder, stolen treasures, deception, characters good and bad, teenagers both brave and clever and strange secrets all play a part in this suspenseful second entry in the Young Bond series. As a 13-year-old attending an English boarding school (Eton), Bond is not immune to danger and trouble. The setting soon moves from Eton to the Island of Sardinia where the real action takes place. Red herrings are used liberally and the reader will find twists and turns abound as each episode brings a mountain of suspense. One of James Bond's classmates is left parentless when the classmate's father is killed for his cache of famous artworks and Bond is there to help right the wrongs. The tale is neatly and satisfactorily concluded-perhaps a little too neatly and far sooner than most readers will want to stop reading. A page-turning read. (Fiction. YA)

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ISBN-13:
9780739348703
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Young Bond Series, #2
Edition description:
Unabridged
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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