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But all is not as it appears. James soon discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors some strange secrets. Before long, Victor's house has been ransacked and important pieces of artwork ...

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Overview

Following his adventures in the Scottish Highlands, young James Bond is back at Eton. Summer vacation is on the horizon and James is looking forward to the school trip to the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia, and the opportunity to spend some time with his reclusive cousin Victor.

But all is not as it appears. James soon discovers that the seemingly peaceful island harbors some strange secrets. Before long, Victor's house has been ransacked and important pieces of artwork have been 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 .

As a young girl's life hangs in the balance, it's up to James to uncover an intricate conspiracy that will take him head to head with enemies more ruthless than he could have ever imagined.

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James Bond's summer vacation on the idyllic island of Sardinia takes several strange turns in the stand-alone sequel to SilverFin. This exciting episode pits 13-year-old James against a Roman secret society long thought to be extinct. Thrills, chills, and intricate conspiracies.
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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
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423122616
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Series: James Bond Adventure Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers, Full Whack and King of the Ants, as well as the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, and Hurricane Gold. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Blood Fever: The story of a young James Bond with all of the intrigue, espionage, and suspense to compel you to turn each page, which draws you into the story

    James Bond, before the MI6, before the training, before the missions. But still all the same wit and intellect. Blood Fever by Charlie Higson made me want to read on, and on, and on. I did not want to put it down. James Bond travels to the island of Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, on a school field trip and discovers something disturbing. The "count" isn't exactly what he seems. Count Ugo Carnifex of Sardinia, is actually the leader of an evil organization called the Millenaria. The Millenaria are a group trying to bring back the glory of the Holy Roman Empire, and take over the world. It's James' job to stop them. You will not be able to put this book down. Read it. It's a really great book.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    BEST YOUNG BOND YET!

    I started to read the Young Bond series because I think it's great to have a Young Adult series of Bond, because the adult books bore me. It's not that they're too hard (I'm 15) it's just because, well, they simply bore me. But Bond is easier to connect with in these books. That's why I love Young Bond!

    This book improves on the other. It's more complex, has more action, and more interesting characters. The one thing I don't get is why James didn't get malaria. No sense in that, but who cares?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    Not so great

    Ok this book sounds really great. A book about James bond as a teen, fighting a somewhat terrorist group in the middle of italy. You would think it would be awsome but it really isnt. It is a pretty short book only 368 pgs and an easy read but it drags on and on and on. I felt like i read 300 pgs of boring and nothing to get to an exciting 68 pgs. Sure those 68 pgs are kind of exciting but the bases of the book is completly boring. It's a shame because it's such a great idea. If it were written by a Anthony Horowitz or a Robert Muchamore this would be a great book. But its a poorly written boring 300 pgs to get to a kind of exciting 68 pgs. I would recommend this book to someone who wont mind a very long and slow start to get to a somewhat juicy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    Blood Fever

    The book blood fever is amazingly written. The suspense builds up with every turning page. James is with another enemy, his name is Count Ugo. James found out about a secret society known as the Milenaria which as he thought had long ago faded. But now his thoughts change. He thinks differently about what he had thougt before. But the biggest mystery is revealed around the end of the book whwn James finds out something that he least expected. Read through the book to find out how this book twists and turns your brain. be sure to read EVERY single page. Each page has a mystery that is revealed around the end of the story. Each detail is important because as I later found out, the least bit of information becomes the most interesting part of the book. If you push yourself to read through the few boring parts of the book, then you will find out that the overall book is very interesting. the book is very similar to the first James Bond book. Almost the same things happen but this time with even more twists than ever before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    Bond fans will love this new series! A great book for middle and high school studnets

    It is very interesting and enjoyable to read! I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who likes a good mystery, stimulating suspense, exciting adventure, funny moments and a great book! This is a great series and will surprises long time James Bond fans!'good'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Blood Fever

    More violent but less engaging, 'Blood Fever' is more viscerally indulgent than 'Silverfin,' but maintains a joyless quality that seems inappropriate for a young adult adventure. Higson's first Young Bond book took awhile to get going, and then never really took off. 'Blood Fever' starts with a bang, but Higson's juxtaposition of innocence and violence is marked by odd bits of characterization that make little sense. The plot is once again slow, although scene changes are relatively rapid and little time is spent on reflection. Higson also frequently describes young Bond in various stages of physical collapse throughout both books this robs the character of the youthful vitality one would associate with a 13-year old, and the 'mouthful of dust' 'lungs aching and/or exploding' comments lose their force after several readings. In sum, 'Blood Fever' suffers from violent, adult themes shoehorned into a young adult format, a young Bond faced with villains and circumstances more suitable for a Connery than a kid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

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    Van Ngo Period 1 Blood Fever Genre: fiction ¿Blood Fewer¿ by Charlie Higson is about James Bond young adventure, who¿s enjoy to involve in many conflicts and hate being trap. At the time, Bond parents died during the tragic accident which he¿s now lived with his aunt, Charmian. She¿s an outgoing person and full of adventure in her head. The setting is when Bond attended ¿Eton¿ boys¿ school which it¿s an extremely strict. Every night Bond would climb on the roof top to get some fresh and hopped around roof to roof without anyone knowing. One night, there a group of people called Bond to join Danger Society club which there he¿s met new friends in comment. In the club James met Mark Goodenough who¿s depressed and angry when he knew his parents and sister were missing. Danger Society is where the adventure of James Bond began. Bond is the protagonist character who¿s struggled saving Amy Goodenough from antagonist character, pirate. As the story went on, Bond continued attend Danger Society at the roof top. Suddenly one night, there a person hurried running and came to warned them that¿s guards are searching for people who¿s running around. Everyone would split up and tried to go back to their room fast as possible. During the way back to Bond room, he¿s fall to a room with full of ancient painting that are missing. Then, he¿s overheard and saw two guys talking in Latin and their tattoo of M¿s in both arm which its make Bond curious. But there is no time stay since he¿s tried to get back to room before anyone knowing. Luckily, Bond had made it before the guard searched his room. During the summer, there a field trip to Italy, Sardina with his couple of friends. After they arrived to the old monument, the professor makes them dig and experiments the harsh conditions during the old time. Then the groups started to explored, unfortunately Bond started to get dehydrated and felt dizzy and nearly blind. As the results, Bond suddenly felt and stayed unconscious. After he woke up and found himself in a room with Haight and Cooper but then he¿s felt little better and Bond would like go to his cousin Victor for couple of days. His cousin is lived north of Sardina which Bonds is planned to go there. At his cousin maison, James Bond learned a lot of things and the tragedy of Amy Goodenough and why she¿s been kidnapped. Also, Bond¿s soon found out that Carnifiex was a leader who¿s wanted to reorganize Millenaria to restore the glory of Roman Empire again. As the story went on to a point, when James Bond started to rescued Amy Goodenough and Marcos sister, Venette. At first, he succeeded get Venette out from a cell attic soon Venette having a crush on Bond. Unfortunately, he got caught when he¿s tried to rescue Amy and received painful punishment and then he managed get out and rescues Amy against. The plan was to meet up at Venette but their some more tragedy along the way there. Cleary, Blood Fever is a full of action and thrilling book. The story is full of surprised and suspense which its make reader to kept on reading. Once again, James Bond is the protanist character and likes to get involved in new adventure and many different problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    James is back

    Summary: A thirteen year old version of James bond is thrown into a wild adventure in Sardinia. His trip is full of deception, lies and action that can only be told through an amazing writer like Higson. A strange culture is being rebuilt and James is in the middle of it. Find out what happens in Blood Fever. Opinion: Blood Fever is a heart pounding story that makes you want to read all night. You won¿t believe the amazing things James Bond did as a teen. Higson provides amazing detail to describe James¿ adventure. Recommendations: I recommend this book to anyone who has read the Stormbreaker series. I also recommend this book to any one who is into suspenseful books that leave you on the edge of your seat. This book is a sequel to Silverfin so read that first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    This is FABULOUS!!

    It was one of the most heartpounding adventure books I've read in a long time(besides Silverfin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    hi,hii

    great book it wus so good i used it in mi book report

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    James is back and better than ever!!!

    I LOVED Silverfin... AND BLOOD FEVER IS EVEN BETTER!!!! In this book you see a lot more of the 007 James is to become. He's older, he's more mature, he's stronger, and he's a lot more reckless and daring, but not carelessly so. You get sucked in at the first page, I'm serious! The story turns and twists like crazy! You anticipate the next page so much it's really hard to resist peeking. The only existing setback to the book is that Higson doesn't really bring back characters from Silverfin. But there are a lot more characters to get to know in this one! I reccomend this book to teens and adults. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    A More Mature Young Bond

    For this old 007 fan, Charlie Higson's first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, was a mixed bag. Clearly a book written for a preteen target audience, it too often seemed to mimic a Harry Potter adventure. I'm happy to report this is NOT the case with Young Bond Book 2: Blood Fever, which takes a confident quantum leap into maturity and gives Bond fans of all ages one of the very best James Bond novels yet written. The key difference seems to be that SilverFin was written as a children's book (which could still be enjoyed by adults), while Blood Fever appears to have been written with a more mature readership in mind. This is a tougher, darker, much more violent book than SilverFin. It even includes a classic Bondian torture scene (but don't panic, parents, the torture is more about endurance than person-to-person sadism). But because Blood Fever chronicles the adventures of a 14 year old, it's still very much a novel young readers will find thrilling--even dangerous. This one may need to be smuggled beneath the sheets and read by flashlight--which is precisely where a James Bond book SHOULD be read. Ian Fleming would be proud. The villain in Blood Fever, Count Ugo Carnifex, is a true Bond baddie in the most classic sense, with a lair and scheme reflecting every inch of his megalomania. This is the best drawn Bond villain, book or film, we've encountered in some time. Secondary characters are also marvelously conceived, but it's the character of young Bond who stands head and shoulders above all others. The timid, apologetic youngster of SilverFin is long gone. Here, we have a teenage James with all the skills and swagger of Ian Fleming's secret agent. He coolly defies the villain, finds kinship with bandits, and gets visceral excitement by diving off high cliffs and driving fast cars. This Bond is no Harry Potter clone. This is the boy who will become 007 and who could kick the pixy dust out of any character in the Potter universe. One thing that is still not a part of the Young Bond universe, even in this more mature version, is sex. However, there is some simmering eroticism in how Ugo's decrepit sister leers at handsome young James, and clearly, the animalistic Vendetta has some carnal curiosity. Bond even delivers his first 'hard kiss on the mouth' in Blood Fever. But that's as far as Higson takes it. Bond's resistance to his female admirers seems more rooted in chivalry than nervous preadolescence (as in SilverFin), and besides, danger is always too close for such distractions. Some Bond fans have resisted the Young Bond series based on concept alone. Even I admitted that SilverFin wouldn't change the minds of the most entrenched fans. However, with Blood Fever, that resistance is now foolish. Bond fans are denying themselves a better Bond adventure than most of the recent James Bond films. There has been much talk lately about bringing Bond back to basics. Well, those basics are being practiced right here in the Young Bond series. So for you holdouts, my advice would be to take the plunge with Blood Fever. Young or old, this is James Bond at his very best!

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