Double or Die (Young Bond Series #3)

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Kidnapping. Explosions. Murder. This is no ordinary weekend. But then, James Bond is no ordinary boy. . .

In a north London cemetery, a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. Then, a suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked he has just forty-eight hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both. And if they can't ...

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Overview

Kidnapping. Explosions. Murder. This is no ordinary weekend. But then, James Bond is no ordinary boy. . .

In a north London cemetery, a professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. Then, a suspicious letter crammed with cryptic clues arrives at Eton. To decipher the deadly mystery, James Bond must take a series of dangerous gambles. Once the code is cracked he has just forty-eight hours to save the professor from the dark forces that threaten to destroy them both. And if they can't escape, it's not only their future under threat. It's the rest of the world's...

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In the third entry in this teen adventure series, young James Bond has only 48 hours to save a professor from his fiendish kidnappers. Dangers abound in Double or Die, but many readers will be struck most by the novel's secret codes and puzzles. A perfect fit for fans of Alex Rider -- and James Bond.
VOYA - Ava Ehde
Marking an obvious path to the future 007, this third installment is the most marvelously complex in The Young Bond series. The mystery begins after one of the Eton professors sends a cryptic, confusing resignation letter, which he requests be read by Pritpal, a student in his crossword club. Readers begin to envision the evolution of the mind of James Bond as he, Pritpal, Tommy, Perry, and several other boys work steadily to decrypt the clues and puzzles. Bond must battle dark forces to save the world from villains Sir John Charnage, his misbegotten henchmen Ludwig and Wolfgang Smith, and the cagey Russian "Babushka." The mystery turns to high action-adventure with danger at every corner over the next forty-eight hours as Bond is reunited with Red Kelly and his sister Kelly Kelly. Readers catch glimpses of the Bond tradition with world-class cars and car chases, games of chance, classic one-liners, a chance to save the world, and adventurous women. Kelly Kelly is the first incarnation of the later Bond girls but without the sexy overtones. Great historical language and period touches of 1930s London enlighten without forcing history lessons upon the reader. The latter half of the book also introduces some of that wonderful Bond action, which keeps the book well-paced and provides plenty of fear, menace, and gore as well as creative thinking to escape death, all of which will attract a wide audience of pleasure readers. Reviewer: Ava Ehde
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- This installation in the series begins while James is attending Eton. The professor in charge of his roommate's crossword-puzzle club departs the school unexpectedly and leaves a cryptic letter to the boy explaining his absence. That strange note, combined with the clues from his last crossword contribution to the London Times , has the boys off on an adventure to solve the mystery and rescue Mr. Fairburn. They must decipher all manner of word clues, and the author does a good job of reviewing the last clue while moving on to the next so that readers don't get lost. James and his friends use their wits, but his agile athletic abilities also come in handy as they run after and away from the menacing bad guys. The plot is clever and well developed, and the boys and their actions are believable. An added bonus is the discussion of the medical oddities found at London's Royal College of Surgeons, which will be highly prized among teen boys for the gross-out factor. Students who cut their teeth on Donald J. Sobol's "Encyclopedia Brown" series (Delacorte) will love this more mature mystery, and will have fun trying to figure out the clues before Bond, James Bond.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School Library, Loveland, CO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423110996
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Series: James Bond Adventure Series, #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 186,891
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (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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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    The main point of this book is to find professor Eton. It was mo

    The main point of this book is to find professor Eton. It was mostly about cracking to code and taking actions to help save the professor. It shows how James solves the mystery with all his friends. To me this book is based off of a kid solving mystery with his friend even though he is only 12 he is a really good investigator. That is willing to put his life on the line for some else. 
    I dislike this book because of how the characters were I really I couldn't make the connection. The time period also had a big part in how I didn't like it. I didn't like how the book was mainly about James how he was going to solve the mystery. Add more jaw droppers to me you could guess what was going happen before you read it. 

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Double or Die; not so many options.

    "Keep your mind alert. Study your surroundings, James. Information is power" (pg. 228, Higson), what was said by his uncle so many years ago was all James could think about as he lay there...watching....waiting. James Bond was the name and adventure and observations were the game, but for James, knowing to much would bring him to see death flash before his very own eyes. In 'Double or Die' the author uses great plot sequence the storyline to portray the life of James Bond's growth from a boy into the famous 007 secret agent.
    In the book 'Double or Die' the reader can see that it is one of the the many books showing Jame's past and also showing his future. In the first book of the Young Bond series, 'Silver Fin', James develops his fearless behavior, in the second book, 'Blood Fever', James shows his true bravery, but in the third book 'Double or Die', his mind and brain power are put to the test. In this book the brain and the mind are shown in the characters and in the plot, an example of this would be the evil murderous bounty hunter Ludwig who has a skill like head which looks inhuman and an example for the plot would be, near the end of the novel, James must destroy a machine which has the knowledge of a brain.
    In 'Double or Die', the main character James Bond has dark hair and blue-eyes and is in his teenage years. The setting of the novel is during the 1940 and early 1950's in England, around the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War, which is important for as later in the book James discovers his enemy is the Soviet Union.
    The author uses unique and memorable characteristics of the James Bond character, as seen in the scene at the Paradice Casino, were James is forced to play a game of roulette. He plays it safe for one round and doubles his money, but his is forced to play another round. By a quick decision he changes his bet to the number 7, his lucky number. This event shows his ability to gamble and his intelligence or luck to make quick decisions in a moments notice, his quick reaction also relates to Ian Flemming's book 'Casino Royal' which shows Bond as a grown man gambling at an elite casino, Casino Royal.
    I would recommend Double or Die for anyone who enjoys reading books that are interesting and well written and especially to all James Bond fans. 'Double or Die' will lead the reader into one direction and at a moments notice, when you lest expect it, it will completely turn around and leave one with their mouth wide open. Higson uses a regular teenage boy to show that anyone can be a hero and no matter how hard or tough a situation might be, anyone can save the day, even if they are not James Bond.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    AWESOME BOOK, very absorbing!!!

    "Young Bond Book Reviews"- Akash Kumar's Reviews
    "Double or Die"- ages 13 and up~ Bond tries to save a kidnapped professor, but has to solve complicated clues.
    "Double or Die" just beats everything. I completely fell in love with this book. This book has a slower pace than "BF", but "James Bond starts running faster after 1 lap", if you know what I just said. The action comes later, but I didn't care about the action this time. Higson seems to have given readers time to think about the clues. This book REALLY kept me guessing until the end. I had to rub my eyes from time to time because this book was so awesome. 5/5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2009

    Best of the series but thats not saying much

    Charlie Higson is very consistant. He consistantly turns a great idea to a mediocre book. The book is slow which I thought would be hard because the whole book is 3 days. The action in it is poorly written. It seems like Higson is trying to teach you a latin lesson or a history lesson throughout the book. It is a great idea but he makes the books below average. The characters really piss me off, they're just annoying. Bond is nothing like 007. He shouldn't be put in the same catagory as other great teen heroin authors such as Anthony Horowitz, Robert Muchamore, or Joe Craig. Also why put it in the 1930's. Sure bond started in the 60's but he's stayed the same age for over 40 years so why not put him in modern time. So he can have gadgets and fight modern day problems as a kid. That would be so much better. Higson has written two other YB books wich I ordered. They're easy reads so maybe they'd get better. But I've hoped that after silverfin and blood fever. Also why is it called double or die, that makes no sense. Higson's just trying to excite true bond fans because it sounds like a James Bond movie. He should stop they're bad and every time i read it he dissapoints me. It is the best of the series but it still sucks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    Young Bond 3

    Another great book, this series has been great. James still does not have any good gadets, unlike Alex rider but its still a great story set in the 1930's. James is growing up, but saves the day as normal. The story is fast and very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    I love this series!!!!

    Ok this book was awesome no matter what people say!It was totally different than the other books and it was very heart pounding. I hope Higson writes more of this series, I know I'd buy more. All in all, stupendous story and plot!!!!*****FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Too Much Info.

    Double Or Die is a very nice book. This book is sort of like Silverfin, but it has a little bit of change. Now James's new enemy is deadly. But there are many. First James' actions start to trigger when Charnage comes to Eton College in the place of Ivar Peterson. A though this is a James Bond book, there is still too much detail. There are many points in the book where the book could have nicely wraped up. But Charlie Higson just pushed it too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    great book

    i loved this book it was so good. I am glad Charlie Higson is writing more. I can't wait for the next books.

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