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Double or Die (Young Bond Series #3)

Double or Die (Young Bond Series #3)

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by Charlie Higson

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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


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...

Editorial Reviews

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.

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Disney Press
Publication date:
A James Bond Adventure Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

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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Double or Die 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Double or Die Creighton Butler Double or Die, by Charlie Higson, is an action-packed story. Charlie Higson is a great author,and I enjoy reading his books, especially this series. This series is about James Bond as a teenager. The series is an amazing series and was impossible for me to stop reading. At the beginning of the story, Professor Fairburn disappears and sends a note filled with mistakes to Pritpal. James Bond, a young brave teenager who helps his friend, Pritpal, try to find Professor Fairburn. James and Pritpal soon figure out that these are not mistakes. Fairburn made a secret message that leads the boys to decipher the message and try to find Fairburn. This book is very good and full of action. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Pritpal, James, and Fairburn are three of the main characters in Double or Die. Charlie Higson introduced these three characters early on in the book. This made me connect with all three of them through the whole story, strengthening their relationships with the readers. Fairburn is a Professor at Eton University. The whole story is Pritpal and James trying to find the missing Professor Fairburn using the message he sent to them. Pritpal is the leader of a crossword club at the university he and James attend, because of his history of solving puzzles, he is able decipher parts of the message. This leads them to find Fairburn. James is just a dare-devil and stops people who are trying to stop James and Pritpal from finding what the message means. I never lost interest. It never has a dull moment. There is action in every chapter and it just made me want to keep reading. I love books full of mystery and action, and that is why Double or Die is one of my favorites. It is important to know that this is the third book in the series. This book might be better if you read the two previous books. It will give you a better understanding of the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It is a great book overall.
D-dogDD More than 1 year ago
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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Clark_KentRK More than 1 year ago
"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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it was so good. I am glad Charlie Higson is writing more. I can't wait for the next books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!