Soon he is trapped in a deadly war of secrets and lies, as a nightmare reunion with a bitter enemy throws him once more into the path of death. Charlie Higson’s . By Royal Command is the fifth and final novel in the Young Bond series by Charlie Higson, depicting Ian Fleming’s superspy James Bond as a teenager in the. Young Bond: By Royal Command. Adventure, and loads of it – By Royal Command is the fifth page turning thriller about the school days of James Bond.

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I say this with no hint of hyperbole or exaggeration. His roommate for the trip, Miles, is a talkative pretentious type who thinks he knows everything. When Miles puts himself in danger by drinking on the slopes and getting lost on the mountain, James risks his own life to save him.

The ordeal ends with James being praised as a hero but all is not right afterwards. The book changes gears for each of its three acts. Higson weaves an intricately complicated yet fascinating world for young Bond to navigate and all of it is very well- researched and very relevant to the history of the time period of this story. She tells Bond at one point. And a weak heart is easily broken.

It further cements the prevailing notion that Fleming looked to his own life for the inspiration behind James Bond. The title of By Royal Command royxl derived from a brief encounter Young James had outside of Windsor Great Park after hiding in a tree from a perceived threat from the man who was following him.


James happily obliges and politely leaves. He later learns that the two girls were the royal princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret. There is right and there is wrong.

In the cowboy films the goodies wear the white hats and the baddies wear black. As cmomand get older charliw realise the world is not so simple. There are men in grey hats. That exchange exemplifies some of what Charlie Higson has achieved in this Young Bond series and particularly in his final Young Bond novel.

Higson does an extraordinary job weaving the history of the time organically into the story and none of it feels forced. I highly recommend the series not just for anyone interested in James Bond but for anyone who loves history and enjoys a good historically based adventure story.

Would you recommend reading the original novels first or does it matter?

By Royal Command (Young Bond, #5) by Charlie Higson

It sounds like these books would be enjoyable to anyone interested in spy novels but do you think you would get more out of them if you are familiar bigson canon James Bond? Royla Liked by 1 person. I just had so much fun reading these books not just as a Bond fan but as a fan of good fiction and adventure stories. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Plus get it performed by professional actors at festival.


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