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Blood Fever (Young Bond #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  4,248 ratings  ·  184 reviews

Following his adventures in the Scottish Highlands, James Bond is back at Eton, where he has joined the risk-taking Danger Society. 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 di
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Miramax Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Phyllis Read it and judge it yourself. If you liked the first book, you should read the second book, though.
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Claire Russell
James Bond is a pupil at Eton and finds life a little pedestrian with the exception of the Danger Society he is a member of. When the Society is almost discovered after a meeting, James escapes over the rooftops of Eton. He finds himself in an area he has never been in before, overhears two men speaking Latin and stumbles across a temple with the initials MM on a painting. Meanwhile in the Greek islands a boat is hi-jacked and the English army captain on-board with his crew are killed, whilst th ...more
If anyone thought that a Young Bond book would lack the action, adventure, bloodshed and body count of a Fleming thriller, think again.

BLOOD FEVER continues Higson's Young Bond theme of incorporating references to the Fleming classics and the Bond character we know and love with new, enriching characters, intricate plot and synopsis, and twists and turns. Frankly, I would love to see what Higson could do with a story in Bond's later years.

Even still, his version of teenage 007 stories are incred
Young James Bond is getting to the place where we older "kids" are use to him...he's getting looks, girls liking him, never panick and give up, and of course, surround yourself with colorful characters.

Nobody is ever how they seem. Not even your headmasters. (hint, hint)

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
I grew up watching James Bond movies. My father was fond of them--so of course, I learned to love the movies too. (Really, my father influenced me a lot in movies and music. There's Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and so much more.) So when I saw this book at the book sale; I immediately bought it, not knowing that this was the second book in a novel. I just read the words; " Young James Bond" and yeah, you know the rest.

And long story short, I wasn't disappointed. The book was action packed and I l
Merril Anil
well what can you say. its James Bond

The name is Bond. James Bond . and the book is keeping up the name fortunately. I guess so in spite of the fact that i have not actually read the original Iam Flemming books but in my defence i have watched the movies and every single one of them from sean connery to now Daniel craig

The book and the plot is good and also reminded me how my brain is developed only to the level where i find books meant for 13 year olds to be perfectly in sync with my pace and
Not quite as good as the first Young Bond novel, but pretty decent - I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

One interesting (positive) element is Higson's decision to strongly hint that Bond's cousin Victor is gay. In an interview with a Bond website, Higson confirmed that this was his intent:

MI6-HQ interview

MI6: Bond’s Uncle Victor and Poliponi seem rather close in the book. Is there something more to it? Are they ‘more’ than friends?

Higson:(Laughs) Well of course they are, I mean it’s not anythi
WOW, what a book!

My first thought was when i saw this book how can it live up to silverfin (first book) but wow it did. Twists and turns of the plot just make you want to read on and on and on.

When i first started this book i found it really hard to get into an with its slow beginning, but i do believe that if we did not have the beginning it wouldn't totally make sense. We need to Know who Mark Goodenough is, the teacher at Eton Haight is, as he does quiet a main part to the plot but is not f
Well done...

This story was well written and well read, providing believable insights into James Bond's younger life.

A good read for both younger readers and older fans!
the second of Charlie Higson's Young Bond books following on from Silverfin though that said this book doesn't really require the reading of the first book.
As a Bond Origin style book Silverfin offered some of the slickness of Bond developing his love of cars and awareness of secret intelligence through a dying uncle, Blood Fever is slightly darker more action packed and maybe develops the harder side of Bond since in this book he sees not only Death but Gruesome Death on a grander stale than in
Die Bewertung stammt von einer Mischung der ca. zehnjährigen und der vierzigjährigen Nicola. Die Zehnjährige hätte vielleicht sogar 5 Sterne gegeben, die Erwachsene tendenziell eher 2,5 Sterne. Wie auch immer: Das Buch ist überraschend gut. Als acht- bis zehnjähriges Mädchen habe ich leidenschaftlich gerne "Die 5 Freunde", TKKG, Winnetou, Huckleberry Finn etc. gelesen und an diese Klientel richtet sich das Buch auch. Spannung kommt in kindgerechtem Rahmen auf und ganz nebenbei lernt man auch noc ...more
2.5 Overall, I felt that the story was just very messy and un-organized. The problems that came up in the beginning were solved at the very end, and the later problems were solved before. The ending was very dumb, and the writing style was a whole lot more confusing. Maybe book 3 will be better?!?!
Tempest Devyne
A fab, fun, page-turner of a book. Possibly not the finest fiction in the world, but a perfect example for its genre. Absolutely perfect to listen to whilst spring cleaning. I love (as a James Bond fan) the glimpses of the man young James will become and seeing some of the things that are going to form the adult Bond. I love that the young Bond books use the familiar 'comfortable' (?) structures of a James Bond movie at least (it's been so long since I've read Fleming's books....I need to revisi ...more
Connor Seeman
Blood fever was a great book! This books descriptions of James's risk-taking adventures of the danger society, to the disappearance of his close friends dad and sister, James takes a trip to see his cousin victor on the island of Sardinia, where he finds an ancient roman extremist group is still alive and well when thought to be extinct for hundreds of years after he has to hide in a basement of a house from the cops in Eton. He suspects Count Ugo Carnifex is head of the whole operation, until h ...more
This is an amazing sequel of silverfinn an action packed thriller.
Watch out for surrealists.
Nɪɴᴀ {Words and Water}
I have and will always be a major Bond fan--I've watched all the movies, and have the Fleming books on my list to be read. Regardless of all the stereotypes, I love the action. If it wasn't for my brother though, I would never have started the Young Bond books. But I'm so glad I did! I didn't really like the first one, well I thought it was okay, but Blood Fever really won me over.

Young Bond really grew on me, and with a hint of romance, just a really faint hint, it made the whole story even mo
Jack Lugo
Charlie Higson's 2nd Young Bond book offers up an inspired, fast-paced, and well written adventure. Most of the story takes place over summer vacation from Eton in 1933 as Bond is persuaded to go on a class trip to Sardinia where he uncovers a criminal conspiracy and a secret society dedicated to the rebirth of the Roman Empire led by a delusional leader who thinks himself to be the next Julius Ceasar funding his wealth with stolen paintings and artifacts. Bond encounters pirates, bandits, and t ...more
Mariam Abood
This book is one of my favourite books of all time and it is one of those stand out books that turned out to be really good despite coming from a shit series.

Part of the reason why I loved this book so much was because I found it very similar to Lolita. Funnily enough Bond doesn't actually make much of an appearance in this book until the end.

The story follows a girl called Amy who's father is murdered when their yacht is ambushed and ransacked by a group of pirates, the leader being Zoltan. Zol
Cody Smith
This book was pretty good, but not great. It's about a young teen at Eton named James Bond. Then he starts to get associated with the Danger Society which is a club that meets very late at night and really just seek danger. Then the school takes a field trip to Sardinia (an island in Italy), his cousin's house is robbed so bond goes on the case. I'm really not that into mystery books and that's why I really didn't like this book but, I did like the adventure in it. I would prefer this to mystery ...more
Sue Bursztynski
I took this one home from school to read because one of my students is going to interview the author and I'd only read the first, so really need to catch up and be able to help her prepare the questions. I've read most of the Alex Rider novels by Anthony Horowitz (my student has read them all), about the boy spy, and was sort of expecting more of the same, but historically earlier. It's been a while since i read the first one and my main memory of Silverfin is that James, a teenager at Eton in t ...more
Lady Knight
Jul 28, 2010 Lady Knight rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenage boys who are look for a high octane adventure novel
Thouroughly enjoyable! Again, Higson does a splendid job of bringing a teenage James Bond to life.

As summer holidays approach at Eton, James has become a member of the Danger Society (who do all sorts of risky things for the thrill ride it gives them) and decides to join a school trip over the summer to Sardinia where he will join an archaeological dig for a while and then go to Victor Delacroix's (his cousin) place for the rest. Just before the holidays begin though, word is brought to the sch
“Blood Fever” is an inspiring novel full of mystery, action and adventure. The story is about an adolescent boy named James Bond. He attends a very preppy english school called Eton. When James’s teacher talks about a school trip to visit the ruins in the Mediterranean, he sees it as a perfect opportunity to leave the crew and stay at his Uncle Victor’s villa in Sardinia, Italy. James suspicion raises when he comes across clues in England and Sardinia about a cult called the Millenaria. When Jam ...more
Keri Payton
The Danger Society - a group of Eton boys who get their thrills sneaking out after dark and sharing a cigarette. When James Bond joins a holiday trip to Sardinia, he gets far more danger than he anticipated.

James and his friends aren't the only ones at Eton part of a secret society. There is a sinister link between the school and a mysterious organisation in Sarsinia. Thievery and kidnapping soon lead to murder, with James caught in the midst of it all.

Can he survive the wrathful ampitions of me
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Alec Rauh
If you are a reader who enjoys action and adeventure, suspenseful lies and deceit, a heart pounding twist of events at every turn entangled in a web of a marvelously complex plot, then "Blood Fever" by Charlie Higson is for you. Did I mention it was a James Bond adventure? This book is quite the thriller. It provides plenty of fear, menace, and gore as well as creative thinking and intelligence within the writing when escaping death. This book was very good at bringing everything together and ma ...more
A better young James Bond book could not exist in my opinion, unless its the rest of the series by Higson, who I am greatly impressed with. He took a legend like James Bond, and made him 13-years-old and didn't lose anything. Regressing a legend usually ends with the reader very disappointed, but I believe the reason this series is so successful, is because Higson stays true to the Fleming Bond, not the Bond that comes from the other writers: Gardner, Benson, Deaver, Kingsley, etc.
Higson made
Not as good as the first one (Silverfin), Blood Fever is decent enough. Like Silverfin, I read the whole thing aloud with my son. It's clean, it moves quickly, and it ends with a big 007 catastrophe. The plot is a bit disjointed, startinmg well and hinting at a grand conspiracy, but it doesn't pan out. Or maybe it does--we took our time with this one and it may have been better had we finished it in two weeks or so.
This book is still a great adventure but it is completely different from book 1 in the series and yet it still reminds me of silver fin and the chills I got from reading it. I love how this book takes everything that you thought you knew about a character or a place and flips it upside down. While I was reading this book I felt excited and scared at the same time. Is this book as good if not better than book 1? You bet!
Chent Higson
Blood Fever is definitely better than SilverFin so it seems that Charlie's books get better the further into the series you go, which I noticed with The Enemy series.
It is also quite clear that Charlie likes to write gore and action, so it's good that he does it well. This one is gorier than the first, but the first was a different sort of gore which might not make sense whether you've read them or not.
Helen Cooley
Following on from Silverfin and just as exciting a story, we follow the young Bond from Eton to a Sardinian school summer trip full of bandits and baddies.

We meet perhaps the first Bond girls, though with such a young Bond this is more about noble rescue attempts than love.

As usual, there are some interesting villains with a (this time not secret) lair and an evil global masterplan to be foiled.
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Higson was educated at Sevenoaks School and at the University of East Anglia (where his brother has taught since 1986 and is now a professor of film studies) where he met Paul Whitehouse, David Cummings and Terry Edwards. Higson, Cummings and Edwards formed the band The Higsons of which Higson was the lead singer from 1980 to 1986. They released two singles on the Specials' 2-Tone label. Higson th ...more
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