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Hurricane Gold (Young Bond #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,288 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
James Bond is on a much-needed vacation in Mexico at the home of ex-flying ace Jack Stone. But his holiday is cut short when a hurricane hits. As the storm ravages the community, a gang of thieves lies in ambush - they want Stone's safe, and will kill for its contents. Stone's children, Precious and JJ, are kidnapped, and James must embark on a perilous chase through the j ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 6th 2007)
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Jun 18, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
There is just something appealing about Bond, James Bond, and this is such a fun series to read. This series covers his exploits before he became 007. It seems that no matter where he goes, he runs into some sort of trouble or gets caught up in adventure. This time he finds himself matching wits with El Huracan, the ruthless "King" and owner of an island that was once a penal colony and now houses (permanently) some of the most ruthless criminals in the world. The rules on the island are simple, ...more
Colin Gibson
Feb 03, 2010 Colin Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best young James Bond book. It is a little like Skeleton Key the Alex Rider book, but its better, the book is very long.
The story takes us to Mexico where a hurricane devistates the community and forces James to look after a young girl he ends up getting feelings for.
Then we end up on a tropical island owned by the bad guys. The story is great and my favorite Young Bond book.
Oct 08, 2010 Antonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
exotic setting and all the ingredients for a proper james bond adventure. the girl was terrific in all senses of the word and the whole story worked well, if a bit "off the wall". as are most james bond films / books anyway.
can't go wrong with this series. marvellous.
Dec 04, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing
The Young Bond series presents the story of what happened to James Bond during his teen years. After the events of the previous book, James is still recovering from his injuries, and is taking a semester off from Eton. His Aunt Charmian had a schedule expedition in the jungles of Mexico and has decided to bring him along. While she does her assignment, James is going to be staying with her friend Jack Stone, a former flying ace from the war.

Just as they are arriving, a hurricane comes ashore. Ja
I have been reading this series with my 10 year old son and he finds them fascinating. Higson has struck the perfect chord; combining just enough complexity, plot twists, historical information, suspense, and even some Bond style violence, to make these novels real page turners and a wonderful father/son activity. The series takes place before the second world war so there is excellently handled prescient references to Nazis, Communists, and the European stage. True to Ian Flemming's Bond to com ...more
Alexandra Logan
Jun 04, 2011 Alexandra Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young James Bond is an intriguing character. I admire the way he never gives in even when everything is stacking up against him. In this story we meet James in the Carribean where he is spending time with his aunt. It is supposed to be recuperative after his adventures in Double or Die but did you really expect a Young Bond book to be about recovery? Not a chance. A freak storm, a kidnapping, gruesome deaths, enslavement, and a daring escape all feature in this fantastically action packed and fa ...more
Karen Ball
Jun 05, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4th in the series -- great action/adventure as usual from Higson! James Bond is vacationing in Mexico with his aunt, who leaves him at the home of American ex-flying ace Jack Stone and his obnoxious children, Precious and JJ. Stone leaves on a short trip just before a monster hurricane hits, and a gang of ruthless thieves arrive at the hacienda to steal the safe and its valuable contents. Precious and JJ are kidnapped, and it's up to James to rescue them and protect the stolen secrets of the saf ...more
Dempse Kb
James Bond is recuperating from his last adventure with his aunt in Mexico. When a hurricane hits and bandits break into the home he is staying in putting the children into danger, things go from bad to worse.. for the villains of course! Once again Charlie Higson has created a very exciting adventure through the storm ravaged cities, jungles and finally ending up on a island referred to as Big Rock Candy Mountain for felons (as opposed to the one in the song for hobos.). I only gave it three st ...more
Steve Mitchell
Charlie Higson's fourth contribution to the Bond canon sees the Eton schoolboy getting away from it all with his aunt Charmain in Mexico following the exertions of his previous outings. Things obviously do not go to plan - or else this would be a boring book - and young Bond finds himself in the thick of another adventure. I think that if I had been in the target demographic when this book had been first published and had not read any of Ian Fleming's books I would have loved it. Sadly I only so ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Janaan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, mystery
This book was amazing! I picked this book, because I already read the other books in the Young Bond Series, and I gave all of them 5 stars. This book is about how James Bond is taking a vacation in Mexico. He has to babysit 2 snobby kids of an ex-ace pilot. But soon after the pilot and James aunt was gone, a couple of criminal tourists attack and rob the mansion James Bond was staying in. But a giant storm wrecks the mansion, before the tourists can. James takes the kids to saftey. They travel a ...more
Hurricane Gold by Charles Higson is a definite read (if of course you have read all the other books of the series). This book is definitely one of the most mixed, and one of the best ones yet. Being in a new world James is faced with new challenges and prizes. What makes this book really mixed is the huge culture change, and if you read the book there is also a big character changes, and edge of the seat moments. Making this book really fun and exciting, but also unpredictable. The book is set w ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I had high expectations for this book. The premise sounded cool and a Young James Bond sounds totally awesome, loads better than he is as an adult. But I was wrong...

From the very beginning, I realized that the plot would not take the natural turns I thought it would take. The author wrote a verrrry unnecessary "prologue", which introduces the villain, the settings, etc. And as I'm taking all this in, I'm thinking, why should I care?. Not a very good way to draw your readers in, if you ask me. I
Ms. Myers
Sep 13, 2012 Ms. Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about bond as a young teen and he is on this island with a whole bunch of criminals who are hiding in paradise and nobody even knows about the island because it is kept a secret by el hurricane. It is very interesting if you are an action seeker. It is a sci-fi like book. The setting is a top secret island where criminals come to hide in paradise. The characters are James bond, el hurricane, Robert king, Dum-Dum white, And Luis Chavez. It is a really thrilling book if you are an acti ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Lukav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Hurricane Gold, by Charlie Higson, young James Bond is accompanying his aunt on an archaeological expedition into Mexico, when a hurricane strikes. An American war hero, Jack Stone, take James's aunt to the archaeological site, while James stays with Mr. Stone's family. During the storm, a band of robbers come and take Mr. Stone's safe. James goes with Mr. Stone's daughter and son, Precious and JJ after the robbers. James and his companions follow the robbers, trying to retrieve the safe, wh ...more
Chris Horsefield
So far out of the Young James Bond series, this is by far the best. It’s long, action packed and you really get into the book. I was upset when I had finished this, I loved it.
Dec 04, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
I decided to read this book because I had read the first ones in the series and really wanted to read to this one so when I saw it in the library I as over the moon and got it out instantly.

This book fits under the category of ‘a book with a male main character’. I think that this is a great category as a lot of books fit under it and it gives a wide range of freedom. I like reading books about male main characters, as they are more out going in the dangerous side of things. For example James fa
Sep 02, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great young Bond book by Higson; in this one you really see the spy he becomes some day and yes that means he gets in a lot of trouble and most of it because he couldn't keep his nose out of someone else's business. Perfect description of a spy right?

I took a break between books 3 and 4, as 4 was not in my library and still isn't, so I bought it off Amazon. During my break I read Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, I only mention this for two reasons, it took me way too long to realize I w
I liked Hurricane Gold but to be honest it isn't my favorite. I like the setting in Mexico and i liked the characters Precious and JJ. I all start of with a storm one which tears apart the house and everything else in Mexico. His description of what has happen is really good and i enjoyed reading it.

The villains in this story weren't as i expected and i was slightly confused about the main villain El Hurrican, as he doesn't appear untill three quarters of the way through. This confused m,e as th
Jul 21, 2014 Wyatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 007-james-bond
Another enjoyable installment of Young James Bond from Charlie Higson - this time highlighting another seldom-visited location (for the adult Bond, that is) Mexico and the Mayan ruins at Palenque, in addition to the fictitious island of Lagrimas Negras. We also see the Bond character's introduction to jiu-jitsu.
Connor Seeman
May 09, 2014 Connor Seeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurricane gold was a heart-stopper to the very last page. When James goes on a much-needed "vacation" to Mexico, one can already assume he's going to find himself in the heat of danger and intensity once again, since that's what Bond is known for. When bond's new acquaintance and ace pilot Jack Stone's kids are kidnapped after a hurricane ravages their place of stay, he runs into the nasty and perilous el Huracón, and has to try and chase them through the jungle, but the only way out is through ...more
Jack Lugo
As much as I enjoyed the first 3 books in the Young Bond series, I found this 4th book disappointing. It does improve a great deal towards the end but I found that the story dragged quite a bit for the 1st 2/3rds of the book. The biggest problem I have with it is with the character of Precious, the lead female character and meant to be sort of a prototypical "Bond-girl". The story takes place shortly after the events of Double or Die with Bond on a trip to Mexico with his Aunt Charmain after the ...more
Mariam Abood
I'm not going to lie, I can't understand why this is the highest rated book in the series on goodreads. I thought it was the worst. I can only put it down to people giving up on the series by Double or Die, because I bloody well did.

This book was just boring, I couldn't even finish it, I was just bored out of my skull.
Sep 09, 2014 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing
Aug 26, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have been waiting some time for this book to appear in a second hand book shop or charity shop..mainly as I had all the series to date from such places and this one eluded me..finally me patience paid out and I actually found two copies on one day...but needless to say only bought one..anyhow enough of me and my thrifty buying what's the book like.
It's actually the best of the young Bond reads I have come across so far,I do still have one not to go but it will have to go some to surpass this.
Feb 24, 2015 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I read the book Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson. The book was published by
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd in 2009. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is based out of the city
of New York. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading a fast pace action
adventure books with a bit of mystery and crime.
Hurricane Gold is based on the topic of two kids going missing and later finding they got
abducted after a recent hurricane that has destroyed the children’s town. Later to find out the
Mar 14, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson was a book that I didn't read for a while after reading the first couple books of the Young Bond Series. I thought that in the beginning of the book it would be about James Bond like the rest of the books but no it show what happens to you when you try to get off of the island. I really enjoyed this book after I finally made myself read it. It was such a struggle for them I thought. In my opinion Charlie Higson really showed more characters in this book. In the p ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tyler Neff
Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson is a thrilling, action-filled book. Especially in the 3rd part of the book is where it gets really exciting, and thrilling. It is very similar to the book series "Alex Rider". This is the 4th book of the "Young Bond" series, and is my favorite.

The book takes place all in Mexico. James is taking a break off of school, and is in Mexico to spend his time. Although, a huge, massive, severe storm is coming it's way throughout Mexico. James's guide, Garcia, knows Mr. S
Simon Wood
That became a chore.

Of course it's not fair for me to judge this book on standard merits as it is essentially for kids. (Even if it is pretty shockingly violent at times.)
I decided to read it because my ten year old nephew started with the series and it seemed like it could be fun. And it was, to start with. Some really well conceived and realized action set pieces, and a nice on-the-run-through-the-third-world kind of plot. But the biggest problem with the book is that it's at least a hundred
Julian P
Sep 13, 2016 Julian P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Would not read this book for humor. I don't think that it is good even decent.
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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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