By Royal Command (Young Bond, #5)
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By Royal Command (Young Bond #5)

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Following a treacherous rescue mission high in the freezing Alps, James Bond is preparing for life back at Eton. But James is under surveillance; his every move is being watched. He alone holds the clue to a sinister plot that will bring bloodshed and carnage to his school - and his country. Forced to flee from Eton to Austria, James must leave behind everything he knows,...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published September 3rd 2008 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Out of 5 stars, I would give this novel a 4. Charlie Higson pieces a novel together with the elements of action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Although the storyline at times is hard to follow, it all comes together in the end. The plot of this story is very hard to believe, I mean come on a 14 year old adrenaline jockey and spy venturing around Europe from villains. Out of all the books I have read, I have never read a book with an extraordinary ending such as this one . I honestly got choke...more
Somehow, amidst this week I have managed to finish this book. I had not really wanted to read it anymore because it is a quite boring beginning and it's pretty slow and muddled. The book gets better near the end. Although, I have to say the ending of this book was quite a stretch. It was also a little random.
I do not find this series as enjoyable as I found the series to be in 6th grade. I guess I've grown out of junior spies and such. Or perhaps this book was not as satisfying as the books pri...more
Jeff Raymond
So I thought I had read the first one in this series, Silverfin, but apparently not. Like a James Bond movie, you don't need to know all of the previous stuff, necessarily, to be able to follow this one. Unlike a James Bond movie, this was some of the most boring, unimaginative writing I think I've seen in a long time, and it actually accomplished something I've never seen before - it makes spy games seem dull.

I can't find much of anything to say about this that's worthwhile. The end does pick u...more
The Young Bond series is one of the few series I have read which improve in the sequels. By Royal Command (No. 5) has most of the adventure and suspense elements found in the original Fleming books (but without the graphic sexual content, as Higson writes for a younger audience). Anyone who enjoys the Bond stories, interesting characters , suspenseful plotting, and creative escapes from dangerous situations will enjoy these books. The non-fiction/informative section within this title deals with...more
Jeff Crosby
Easily the best book in the series. This fifth novel ties James Bond's year at Eton into a neat story arc. Elements of the first three books are all tied toogether in this story, especially volumes 1 and 3.
By Royal Command by Charlie Higson is the fifth young Bond and so far final novel in that series. This series is a bit different than the 007 novels that are more widely known. Young Bond deals with James in his school boy days. It is also written to introduce the world's most famous spy to a preteen or teen audience. Higson still keeps the foundation of a great Bond novel intact. There is fast cars and a Bond girl in every book. Since there an e no M scene Higson replaces that with the Danger S...more
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Joe Satrianto
Kalau ditanya, apa film bioskop yang pertama kali kutonton dalam hidupku? Lalu bila pertanyaanku itu dilanjutkan dengan wanti-wanti dari temanku ke teman ceweknya, “Hati-hati sama si Joe. Lebih baik jangan. Dia itu pleboi,” maka salahkan saja babahku!

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Honestly this book may just be the best action book that I've read this year. This book is the last book in the series, and it is about the young James Bond, and it takes place near the time of World War II. When the Nazis are in power, and are about to declare war, and the Soviets are also in power, recruiting young Communists. In Eton, James Bond wishes to just live a normal life now, despite the fact that he had just saved a classmate during their skiing trip in Switzerland. There is a new b...more
Nate Rawdon
By Royal Command became the first series of books I have ever completed, and I'm glad to say that it did the rest of the fantastic series great justice. As always the action was of a high degree from the very start, with an excellent new array of characters introduced with intriguing and believable story-lines. Despite the ever present action, the final installment in the Young Bond series did in fact introduce several new themes that had never previously received much focus. The main character,...more
Sep 14, 2013 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young readers
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Cruz N
James Bond by royal command explains how the iconic spy if this centry got his start at mi6 durig world war two and the book takes place in the swiss apls as how he got his widely known skills with cards cars guns girl and how every vhillan knows his name by the end of the movei.
It was very well written with again good character build up but the movei was better . We're better but it's always good to be a little more informed. It was a little slow to get two the parts I like wich is the action a...more
Ella Presbury
this book was disappointing
well written but i didnt like the plot
the girl really annoyed me and james running off with her is unrealistic and i think the book should have taken a different turn. there was no point in the book before they run off where their feelings begin to grow
or ever grow
it annoyed me :((((
but i do hope that the series continues
Dylan Grant
The Young Bond series is my all-time favorite young adult novel series. Don't let the juvenile premise deceive you: This is Ian Fleming-style James Bond, not Hollywood James Bond. Each of these books is a perfectly paced, completely absorbing, edge of your seat thriller.
Dempse Kb
James Bond is back in the last book in this series (Time to move on to Ian Fleming and John Gardner again!). James learns how to ski and like everything he does it turns into a fight for his life when he has to help an injured student back down the mountain in a snowstorm. He hopes his time back at Eton is less eventful, but of course it isn't. Bullies, Bombers, Royal targets, old friends, a new love, and old enemies converge on James and force him to run for his life! It all works out in the en...more
Muna Beierlein aka Sammie Gimmie
I was a bit surprised they added that much romance in a James Bond book. Other than that, it was awesome. A few shocks and sudden deaths in the end, and the plot line to save the king is quite amazing (not like any other missions James went through)
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This book is amazing! The author had ended the book very well.I picked this book up because this is the last book of the series, and the previous books were also very well written. This is about James Bond (when he was young), and how he is caught in a web of secrets, lies, double-crossing, and the making of a war. He meets two of his old enemies, and is forced to glee from Eton, to Austria because of the trouble one girl has started between more than 2 countries. But who is the real enemy? I fi...more
another good instalment to the series and a glimpse into the future james bond. as usual it read well, very pacey, filled with interesting characters and the occasional fact / general truth woven in.
i enjoyed the read and finished quickly, however it did leave me with a little disappointment. mainly i think i felt it was just one episode after the other being told, without an overarching main climax, but maybe that's just me. i liked the tidy wrap-up and the reprise of some of the characters in...more
Higson has done something truly remarkable with his Young Bond series, he has captured the essence of our future Bond, given us glimpses of him as he will become, but yet had him remain young and youthfully innocent at times. I truly enjoyed this series. I understand this is the last book in the series written by Higson, but other book are possible, but written by other writers. I think that is a huge mistake, to me no one can capture what Higson has and I am not dissing other others and will gi...more
The fifth installment of the young Bond series based on the limited details given in his obituary in the novel "You Only Live Twice." This book tells a story behind the "alleged trouble with one of the boys' maids" that got him removed from Eaton as a teenager. While not quite what Fleming probably had in mind this is an exciting story involving communists, Nazi's, the royal family, the British Secret Service, ghosts from young James Bonds past and "one of the boys' maids" figuring in prominentl...more
As the last book in the series this is the one with the least action in it.When James and Miles get lost on the skiing trip it is up to James to save their lives. After (sorry!) the ordeal James finds out that a mysterious man is following him.Why? And what is operation snow blind?
I picked this book up because I read all the other books in the series and I've been waiting for this one for a long time.
I finished this book because I wanted to know what would happened to James.
I would recommend thi...more
Amy Leanne
despite what other reviews say, i really enjoyed this book! if you have read/watched other James bond installments, you my not have been so easily impressed. this book is aimed at teenagers as it goes on a journey with a younger bond (the first one in the series he is only 14 years of age. i read this one first after seeing it for only 2.99 at my local discount book store. i got into it straight away! you don't have to have read the first one to understand the story. i really like James Bond as...more
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. Royal command is the last in the y...more
Nico Parada
Great book, nice end to the series.
A simply epic final
Well it took me a good while longer to read this one than all the previous books, that's for sure. The pace didn't quite pick up as much as I'd have liked it to, though I did find myself actually wanting to finish it towards the end. I have rather enjoyed this series, personally I preferred it to the Alex Rider series, and though this book was certainly not the best of the five, it still gave a good ending to a good series. Yes, it could have been better but hey ho, it was good enough.
Manisha Kerai
Ahh, it's so sad that this book looks to be the last Young Bond as the series as a whole has been exceptional. Since reading Silverfin, i've looked forward to reading each subsequent book and have never been disappointed by them. Although By Royal Command has a bit less action for my liking (hence the 4 stars and no more) Bond is such a captivating hero that it doesn't matter. I can't wait for Charlie Higson's new teen series this autumn as I am sure it will be as good as this one.
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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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