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By Royal Command (Young Bond #5)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,727 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
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
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Immy ❗❕❗
Feb 11, 2016 Immy ❗❕❗ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Royal Command by Charlie Higson

This was an amazing end to the Young James Bond series by Mr Higson. The series will be carrying on with a different author, but I'm not sure if I want to continue reading them. As much as I enjoyed the books, I'm still deciding if I'm happy with how Higson left the series or if I want to read more.

Feb 20, 2015 Carson rated it really liked it
If you are an avid reader of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, you know there are traces of Bond's youth in the original tales. You are aware of Bond's expulsion from Eton over an alleged problem with a boys' maid. You are aware of his mentor and ski instructor Hans Oberhauser (whose offspring figures to be part of the upcoming film, SPECTRE). That said, we know little else and it has been with great joy I've read Charlie Higson's 5 Young Bond novels.

This one wraps up Higson's full length novel l
Dec 12, 2010 Amanda rated it it was ok
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
Mar 09, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
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
Nate Rawdon
Jul 22, 2012 Nate Rawdon rated it it was amazing
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
Cruz N
Oct 31, 2013 Cruz N rated it liked it
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
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
Amy Leanne
Nov 03, 2013 Amy Leanne rated it it was amazing
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
Tyler Neff
"By Royal Command", by Charlie Higson, is the best Young Bond book I have read in the series. It definitely the most violent, gruesome book in the series as well. Things that happen in the beginning tie to things that'll happen in the last part of the book. Much like the Alex Rider series.

In this book, the 5th book, James Bond is returning from Mexico, and wants to be a regular schoolboy. He doesn't want to be involved in violence anymore. But, everything at Eton changed when he got back, there'
Aug 29, 2015 Youssef rated it it was amazing
Charlie Higson wrote the suspenseful, mysterious and romantic book "By Royal Command". The main character is James Bond and he is given a mission by the Royal Command in the freezing Alpes. However it didn't happen as expected, there he was under surveillance in every move he makes. Their he had a girl called Roan by his side that was beautiful and he liked. An other person who was with James Bond's team was Dandy. On June 4th The king George V comes to Eton (where James Bond and his team where) ...more
Iftekhar Chowdhury
Feb 28, 2015 Iftekhar Chowdhury rated it liked it
'By Royal Command' by Charlie Higson is the last (exempting the supplementary novels and graphic books) in a fantastic series about the life of a teen James Bond called 'Young Bond'. Now Young Bond itself is an absolutely incredible amalgamation of stories which intrigue, excite and frighten the reader by telling the tales of an extraordinary British teenager and his adventures occurring in places ranging from Eton College, in Windsor, to Mexico, Italy and the Caribbean. In all the books, Higson ...more
Mia Sumner41963
Dec 01, 2015 Mia Sumner41963 rated it liked it
Now I just randomly had this book in my house because I don't remember getting it and that is the kind of thing that calls the hero to adventure so I decided to read it.(I then later found out I got it at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles because of the sticker on the back.) I also didn't realize it was part of a series until halfway through, but you don't really need to read them in order because they are each a stand alone adventure. Adventure it was because the action scenes were great and thril ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
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Sep 27, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
I have quite enjoyed the Charlie Higson series of young Bond books...however after the peak of the last book Hurricaine Gold this one felt somewhat lacklustre.
It plods at the start providing the genesis of Bond's skiing fact Roger Moore's bond obviously benefited from some stellar ski instruction!!
Once we are past the Ski instruction and subsequent mini adventure we are pulled into a plot involving anarchists, communism and potential assassination..interestingly Higson creates some
Jack T
Jan 27, 2015 Jack T rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers
Recommended to Jack by: Library
I think that Young Bond: By Royal Command is book is super impressive and keeps true to the original James Bond series. The book may make spying seem a little bit high profile, as deduced in the original James Bond universe, but Young Bond keeps the same charisma, humour, suspense and action in every page. The idea of a story having a James Bond as a youth and having exciting and deadly adventures is not the most original storyline, as there are many youth spy and adventure books out there. Howe ...more
Brody H
Mar 29, 2015 Brody H rated it it was amazing
By Royal Command sets the reader with young James Bond on vacation to a ski resort in the Austrian Alps. All seems to go by well when after saving a friends life he finds a man saying in German someone will kill his cousin George. James decides it was none of his business and when he arrived at his school Eton he meets two new characters and his world is tuned to a mess... again.

I very much enjoyed this novel for many reasons. One being the setting, a ski resort in Austria. Another being how J
Feb 01, 2014 Monty rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 30, 2016 Felicia rated it it was amazing

By Royal Command is the fifth book in the Young Bond series. Upon returning back to Europe from Mexico, James goes to Austria for a school trip. After a few days of learning how to ski, James gets stuck in an avalanche with a classmate but luckily, he saves them both. He recovers quickly enough and returns to Eton with this schoolmates and he meets the new maid, Roan Power. Her appearance in the book is a catalyst for the rest of James’s adventures. James gets swept up in politics and conspira

Jeff Crosby
Aug 19, 2014 Jeff Crosby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2010, ya
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.
Chent Higson
May 14, 2015 Chent Higson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
It doesn't feel like the end of a series. Well, it kind of does (view spoiler), but it's not really. If that makes sense. My feelings are confused. It's the end of Charlie Higson's Young Bond, the dossier doesn't count, and I doubt I'll pick up Steve Cole's series, for a while at least, it'd wrap how I saw the previous books.
But dammit Charlie. This was more like classic Bond than the others, probably because it involved a pretty girl, Se
Jack Lugo
Jun 11, 2015 Jack Lugo rated it it was amazing
Charlie Higson’s final Young Bond book, By Royal Command, is a masterpiece worthy of Ian Fleming himself. I say this with no hint of hyperbole or exaggeration. While the Young Bond series has impressed me overall, this final installment from Higson is most reminiscent of the best of the Fleming books as it contains several passages that reminded me of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and From Russia with Love. Higson has done a brilliant job throughout most of the books, which serve as prequels t ...more
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
Dec 27, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
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Joe Satrianto
Aug 14, 2013 Joe Satrianto rated it liked it
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!

Lha, kok, gitu?

Lha ya memang gitu. Sekarang balik ta’tanya kepada para pemirsa sekalian, apa pantes anak teka – tekanya TK Aisyah pulak! – diajak ke bioskop pas lepas maghrib buat nonton James Bond? Jika kalian menjawab bahwa itu tiada pantas, maka
Oct 23, 2011 和泉美優 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young readers
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Natakusuma Khawla
Young Bond just gets even better the further I read of it. Charlie's writing style never ceases to amaze me. He knows how to draw his readers into his book. Every scene, every act, every detail is written in utmost brilliancy.
Every mystery and adventure James gets himself into has it own uniqueness to it. But unlike the other books, in this book James finally found a girl he truly loves and would do anything for her sake...
I'm truly saddened to know that this is the last book.
Kaoko Arai
Young Bond just gets even better the further I read of it. Charlie's writing style never ceases to amaze me. He knows how to draw his readers into his book. Every scene, every act, every detail is written in utmost brilliancy.
Every mystery and adventure James gets himself into has it own uniqueness to it. But unlike the other books, in this book James finally found a girl he truly loves and would do anything for her sake...
I'm truly saddened to know that this is the last book.
Nov 09, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
I love all the other books in this series, but I had a couple problems with this book, most of which I cannot explain because SPOILERS. The main female character, Roan Power, annoyed me to no end. I hated her, and throughout the book, I would actually yell out loud something like, "God, James! Why do you like her so much?! What is wrong with you?! Can't you see that she -- -------- - ----------- ---?! [omitted because of spoilers]" But you should still read it, because it is part of an amazing s ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
James, a teen, has finally returned to Eton after his adventures in Mexico. The head boy has it out for him, but knows James can take a whipping so he attacks his roommates. James meets Rowan, the school maid. She pulls him into a plot to set a bomb to blow up the king. After foiling the bomb, James escapes with Rowan to Austria when he is captured again.
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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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