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SilverFin (Young Bond #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  10,239 Ratings  ·  505 Reviews
Before the name became a legend. Before the boy became the man. Meet Bond. James Bond.

Something is in the water at Loch Silverfin. Something deadly. Something secret.

On his first day at Eton, James already meets his first enemy. In remote Loch Silverfin, a terrifying discovery threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Miramax Books (first published March 3rd 2005)
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Chent Higson This is a very subjective question, but I personally loved it, and you might as well. Particularly if you like middle-grade series such as the Alex…moreThis is a very subjective question, but I personally loved it, and you might as well. Particularly if you like middle-grade series such as the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. If you are a die-hard fan of the original Ian Fleming James Bond series, however, you may enjoy this less. I hear many people saying that it isn't true to Fleming's style, but I believe that that is because Higson's writing style is very different from Fleming's. I myself did not enjoy Fleming's books that much, and preferred to stick to the movie adaptations, whether they do it justice or not.(less)
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সপাই থরিলারের ভকত , অথচ জেমস বনড এর নাম শোনেনি, এমন খুব কম পাঠকই আছেন বলে আমার মনে হয় । জেমস বনড এর কোন উপনযাস যদি নাও পড়া থাকে, অনতত সিনেমাতো দেখেছেনই । আর সেই বিখযাত ডায়লোগ তো আছেই, “My name is bond, James Bond” . তো বেশ কয়েকবছর আগে খোঁজ পেয়েছিলাম এই বইটার । ইয়াং জেমস বনড সিরিজের । তখনই ইবুক নামিয়ে রেখেছিলাম পড়ার জনযে , কিনতু আর পড়া হয়ে ওঠে নি । অবশেষে গত ডিসেমবরে শুরু করি বইটা পড়া, কিনতু এবারও বযসততার জনযে শেষ করা হয় নি । কিনতু গত সপতাহে আবার শুরু করি বইটা পড়া এবং আজকে শেষ করার পরে আমি বলব যে ...more
May 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who had enjoyed it thoroughly. I couldn't reject to read it, as she lent me a copy herself. It was written by Charlie Higson, covering the 'book written by a male author' category of the wide reading program. I feel that this aspect was likely one that greatly affected the writing of the novel.

The main character of this book is James Bond, while he is still a teenager and progressing through school. It was interesting to read the detailed desc
I'm going to admit right off that I'm not a fan of the older James Bond. I mean, really. The guy runs around sleeping with strange women and killing people like it's all fun and games. Doesn't that strike anyone else as, um, slightly sociopathic?

Thankfully, the same isn't true for the young James Bond. I really like his character in this book. In fact, even though Bond is a fictional character, I couldn't help feeling a sort of wistful sadness that such a nice young man was going to grow up into
Mar 22, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok
-This book starts out slow. It is not like Alex Rider, where the adventures come straight away. James is also not as cocky as Alex. But this is book 1. James is very wishy washy at first and acts wimpy. That changes as the book goes on.
-James Bond’s parents died in a climbing accident. So, James spends his time at a Eaton, a boarding school in England, and with relatives. When James spends the Easter holiday with his Uncle Max and his Aunt Charmian, he finds out that something evil is going a on
An Odd1
Oct 27, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
First of series sets hero, brave, curious, sponge for learning. Give him skills, languages from travelling with parents, driving and Aston Martin from spy uncle. Classic orphan needs friends and mad scientist in stone cellar. Realistic rigid boarding school, watery meals, contrast with loving aunt. Observant, he notes footprint in dried mud others miss. Fun kid to hang around with.

Alfie Kelly sneaks under arms merchant Lord Randolph Hellebore's fence, to fish guarded Loch Silverfin, but eels, s
Michael Ames
Jun 22, 2009 Michael Ames rated it really liked it
One advantage of being the father of a couple of rowdy boys is increased appreciation for this kind of book. I was not a rowdy boy myself. Oh, I had plenty of fun, got myself dirty and all that, but I just never aspired to fight, shoot, race cars, or topple evil megalomaniacs over spring break. However, there must be some rowdy genes on Libby's side, because I'm sure at least one of my boys will grow up with all those inclinations, and will love this book.

I haven't read any other "Bond, James Bo
Apr 13, 2015 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interest in this Young James Bond Young Adult series perked my interest when I read it was authorized by the Ian Fleming Estate. It promised to probe into the pre-007 years when he was about 12-13 years old and his family and other things that may or will influence the character as an adult. It, surprisingly, is quite violent and builds tension leading up to the plans of a psychotic Lord Hellebore who has plans of developing a master race in a lab in Northern Scotland near where Bond's Aunt and ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Carson rated it really liked it
Being passionate about all things 007, I figured I would give this a go after finishing everything by Gardner and Benson, along with the recent novels by Deaver, Boyd, etc. However, I was not sure what to think, as much of my love of the Bond character is around his cold, cool demeanor and his dispassionate dispatching of baddies with his licence to kill.

That said, this novel was incredible. It far surpassed my expectations as it set the stage for so much of what was to come; so many references
Oct 25, 2012 Eashwar rated it it was amazing
Have you ever seen a James Bond movie?? Well about half the world has. This book is about James Bond but when he was younger. It's called Silverfin and is by Charlie Higson. It is the first book in the Young Bond series and I really liked it. It starts out with James at this new school in England because he is an orphan. He meets lots of people including this boy and his dad, the Hellbores. Mr. Hellbore used to work with his dad and they were rivals. During break James went to Scotland and lived ...more
Theo Douwes
Oct 29, 2012 Theo Douwes rated it really liked it
Some might say those who survive in the end are the strong, but that just was not specific enough for me. I ask, do they mean physically forceful ‘strong’, motivational determination ‘strong’, or even the power to manipulate things ‘strong’? Imagine a documentary that follows three people each with a set of different strengths. Some might do better than others at some things and others might excel in other things, but in the end there has to be one person who comes out more successful.

May 20, 2012 George rated it really liked it
James Bond is a new boy at Eton and he doesn’t fit in. Ever since his parents died in a climbing accident James has been home schooled by his aunt but now its time to learn what most kids go through every day. With all the peculiar rules, the itchy uniform and the strict beaks, -teachers- James is struggling to fit in but academically he is finding Eton easy as he is a very bright boy. As all kids do, James finds he is confronted by an older student who immediately dislikes James. His name is Ge ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Omar rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
When we first meet young James, he's just started boarding school at Eton in the 1930’s, and from there, the action moves to the Highlands of Scotland, where Alfie Kelly, a local boy, has gone missing. James teams up with the boy’s cousin, Red, to investigate the mystery, and they soon discover that Alfie’s disappearance is linked to a madman and his sinister plot for global power.

This book mostly did not catch my attention only parts of the book I understood. I do like James Bond movies but not
Lady Knight
This was actually a lot better than I was expecting. I've never been a big fan of the 007 movies, and I've never read the books, but I'm always intrigued by origin stories, thus I picked this one up. Definitely a good novel for boys, probably 9 to 16 would be the most intrigued.

Set in 1933, the plot involves Bond enrolling at Eton, and during a break heading to Scotland to visit his remaining family. There he becomes embroiled in a mystery involving a missing teenage fisher, Lord Hellebore (the
Owenna Stewart
Feb 17, 2016 Owenna Stewart rated it liked it
Not my usual type of book but i liked it. It was cute, i loved the development of the story and how it kept the reader engaged. its a nice concept to write on about the younger days of James bond. who knows maybe ill continue reading.
Mar 02, 2016 Janisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Läst för min youth litt class.

Underhållande och snabbt tempo. Märks att den är riktad till en yngre publik men inte på ett negativt sätt men inte något jag skulle ha läst på eget initiativ
Jun 06, 2016 Stefano rated it liked it

Silverfin by Charles Higson, published on March 3, 2005 is a story taking place in England about James Bond when he is a teenager moving to a new school after being home schooled by his aunt. After going to school for a couple of months James Bond is taking a holiday(vacation) where at the train station he meets a teenage boy who's cousin has gone missing. James Bond teams up with him to help him find his missing cousin. The book is written in such a suspenseful way that gets your attention that
Anthony Lopez
May 02, 2016 Anthony Lopez rated it really liked it
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Mark Buxton
Feb 18, 2016 Mark Buxton rated it it was amazing
James Bond attends school at Eton where he has a few run-ins with a bully named George Hellebore. James goes to his aunt's house for Easter break where he runs into George and his father, again. It turns out that Mr. Hellebore is doing some secret experiments in a nearby castle, and James breaks into the castle to find out what's going on. It turns out that Mr. Hellebore is hoping to combine eel hormones with humans to create a perfect soldier. He is ready to move on to human subjects, and James ...more
Will Papa
Nov 09, 2015 Will Papa rated it it was amazing
In the first book of Charlie Higson's "Young Bond" series, Higson brilliantly describes and lays out the character of James Bond, a thrilling, adventure seeking, compassionate boy, who doesn't fit into the normal routine of life. Bond loves adventure, and will do anything to get it. We meet Bond at his new school, Eton, which is very pristine and flooded with tradition. We are also given some backstory to Bond such as he hates school, rules, and his parents died at a young age, making his Aunt C ...more
Nicholas Dasilva
Sep 16, 2015 Nicholas Dasilva rated it liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Title: Silverfin-A James Bond Adventure
Author: Charlie Higson and Kev Walker
Rating: 3 stars
The name of the book I read over the summer was called Silver fin- A James Bond adventure by Charlie Higson. The main character in this book is James Bond. He is a very good agent. The story takes place in Elton High School in England. The main conflict in the story is that a kid named Alfie Kelly went missing. The conflict gets resolved by Alfie's cousin teaming up with James Bond to find his cousin. So
Malek Gallichio
Aug 29, 2015 Malek Gallichio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
With many consecutive action scenes, throughout Silverfin, Charlie Higson, succeeded in keeping readers at the edge of their seats, eager to keep turning the pages. The story starts in London, where young James Bond attends boarding school. Their he meets two friends, Pritpal, and Tommy. He also encounters a school bully, George Hellebore. When summer starts, James travels to his aunts house in Scotland. On his way he meets Red Kelly. Red is traveling to Scotland, to investigate on his cousins d ...more
Helen Cooley
Jan 02, 2015 Helen Cooley rated it really liked it
I'm quite a fan of the Bond films and after enjoying the Casino Royale 'reboot' which took us back to an inexperienced and newly promoted Bond, it was thoroughly enjoyable to take a much further step back and start to explore the childhood that made the man.

Bond is 13 years old, recently orphaned and sent away to school at Eton. He is evidently strong willed and adventurous, but at this stage he is still physically vulnerable and sometimes afraid. You watch him face his fears and take small step
Arya Mevada
Dec 13, 2014 Arya Mevada rated it it was amazing
This book was an extremely sharp opening to an even better series. This book's suspense and intriguing plot was the main part of the book that I liked the most. The book is about a kid who ends up facing very dangerous situations is almost cliche, but the way the author links with things that most kids can relate with, the absence of that feeling to belong being the primary thing, and not to mention school stresses and finding friends. The book is not very straightforward or predicable, which cr ...more
Anastasia Ervina
Membaca buku ini membuat saya seolah-olah turut serta dalam petualangan James yang mendebarkan untuk memasuki kastil Lord Hellebore. Benar-benar kisah petualangan yang mendebarkan dan membuat saya tak ingin berhenti untuk membacanya.
Namun entah kenapa saya selalu membayangkan sosok James Bond seperti Harry Potter dalam benak saya. Sebaliknya, George Hellebore lebih mirip dengan Draco Malfoy.
Dan lagi-lagi saya selalu jatuh cinta dengan tokoh antagonis, atau katakanlah terlihat antagonis, namun se
Mar 18, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, crime
it's where it all started...or rather it isn't otherwise we would have to ignore the Fleming canon of books....just of late I have been perusing a few charity shops in my locale and have noticed a fair bit of fiction endorsed by the Fleming estate and therefore keeping the James Bond literary brand in form...of course this possibly comes at a cost to quality as I'm sure for every well executed tale there are maybe a few misses it was against this background I purchased this book plus a couple of ...more
Isaac Thornsen
Mar 07, 2014 Isaac Thornsen rated it liked it
Shelves: spies-n-action
 Silverfin by Charlie Higson is a book about James Bond in his days as a teen in England, where he now goes to school named Eton, a boarding school for boys. Both of Bond's parents are dead and he stays with his aunt, Charmian, when he isn't at school. In this book Bond comes Scotland and stays with her and his uncle Max who is dying of lung cancer. 

In this book, Bond becomes involved in more than he had expected to being at a boarding school. He had nearly just arrived when he unintentionally r
Feb 15, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it
I got this on audio book from the library and was intrigued by the idea of a young James Bond. I thought maybe this would appeal to my boys (12 and 14). While listening to it in the car, I found that my 12-year-old was not quite ready for the straight forward gory details. My 14-year-old was the only one really interested in knowing what was going on. I have since listened to the first, second, and almost the entire third books on audio. The narrator is very good... lots of accents, great pacing ...more
Tyler Neff
SilverFin by Charlie Higson was an AMAZING book. If anyone has read the Alex Rider series, they would like this book. It has the same plot as the Alex Rider books, and is very suspenseful at some parts. One think I noticed different about it is that the main plot starts in the the last part of the book. The Alex Rider series included the main plot in the first part of the book.

In SilverFin, a mad man wants to use this sort of power to make an ultimate "weapon". He is a scientist so he knows how
Iftekhar Chowdhury
Jan 31, 2015 Iftekhar Chowdhury rated it it was amazing
SilverFin by Charlie Higson is the first in a captivating series of books. The story begins with a young James Bond attending a school at Eton College in the 1930s as he explores the area and meets new people. Bond is instantly bombarded with many obscure rules and traditions which he must follow and meets his friendly room mate, Pritpal Nandra as well as some unfriendly peers, such as George Hellebore.

What I especially like about this book and the rest of the Young Bond series is how it encompa
Nur'aini Tri Wahyuni
nuansa petualangannya terasa sekali. meskipun James sudah menunjukan tandatanda bakalan jadi matamata besar saat dia dewasa tapi di sini ceritanya khas dunia anak remaja. penulisnya teliti dan hatihati untuk membuat Bond tidak langsung menonjol melebihi remaja seusianya, tapi mengajak pembaca berpikir bahwa agen 007 ini memang melewati masa muda yang membentuk dirinya hingga mampu menjadi matamata terbaik.

nice one. gonna read another.
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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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