Silverfin (Young James Bond, #1)
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Silverfin (Young James Bond #1)

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1933, orphan James Bond 13 starts Eton, spends Easter in Scotland. Dying Uncle Max tells thrills and terrors of being a Great War spy. Near castle of Lord Hellebore, father of Eton bully George, Loch Silverfin holds bloodthirsty eels. After Kelly cousin Alfie and Pinkerton agent vanish, James, Cockney red-haired Kelly and emerald-eyed Wilder Lawless explore.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 30th 2005 by Miramax Books (first published 2002)
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Dom D'amato
Great story, I loved it, almost as good as the Alex Rider and Jason Steed series, much better than CHERUB and Jimmy Coates, so if you like teen spy books this is for you.
Lisa
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...more
Janette
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...more
Alex Yoshioka
Silverfin is a book that takes you back to the days of spy movies and James Bond. Wait. That's because it IS James, just in his childhood years. While he has not the suave or demenor of his grown up self, you can tell that the budding spy and killer instict is surfacing. But this is just a shadow of his future and his shadow is afraid. He is essentially just a normal school boy who happens to mix up in something bigger than himself but has to grow exponentially if he wants to survive.

While some...more
Jen
-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...more
Michael Ames
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...more
PurplyCookie
"SilverFin (Young Bond, #1)" by Charlie Higson describes the life of young James Bond. James goes to Eton a school for boys that is in Scotland. He is befriended by some boys there and is fairly happy. Then he meets George Hellebore. George and James are rivals at first sight.

Then there is some action eventually (if you haven't given up by then through boredom). The main problem is that even the action is not exciting because the character of James Bond himself is completely dull. Not even dull-...more
An Odd1
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...more
Joone
Feb 28, 2008 Joone rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: laura, opal
gotta tell you. I have read a lot of books. and this was one of the best
Eashwar
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
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.

Silverfin,...more
Elliot Gomm
Silverfin by Charlie Higson is a fantastic introduction to the world of James Bond and espionage, full of references to the original Ian Fleming Bond novels and written in a similar style to that of Ian Fleming.

Set in 1933, with James Bond as a spritely thirteen year old starting at Eton College. It follows Bond through a difficult first semester and provides an insight into the mystery behind Bond's upbringing in Scotland and the death of his parents.

The plot takes a while to really getting goi...more
George
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
Paula Howard
Silverfin is a delightful youth book that will especially appeal to boys. This series by Charlie Higson is about Bond, James Bond... the younger version. The story starts with a mystery that will grab my students. Flash over to Eton where James has begun boarding school after the loss of both his parents. As with any school situation he runs into bullies. One of those is George Herleborne. He meets George's father, Randolph who is George's problem. The scene changes to James going to stay with h...more
Omar
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...more
Paul
Si les paysages d'Ecosse vous font rêver, les lacs, les châteaux, alors vous aimerez ce livre qui nous plonge très bien dans ce décor.

L'auteur a placé un peu de tout, pour notre bonheur: des relations homme-femme, de l'amitié, de la rivalité et bien sûr, le grand méchant de l'histoire.

Seul bémol, on passe beaucoup de temps avant d'entrer dans l'aventure réelle, sans doute pour présenter les personnages et nous les faire aimer ou détester le plus vite possible, nous faire partager leur amitié ou...more
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...more
Andrew
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
  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 ra
...more
Trish
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
Fred
SOOO AMAZING!!! The characters were phenomenal, and the action and suspense was saved for the very end. The character's sure went through some crazy stuff in this book, and their emotions were described perfectly. James Bond is one of my favorite characters of 2012!! I can't wait to read the sequel!!!!!
Jackie
Silverfin is the first installment of Charlie Higson's young bond series. Starring James Bond (obviously)and co. James bond is just starting his first half in Eton. After getting used to eton tradition, and competing in the Hellebore cup. Which is a contest funded by a very rich parent. James goes on vacation with his aunt, and meeting red kelly on his way. A strange guy who James finds out later he's related to. So, after some speculation with lord Hellebore, coincidentally the same parent who...more
Arielle88
Before reviewing Silverfin, I'll admit that I'm not the target audience for this book. I'm not a huge James Bond fan, and I'm not super into action or mystery books. I can see how this book would be more appealing to someone who was, like my little brother who lent this to me over the holidays.

That being said, I do enjoy a good action-packed murder mystery, as long as it's fast-paced and suspenseful.

Unfortunately, Silverfin was not. The book meanders along for hundreds of pages on non-plot-relat...more
Daryl
nice book but boring until about the middle
Matthew
This book was an OK read to me. I do like the main plot, talking about Bond going to the school Eton, and going on a adventure, but there were just too many characters for the book to bear and made the whole plot very confusing. The whole plot is too focused about James's school life, and does not focus on the real exciting part (the real adventures).

Focusing too much on James's school life makes the book look a bit amateur to other books I've read about missions and kids who are brave and try s...more
Judi Moore
Being 60 I am, perhaps, not the market Charlie Higson had in mind when he wrote his first 'Young Bond' book. However, I still frequently enjoy YA/Xover literature. And this is one such. I learned much about the arcana of Eton. The characters were well drawn: those one was supposed to like were flawed but likeable. Those one was supposed to dislike were eminently dislikeable and given original dislikeable traits. The way of life between the wars was well drawn, various artifacts (I'll be vague fo...more
Mariah Mccashland
(I gave it three stars but it would be more like a three and a half)
Silverfin is a thrilling page turner that will have you up in the middle of the night reading to see what happens next to James. Charlie Higson did an excellent job of describing characters, creating snapshots of epic action scenes in your head, and keeping it interesting on every single page of the book.
When a younger James Bond finds himself wound up in the middle of a madman's scheme he knows he has to stop it, somehow....more
Amber
With the new bond film Skyfall just coming out in cinemas I remembered that I'd once read a book about James when he was younger. Coming onto Goodreads I quickly did some bad ass detective work and found out that Hurricane Gold (The bond book I'd read) was the fourth instalment to that series. Remembering that I'd loved the book I decided to give the first one, Silverfin a try.

The story begins when James is newly attending Eton, a private school for boys in England. Being previously home schoole...more
Cindi Moss
Got this audio book from our library to listen to with my children (ages 11 & 1`3) because it was read by Nathaniel Parker. I LOVE Nathaniel Parker - he's a great narrator and actor as well, and I could listen to him read all day. :) He did not disappoint here at all! I'm also a big fan of James Bond - both books and movies - and was worried this might not live up to the originals. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was a great story, reasonable background on a young Bond (he's 13...more
Paul Collins
Action, Mystery, Teenage Spy and wait … James Bond!

By Paul Collins

It takes the determination of James Bond to save the world. The book Silverfin by Charlie Higson is an action packed thriller taking place in James Bond’s childhood. We first meet James Bond in the 1930’s at his first day in boarding school. His school is none other but Eton, a prestigious school in Eton. We quickly learn that James is an orphan, speaks several languages, and has a fantastic athletic ability. James is also unused...more
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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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“Tea? Good God, no. It's mud. How the British ever built an empire drinking the filthy stuff is beyond me. And if we carry on drinking it, I've no doubt that the empire won't last much longer. No, a civilized person drinks coffee.” 7 likes
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