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Blood Fever (Young Bond #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  5,323 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
James Bond has discovered danger. Now it’s come looking for him.

An Eton boy’s family disappears at sea. James uncovers a shadowy society operating in a hidden corner of the school. And far from England, in the bandit-infested interior of Sardinia, a sinister Italian count has built himself a mountain fortress. Is there a connection?

Young Bond is about to find out – and fac
Paperback, 372 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Puffin Books
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Phyllis Read it and judge it yourself. If you liked the first book, you should read the second book, though.

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Brenda "Brie"
May 28, 2012 Brenda "Brie" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young James Bond is getting to the place where we older "kids" are use to him...he's getting looks, girls liking him, never panick and give up, and of course, surround yourself with colorful characters.

Nobody is ever how they seem. Not even your headmasters. (hint, hint)

The book blood fever is amazingly written. The suspense builds up with every turning page. James is with another enemy, his name is Count Ugo. James found out about a secret society known as the Milenaria which as he thought had
Claire Russell
Jul 16, 2012 Claire Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond is a pupil at Eton and finds life a little pedestrian with the exception of the Danger Society he is a member of. When the Society is almost discovered after a meeting, James escapes over the rooftops of Eton. He finds himself in an area he has never been in before, overhears two men speaking Latin and stumbles across a temple with the initials MM on a painting. Meanwhile in the Greek islands a boat is hi-jacked and the English army captain on-board with his crew are killed, whilst th ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone thought that a Young Bond book would lack the action, adventure, bloodshed and body count of a Fleming thriller, think again.

BLOOD FEVER continues Higson's Young Bond theme of incorporating references to the Fleming classics and the Bond character we know and love with new, enriching characters, intricate plot and synopsis, and twists and turns. Frankly, I would love to see what Higson could do with a story in Bond's later years.

Even still, his version of teenage 007 stories are incred
Jan 22, 2014 Wyatt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 007-james-bond
Not quite as good as the first Young Bond novel, but pretty decent - I would give it 3.5 stars if I could.

One interesting (positive) element is Higson's decision to strongly hint that Bond's cousin Victor is gay. In an interview with a Bond website, Higson confirmed that this was his intent:

MI6-HQ interview

MI6: Bond’s Uncle Victor and Poliponi seem rather close in the book. Is there something more to it? Are they ‘more’ than friends?

Higson:(Laughs) Well of course they are, I mean it’s not anythi
Nov 19, 2012 Kerenza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW, what a book!

My first thought was when i saw this book how can it live up to silverfin (first book) but wow it did. Twists and turns of the plot just make you want to read on and on and on.

When i first started this book i found it really hard to get into an with its slow beginning, but i do believe that if we did not have the beginning it wouldn't totally make sense. We need to Know who Mark Goodenough is, the teacher at Eton Haight is, as he does quiet a main part to the plot but is not f
Shreyas Kallimath
The gripping story lines of James Bond have always been major hits. His movies have always been great hits. The author Charlie Higson has rendered a teen series which portrays James Bond as student in Eton. In these books, James Bond falls into many precarious situations, an the stories display his wit and determination in making it out of dangerous times alive. I got the chance to read one of these books. This book is a great read and I recommend that its it is read by teens.

In this book, James
Merril Anil
Jun 20, 2014 Merril Anil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
well what can you say. its James Bond

The name is Bond. James Bond . and the book is keeping up the name fortunately. I guess so in spite of the fact that i have not actually read the original Iam Flemming books but in my defence i have watched the movies and every single one of them from sean connery to now Daniel craig

The book and the plot is good and also reminded me how my brain is developed only to the level where i find books meant for 13 year olds to be perfectly in sync with my pace and
Jan 30, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up watching James Bond movies. My father was fond of them--so of course, I learned to love the movies too. (Really, my father influenced me a lot in movies and music. There's Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and so much more.) So when I saw this book at the book sale; I immediately bought it, not knowing that this was the second book in a novel. I just read the words; " Young James Bond" and yeah, you know the rest.

And long story short, I wasn't disappointed. The book was action packed and I l
2.5 Overall, I felt that the story was just very messy and un-organized. The problems that came up in the beginning were solved at the very end, and the later problems were solved before. The ending was very dumb, and the writing style was a whole lot more confusing. Maybe book 3 will be better?!?!
Bryce b
Dec 08, 2016 Bryce b rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast and gripping with an amazing end
Dec 02, 2014 Sealove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done...

This story was well written and well read, providing believable insights into James Bond's younger life.

A good read for both younger readers and older fans!
Watch out for surrealists.
Apr 26, 2010 Mike.f=) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing sequel of silverfinn an action packed thriller.
Andrew Farley
May 09, 2017 Andrew Farley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, bond
In true Bond fashion James finds himself in a bit of trouble, far from home, and not knowing who he can depend on. Though the story was a bit predictable at times, it had a nice depth to it. I was a little worried when James was left stranded with people who didn't speak English, but I felt it was handled well. Charlie Higson has done well with Bond in this book, as well as in Silverfin. It's nice how he slips in small things that are seemingly insignificant to the current story, but that Bond l ...more
Ann Bickle
Not as good as the first in the series...hopefully book 3 will be better!
Mar 12, 2017 Aamina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend if you like action, good plot and James Bond in general.
Michael Greene
It was good, just a little too spiritual for my liking...
Keri Payton
The Danger Society - a group of Eton boys who get their thrills sneaking out after dark and sharing a cigarette. When James Bond joins a holiday trip to Sardinia, he gets far more danger than he anticipated.

James and his friends aren't the only ones at Eton part of a secret society. There is a sinister link between the school and a mysterious organisation in Sarsinia. Thievery and kidnapping soon lead to murder, with James caught in the midst of it all.

Can he survive the wrathful ampitions of me
Mariam Abood
This book is one of my favourite books of all time and it is one of those stand out books that turned out to be really good despite coming from a shit series.

Part of the reason why I loved this book so much was because I found it very similar to Lolita. Funnily enough Bond doesn't actually make much of an appearance in this book until the end.

The story follows a girl called Amy who's father is murdered when their yacht is ambushed and ransacked by a group of pirates, the leader being Zoltan. Zol
Jun 07, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Blood Fever” is an inspiring novel full of mystery, action and adventure. The story is about an adolescent boy named James Bond. He attends a very preppy english school called Eton. When James’s teacher talks about a school trip to visit the ruins in the Mediterranean, he sees it as a perfect opportunity to leave the crew and stay at his Uncle Victor’s villa in Sardinia, Italy. James suspicion raises when he comes across clues in England and Sardinia about a cult called the Millenaria. When Jam ...more
Jack Lugo
May 09, 2014 Jack Lugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Higson's 2nd Young Bond book offers up an inspired, fast-paced, and well written adventure. Most of the story takes place over summer vacation from Eton in 1933 as Bond is persuaded to go on a class trip to Sardinia where he uncovers a criminal conspiracy and a secret society dedicated to the rebirth of the Roman Empire led by a delusional leader who thinks himself to be the next Julius Ceasar funding his wealth with stolen paintings and artifacts. Bond encounters pirates, bandits, and t ...more
Tyler Neff
Sep 20, 2015 Tyler Neff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Fever by Charlie Higson is an amazing book. This is the 2nd book of the Young Bond series. The first one before this one was "Silverfin", which I did a review on if anyone wants to read it, so I suggest reading the first one before this one, so it'll make more sense in this book. This is a series I will be reading until the very last book. This book has a few plot twists in it, and HUGE surprises in it, so I would suggest this to anyone who loves spy adventure books, and to anyone who like ...more
Sue Bursztynski
Feb 26, 2011 Sue Bursztynski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took this one home from school to read because one of my students is going to interview the author and I'd only read the first, so really need to catch up and be able to help her prepare the questions. I've read most of the Alex Rider novels by Anthony Horowitz (my student has read them all), about the boy spy, and was sort of expecting more of the same, but historically earlier. It's been a while since i read the first one and my main memory of Silverfin is that James, a teenager at Eton in t ...more
Alec Rauh
Oct 23, 2013 Alec Rauh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a reader who enjoys action and adeventure, suspenseful lies and deceit, a heart pounding twist of events at every turn entangled in a web of a marvelously complex plot, then "Blood Fever" by Charlie Higson is for you. Did I mention it was a James Bond adventure? This book is quite the thriller. It provides plenty of fear, menace, and gore as well as creative thinking and intelligence within the writing when escaping death. This book was very good at bringing everything together and ma ...more
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I have and will always be a major Bond fan--I've watched all the movies, and have the Fleming books on my list to be read. Regardless of all the stereotypes, I love the action. If it wasn't for my brother though, I would never have started the Young Bond books. But I'm so glad I did! I didn't really like the first one, well I thought it was okay, but Blood Fever really won me over.

Young Bond really grew on me, and with a hint of romance, just a really faint hint, it made the whole story even mo
Lady Knight
Jul 26, 2010 Lady Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage boys who are look for a high octane adventure novel
Thouroughly enjoyable! Again, Higson does a splendid job of bringing a teenage James Bond to life.

As summer holidays approach at Eton, James has become a member of the Danger Society (who do all sorts of risky things for the thrill ride it gives them) and decides to join a school trip over the summer to Sardinia where he will join an archaeological dig for a while and then go to Victor Delacroix's (his cousin) place for the rest. Just before the holidays begin though, word is brought to the sch
Malek Gallichio
Aug 29, 2015 Malek Gallichio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
Blood Fever, the second book in the young bond series, is a more captivating and interesting plot than the first book, Silverfin.The story begins in Greece where Amy Goodenough, her father and a crew set anchor in the Mediterranean. Shortly after anchoring, a pirate ship captained by a Zoltan the Magyar hijacks the ship, kills the crew and the captain and takes Amy captive. Back in London, James signs up for a summer trip to Sardinia, where he expects to meet his cousin. When James joins his cou ...more
Jun 02, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
the second of Charlie Higson's Young Bond books following on from Silverfin though that said this book doesn't really require the reading of the first book.
As a Bond Origin style book Silverfin offered some of the slickness of Bond developing his love of cars and awareness of secret intelligence through a dying uncle, Blood Fever is slightly darker more action packed and maybe develops the harder side of Bond since in this book he sees not only Death but Gruesome Death on a grander stale than in
Feb 14, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A better young James Bond book could not exist in my opinion, unless its the rest of the series by Higson, who I am greatly impressed with. He took a legend like James Bond, and made him 13-years-old and didn't lose anything. Regressing a legend usually ends with the reader very disappointed, but I believe the reason this series is so successful, is because Higson stays true to the Fleming Bond, not the Bond that comes from the other writers: Gardner, Benson, Deaver, Kingsley, etc.
Higson made
Mar 25, 2015 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Bewertung stammt von einer Mischung der ca. zehnjährigen und der vierzigjährigen Nicola. Die Zehnjährige hätte vielleicht sogar 5 Sterne gegeben, die Erwachsene tendenziell eher 2,5 Sterne. Wie auch immer: Das Buch ist überraschend gut. Als acht- bis zehnjähriges Mädchen habe ich leidenschaftlich gerne "Die 5 Freunde", TKKG, Winnetou, Huckleberry Finn etc. gelesen und an diese Klientel richtet sich das Buch auch. Spannung kommt in kindgerechtem Rahmen auf und ganz nebenbei lernt man auch noc ...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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Other Books in the Series

Young Bond (9 books)
  • SilverFin (Young Bond, #1)
  • Double or Die (Young Bond, #3)
  • Hurricane Gold (Young Bond, #4)
  • By Royal Command (Young Bond, #5)
  • Shoot to Kill (Young Bond, #6)
  • Heads You Die (Young Bond, #7)
  • Strike Lightning (Young Bond, #8)
  • Red Nemesis (Young Bond, #9)

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