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Hurricane Gold (Young Bond #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,837 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
‘The Mayans used to talk of a cursed treasure called hurricane gold, which if you held on to it would bring ruin to you and your family…’

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds.

On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres He
Paperback, 355 pages
Published May 28th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published September 6th 2007)
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Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Young Bond series presents the story of what happened to James Bond during his teen years. After the events of the previous book, James is still recovering from his injuries, and is taking a semester off from Eton. His Aunt Charmian had a schedule expedition in the jungles of Mexico and has decided to bring him along. While she does her assignment, James is going to be staying with her friend Jack Stone, a former flying ace from the war.

Just as they are arriving, a hurricane comes ashore. Ja
Colin Gibson
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best young James Bond book. It is a little like Skeleton Key the Alex Rider book, but its better, the book is very long.
The story takes us to Mexico where a hurricane devistates the community and forces James to look after a young girl he ends up getting feelings for.
Then we end up on a tropical island owned by the bad guys. The story is great and my favorite Young Bond book.
Mariam Abood
I'm not going to lie, I can't understand why this is the highest rated book in the series on goodreads. I thought it was the worst. I can only put it down to people giving up on the series by Double or Die, because I bloody well did.

This book was just boring, I couldn't even finish it, I was just bored out of my skull.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I decided to read this book because I had read the first ones in the series and really wanted to read to this one so when I saw it in the library I as over the moon and got it out instantly.

This book fits under the category of ‘a book with a male main character’. I think that this is a great category as a lot of books fit under it and it gives a wide range of freedom. I like reading books about male main characters, as they are more out going in the dangerous side of things. For example James fa
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, mystery
This book was amazing! I picked this book, because I already read the other books in the Young Bond Series, and I gave all of them 5 stars. This book is about how James Bond is taking a vacation in Mexico. He has to babysit 2 snobby kids of an ex-ace pilot. But soon after the pilot and James aunt was gone, a couple of criminal tourists attack and rob the mansion James Bond was staying in. But a giant storm wrecks the mansion, before the tourists can. James takes the kids to saftey. They travel a ...more
Ms. Myers
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is about bond as a young teen and he is on this island with a whole bunch of criminals who are hiding in paradise and nobody even knows about the island because it is kept a secret by el hurricane. It is very interesting if you are an action seeker. It is a sci-fi like book. The setting is a top secret island where criminals come to hide in paradise. The characters are James bond, el hurricane, Robert king, Dum-Dum white, And Luis Chavez. It is a really thrilling book if you are an acti ...more
Chris Horsefield
So far out of the Young James Bond series, this is by far the best. It’s long, action packed and you really get into the book. I was upset when I had finished this, I loved it.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a great action book. A little gory here and there, but nothing we can’t handle, right? Overall, I would very much recommend this book to others.
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was good in all sorts of ways. Charlie Higson explained everything thoroughly and with precise details. Of course they have new characters in every book and the way they brought the new ones into this story was amazing, one of the best ways to start the adventure with James Bond and his new friends. El Huracan, the man who tried to kill James, has made an island for criminals, the only thing is the only way of the island is through the death valley. The governments know about ...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. True to Ian Flemming's Bond to com ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another enjoyable installment of Young James Bond from Charlie Higson - this time highlighting another seldom-visited location (for the adult Bond, that is) Mexico and the Mayan ruins at Palenque, in addition to the fictitious island of Lagrimas Negras. We also see the Bond character's introduction to jiu-jitsu.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
exotic setting and all the ingredients for a proper james bond adventure. the girl was terrific in all senses of the word and the whole story worked well, if a bit "off the wall". as are most james bond films / books anyway.
can't go wrong with this series. marvellous.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel
Andrew Farley
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the best Young Bond yet! I am sad I only have one Charlie Higson Bond book left. These have all been action packed, and Higson has nailed the Bond feel. With many truly evil villains to choose from, somehow you end up feeling something akin to sympathy for El Hurrican. I was a little wary at first of the similarities between HG and Dr. NO, but it ended up being more of a refreshing tribute than a copy.

This book continued the theme of Bond being averse to using a gun to kill people. I
Sarah Kenny
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this to my son whilst in hospital. We both immensely enjoyed it. James is on a recuperation holiday with his aunt before she goes on an expedition. However, a hurricane ruins all plans. James was to stay with a friend of his aunt when burglars come in to take something from the safe. James gets caught up in protecting the children Precious and JJ. They escape though wounded and the adventure starts when they try to get to safety at Vera Cruz. They keep bumping into the robbers and go throug ...more
This was highly enjoyable! I was skeptical since it is a James Bond book and I'm not even a fan of the movies. I found myself not able to put this one down, though. Some reviewers talk about the book being formulaic, but it's James Bond--the formula has been working for decades! It was more gory than I expected from a book for middle grade/young adult. The beginning was a bit slow, but I'm glad I stuck around for the end. I read this as a stand alone, so it doesn't hurt even though there were a ...more
Anna Bergmark
The third installment was sooo good it got my hopes up. Would the next book be as fun, as action packed, as adventurous?

Mmmmm... no.

The hurricane thing in the beginning is exciting, yes. A force of nature so terrifying it really doesn't need the addition of murderous criminals, but from this early peak it is a downward slippery slope into utter pointlessness.

There's no way around it, I'm afraid.

Intrigue wise this story is beyond weak. It's a road trip without direction, taking you to an island
nur'aini  tri wahyuni
sebenernya suka dengan ide "jalan tikus"-nya, cocok buat scenes di franchise SAW.

tapi, penjabaran cerita yg berteletele plus segala kebetulan yg terjadi, baik kebetulan yg menguntungkan maupun merugikan terasa amat sangat tidak masuk akal.
very scary....... Mayan, Avenue of death ahhhhh One of the best books of Young Bond! It had the same effect as reading Sherlock Holmes. I feel so sorry for the bad guys.... you guys should stay away from James Bond! :P
Jack Heywood
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably best one of the series.
Jack Lugo
As much as I enjoyed the first 3 books in the Young Bond series, I found this 4th book disappointing. It does improve a great deal towards the end but I found that the story dragged quite a bit for the 1st 2/3rds of the book. The biggest problem I have with it is with the character of Precious, the lead female character and meant to be sort of a prototypical "Bond-girl". The story takes place shortly after the events of Double or Die with Bond on a trip to Mexico with his Aunt Charmain after the ...more
Michael Greene
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite out of all the Young James Bond series!
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I read the book Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson. The book was published by
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd in 2009. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd is based out of the city
of New York. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading a fast pace action
adventure books with a bit of mystery and crime.
Hurricane Gold is based on the topic of two kids going missing and later finding they got
abducted after a recent hurricane that has destroyed the children’s town. Later to find out the
Simon Wood
That became a chore.

Of course it's not fair for me to judge this book on standard merits as it is essentially for kids. (Even if it is pretty shockingly violent at times.)
I decided to read it because my ten year old nephew started with the series and it seemed like it could be fun. And it was, to start with. Some really well conceived and realized action set pieces, and a nice on-the-run-through-the-third-world kind of plot. But the biggest problem with the book is that it's at least a hundred
Tyler Neff
Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson is a thrilling, action-filled book. Especially in the 3rd part of the book is where it gets really exciting, and thrilling. It is very similar to the book series "Alex Rider". This is the 4th book of the "Young Bond" series, and is my favorite.

The book takes place all in Mexico. James is taking a break off of school, and is in Mexico to spend his time. Although, a huge, massive, severe storm is coming it's way throughout Mexico. James's guide, Garcia, knows Mr. S
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: and-or-audiobook
I had high expectations for this book. The premise sounded cool and a Young James Bond sounds totally awesome, loads better than he is as an adult. But I was wrong...

From the very beginning, I realized that the plot would not take the natural turns I thought it would take. The author wrote a verrrry unnecessary "prologue", which introduces the villain, the settings, etc. And as I'm taking all this in, I'm thinking, why should I care?. Not a very good way to draw your readers in, if you ask me. I
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have been waiting some time for this book to appear in a second hand book shop or charity shop..mainly as I had all the series to date from such places and this one eluded me..finally me patience paid out and I actually found two copies on one day...but needless to say only bought one..anyhow enough of me and my thrifty buying what's the book like.
It's actually the best of the young Bond reads I have come across so far,I do still have one not to go but it will have to go some to surpass this.
I liked Hurricane Gold but to be honest it isn't my favorite. I like the setting in Mexico and i liked the characters Precious and JJ. I all start of with a storm one which tears apart the house and everything else in Mexico. His description of what has happen is really good and i enjoyed reading it.

The villains in this story weren't as i expected and i was slightly confused about the main villain El Hurrican, as he doesn't appear untill three quarters of the way through. This confused m,e as th
Hurricane Gold by Charles Higson is a definite read (if of course you have read all the other books of the series). This book is definitely one of the most mixed, and one of the best ones yet. Being in a new world James is faced with new challenges and prizes. What makes this book really mixed is the huge culture change, and if you read the book there is also a big character changes, and edge of the seat moments. Making this book really fun and exciting, but also unpredictable. The book is set w ...more
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review 1 4 Oct 13, 2014 11:48AM  
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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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