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Double or Die by Charlie Higson
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May 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audio-book, for-my-boys, young-adult-fiction

As usual, I love Nathaniel Parker as a reader. However, this book is one that I would actually recommend reading in the paper copy--at least the beginning. The story begins with James and his Eton friends struggling to decode a letter sent by one of their professors. It deals a lot with cryptic clues that are very interesting but hard to follow without seeing them on paper. One of the things I appreciate about Higson's writing is he always adds details about things in addition to the story. In the first book, he described the details of how a combustion engine works. This book includes details about cryptic crosswords as well as binary code and Roulette. For some, this slows the story down too much, but I appreciate the extra information.

I enjoyed the complexity of this story added by the struggle to understand the clues. I also LOVE Kelly Kelly and wish she could make an appearance in future books. My only complaint is the increased violence in this book. I know it's James Bond, but people seemed to be getting killed in very unnecessarilary bloody ways.
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message 1: by Ms. (new) - rated it 1 star

Ms. Myers This was ok

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