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Blood Fever by Charlie Higson
The Young Bond Series
ISBN-10: 1-4231-0029-8 (1423100298)
ISBN-13: 978-1-4231-0029-4 (9781423100294)
Publication Date: March 2007
List Price: $7.99
Review written by Andrew, Age 14, Grade 8. Date of review: July 2009.
Review: A modern day pirate robbing expensive yachts -- thirteen year old young James Bond stumbles into this heist while on a school trip. Blood Fever is about James Bond’s marvelous adventures as he attempts to solve this mystery. This story will keep you at the edge of your seat and has a shocking ending. Blood Fever is the second in a series of five stories with young James Bonds solving the crimes.
Blood Fever takes place in England as well as in Sardinia. Sardinia is a city in Italy, on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. In the very beginning of the book before James Bond comes into the picture, a pirate that goes by the name of Zoltan the Magyar, was given orders to rob a boat called The Siren owned by Sir Cahill Goodenough. Zoltan wanted to take a bronze statue of a Siren from the boat to give to his employer Count Ugo Cornifex. Amy Goodenough who was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea at the time, came onto the boat and stabbed Zoltan in the right shoulder making his right arm useless. Because of this Zoltan killed everyone on the boat except Amy who was taken hostage, and he sunk The Siren. Young James Bond heard about the disaster from Mark Goodenough James Bond’s friend and Cahill Goodenough’s son. James sees one of his teachers acting strange and investigates. Will James be able to solve the crime in time? Will Amy be rescued? Will Zoltan live long enough to deliver the Siren statue that he stole from The Siren?
As the second book in the series, I thought that the book took right off from where the first book Silverfin left off. I was able to figure out who most of the criminals were very early in the book. However, there were two I was wrong about. One person I originally thought was the bad guy, but it was really the other person. James was very well liked by everyone, even Zoltan who befriended him. James met Zoltan while he was investigating why the teachers were acting bizarre. I would rate this book four and a half out of five stars because in the book the line “the name’s Bond, James Bond” was used a little too often, and it got kind of annoying. Other than that I thought the book was perfectly written and the book made me feel like I was actually James Bond.
This book has unfortunately not received any awards.
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