Monday, October 03, 2005

Silver Fin

I was first attracted to this book because of the cover, yes, we are all intrigued by interesting and unique book covers. This is a James Bond adventure by Charlie Higson.

Silver Fin is a prequel to Ian Fleming's adventures of James Bond, 007. Meet James Bond as he begins boarding school at Eton in the 1930s. This is where he first meets the dastardly American, Lord Hellebore, and his son. He takes the train to the Scottish Highlands for a holiday with his aunt, Charmian, and his uncle, Max. On the way he meets Red Kelly. The reader is also given some introduction to James Bond's parents who were killed in an accident.

Once in Scotland, the mystery thriller really develops as Red and James investigate the disappearance of Red's cousin Alfie. This leads them to Lord Hellebore's castle and his plot to take over the world. If you read the School Library Journal review of the novel, you will find they did not like it. Though it was slow at the beginning, I ended up staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Obviously, I don't agree with the SLJ.

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