Book Review: By Royal Command
For the Holiday Reading Record, I read a novel written by Charlie Higson. The novel is the last in the James Bond series, and is called By Royal Command. The James Bond series is based around his treacherous adventures throughout his childhood, which made him the spy he’s known for in movies today. There are five books in the series, all filled with enjoyable reads for the 12+ range. The book is placed in the adventure category. In the early stages of the book, a group of school boys and a teacher are on holidays in Austria. Taking a dangerous turn James and another boy are lost in the snow up in the mountains. After James scarcely escapes death, he is put into a hospital where he is cared for with his friend. After James leaves to return to Eton in England, he is left with strange thoughts about a meeting in the middle of the night at the hospital. James goes on from this into a thrilling adventure that not only affects the spy world but connects into the real world threatening England, Russia and Germany. The characters mainly stay the same all through the book, the two main characters being James Bond and Roan, who works in Eton as the school maid. Some faces that they meet along the way are Dr. Friend, the spy Babushka and Mr Merriot. The way Charlie Higson has presented the novel is in third person, and is affective as it gives you more description and emotion in the characters. He has also used a variety of similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia and figurative language. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good novel, the book is an easy read but also includes words that will broaden your vocabulary. Having read all the books in the series, the adventures all tie in together and the action persists throughout all books. Out of ten I would give the book an 8.5.
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