CHAPTER ONE: THE NEW BOY
The smell and noise and confusion of a hallway full of schoolboys can be quite awful at twenty past seven in the morning. The smell was the worst part-from this great disorderly mass rose the scent of sweat and sour breath and unwashed bodies, mixing with the two-hundred-year-old school odor of carbolic and floor polish.
It’s been 3 long years since James Bond tangled with bio-terrorist Goro Yoshida in Raymond Benson’s The Man With The Red Tattoo… but today the literary Bond is BACK in SilverFin, the first Young Bond novel by Charlie Higson.
CBn has been covering the relaunch of the literary James Bond with great interest; from the announcement of the Young Bond series last April, to last weeks interview with author Charlie Higson. Now you can decide for yourself whether the literary Bond is really back by picking up a copy of the SilverFin paperback edition or audio edition from your local UK bookstore, or by ordering from Amazon.co.uk.
In addition, the full Young James Bond website (www.youngbond.com) has been launched with its own fan forums, wallpapers featuring book artwork, audio downloads for your mobile, and a competition to win a Nintendo DS (you will have to explore James’ Eton College dorm room to discover all these goodies).
The U.S. edition is due for release on April 27…but is there really any reason for internet savvy U.S. fans to wait (especially in light of the news that the U.S. edition may be edited)? Even with shipping cost, the UK edition is still less expensive than the U.S. hardcover. (Of course, collectors will still want to snap up this U.S. edition as there will be no hardcover release in the UK for this Bond novel.)
Bond TODAY with SilverFin and let your fellow CBners know what you think in the CBn forums. And be sure have a peek HERE for the very first news on Young Bond Books 2, 3, and 4!
Watch for CBn’s review of SilverFin coming soon.
Pre-order the U.S. hardcover edition of SilverFin (April 27, 2005)
Pre-order the U.S. paperback edition of SilverFin (April 27, 2005)