Blood Fever, the new Young Bond novel by Charlie Higson, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk. The release date is January 5, 2006. As with the first Young Bond novel, SilverFin, it appears Blood Fever will be available only as a paperback in the UK.
The Blood Fever Audiobook is also now available for pre-order at Amazon’s German website Amazon.de (no doubt it will appear shortly on Amazon’s UK site as well).
Blood Fever UK edition
Blood Fever sees young James Bond traveling to Sardinia during his school break where he becomes embroiled in a plot involving art theft, smuggling, pirates, and a secret criminal society known as “MM’ (Higson’s original working title for the novel was ‘Double M’). In Blood Fever James will learn to snorkel and skin dive, and will endure what author Higson calls “a nasty torture scene” (!). The climax will be set inside a cave where the main villain has his lair among the remains of a Neolithic village.
Higson also hints that we will learn the significance of the number seven (as in “007”) in this novel. From the cover art, it appears mosquitoes will play some role in the plot, much as eels were a highlight of Higson’s first Young Bond novel, SilverFin.
Francesca Dow, Managing Director of Puffin, said: “We are delighted with the success of SilverFin and anticipate a huge second bestseller in Blood Fever. Gritty, action-packed and villain-ridden – it is unputdownable.”
There are a total of five books planned in the Young Bond series. Higson tells CBn that Book 3 will be set “in the darkest corners of London” and Book 4 will be set in the Alps.
For more on the Young Bond series, including official games and giveaways, visit youngbond.com. Keep watching CBn for the latest news on Blood Fever.