The Young Bond Dossier (now the official news source for youngbond.com) today landed a massive scoop for James Bond fans – the title of the fifth novel in Charlie Higson’s bestselling Young Bond series: By Royal Command.
The announcement of the title, evocative of some of Ian Fleming’s best, comes on the same day Higson delivered the novel to publishers.
Due for release later this year, By Royal Command will, reports the Young Bond Dossier, see James “forced to go on the run, pursued by enemy agents and the British authorities. James must choose between friendship and duty. His life will never be the same again…” The book’s locations include England and the Alps.
Working titles for the novel included “The Shadow War”, “Diamond Rain” and “Dynamite Kiss”.
By Royal Command follows 2005’s SilverFin, 2006’s Blood Fever and Double or Die and Hurricane Gold, both released last year. The entire series has been a critical and commercial success.
By Royal Command will be released in a hardback edition in the UK on 4 September 2008, retailing for £12.99.
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