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November 2015 Book of the Month Steve Cole steps into Ian Fleming’s, and latterly Charlie Higson’s shoes in this brand new adventure for the young James Bond, and finds them a very good fit. This is a clever piece of writing, complete with all the gadgets and ruthlessness that make Bond Bond (whatever his age) and with some excellent action scenes: those on an airship flying slowly across the Atlantic are particularly gripping. All the set pieces in fact feel fresh and original, and it’s great that there are some strong female characters too for a change; there’s a heart beating beneath the 007 tropes. Recommended for fans of Bond, young and old. ~ Andrea Reece
Before the man Became the Legend. Before the Boy Became the Man. James Bond hits Hollywood...Lights. Camera. Murder.
Young James Bond is back in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet. His plans for a solitary summer are dashed by the discovery of a gruesome film reel - a reel someone is willing to kill for. Travelling to Los Angeles, James gets caught up in a sinister plot of blackmail, murder and revenge that goes way beyond any Hollywood gangster movie. His friends in danger, his life on the line, James must find a way out.
Or die trying.
There are car chases, fight scenes, a glamorous party and a final shoot-out that is surely a homage to the climax of The Man With the Golden Gun ... [Cole] is a master of action, and the scenes on the sinister airship as it makes its way over the Atlantic are particularly tense. -- Suzi Feay The Financial Times
What impressed me most about Shoot to Kill was Cole's ability to create a contained story that moved the character of James Bond on, but stayed true to the Fleming vision. Children will love the action elements of this book, but even an adult who is a fan of Bond can get some sneaky pleasure out of the book. The Bookbag
The story was exciting and the period details were authentic; he has obviously done his research and handles his material with confidence. The writing is economical and the characters are well drawn, they include some suitably villainous bad guys plus strong female roles too. As a life-long fan of Fleming's books Steve Cole is comfortable in Bond's world including several playful nods to the older Bond's character. -- Clair Stanton We Love This Book
Action-packed, with references to Fleming's Bond that will surprise and delight the most avid Bond fan. Mail on Sunday
Comedy, dash and imagination refresh a rebooted British hero. -- Amanda Craig New Statesman
|Publication date:||22nd October 2015|
|Publisher:||Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
Steve Cole was our Guest Editor in November 2011. Click here to find out more and see some of his favourite books. He is a bestselling children's author and lifelong fan of Ian Fleming's James Bond. His other book series include Z. Rex, Thieves Like Us, Doctor Who and Astrosaurs, with collective sales of over three million copies. In other careers he has worked as an editor of books and magazines for readers of all ages. To see more author information click here. You can see more Steve videos on his YouTube channel - click here.More About Steve Cole