Download Epub Format â Shoot to Kill PDF by Ñ Steve Cole So, a full six years after Charlie Higson last wrote a Young Bond novel, and the story finally gets to continue at the hands of Steve Cole.
Cole is an author I ve never read before and nor should I have to be honest, thanks to his previous specialty being pre teen fiction But considering his limited experience writing in this genre and for this Young Adult age range, I was really surprised at how eloquently written parts of this book were Sure it s simple with a nice fast pace and elementary Bond story, but there s plenty of nice phrasing, descriptions and dialogue in here to offer muchthan just tributes to Fleming and Higson as you d expect LA gets a lavish description, from the burning neon of the lights to the smoky, dimly lit backstreets It s nice to read about Bond being somewhere different to the usual European locales that monopolise his adventures.
The book does have the Fleming references however, the Hoagy Carmichael inclusion was a good touch and the general style was very Fleming esque at times Dammit Bond thought, etc etc If you re a fan of Bond, there s much to enjoy here, and if you liked the previous Higson entries, this is definitely on a par with those books Whilst it s not the best Young Bond book on offer, it certainly is a great return for the character and nice to continue his adventures towards adulthood Fast paced, engaging and simple A great quick read.
I found this very disappointing I really enjoyed the Charlie Higson Young Bond novels and for me, this was nowhere near on par Yes this was a different author, but had a completely different feel to the earlier books in the series It was a chore to read.
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It was with some trepidation that I started this book, as having read every Bond book prior to this one, including all of the Charlie Higson Young Bonds, which got better with every book, I was wondering whether Steve Cole could move the character on.
I shouldn t have worried, as Steve Cole has continued where Charlie Higson left off, and has written a very good novel, which moves the character forwards from his Eton days, and has also delivered amature story to boot The villains are very earthy and are never too over the top, and some of the scenes of violence are very grown up.
Everybody knows when they pick these novels up that James will persevere, but it s the journey that he goes on, and how he endures the threats thrown at him that makes the books enjoyable.
Along with James Bond, the series is growing up as well, and we are now entering the stage where we are starting to see him moving towards his 00 status and the adventures that we all know and love And for me that makes the seriesintriguing.
While I had started the Young Bond series without much in the way of expectations, the Charlie Higson series was fantastic.
Steve Cole s Shoot to Kill is lackluster throughout I never really find myself caring much for the other characters in the story, which feels unnecessary in Bond s journey His stories at Eton felt like they really filled in gaps in his past and they had strong references to his preferences in vehicles and his parents, Hannes Oberhauser and the reason he fled Eton Shoot to Kill takes James to the United States for the first time and thrusts him into a story about a movie director who kills people and films it for kicks and power I just couldn t get into it like I wanted to.
There were a few satisfying moments and twists, yet many missed opportunities in the way of opportunities for Bond one liners or better character development.
A good easy read, lacked something, but not sure what and perhaps slightly off its target readership.
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But not merciful hands Poor James is in trouble the moment he appears, clashing with an unusual bully at his new school He doesn t get many chances to relax Cole concentrateson plot and action than Higson, and the pace is often torrid.
Cole picks up soon after Bond s expulsion from Eton, as detailed in Higson s farewell novel, By Royal Command We know from 007 s premature obituary in You Only Live Twice that he will wind up at Fettes College in Scotland, but Cole gives James a brief layover at Dartington Hall, a progressive school in Devon James formidable Aunt Charmian arranges the short enrollment, correctly calculating that her nephew will be invited on a lavish trip to Los Angeles along with the school s director of education and a handful of other students.
The Dartington contingent will be the guest of Hollywood studio mogul Anton Kostler, who flies them to America aboard his private zeppelin Nothing screams 1930s cool quite like a zeppelin, and with an airship and the Hollywood setting, Shoot to Kill does have something of a Rocketeer vibe If it were made into a movie, would Timothy Dalton play the villain, Kostler During the long zeppelin voyage from England to Los Angeles, James cottons to some skulduggery that may be linked to Kostler s studio, Allworld He wonders if it is connected to something one of his new friends found just prior to the trip, a reel of film from his father s cinema that apparently shows genuine torture and perhaps murder.
James would like to have a fun, relaxing trip for a change, but things heat up once his group arrives in Hollywood, and Bond becomes resigned to the reality that danger seems to follow him, or vice versa.
Cole s take on the character is a transition from Higson s Bond to Fleming s Bond, from the personable schoolboy to the man who will lead a hard and solitary life In Shoot to Kill, Bond laments the loss of his carefree past, but no longer sees a point in fighting it If danger keeps coming his way, he might as well take it on and survive Fatalism is creeping in to his worldview.
Not that Cole spends too much time on characterization Shoot to Kill is leaner than the Higson books, moving rapidly from one action sequence to the next The action is crisply written a car chase in Los Angeles, an ingenious death trap on Kostler s back lot, and well, the villain owns not one, but two hydrogen filled zeppelins You can guess how it ends.
Cole also drops a fewreferences to make Fleming adherents smile Bond gets into a nightclub by claiming to be Hoagy Carmichael s son in Casino Royale, Vesper Lynd remarks that Bond looks like the singer He also is introduced to judo, planting the seed that Bond will start a judo club at Fettes, another biographical tidbit from the You Only Live Twice obituary.
The Bond girl is Boudicca Pryce, Boody for short She is named for a legendary Welsh warrior queen and is a bit tougher than most of the young women Bond has teamed up with He meets an even tougher woman, too, a Chinese American newspaper reporter named Tori Woo, who is investigating rumors that Kostler is employing Chicago gangsters Tori speaks in the cliches of a 1930s Hollywood newspaper melodrama, which is perhaps forgivable given the book s setting I can t help but wonder if Cole is consciously or not foreshadowing Fleming s own lamentable ear for American slang.
The villain, Kostler, doesn t appear till the final third of the book, so he isn t that memorable His plot for world domination is a convoluted one built on blackmail and film tariffs The problem is, we know from history that Kostler s scheme would have fizzled after World War II began and Hollywood lost the European market.
The most enjoyable supporting character is one of Bond s new schoolmates, Hugo Grande, a dwarf with a feisty attitude and a sarcastic tongue Fortunately, it appears Hugo will be returning in Cole s next book.
Cole has fun describing 1930s Hollywood, but he didn t do all his research A character drives a Corvette, a car that wouldn t roll off the assembly line until 1953 And he drops the occasional word or phrase, like paramedic and ski mask, that wouldn t enter American usage for another few decades These anachronisms spoil the mood, especially the premature Corvette Shoot to Kill may not be as rich an experience as Higson s books, but it is still an exciting tale and a worthy portrait of the spy as a young man It readslike an Alex Rider book, but that was perhaps inevitable Cole was faced with the daunting task of following Higson, and he has proved he can take Young Bond forward There is a development on the last page that made me groan, but I am still looking forward to his next book, which apparently will be oneAmerican adventure before James enrolls in Fettes.
BEFORE THE MAN BECAME THE LEGENDFORE THE BOY BECAME THE MANET BOND JAMES BOND Young James Bond Is Back In His Most Action Packed, Explosive Adventure YetExpelled From Eton And Determined Never To Trust Again, James Bond S Plans For A Solitary Summer Are Dashed By The Discovery Of A Gruesome Film Reel A Reel Someone Is Willing To Kill ForTravelling From The English Countryside To Los Angeles, James Finds Himself Caught Up In A Sinister Plot Of Blackmail, Murder And Revenge That Goes Way Beyond Any Hollywood Gangster MovieHis Friends In Danger, His Life On The Line, James Must Find A Way OutOr Die TryingThe First Five books And Companion Novel In The Series Are Written By Charlie Higson, With The Rest Being Written By Steve Cole The Series Consists Of The Following TitlesSilverFin Blood Fever Double Or Die Hurricane Gold By Royal Command Shoot to Kill Heads You Die Strike Lightning Red Nemesis I think it was a good book, it had lots of action, i would recommend this book if you like the James Bond films, it is the 1st book in an amazing trilogy, However the series was first written by a different author, under a different name, so it is actually around the 4 6th book in the series It was an exiting book full of romance action funny parts and exiting and sad parts It was a good ending don t want to spoil it Over all it was a good book, i would recommend it to all ages above 8 or 9.
Shoot to Kill by Steve Cole is the sixth Young Bond novel, but Mr Cole s first entry in the series For the uninitiated, Young Bond is the childhood adventures of James Bond 007 The first five books were written by Charlie Higson and for new readers that s where you should begin Shoot to Kill begins shortly after the events of By Royal Command and his expulsion from Eton Bond s aunt Charmaine sends her young charge to Darrington Hall while she is on an archeological dig James along with a group of students get selected to go to a school in America to compare curriculum Before that happens though, he s invited by a girl to come to there film group and in doing so see a film that could get them killed That is the basic premise that Cole uses as his catalyst for a fast paced action packed roller coaster adventure Cole sprinkles many 007 Easter eggs for Bond fanatics to find and manages to push Bond to a reasonable breaking point within the confines of the Young Bond universe The supporting characters both allies and enemies pop off the page with true depth Cole s action scenes are quite visceral and very cinematic in there design I like it when authors don t waste a word Steve Cole follows this mold As Young Bond takes shape into the world saving super spy Shoot to Kill let s Bond fans start to see corner stones of the character we all know begin edging there way through I ve sat and tried to think of things wrong with Shoot to Kill and the only one I found is that it ended My bias towards 007 makes me try to find flaws so that I m not just fan boying out but I truly can t Shoot to Kill is a 005 star book that North American readers either have to read in ebook form or import You should you won t be disappointed