story is based on the life of young James Bond who is fourteen years
old and off to boarding school at Eton.
arrived at the school, the first person he met was Mr. Codrose who
was the housemaster. Mr. Codrose made James aware that he
would be his father, priest and God for the duration of his stay at
James then met Pritpal Nandra, an Indian
boy, who had the room next door. Pritpal informed
James about many of the traditions around Eton. When James
asked "why" regarding so many traditions, Pripal answered "Nobody
knows why we do the things we do. We just do."
It was soon time for the Easter holiday. James boarded
a train to spend the holiday with his aunt and uncle in
Scotland. His uncle was not feeling well and the aunt did not
feel she could leave him so she wanted James to come there for the
As James was about to board the train, a
young boy approached him and asked if he would detour the guards so
he could "get on the train". The boy told James he lost his
ticket and suggested James keep the guards busy so he could sneak on
the train. James did as he asked and the boy managed to get
past the guards and on the train.
This is where young
James Bond finds his first adventure. The young boy informed
James that his cousin, Alfie Kelly, was missing. The family
did not know what happened to Alfie. They assumed he went
fishing because his gear was gone from the house.
happened to Alfie? Did he drown while fishing? Did some
foul play take place?
It is soon discovered that
Alfie's disappearance is linked to a madman who has a plot to create
a genetically altered race of men and beasts.
What is discovered during the investigation?
If the reader wants to know what the young James Bond was
really like, this is the book to read. It is written for
readers ten and up but all readers (especially James Bond fans) will
find this book an adventure to read. The author does an
excellent job in setting the stage for a very young James Bond right
from the very beginning with the introduction of him at Eton.
The author has created a clever novel and he makes you want to
use your imagination as you picture this young lad growing up to be
the brilliant James Bond that we all know of today.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY