Hurricane Gold (2007) - The Young James Bond Series by Charlie Higson: Book Four

Author: Charlie Higson
Published: 6th September 2007 (UK)
MI6 Rating:

Data Stream
Villains: El Huricane, Missis Glass, Strabo, Whatzat, Garcia, Sakata
Plot: James Bond must protect a flying ace's children and treasure through the Mexican jungle.
Bond Girls: Precious Stone
Allies: Jack Stone, Jack Junior "JJ", Pritpal, Perry, Mr Merriot
Locations: Eton, UK; Lagrimas Negras, Caribbean; Tres Hermanas; Mexico;
Highlights: CLASSIFIED

Data Stream
Interest Range: 9-11 Years
Publisher: Puffin (UK)
Format: Hardback
Price: £12.99
Pages: 384
Size: 216 x 135mm

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Above: UK hardback (with cover slip)



"James Bond is staring death in the face. And he isn't about to blink."

Chapter Listing

Part One: EL HURICAN

1 House Rules
2 The Avenue of Death
3 Angel Corona
4 A Broken Doll
5 Four Men With Guns
6 In the Belly of the Storm
7 You Have to Laugh
8 'It's a Doozy'
9 The Return of Angel Corona

Part Two: ONE OF THE GANG

10 The Whipping Post
11 An Ancient Japanese Art
12 Fanfare of Death
13 The Devil's Sweat
14 A Hope in Hell
15 The Samaritan
16 Now or Never
17 Manny the Girl
18 Change of Plan
19 Palenque
20 Death in the Jungle
21 The Chieleros
22 'You Know the Type of Place You're Going to?'

Part Three: LAGRIMAS NEGRAS

23 Into His Mother's Arms
24 Pinaud Elixir
25 A Civilized Dinner
26 A Willing Sacrifice?
27 Mexican Hat Dance
28 Run, Rat, Run
29 Sweet Terror
30 One Death
31 The Figure in the Tower

 


Above: Draft UK paperback edition.

Official Blurb (Puffin - UK)
As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, in the quiet town of Tres Hermanas, ex-flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But a gang of thieves lie in ambush - they want Stone`s precious safe, and will kill for its contents.

A deadly chase through the Mexican jungle begins, as James fights to keep the secret treasures in sight. On this terrifying trail of greed and betrayal, only danger is guaranteed... Survival is not

Official Blurb (Hyperion - USA)
James Bond is on a much-needed vacation in Mexico at the home of ex-flying ace Jack Stone. But his holiday is cut short when a hurricane hits. As the storm ravages the community, a gang of thieves lies in ambush - they want Stone's safe, and will kill for its contents. Stone's children, Precious and JJ, are kidnapped, and James must embark on a perilous chase through the jungle to rescue them and retrieve the stolen items. The clues ultimately lead him to the island of Lagrimas Negras, a haven for deadly criminals, controlled by the ruthless El Huracán. James will have to use all of his instincts and cunning if he's going to outwit El Huracán and escape with his life. But the only way off the island is through a treacherous maze, La Avenida de la Muerte - the Avenue of Death.

Above: Draft US hardback cover art (left), and final artwork (right).

Tagline: Greed is a deadly force

About The Author
Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. SilverFin was his first book for young readers, and was a phenomenal success. His second book, Blood Fever, has been even more successful, and book three, Double or Die shot straight to number one outselling the first two.


Above: Author Charlie Higson holding a preview copy of the fourth adventure "Hurricane Gold" (note: the cover slip design changed for the final edition)


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Charlie Higson is a well-known writer of screenplays and adult thriller novels. He's also a performer and co-creator of The Fast Show. SilverFin was his first book for young readers, and was a phenomenal success. His second book, Blood Fever, has been even more successful.

Acknowledgements
Us writers never really make things up. Our ideas for stories and situations come from all the other stories ever told since mankind first learned to talk.

I got the notion of a secret hideout for wealthy criminals ruled over by a Mexican tyrant from a book called The Getaway by Jim Thompson.

Jim Thompson was a better writer that I will ever be (though completely unsuitable for children), and I would like to thank him for dreaming up such a clever idea.

'The Mayans used to talk of a cursed treasure called hurricane gold, which if you held on to it would bring ruin to you and your family...'

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