Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Latest on STRIKE LIGHTNING - a "chilly" location?

A few updates on Steve Cole's upcoming Young Bond Strike Lightning due for release on September 1st. Like Heads You Die, the book will be released as a signed limited hardcover with extra content and as a paperback.

No cover art or plot description yet, but Steve Cole recently tweeted a response to a fan who asked where he should read the book. Steve suggested: "somewhere chilly?"

Could this mean Strike Lightning might have a snowbound location?

Both John Gardner and Raymond Benson chose to send Bond into the snow for their third continuation novels, Icebreaker (1983) and High Time To Kill (1999).

Pre-order Strike Lightning limited hardcover and paperback at Amazon.co.uk.

Friday, May 20, 2016

HEADS YOU DIE released as eBook in U.S.

Steve Cole's new Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, has been released as a Kindle eBook in the U.S. by IFP. It even has nice original cover art. So far Steve's Young Bond novels have only been released in print editions in the UK.


Purchase Heads You Die for Kindle at Amazon.com

Heads You Die is available in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TRIGGER MORTIS paperback released in UK

The UK paperback edition Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz is released today by Orion. It can be purchased at Amazon.co.uk.


Read my review of the book HERE.

The U.S. paperback will be released on September 6. No cover art has yet been revealed.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Amazon shows STRIKE LIGHTNING release Sept. 1

Amazon now has a pre-order listing for Steve Cole's third Young Bond adventure, Strike Lightning. It shows the book will be released in hardcover on September 1, 2016. Steve's newest Young Bond, Heads You Die, was release simultaneously in paperback and hardcover. I'm wondering if we'll see the same for Strike Lightning?



So far Steve Cole's Young Bond novels have only been released in print editions in the UK. But all the books are available at The Book Depository which offers worldwide free shipping.

UPDATE: Like Heads You Die, this will be "signed limited-edition hardback with exclusive extra content."

Friday, May 13, 2016

THE NEXT YOUNG BOND IS 'STRIKE LIGHTNING'

Our friend Stephan Bäckman of the excellent blog James Bond The Secret Agent is at the Witlit Festival and has given us the scoop on the title of Steve Cole's next Young Bond novel. At the conclusion of Steve's talk, he flashed the following on screen:


Young Bond: Strike Lightning will be released in Fall. Steve's latest Young Bond novel, Heads You Die, out now in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

Thank you Stephan! Be sure and check out  James Bond The Secret Agent.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Next YOUNG BOND title revealed tomorrow

Young Bond author Steve Cole has posted the following to his twitter.

Steve's second Young Bond adventure, Heads You Die, is out now in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Steve Cole confirms 3rd YOUNG BOND coming in Fall

Young Bond author Steven Cole has confirmed on his blog that his third Young Bond novel will be relased in Fall.

"I’ve also been wrapping up work on my 3rd Young Bond (out this autumn) while planning the story for my 4th. So my thoughts are very action-packed and James-flavoured at the moment."

When Steve was announced as the new Young Bond author in 2013, it was reported his contract was for four books total.

Steve's second Young Bond adventure, Heads You Die, is out now in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

STEVE COLE talks BOND

With the release today of Heads You Die, the official IFP website has posted a terrific interview with Young Bond author Steve Cole. Steve talks about his first encouner with 007 (The Man With The Golden Gun on TV), reveals the villian in Heads You Die, Scolopendra, and talks about the underwater action in the book.


Read: Agent in the Field: Steve Cole

Heads You Die is available in the UK in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover.

YOUNG BOND: HEADS YOU DIE released today in the UK

The 007th Young Bond novel, Heads You Die by Steve Cole, is released today in the UK. The book is being released simultaneously in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover, which is a first for a Bond novel.

James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save one of the last remaining links to his past. If he is ever to see his friend again, he must steal the darkest secret of a man with 1,000 ways to kill.

Pursued by corrupt cops and hired assassins, James's quest takes him from the sun-drenched streets of Havana to a mystery wreck deep in Caribbean water – and beyond to a deadly showdown. As a countdown to mass murder begins and killers close in, fates will be decided with the flip of a coin.

Unfortunately, I did not receive an advance copy of this book, so I won't be posting my regular Book Bond review anytime soon. But the description sounds fun -- Cuba is a first for the literary James Bond -- so I'm excited to discover this one along with everyone else.

While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it appears Heads You Die will be the first of TWO Steve Cole Young Bond novels to be released this year.

Purchase Heads You Die at Amazon.co.uk. U.S. readers can find the paperback edition via third party sellers on Amazon.com.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

VARGR #6 released today

Dynamite's James Bond VARGR #6 is released today (delayed from its original April 6 release date). This is final installment in the first story arc by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters.

The secret of VARGR is revealed, and it means that Bond has to descend into a nightmare scenario - alone. Just his gun and his skills versus a murderous conspiracy to turn Britain into a testing zone for death drugs. Dynamite Entertainment proudly concludes the debut storyline to the first ongoing James Bond comic book in over 20 years!

You can purchase VARGR #6 at the Dynamite website. A hardcover collected edition of all six issues will be released on June 21 and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com (U.S.) and Amazon.co.uk (UK).

The next series arc will be called Eidolon and will launch June 15 in James Bond #7.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter Janson-Smith passes away at 93

Ian Fleming's literary agent, Peter Janson-Smith, has passed away at age 93. Peter was a force behind the original James Bond novels and, as the head of Glidrose, oversaw the continuation novels by John Gardner and Raymond Benson. Raymond Benson shared the news on Facebook with a tribute to his mentor and friend.

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Peter Janson-Smith has passed away. Peter, who hired me to write James Bond novels in the mid-90s, was a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and someone I called my "English dad." Peter had a long, distinguished career as a literary agent in England. He was Ian Fleming's agent as well as Eric Ambler's and many other great authors. He sold Anthony Burgess' "Clockwork Orange." He was the trustee for Winnie the Pooh. So many accomplishments, too many to name here. I will miss him terribly. Thank you, Peter, for everything you did for me, and for everything you did to better our world.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HEADS YOU DIE book jacket reveals new plot details

Here's a plot summery for Steve Cole's upcoming Young Bond novel, Heads You Die. This comes from the book jacket itself and offers more details than what's currently on Amazon.

James's Cuban holiday has become a nightmare mission to save one of the last remaining links to his past. If he is ever to see his friend again, he must steal the darkest secret of a man with 1,000 ways to kill. 
Pursued by corrupt cops and hired assassins, James's quest takes him from the sun-drenched streets of Havana to a mystery wreck deep in Caribbean water – and beyond to a deadly showdown. As a countdown to mass murder begins and killers close in, fates will be decided with the flip of a coin.

One wonders if this old friend James is protecting will be a character from the Higson novels? Also sound like we'll be getting some underwater action in this outing.

Heads You Die will be released in the UK on May 5, 2016 in paperback and as a limited edition hardcover. Steve recently signed 2000 copies of the hardcover (below).


While it has yet to be officially confirmed, it appears Heads You Die will be the first of TWO Steve Cole Young Bond novels to be released this year.

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