This was everything I hoped and more! More believable than the teen action hero of Alex Rider (Horowitz) and less arrogant than James in the Cherub series (Muchamore), the young James Bond is a likeable character because he develops his courage and tenacity as the story progresses. Yet, he is still recognisable as the Bond we know so well. There are many good reviews of this book and the series but I particularly like this one http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/mar/05/featuresreviews.guardianreview29.
There is also this cool website http://www.youngbond.com/
One question, however, do I like this book only because I grew up with James Bond (Sean Connery/Roger Moore), what about the kids who only know of the recent incarnation of Bond as depicted by Daniel Craig, will they find it as appealing?
I am off to the library to get the next in the series!