So, could you save the world, if you really had to? Could you escape from a car crushing machine with seconds to spare, complete an SAS training course, dive through freezing underground waters in pitch darkness, parachute out of aeroplanes over London, shoot your enemies, tussle with man-killing jellyfish, and more?
Alex Rider can. But only because he has to. It isn't a deliberate career choice, exactly.
Only after his uncle, Ian Rider,?dies mysteriously in a car crash, does Alex begin to ponder the identity of the man who had looked after him since he was orphaned as a baby. Alex's preliminary investigations, which scared the life out of me, soon draw the attention of his uncle's former employers - none other than MI6. They've got a proposition for Alex:
'...The timing couldn't be better. You'll be able to meet Herod Sayle, keep an eye on him and tell us what you think. Perhaps you'll also find out what it was that your uncle discovered and why he had to die. You shouldn't be in any danger. After all, who would suspect a fourteen-year-old boy of being a spy?'
Looks like a deal is about to be struck. Alex can either go and rot in the nearest orphanage, or he can just do this little job for MI6:
'You're blackmailing me!' Alex exclaimed.
'Not at all.'
If it's?a fast-moving rough-and-tumble spy story you're after, with crazed arch-villain in search of world domination - or worse - then this is for you. I loved it! All the realism of a James Bond adventure, and no more improbable for having a teenage hero:
'Just remember, Alex Rider, you're never too young to die.'
Jimmy, boy, age 12, from bath, United Kingdom, on 19th January 2009. Rating: 10/10
Stormbreaker is phenomonal in so meny ways i particularly like the criminal mastermind Herod Sayle.Anthony Horowitz is an amazing writer he should really make another Alex Rider sensation.truly FANTASTIC!!!!!!!.The action is my favourite bit.
Alexander L, boy, age 10, from London, United Kingdom, on 21st June 2008. Rating: 9/10
This book was great! My favorite part was when Nadia Vole was attacked by the Portugese man of war. But the book was a little too unreal. Everything that Alex Rideer did seemed almost impossible to get out of. So this book was good, but not suggested to kids under 10, because it was a little violent.
Jared P, boy, age 10, from San Diego, United States, on 21st June 2008. Rating: 7/10
This was a good book, except that Herod Sayle was a little too evil. Same thing with all the other Alex Rider books, especially Eagle Strike. And the whole plot of what Alex does is just kind of unrealistic. I mean, 25 missiles being launched at innocents and computers containing small pox, it's just pretty impossible. Horowitz is definately a good author, but just has to get out of Lala Land. So PAE (Potatoes are evil). Cheese out! Remember children, Mr. Butter Donkey loves you!
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