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Alex Rider Adventures, Book 5: Scorpia (edition 2006)

by Anthony Horowitz

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Title:Alex Rider Adventures, Book 5: Scorpia
Authors:Anthony Horowitz
Info:Puffin (2006), Paperback, 400 pages
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Rating:****
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Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz

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Alex is in a bad place emotionally at the beginning of this book. He has thought of himself as a "good guy" and looked up to his dad, and now he's dealing with the fact that his father was an assassin. There's a moment there when it seems Alex will just give up and join the bad guys - but there are plenty of twists before we get to that point. I liked the additional back ground on Alex, because up till now he has felt a bit two dimensional. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Apr 7, 2019 |
Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his father, teenage MI6 superspy, Alex Rider, is determined to find out more. Travelling to Italy, he manages to infiltrate the glamorous world of Claudia Rothman, beautiful society hostess and member of the international criminal organisation, Scorpia. SOFT
  JRCornell | Jan 30, 2019 |
More James Bond for kids. Still a win. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Novel: Scorpia
Author: Anthony Horowitz

The title of the book Scorpia may sound like scorpion because in fact that is the idea of this book. This book contains ruthless and evil plans that will make readers extremely shocked and horrified. Even the cover of this book is illustrated with a symbol of a ferocious silver scorpion. The novel belongs to the fictional adventure genre. There is a full series of these books under the name Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz. The main characters in this book are Alex Rider, Mrs Jones, Alan Blunt, Julia Rothman and Nile.
Alex Rider is the central character which this book focuses on. He is more than just a typical spy. At only fourteen years of age, many events always cause him trouble and even more… fatal risks. He surprisingly overcomes them and becomes the genuine twenty-first century hero. This is a book full of adventure, humour and even at the end of chapters, there are unexpected surprises. Mrs Jones and Alan Blunt are restless people who try to prevent these people: Julia Rothman and Nile, from destroying the perfect nation.
I like the part when Alex Rider had a hidden transparent brace in his mouth which was used as a device to contact Mrs Jones when he had found a secret. I was even holding my breath when Julia Rothman was suspicious why Alex couldn’t talk properly. She examined even feature on him and t last she found it. She demanded him to take it out and crushed it to pieces, finding a carefully hidden wire which could connect to the outside to show where these people were. She hit Alex but didn’t kill him yet.
The story is about a secret but extremely powerful organisation who named themselves Scorpia. They neither forgive nor forget. They definitely seek revenge to those against them. With many professional trained assassins in their organisations they are paid millions and even billions to kill or make a significant change to anything their client desires. How and why did Alex Rider get involved? His father worked for Scorpia and he wanted to find out if it was true. Was his father was an assassin who killed numerous people while he was a spy who wanted to do the opposite? Mrs Jones and Alan Blunt were part of a completely secret organisation known as MI6 and they never told Alex that his father was also a spy only working as an assassin to find out more about Scorpia. All Alex know was that his father and mother died, of a “plane crash”.
This all changed when Julia Rothman a member of Scorpia and also Nile a top assassin met him. Nile tried to kill him but he escaped with so much determination. Julia lied to him and told him MI6 lied to him but they were the ones who killed his father. Alex then turned his back on MI6 and was filled with hatred. He was shown a video by Julia Rothman, one that he thought revealed his father’s death. Mrs Jones gave the order to fire a shot that took away his father’s life. Scorpia then assigned him to kill her, also to get revenge for his father. He came to her office after successfully passing through all the well-aware security at MI6. He finally found courage to squeeze the trigger but the shot wasn’t really fully aimed at Mrs Jones and there was also a bulletproof screen which was there to protect her. He was captured by MI6 and he gave away Scorpia’s information because he was sick of being trapped.
He eventually discovered that kids all over London were being murdered for a client’s evil plans and there was poison injected into their bodies in the injection time. Alex also discovered that Scorpia tricked him by saying he needed more nutrients and injected him earlier. He cooperated with MI6 and killed Nile the great assassin and saved all the children of London but at the end was shot and saw the faces of his father and mother. The book ends on a cliff-hanger.

I liked the book because it was catchy, fun and I couldn’t let go of the book. Every time a finished a chapter I always want to know what happened next. With so much humour in a serious modern, real adventurous story, it is just so special. This isn’t just one book, it is more than that. With four books preceding it and many books that follow it makes it even more valuable. Alex Rider has many stories on his journey to share with his readers. Readers of any age can follow these series. When will his life stop being put on the line? His next novel Ark Angel is the answer. ( )
  Michelle_Tram_2000 | Jul 12, 2015 |
Fourteen-year-old British agent Alex Rider is ostensibly on vacation in Italy but he’s really following a clue as to how his father died. When he learns the truth, he joins the criminal organization known as Scorpia. He knows they’re trained assassins, but he’s unaware of their terrifying plan to murder millions of London schoolchildren with a secret weapon. Bent on personal revenge, he returns to England with only one mission: kill the person who shot his father. It’s none other than his former MI6 boss, Mrs. Jones. But then his plans start to go awry, and he ends up fighting for his home turf once again. Scorpia isn’t an organization to be thwarted, though, and they’ve made contingencies in case he betrays them.

This story is another exciting adventure in the rousing Alex Rider series, who’s like a junior James Bond fighting evil on a global scale. The fast-paced action will have you turning pages and rushing out to get the sequel. Pure escapist entertainment! ( )
1 vote NancyJCohen | Jan 2, 2014 |
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The room had no windows, and that in itself was strange as it was situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. If someone had thought to cut through the soundproofed panels, the reinforced steel walls, and the complicated circuitry designed to prevent any form of outside surveillance, they would have found themselves looking at the Grand Canal with the churches and palaces of Venice, Italy, stretching into the distance.
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Fans of the Alex Rider Adventures will not be disappointed by the slam-bang action in this fifth book in the spy thriller series, although the ending may leave them feeling a bit dismayed. A parachute jump onto the roof of a super-secure pharmaceutical complex, a desperate escape from a water-filled cellar under the canals of Venice, elegant and witty encounters with mega-criminals bent on death -- it's all here, and Alex, still 14-years old, comes out ahead every time in spite of the heavy odds against him. "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny," Alex was told by a dying man at the end of the previous book, Eagle Strike. And so we find him; in Venice, with his friend Tom, looking for clues to his father's identity and death. Was he an agent of M16, the secret world organization that has used Alex before? Or was he a tool of Scorpia, the powerful international criminal agency that specializes in sabotage, corruption, intelligence, and assassination? And which are the bad guys? Alex loses track as he is recruited by the beautiful and deadly Julia Rothman, one of the nine executives of Scorpia, to be trained at their Venetian island school for assassins and to take part in a plot to kill thousands of 12 and 13-year-olds in England. Caught between shifting allegiances and different versions of his father's life and death, Alex outwits and outfights everybody as the plot rockets along to a smash finish that will leave readers breathless and shocked. (Ages 10-14) --Patty Campbell

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After being told that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Italy to find out more and becomes involved in a plan to kill thousands of English schoolchildren.

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