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Snakehead

by Anthony Horowitz

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Series: Alex Rider (Book 7)

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Jack dies ( )
  krbridger | Feb 15, 2014 |
Really should have stopped with Scorpia. ( )
  Gglhack | Feb 5, 2014 |
Anthony Horowitz has made another great book to the Alex Rider series. In this book, Alex Rider is working for the Australian ASIS which basically the rough equivalent of the M16 for Great Britain. Alex Rider has to see how the snakeheads illegally immigrate people to other countries. This time Alex is going against Scorpia the criminal group which was responsible for the death of both his parents. Alex has to pretend to be an Afganistan boy who is getting illegally transported to Australia. He also meets someone in his family. His godfather but at the end of the book he makes a shocking discovery about him. Alex has to stop a bomb that was developed in Great Britain nicknamed "Royal Blue". A executive of Scorpia has decided to use the bomb to make a massive tsunami which will kill thousands of people. It is up to the teenage spy Alex Rider to save many lives. You have to read the book to find out if Alex Rider will save the world again or not!
  TomasJefferson | Oct 1, 2013 |
This review has been crossposted from my blog Review from The Cosy Dragon Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me.

Twists, turns and family dramas. Alex Rider is embroiled in another job that is custom made for him. I often wonder what will happen to him when he grows up... or whether he ever will.

If the bad guys ever learnt not to gloat, and to shoot first, then Alex Rider would be in trouble. Instead they like to create creative ends for him, which he always manages to wriggle out of. It's pretty close though, as a reader I'm almost always on the edge of my seat. I'm both hoping and dreading reaching the end of the series, as Alex's luck could finally run out!

Alex has abandoned any attempt to be normal, and seems to be finally embracing the spy life. He's not a patriot, he's doing it only to find out what has happened to his mom and dad. Little does he know that he's doomed from the beginning, and almost everything he trusts is a lie.

Something that fascinates me is Horowitz's realistic settings, and the effort he puts into being international. This is the first time he has really included Australia, which is totally typical of most writers. Australia is more of a destination than an explored place. Horowitz is very creative in the way he kills off the characters. It's a mark of the research he obviously puts into his writing - I really appreciate it, after reading such things as 'Twilight' where things aren't really thought out.

Thrilling, in fact I'd say it was one of the better books of the series. It was a little longer in length (or it felt that way). Horowitz puts his trademark twists in, as well as some gadgets, and some very nice disguises. What the reader thinks is a simple job, really never is.

I'd recommend this for teens who enjoy action. At this point in the series, I think it is essential to have read the books that came before. This book picks up straight after 'Ark Angel'. ( )
  Rosemarie.Herbert | Feb 14, 2013 |
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"Alex Rider brings readers to the edge of their seats and keeps them there until the final pages."
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When Alex Rider crash-lands off the coast of Australia, the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across Southeast Asia. Known as snakeheads, the gangs smuggle drugs, weapons, and worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the chance to work with his godfather and learn more about his parents. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission yet . . . and the knowledge that his old nemesis, Scorpia, is anything but out of his life.
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When Alex Rider crash-lands off the coast of Australia, the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across Southeast Asia. Known as snakeheads, the gangs smuggle drugs, weapons, and worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the chance to work with his godfather and learn more about his parents. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission yet . . . and the knowledge that his old nemesis, Scorpia, is anything but out of his life.

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While working with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers information about his parents.

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