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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider) (edition 2006)

by Anthony Horowitz

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Title:Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)
Authors:Anthony Horowitz
Info:Puffin (2006), Paperback, 288 pages
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If you ever watched James Bond Junior in the early nineties, that's what this is. It's essentially James Bond's nephew filling his shoes with MI6. I enjoyed this a great deal more than I expected to! It's fun, adventurous, thrilling, and approachable (it isn't precocious - even if the protagonist is). The antagonist's motivation was a bit...meh. It was just very juvenile motivation; that being said, if I ever became a criminal mastermind, I'd probably have the same motivation (I'll never accuse myself of being overly mature. As I tell my students, I'm 27 going on four). ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 13, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book! It was the first book I read by this author and it prompted me to read every other Horowitz novel since then. It is a spy novel of a teenage boy named Alex Rider, who ultimately ends up joining MI6 in London. The best part about the novel was that it seemed realistic and was definitely not cheesy which was my major concern in reading a "spy book". The kid's life is not only extremely hard, but the situations he is in are actually frightening, dangerous, violent, and even tragic. Horowitz keeps the plot from becoming too "fluffy" with danger, suspense, and death. I thought the book was witty, and had an intricate and exciting story-line. I would definitely recommend it to friends and anyone who likes an exciting mystery and action novel.
  TimSher | Jan 22, 2015 |
It was alright. I like more complicated plots. It was overly simplistic once Alex Rider got to the compound. The villains were comical rather than sinister. Too much like caricatures. A lot of luck was involved in Alex's adventures, too shallow and not enough depth, rather like an action film that focuses more on action than plot. It was enjoyable enough. ( )
  LindaLiu | Dec 14, 2014 |
  mshampson | Oct 15, 2014 |
As a young adult homage to James Bond, Stormbreaker is a lot of fun. It's fast-paced, exciting and contains a surprising amount of tension for a short novel. The story is set out like a classic Bond film, featuring a flamboyantly evil villain, gadgets in the shape of every-day objects, an imposing mute henchman and a hero who bravely spouts one-liners in the face of death. Although a novel of this type could easily become dark and gritty, Horowitz keeps his story light by reducing violence to a minimum and ensuring that Alex does not carry a gun.

However, to fully appreciate this story you must be able to suspend your disbelief. It is a lot of fun but the plot is completely out there. If you go into this story expecting something coherent and deep, you're going to be severely disappointed. The villian's overall scheme is in equal parts brilliant and bizarre, seeming all the more over the top when you understand his motives. I won't spoil it for you here (it has to be read to be fully appreciated) but believe me when I say it's unforgettable.

My only real problem with the story is the weak characterisation. There are no strong female characters within the novel(something that I hope is rectified in future instalments) and the main characters (Alex and Sayle) are little more than a teenage James Bond and typical stock Bond villain. Alex, in particular, is one of the worst Gary Stus that I've ever encountered in a novel as he has no personality traits beyond the ability to be absolutely perfect in everything that he does.

So pick it up if you want a read that's light and entertaining. Just don't expect a lot of substance beyond this. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Aug 4, 2014 |
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Daniel, LiamPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, GreyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goyat, Annick LeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news.
He had torn the fence out of the ground. Alex ran over to the man and examined him. For a moment he thought it might be Yassen, but it was a younger man, dark haired, ugly. The man was unconscious but still breathing. The flamethrower lay extinguished on the ground beside him. Behind him he heard the other bike, some distance away but closing. Whoever these people were, they had tired to run him down, to cut him in half, and to incinerate him. He had to find a way out before they really got serious. (P. 139-140)

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After Alex Rider figured out that his uncle, Ian Rider was a spy, he decided to help his dead uncle complete his mission. He had to do hard and nasty trainings just to get ready for the mission. Alex always became curious when he heard someone say something was going to happen. It always made me nervous because I was afraid that maybe he would get caught by one of the members of the Sayle Enterprises. He's always brave to try out all different sorts of things that his uncle left before when he was still alive. The mission he had to complete was to stop the Stormbreakers, which were computers, to get sent out, because there was computer viruses in those computers. Hope that Alex can complete his mission for his uncle and that way he would know why his uncle died!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142406112, Paperback)

Ten years ago, Anthony Horowitz introduced the world to Alex Rider . . . and now his debut mission is back in a special fully loaded anniversary edition! Packed with bonus material - including a brand new Alex Rider short story, a letter from Anthony Horowitz, and much more!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:29:53 -0400)

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After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

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