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Skeleton Key (Alex Rider Adventure) (edition 2006)

by Anthony Horowitz (Author)

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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.
Title:Skeleton Key (Alex Rider Adventure)
Authors:Anthony Horowitz (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2006), Edition: First Printing, 327 pages
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Alex finds himself impersonating a ball boy during the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. His participation in this investigation brings him to the attention of a Chinese crime syndicate, so he must leave England for awhile. The CIA uses this to their advantage as they recruit Alex to portray the son of a couple of agents posing as a family on vacation in Cuba where a Russian general has been building a nuclear bomb with stolen uranium. As usual, Alex finds himself in the middle of the action.

Skeleton Key is the third entry in the Alex Rider series and definitely falls on the side of implausible. An evil former general in the Russian army is the antagonist. The general is more than a one dimensional character as he does give his reasons for his actions and actually considers Alex as a possible substitute for his dead son, but the plot and characters in this story are over the top, while some of the dialogue is stilted and unbelievable. Overall, Skeleton Key delivers action and adventure, but doesn't add much to the Alex Rider series. ( )
  ftbooklover | Jan 16, 2022 |
Alex is asked to become a ball-boy at Wimbledon after a threat is detected, and foils an attempt by a Chinese triad to influence the outcome by drugging certain opponents. After a near-fatal attempt on his life while surfing, he goes on vacation as cover for a male/female paid of CIA agents, trying to discover what happened to a shipment of enriched uranium in Cuba. The two agents are discovered by a Russian general hoping to restore its former status as a superpower by destabilizing its reining premier and government. Miraculous last-second rescue. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader as part of a quick takes post to catch up--emphasizing pithiness, not thoroughness.
So for two books now, we get this outline: Alex does something gusty and dangerous, which transitions into him taking on a case for MI-6 that's as risky as you could want.

This time he runs afoul of a Chinese criminal organization at Wimbledon before he's loaned out to the CIA who really needs a teen to sell a couple of agents as a family unit, out for vacation near the Caribbean. They're actually hunting for a nuclear weapon and some ex-Soviets wishing for a comeback for the USSR.

I honestly found his antics around Wimbledon and that more interesting than the main story, but it wasn't bad. Silly fun stuff that undoubtedly works better for the target audience (MG readers of a decade ago) than me, but it's good enough for me to keep going. ( )
  hcnewton | Sep 3, 2020 |
I think the author must be spoofing James Bond on purpose. Every book in this series has had a misshapen villian with a bizarre manner of doling out death. Alex continues to have one traumatic experience after another which does not make for a healthy person... ( )
  tjsjohanna | Mar 18, 2019 |
Not that I am trying to stay away from main stream too many in the series series, (aka james bond, star trek...) but we drove around a few blocks to find what is going to happen on more than one occasion. I will have to say that I will read another in the series. ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
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Night came quickly to Skeleton Key. The sun hovered briefly on the horizon, then dipped below. At once, the clouds rolled in - first red, then mauve, silver, green, and black, as though all the colors in the world were being sucked into a vast melting pot.
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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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Working as a secret agent for Britain’s most exclusive agency, Alex Rider has seen it all. He’s been shot at by international terrorists, stood face-to-face with pure evil, and saved the world—twice. But fifteen-year-old Alex is about to face something more dangerous than he can imagine: A man who’s lost everything he cared for—his country, his son—a man who has a nuclear weapon, and will stop at nothing to get his world back. Unless Alex can stop him first...
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