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Skeleton Key (Alex Rider)

Skeleton Key (Alex Rider)

Series: Alex Rider (3)

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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)
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Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz


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I loved Alex Rider as a kid. I must have read the first five books like fifty million times. Since I'm in the middle of a Cherub reread I thought I'd come back to Alex. It's kind of funny reading them now - I don't quite remember them being so depressing. Alex is a lot more jaded than I ever remember him being. It's also warranted but yeah. MI6 and Alan Blunt and Mrs Jones make me so angry. Poor Alex gets screwed way too often. I also remember Alex being a lot more talented than he is. But to my adult eyes, it seems like he's getting by more on luck than pure ability. Still they're great books with lots of action. I probably would only rate it 4 stars these days, but I'm going to stick with my original rating for posterity.

Alex always gets the short end of the stick. I agree with him - I think he was outmaneuvered by M16 - Crawley planned it all. It all happened too neatly. But he gets to meet Sabina so that's cool. Maybe not worth it - but cool nonetheless. It sucks that they're willing to send him into danger but never tell him what he's going to be up against. But Alex has a lucky streak when it comes to missions, danger and bad guys. Hence the shark.
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  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
A highly entertaining Young Adult spy thriller with several interesting twists and turns. For young readers who are too old to read children books, but too young to read more action-loaded novels, this series is the perfect choice.

I have especially positive memories about the well-developed antagonist in this story. A lot of political stuff was included without ever sounding boring or overloaded to the ten-year-old me who read (and reread) this book a long time ago. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
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  JumpyDr4gon | Aug 10, 2022 |
Skeleton Key (2002) (Alex Rider #3) by Anthony Horowitz. This third outing for the boy who would not be a spy has a nifty plot, nuclear weapons, a semi-retired general from Russia, a Cuban island that sort of resembles an old skeleton key (ask your grandfather to explain that item), MI6 and the CIA. Needless to say Alex doesn’t want to get involved but he gets suckered in with the chance to be a Wimbledon ball boy. Of course there is a scheme afoot at courtside and Alex is the only one who can see the obvious.
Like the first two books in the series, this one doesn’t stop the pressure until the end. The CIA gets Alex on loan so he can act the role of the son to two agents. They are supposed to be on vacation but that falls to the wayside. Alex is a soon prisoner to the general, the prison being the vast compound that claims a desolate portion of the key as its own. The only exits are either a deadly drop off the side or through the sole entry/exit which is well guarded. Trapped, Alex must rely on his wits to save himself as well as the entire world.
As per the regulations for writing a teen hero book, the teen must get into trouble and, because adults don’t believe most of the things that the teen will say to them, it is left up to the teen to get out of trouble.
Sounds like every action/adventure book ever written, only difference is the age of our hero. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Jun 22, 2022 |
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 |
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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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