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By: Anthony Horowitz

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news. The bad news for Alex Rider is that his uncle and guardian has just died. He is told that it was a car accident but the information they tell him just doesn’t ring true for Alex. His curiosity causes him to investigate an action that changes his life. One day he is an ordinary school boy the next he has been forcibly recruited by MI6 to be a spy. He’s thrown into SAS training, hastily equipped with specially designed gadgets and before he can think is off on his first mission. It’s up to Alex to discover what is really going on at Sayle Enterprises, and what is behind the gift of thousands of computers. It isn’t long before danger closes in on Alex and his first assignment could turn out to be his last.

This book is a good choice for someone who likes action, suspense and a bit of fun. Alex is the kind of guy kids want to be – who doesn’t want to be a spy? Alex actually. Horowitz has created a character who doesn’t believe all he is told and doesn’t like being treated like a kid. The things that drive Alex make him a good spy but that doesn’t make him any less reluctant to do it. Although Alex is 14 the writing style is very suitable for readers about 10 and up. Escapist fun.


Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 01 April 2005

Format: Paperback 240 pages

Categories: Action Thrillers

ISBN 13: 9781844280926

Purchase: here

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