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Ark Angel: Bk. 6 (Alex Rider)

Ark Angel: Bk. 6 (Alex Rider) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Horowitz
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Alex Rider is back – and this time there are no limits

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Alex Rider is in hospital and determined to put his spying days behind him. But he is forced back into action when the vicious terrorist group Force Three takes him prisoner. Alex makes his escape - yet his most perilous adventure is only just beginning. Alex must stop Force Three in their attempt to destroy Russian billionaire Nikolei Drevin and his revolutionary space hotel Ark Angel; but this time, the teenage superspy will have to push himself to the limits - and beyond.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0142407380
  • Publisher: Walker (2 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the phenomenal Alex Rider books and the bestselling Power of Five series. He won the 2006 British Book Awards Red House Children's Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the 2003 Red House Children's Book of the Year Award for Skeleton Key. Anthony, who wrote the script for the Alex Rider movie Stormbreaker, also writes extensively for TV, with credits including Midsomer Murders and Foyle's War. He lives in Clerkenwell, London.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 14 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Before you read the review of ARK ANGEL, you need to take into account that this is the sixth book in the engaging, entertaining, action-packed adventure series starring Alex Rider. If you haven't read the first five books in the series, you'll probably want to do that before you pick up ARK ANGEL. Although it can stand on its own, you'll feel more in the loop by reading the previous books first.

ARK ANGEL picks up immediately where SCORPIA, book five, left off. At the end of that book, we saw Alex Rider on the ground, wounded by a sniper's bullet. For those who thought that Anthony Horowitz was planning to kill off our favorite young MI6 agent, please be assured that ARK ANGEL does not in any way imply dead. Alex is alive and relatively well, recuperating in an exclusive private hospital in London. The sniper's bullet missed his heart, instead bouncing off a rib and exiting out his arm. Now, as he's recovering in posh room nine of the hospital, he becomes friends with Paul. The same Paul that turns out to be the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world.

When Alex saves Paul during a kidnapping attempt, Nikolai invites Alex to finish his recuperation at his estate. Alex soon wonders at the wisdom of being in Drevin's company, however, when he learns that an eco-terrorist group known as Force Three has threatened not only the Drevin family, but the safety of the entire world.

Nikolai Drevin's latest project, Ark Angel, is in full swing. Designed to become the first ultimate luxury hotel in outer space, it contains everything the world's richest people could want. It's also, at least according to Force Three, a threat to the environment of Earth as we know it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Running out of steam? 13 Jun 2007
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
There is a level of political and economic sophistication in the book that impressed me, particularly in the motivation for Nikolei Drevin's crazy plot of destruction. I enjoyed the sideswipe that Horowitz is clearly taking at Russian oligarchs via the character (and the football game with Chelsea was a nice touch that advanced the plot). I did think that an opportunity was missed with Paul Drevin though - a lonely boy of Alex's age who can't meet his father's expectations and who really seemed to want Alex as a friend - I think he could have been used to draw a little more emotion out of Alex and made him more vulnerable, but equally, given the ending of the book I hope to see Paul Drevin again (although hopefully not as an enemy).

There is one large contrivance that sets up the end of the book, wherein Alex has to go up to the Ark Angel space station. I think that it would be obvious to any teenage boy reader that the situation is a set up and what the set up is, but Horowitz persists in going through the motions in a way that's actually tedious. A far better way of doing it would have been to acknowledge what's waiting for Alex up in space and give him the decision as to whether or not to go. But that's just me.

I do wonder if the series is perhaps running out of steam. As Horowitz acknowledges through the character, Alex is not going to be 14 forever and I do wonder if there's anything left for him to do - particularly given the amount of attention he's received during the series, which means he's no longer a secret spy any more. Horowitz has said that the series will stop when Rider reaches 15 and he'll get a happy ending. I hope there's enough steam left in the series for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex is Back!!! 30 May 2005
By A Customer
Yes Alex Rider is back, recovering in a hospital he saves Paul the son of a russian multibillionaire from kidnapping from the ruthless Force 3. An eco warrior terrorist group. Looking to reward him Pauls father makes Alex a guest in his luxurious home. However is there more to the billionaire than meets the eye? Another fast paced plot that leaves you asking for more- this book feels slightly less edgier than the others eg scorpia but nevertheless lives up to Horowitz' excellent standard. I would say that 3/4 of this book was totally tightly written and excting but the ending was abit predictable. I hope the movie gets made soon!!!! ( and hopefully the actor playing alex will be REALLY hot! :) )
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of This World 4 May 2005
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
After the dramatic ending of "Scorpia" I wondered if we'd heard the last of Alex Rider - but this sixth instalment begins with his recovery in hospital, and we soon learn that the recent assassination attempt on him didn't quite go according to plan.
After coming so close to death, Alex is more determined than ever to put his spying days behind him and return to the dull yet peaceful routine of school. However, even before he's fully recovered, he finds himself thrust headlong into another exciting adventure when a gang of thugs try to kidnap a boy in the neighbouring hospital room. Before long, Alex is facing dangers greater than ever before: locked in a burning tower block, go-cart racing a psychopathic Russian billionaire, trapped in an underwater wreck as his oxygen runs out - and eventually finding himself fighting for his life aboard a prototype space hotel known as 'Ark Angel.'
The tension and breathless pacing are as outstanding as ever - it's almost impossible to put it down until the final page. My only (slight) criticism would be that it is a tad predictable. True, Alex has to survive every impossible encounter almost unscathed - but some of the twists fail to come as a surprise, and it's all too clear either who is going to rescue Alex, or what gadget he's going to use to get out of trouble. That small quibble aside - if you've read the others in the series to date, then this cannot be missed!
Knowing that there won't be any further instalments in the Alex Rider series until probably sometime 2006, I'm now off to read "Silverfin" the first in the new "Young Bond" series by Charlie Higson. As this is set something like 30/40 years earlier than the Alex Rider stories, it'll be interesting to compare the two heroes; so similar in many ways, yet clearly having very different technology and background. Review to follow!
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