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Eagle Strike (Alex Rider Adventures) Hardcover – Apr 2004


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399239790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399239793
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,819,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Horowitz's fourth fictional foray into the world of British spy agency MI6, Eagle Strike, sees teenage sleuth Alex Rider once again fighting ingenious villains and charming every girl he meets. Eagle Strike, starts out calmly enough with Alex and his lovely companion, Miss Sabina Pleasure, on holiday with her family in the south of France. But before you can say Goldfinger, he spots his old nemesis, renowned assassin Yassen Gregorovich, on the beach. Alex discovers a plan so diabolical that it makes all of his previous adventures seem like a stroll in the Queen Mother's garden. Alex must fight to keep Gregorovich from executing the plans of a mysterious and murderous madman--an operation code-named "Eagle Strike". He will just have to face down a few minor complications first: a virtual reality game that inflicts real pain; a fleet of Porche 911 GT3-driving hit men; and even a near-fatal brush with death aboard the most famous aircraft in the world, Air Force One. Eagle Strike, as with all the other ridiculously fun Alex Rider adventures, is a pure pleasure from start to finish. Even the most reluctant of readers won't be able to resist Alex's Bond-like ingenuity and charisma. Anthony Horowitz is a master of pacing, and as Alex swings from one cliff-hanging chapter to the next, Horowitz proves that you don't have to be Shakespeare to pen a crackerjack plot. --Jennifer Hubert, Amazon.com

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"* "Horowitz has become a writer who converts boys to reading." Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times * "Horowitz will grip you with suspense, daring and cheek - and that's just the first page!... Prepare for action scenes as fast as a movie." The Times on Point Blanc * "Every bored schoolboy's fantasy, only a thousand times funnier, slicker and more exciting... genius." The Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2003
Format: Paperback
Eagle Strike is the fourth book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Alex is a truly wonderful creation. He is the person every schoolboy in the world wants to be. Each of Horowitz's books is twice as good as the last. Horowitz has excelled himself yet again with another fantastic book.
In " Eagle Strike" Alex is still only fifteen but has already had three life changing adventures that involved poison gas, clones and ultimate world domination. This time Alex Rider is on the track of multi-millionaire Damian Cray. When he sees contract killer Yassen Gregorovich visit Cray he suspects the worse. When MI6 refuse to look into it, Alex decides to investigate, with or without their help.
Fate also leads Alex to his destiny. But does he like what he finds?
Tension, atmosphere and suspense unite in the adventure of a lifetime. Enter Alex's world of spies, gadgets and murder in this superb book. It will take your breath away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By scorpia on 21 Aug 2007
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I think that Eagle Strike is brilliant for the action,suspense,explosive adventures,missions and interesting ending. Eagle Strike is the first book I read and it was much better than I expected. If you are a 10 year old hooked on video games and your mother tells you to read start with Alex Rider.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 13 Jun 2007
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For this story to work, Alan Blunt, the head of MI6 has to not believe Alex when he suggests that the pop star Damian Cray is responsible. Given that Alex has worked for him 3 times and come up trumps each time, for Alan Blunt (a character we know to be suspicious and manipulative) to be so dismissive seems rather OOC. I had been hoping that there would have been a deliberate reason for this (i.e. Blunt was deliberately being dismissive in order to provoke Alex into investigating under his own auspices), but Horowitz makes it clear that this is not the reason and I think that's a big missed opportunity.

The big villain in the story is Damian Cray, a Buddhist pop star and charity worker who's something of a cross between Elton John, Bob Geldoff and Bono. This is the first villain in the series that I've totally loved because Horowitz is making such a tongue-in-cheek reference that it's something an adult can really enjoy. Cray still suffers from Bond villain syndrome - an overly grandiose plan and being nuttier than a fruitcake - but at least his plan was well thought out (involving nuclear explosions and Air Force One).

I also enjoyed the fact that Horowitz brings back Yassen Gregorovich as Cray's henchman and this time, weaves the Russian assassin into the backstory of the Rider family and sets up Alex for the next book, Scorpia. There's a tiny nitpick regarding Gregorovich's motivation - we're told that he would never be able to bring himself to kill Alex because of his friendship with Alex's father, and yet this friendship does not seem to have stopped him whacking Alex's Uncle Ian in Stormbreaker.

The plot moves quickly and the set-piece action scenes are pretty exciting.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on 5 April 2003
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After reading Anthony Horowitz previous Alex Rider books, this one offered just as much excitment as the previous ones. This time Alex must save the world by himself, with no help from MI6. He discovers a link with a Damian Cray, celebrity, human rights campaigner and creater of a new computer console, who, like in the other 'baddies' in the previous books, wishes to influence the world with 'Eagle strike'. Alex's lack of gadgets is slightly disappointing, or rather the use of them, but the amount of action makes up for this. His friend from Skeleton Key, Sabina Pleasure, offers yet more action and is key to the plot. Nail-biting chapters, excitment and action bring this book together to offer a wonderful read - well up to the standard of Anthony Horowitz. A revalation about Alex's past offeres a shocking ending and hopefully an invitation for another book in the series! Hurrah!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "13booklover13" on 5 Jun 2003
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Having read this book in less than two days i put it down feeling slightly dissappointed. Having read the other three before i couldnt help but feel that this one was really quite similar. Horowitz is certainly an excellent writer and the book is very good but his Alex Rider series is becoming a bit repetitive. However the story line is very good and the quality of writing is great. Perfectly enjoyable for a quiet afternoon or a long plane flight.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jun 2004
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This book is amazing! After the first three you think it can't get any better but, wow how does Anthony Horowitz do it! You can't put it down just like the rest of them! It ends with a cliffhanger (of course) which leads it cleverly into the next book! The entire series is brilliant! But one minor warning: YOU WILL NEVER PUT IT DOWN 'TILL YOU'RE FINNISHED!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 9 Sep 2003
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Eagle strike is the latest and best adventure in the gripping Alex Rider series. This time, daring teenage spy, Alex Rider must infiltrate popstar and human rights campeigner Damien Cray. It begins quite suddenly when Gregorrovich attacks Alex's friend Sabina Pleasure. Alex has 90 minutes to save the world with no MI6 and nothing but a bike and cycle gear. It has even more chases, action and adventure than it's prequels plus a auprising twist at the end. Eagle strike has to be the best book Ive ever read and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action and adventure!
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