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(SCORPIA RISING) BY HOROWITZ, ANTHONY[ AUTHOR ]Paperback 03-2011 [Unknown Binding]

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  • ASIN: B0092FRJ3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have always been a fan of Anthony Horowitz, and I have read the books from the beginning of Alex's adventure until the end. Scorpia Rising is the ultimate finish to the Alex Rider series, challenging him physically and emotionally. I was not at all disappointed, and it is probably the best book I have ever read, and I would definitely recommend this to any lover of spy stories, action, adventure, and a slight touch of horror.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant end to the series 31 Mar 2011
It really doesn't seem like ten years since we were introduced to Alex, yet even though a decade has passed for us, the time period covered by the series is much shorter - not much more than a year, in fact. In Scorpia Rising Alex is now 15, and he hasn't heard from MI6 in five months, giving him the opportunity to settle into the life a normal teenager should be living, concentrating on his first year of GCSEs, being made captain of the school football team, and even finding himself being given the part of Teen Angel in the school's production of Grease. With every silver lining, there is usually some kind of dark cloud in tow - in this case Alex's long time carer and closest friend, Jack Starbright is getting itchy feet. She rarely sees Alex any more as he has now managed to build a healthy social life with friends his own age, she questions whether he needs her any more, and there is some pressure for her to return to the USA where her father is quite ill. Anthony Horowitz has made it very clear that this will be the final Alex Rider book, and this starts to become quite clear as we read these early scenes between Alex and Jack - time and events have changed them both and now it is possibly time to move on.

I say 'early scenes', but this is a little misleading - we don't actually get to read any kind of scene featuring Alex until page 129! Sounds a little crazy that we don't get to see our hero until almost a third of the book has past, but therein I feel lies the cleverness in Mr Horowitz's writing, and also helps make this book the best in the series so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great end to an exciting series 24 Jun 2012
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If you have enjoyed all the other Alex Rider books you will enjoy this one too. The adventures are even more hair-raising and absorbing and a lot of loose ends are tied up. The book is fast-paced, with terrifying enemies, difficult situations and a lot of emotions. A wonderful ending!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars alex rider is amazing please read him 1 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
i am the biggest alex rider fan! i am ten years old and i love reading and alex rider series are the best books ive every read. when i picked up this book i knew it was going to be amazing since ive read all the other alex rider books. it has an amazing storyline that grips you from the very first page to the very end page! this one in paticar is amazing and scorpia return with a plot to steal the elgin marbles and kill alex and the president of the usa secretery. can alex save the usa secretery and his own skin before its too late?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 7 Sep 2013
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Simply amazing i just cant believe how good ant is at writing alex rider books

Going to miss them for ever
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE END OF IT ALL? 23 Oct 2011
Alex's greatest challenge - with a heartrending price to pay. He and MI6 are but pawns in Scorpia's latest audacious plans. Chief villain is Razim (greatest ambition to have his name immortalized as a unit of pain). Key to Razim's success is Alex's double, Julius Grief - one of Dr. Hugo's clones from Point Blanc. Julius's greatest ambition? Destruction of Alex in as prolonged and agonizing way as possible.

More high speed adventures and almost unbearable suspense. Necessarily the mood is darker, with Alex so often fighting for his life. Gadget genius Smithers brings welcome light relief - indeed here delivers perhaps the biggest surprise of the series - one surely not anticipated by a single reader?

With odds stacked so much against him, there is a real danger this time Alex may not survive - especially as we know this is his last adventure. For a year (and nine books) he has been shamefully used and abused, his body bearing ample evidence of the injuries inflicted. Surely by now Alex deserves a normal life? What are the chances of this happening?

There will be anxious and rapid turning of pages as addicts (of all ages) try to find out.

Because of Anthony Horowitz, so many young readers are no longer reluctant.

What greater tribute could there be?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Alex Rider books 9 April 2011
Format:Paperback already know that Alex doesn't appear for more than 100 pages because you've read reviews that tell you so. But you also heard that's OK because the plot development that goes into those pages is worth the read. It is.

The main difference between this book and others in the series is that for most of this one Alex is out-manoeuvred and is fighting forces he truly can't beat. This makes the twists and turns more interesting than those in some of the other Alex Rider books.

The level of detail about peripheral characters is up on previous books so we learn a bit more about Mrs Jones, Alan Blunt, Jack and Smithers. Again, all to the good.

Obviously, no one who has never read an Alex Rider book should be starting with this one. But for anyone wanting some pre-reading, I'd re-read Point Blanc and Scorpia before starting this one.

Sad the books have come to an end but Alex goes out in style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Great booke
Published 17 hours ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Keeping up with my son's reading!
Published 1 day ago by Mel Sewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
my favourite Alex rider book so far looking forward to reading the next book thank you Anthony Horowitz for another epic action packed book
Published 2 days ago by DB01
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a Christmas present
Published 14 days ago by Denzil F. Corton
5.0 out of 5 stars And so it ends
This is an Alex Rider series review. Anthony Horowitz wrote nine books in the main series. They were mostly perfect. I AM JUST SO SAD TO SEE RIDER GO!!!
Published 24 days ago by Anonymous Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Alex Rider books
Read this a long time ago now, but from what I can remember, it was one of the better books in the Alex Rider series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Abbas Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 $T4R
Very good description such a good book I'm 11 and I've read all of them each 1 in the space of 2 days or less another good series I recommend is skulduggery pleasant greats books... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great series of books and what a great ending recommend everyone go buy Alex rider love this book love the series
Published 2 months ago by henri codling
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I really thought Horowitz pulled an elephant out of the hat on this occasion, as his writing style is so classy, stylish and sometimes outrageous, but it's what the fans love, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by george norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just as good as the other Alex Rider books. Anthony Horowitz has done it again with Scorpia rising. However my favourite has to be Ark Angel.
Published 3 months ago by Julian
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