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Scorpia (Alex Rider Book 5)

Scorpia (Alex Rider Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Horowitz
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""Prepare for action scenes as fast as a movie." The Times"


'So exciting that at times you forget to breathe.' (The Independent on Sunday)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0744570514
  • Publisher: Walker; New edition edition (19 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpia 6 April 2004
Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz is a brilliant book! I was anticipating a really good book because the last four have been awesome but this book blew me away. It is a masterpiece. I think you can compare it the James Bond series because its every teenager’s spy fantasy. It’s not fair because it makes the reader instantly want to become a Secret Agent but as if that’s ever going to happen! It’s pure-class and is action packed. I read it all in one sitting because I became so engrossed in it, from the very first word I was totally absorbed into Alex Rider’s dangerous world. I don’t want to give any of the story away because it would spoil the entire book but all I can really say is Alex finds out about his family and there is a HUGE surprise at the ending. Alex Rider is all teenage girls ultimate dream, he is cute, brave and a spy for MI6!
Unfortunately he doesn’t lead a normal life because he is always in danger! In this book Alex finds himself questioning who his father was and what he was like. He discovered in the last book that the answer was in Venice. He was told ‘Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny…’
Whilst trying to find out who he is, he stumbles on Scorpia’s plan to destroy the world but this time he doesn’t know whether to join the baddies or the goodies. In fact he doesn’t know which side is which!
Alex doesn’t know whether to trust Scorpia or MI6. Who is the one looking out for him?
The ending is sort of a cliffhanger because something very crucial happens. BUT unless Horowitz decides to write another book then it could be seen as a GREAT BIG SHOCKER. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will cry if Horowitz doesn’t continue the series.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Horowitz fans. 28 Mar 2004
I bought this book yesterday afternoon and did not put it down until the early hours of this morning. It is fast paced, exciting and keeps you dying to know what will happen next.
For those who have read the previous four books in the Alex Rider series this book certainly will not disappoint you!
It continues the story of 14-year-old Alex and his search for the truth behind the death of his parents and his work for MI6 as an under age spy.
In this instalment Alex travels to Italy to find Scorpia, which turns out to be an international crime syndicate that his father seems to have been involved with. Alex is offered a job working for Scorpia, however his first job is to kill a member of MI6.
There is also a plan to destabilize the world by destroying the friendship between America and Britain, which involves a lot of children potentially being killed. Alex, as usual endeavours to save the day.
The book continues the tongue in cheek references to James Bond and Horowitz writes with his usual humour as well as having his finger accurately on the pulse of what kids today think is cool.
The only sad part of this book is that the ending suggests that this may be the last instalment of the Alex Rider stories, which is a great shame as they are thoroughly enjoyable and exciting books. I felt really disappointed at the end not with the book, which was excellent, but at the thought that there may not be another to look forward to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Bethany
It's a bit weird to think that I read this book first then got my sister to get me the other four books!! The story is gripping from the start and Mr. Horowitz; you must be the master of writing with suspense. I could hardly put this book down!
Alex must find out the truth about his father after Yassen Gregorovich told him that his father was a contract killer. His journey leads him to Julia Rothman who is the chairman of the sabotage, corruption, intelligence and assasination organization (a.k.a SCORPIA). Can he follow his father's footsteps though?!!!
I hope that there will be a sixth book.. THERE MUST BE!!! Totally worth buying. You won't put the book down till you've finished it!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!! A must have 27 July 2004
By PennyD
Ok, maybe a bit too much emphasis on the title, but this book had me sitting on the egde of my chair for hours.
Alex Rider has now taken on his own mission in Venice (he's not made by MI6 this time) searcing for a company called SCORPIA.
In Eagle Strike, Alex was told by Yassen Gregorovich that his dad was a killer and that he worked for company Scorpia.
So Alex in this new adventure meets new characters like Mrs.Rothman and Neil (an assassin). This book contains: explosions, ferocious tigers, betrayal, unseemly demands and much more.
Unfortunately, there may not be anymore books (Dammmm Horowitz)!!!
All in all this book was great with Alex being told a numerous of lies and lots of cliffhangers. Probably the best book in the series!! I can only say 1 word....BUY!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Characterisation has not improved and the same narrative issues remain in this installment of the Alex Rider series. For example, this time Horowitz introduces the character of Tom Harris, who we're told is a friend of Alex's, even though he has not appeared or even been mentioned in any of the previous books. It reinforces my feeling that Horowitz did not have a clear view of his canon when he started writing the series, and creates an artificiality that marrs the books.

Saying that, Horowitz uses Scorpia to continue the story arc introduced in Eagle Strike to more effect. The Scorpia organisation is an interesting one and has a structure that is credible. Mrs Rothman as the 'Project Manager' for Invisible Sword is by turns manipulative and cunning. I was particularly impressed with the way in which she manipulates Alex's need to know more about his father and the use of film footage does allow for a certain amount of doubt in the reader's mind as to what Alex will do.

The central point about whether Alex is prepared to deliberately kill someone in cold blood is less well handled, mainly because we know that he's already killed people in the past (and not had any look at how he feels about it), which makes his current dilemma feel a little forced. There is tension to be had when he finally breaks into Mrs Jones' apartment, but the shock that you feel when he fires the gun is nullified when you discover that she was protected all the time and then Horowitz deliberately lessens that effect later when he says that Alex wouldn't have hit her anyway. In part, I think this is a problem of Horowitz's own making. On the one hand, he can't have a teenager who is also a cold-blooded killer because the parents won't like it (and from a screenplay perspective, it would not be sellable).
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