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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406310492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406310498
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book is unlike any other and brings out the dark side of Anthony Horowitz's writing mind.' (The Guardian)

'This is one of the best Alex Rider books. You don't really notice how good it is until you finish and you take in all that happened.' (BBC) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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A dark and shocking conclusion to the bestselling Alex Rider missions.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Osetinka on 7 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mr H - Book Zone (For Boys) Blog on 31 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Burgoyne on 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 By Sebastian Marling on 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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By Scheherazade VINE VOICE on 26 May 2011
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I started reading the Alex Rider series when the first book was released, so you could say that we've grown up together. I'm 22 now, and when I heard that the final book in the Alex Rider series had been released, I knew I had to read it and finish an adventure I started (and loved!) when I was much younger.

I wasn't disappointed. Scorpia Rising is a fabulous book, possibly the best of the series. The characters exude genuine humanity, perhaps because we've come to know them so well over so many years, but also because Horowitz's writing is second to none. Even in this, the last book, we learn things about many of the major characters that we didn't know (and never would have suspected) before.

As well as giving us that final insight, I feel this book also round off all of the characters well. Alex is truly grown up now, enjoying as much of his "normal" life as can reasonably be expected -- he's studying for his GCSEs, is captain of the football team, and has both true friends of his own age, and a girlfriend. His carer, Jack Starbright, is seeing all of this and wondering if it isn't time to move on. It's definetly a time of new beginnings for all of the characters we've come to know and love.

As you'll know doubt already have heard, Alex doesn't appear in this book until well past page 100, but this isn't to its detriment. The first part of the book, which follows Scorpia's attempts to construct the plan that will renew their reputation, is essential scene setting for what is to follow. Giving us this insight into what is actually going on is a masterstroke from Horowitz, as we as readers see more clearly than anyone else right from the get-go.

Despite this, what happens is still unpredictable. MI6, of course, fall into the trap of using Alex again.
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