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Anthony Horowitz
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16 Feb 2006 Alex Rider Adventures
Reluctant teenage superspy Alex Rider is useful to the national security services in ways an adult could never be. Now they require his help once again: for a routine reconnaissance mission at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. But before long, Alex finds himself caught up in a terrifying chain of events that leads from the Chinese Triad gangs in London to an undercover assignment on Cayo Esqueleto - Skeleton Key - Cuba. There, Alex begins to make chilling links between several suspicious deaths, an illegal nuclear weapons deal and the plans of his host, Russian General Sarov, for the future of the world. Alex faces his most dangerous challenge yet. Alone, equipped only with a handful of cleverly concealed devices, he must outwit the coldly insane Sarov...or die.
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  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (16 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142406147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142406144
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,950,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A hugely entertaining, fast-paced book which deserves more than 5 stars. -- Cool Reads website

Done with enormous style, fun and suspense. Wannabe James Bonds will be completely hooked and eager for more. -- The Guardian

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alex Rider's in deep water – again --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Key 24 July 2002
I fully recommend Anthony Horowitz's new Alex Rider book, Skeleton Key. It is action-packed and reads just like watching an adventure film. This is a great sequel to 'Stormbreaker' and 'Point Blanc'. Anthony Horowitz makes me never want to put his books down because he is such a great author. This time, MI6 persuade Alex to find out who is trying to sabotage the Wimbledon tennis championships. Then a murderous Chinese triad gang try to kill him. He is forced to hide out at an island called Skeleton Key. General Sarov is an insane Russian who plans to change history with a nuclear bomb. Only Alex can stop him with some brilliantly disguised gadgets, such as a mobile phone that works underwater and has an aerial that shoots out a drugged needle when dialing '999'. Sarov's henchman, Conrad, doesn't making it easy for Alex. The teenage spy comes face to face with a great white shark, battles against a triad gang member on a jet ski, tries to blow up a classic motor yacht, and loads more... This is not as thrilling as the excellent 'Stormbreaker', but it is still one of the best books I've read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Key - Anthiny Horowitz 28 Sep 2003
The third installment in the Alex Rider series looked set to be another star book - and it was. The third book incorporates some very good language and shows Alex has slightly matured but is still wanted as a spy. His skills are once again required and he has to save the day in this exciting spy adventure. Pick it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Horowitz you've done it again!!! 25 Aug 2002
Once again Mr Horowitz has written a "kids" book that literally blows many so called "Adult" writers out of the water.
I have recently been reading nothing but childrens books because frankly i believe the standard of writing far better, the imagination far greater and the editing tighter. 'Sophies World' 'Mortal Engines' and of course 'The Dark Materials trilogy' have all been excellent reading for all ages.
Anthony Horowitz has surpassed the two previous Alex Rider books in terms of entertainment as they just keep getting better. Very witty (and always with a knowing wink) and suitable for all ages, with action and explosions for youngsters and also some lovely 'in-jokes' for adults.
My only gripe is that as Mr Horowitz is normally so good at 'play on word' titles (Point Blanc, French Confection and my fave The Falcons Malteaser) is still feel it should have been called 'Skeleton Quay'...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkly... very sparkly. 12 July 2002
Teen spy Alex Rider is more Harry Palmer than James Bond, a reluctant agent who just wants to get on with his life. But author Anthony Horowitz has other plans for him, pitting him against villains with delicious names like Herod Sayle and Dr Grief and forcing his fourteen year old hero - Buffy-like - to save the world more than once.
The pace of Alex Rider's third adventure 'Skeleton Key' is so compulsive that is almost impossible to put down. Thoroughly researched and extremely well-written, with evocative settings and great baddies, this is a brilliant adventure for kids aged 10 and up. And there are plenty of 'in-jokes' for us grown ups, too.
Plus, I like the book's cover. As Dustin Hoffman says in Rain Man: 'Sparkly... very sparkly.' I want sparkles on MY next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Key 4 Sep 2003
By Doug
Great third book by Horowitz...I'm only a teenager,and not that fond of books,but this was one of the best.About how young Alex Rider saves the world,yet again,but this time along with the CIA.He travels from England to America,to an island close to Cuba,and to Russia.He comes close to death,almost killed by a mad man's the eyes of the mad man,he is a hero,intent on "saving the world" but is sort of off in the head.Hope you like this book.Hope Horowitz's fourth comes to the USA sometime soon so I can read it too...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Key - utterly brilliant! 16 Aug 2002
By Julie
Really fantastic read! Another Alex Rider book even better than Stormbreaker and Point Blanc-but you have to read Stormbreaker first to be able to relate to all the characters. I couldn't put it down so I read it all in one day! Lots of cliffhanger situations to keep you hooked to the very end. You'll love this book if you enjoy really good adventure stories with a few laughs thrown in.
All in all it was FANTASTIC!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A series that gets better with each book 13 Jun 2002
For parents of boys who've given up on books, the Alex Rider series is a godsend. Here the reluctant teenage spy foils a Triad betting scam while working undercover as ball-boy at WImbledon, out-manoeuvres an assassin on his surfboard at Cornwall and survives a shark attack and a killer cave that kills two adult CIA spies. Ultimately, he saves the world... The tension is wicked, and so are the great jokes. More, please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in the world 6 July 2003
This is a really exciting book. It is the third Alex Rider book by Anthony Horowitz and I think its the best. It features spies, Crocodiles, Sharks and a Wimbledon Tennis Champion and is set in the Carribean. If you liked Stormbreaker and Point Blanc you will really love 'Skeleton Key'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read for my son and myself
A brilliant read for my son and myself, captured the imagination from beginning to end, didn't want to put the book down. Highly recommended.
Published 5 days ago by jomugs
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a great book full of action and I recommend it to anyone
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Published 18 days ago by rockface1256
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
I really enjoyed this book because it was really hard to put down, and each chapter ended on a cliffhanger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best read so far!
I have loved all the all the Alex Rider books so far and they keep getting better and better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
This book is very good and I would definitely recommend it. I would have given it ten stars if possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure books for 9+ boys.
My son loves this set of books, the story set is about different missions that a young spy undertakes and the adventures he embarks upon. Read more
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