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Snakehead (Alex Rider) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (31 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406309354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406309355
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What’s impossible to resist are the imaginative gadgets and breakneck action, which Horowitz handles with his usual assurance and skill. Expect very high demand for this.' (Booklist)

'Recommend it to your reluctant readers and get ready for them to line up for the rest of the series.' (School Library Journal) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Alex Rider bites back --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Masson VINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
My family and I have been reading the Alex Rider novels since they first started coming out, and my youngest son has grown up with them. We found the latest to be the best yet--clever, classy, intrigue- and action-packed, with some great twists and turns. We also loved the fact it was set in our part of the world, in Australia and South-East Asia. A fantastic read, with some truly evil villains(including some horrible Dr Strangelove/Boys from Brazil medical types) and some great set-pieces, including a punishing bout for Alex of Muay Thai, the bloody Thai martial art with no holds barred at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was the first Alex Rider book that I've read. I wanted to gauge its suitability as a Christmas present for my nephew and also to get a feel for when my son might be old enough to start reading the series.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book which is a very readable thriller. The beginning is a little slow, but it builds and the action in the final quarter is particularly exciting. I won't reiterate the plot, but it is as plausible as any Bond movie (ie: just enough for you to suspend disbelief) and touches on current events like people smuggling and tsunamis.

I would think the bullseye age group for this book is 10-14 years. The vocabulary is probably too stretching for a younger reader (words like acrid, infiltration, gantry, proposition and ricocheted). The 400 page length and reasonably complicated plot would also be unlikely to sustain the interest of most younger readers. And while a child older than 14 would still enjoy this book, I think they could cope with something more complex, such as Matthew Reilly or Allan Folsom.

Here are some things that parents may like to know about this book:
- There is a lot of violence - mostly shooting but also stabbing and fighting. Some of that violence is unprovoked or involves innocent civilians. While the violence is not described in graphic detail, it does frequently occur. Alex once fires a gun, but he doesn't hit anybody.
- There are also some disturbing scenes, eg: one in which Alex is covered in rats (it scared me anyway!) and another when he is going to be farmed for body organs.
- There is no swearing or blasphemy - Alex does swear once but the description is "he spat out every foul word he knew" which is pretty vague!
- Alex is offered beer on at least two occasions (which he always declines).
- No sex. One passing reference to topless women in a Thai bar.

Overall I thought this action packed story was an excellent choice for a mature early teen.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Fernandez VINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 10 year old is a reluctant reader, on the whole. Most of the books that captured my attention when I was growing up (Narnia, Swallows and Amazons, The Hobbit) he struggles with. Even Harry Potter, who he loves, he gets bogged down in, and would rather I read to him.

Alex Rider is the exception. We went through all of the first six books in just over a school term. And when this one turned up, he read 50 pages in the first evening he got it.

I like the books as well, and managed to start this one before my son got his hands on it! Alex is a reluctant secret agent, and the scars and pain from earlier adventures stay with him. The issues that he faces - people trafficking in this book - are issues that children will hear about in the media, and the stories present them in such a way that they can see the human dimension. If anything, this book is a little less preposterous than some of the others (he isn't sent into space again ...!), but just as compulsive, and just as well geared into boys' minds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I like this book because it is exciting, and there is a surprise round every corner!!! It is the best book I have ever read! It has 416 exciting pages counting a thrilling extra chapter that you don't get in hard cover.
After that there is some words about how the author felt about this book. Overall it is an action packed book that you'll never forget:).
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Format: Hardcover
Alex Rider returns for another action packed adventure where he drops down on Australian land and is recruited by the ASIS to go undercover in a snakehead, which will ultimately bring him back to an old deadly enemy.

In the 7th instalment of the acclaimed series, Horowitz again uses a brilliant depth and accurate view of the world through researching all of the elements to be used in his novel, which has to be admired, and through this, do readers get a great description of what is happening and a very descriptive approach to the novel.

This research conforms brilliantly to what Horowitz has chosen Rider to do this time, in exploring boats, Australia, science, bombs plus other meaningful and wonderful things that are all well developed and executed by one of the best children's fiction writers of recent years.

Though not as intriguing as the first couple of novels, Snakehead packs a deadly bite into the Alex Rider story with a very dramatic twist on Alex's personal life, by including Alex's godfather, who is an intriguing character to read about from start to finish.

Again Alex is put in a do or die situation at many points and a high authority blackmails him in a way to get him to do a job. Horowitz again writes with a sense of purpose, and an inevitability that is gripping and is almost impossible to put the book down when a major event is happening.

The book conforms to the genre brilliantly, with chases, fights, helicopters and guns etc, the typical conventions of the action genre. And as usual, here is a question of the realistic outcomes of situations but even so are deadly exciting and edge of your seat reading with a great central lead.
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