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Alex Rider Bk 6: Ark Angel Paperback – 1 Apr 2005
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The action-packed sixth adventure in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with the latest adventure in the Alex Rider series, Russian Roulette and the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk. His latest novel, Moriarty, is also set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and was published in October 2014. Anthony was also chosen by the Ian Fleming estate to write the new James Bond novel which will be published this year. Anthony has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children's Book Award. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. He has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle's War.
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ARK ANGEL picks up immediately where SCORPIA, book five, left off. At the end of that book, we saw Alex Rider on the ground, wounded by a sniper's bullet. For those who thought that Anthony Horowitz was planning to kill off our favorite young MI6 agent, please be assured that ARK ANGEL does not in any way imply dead. Alex is alive and relatively well, recuperating in an exclusive private hospital in London. The sniper's bullet missed his heart, instead bouncing off a rib and exiting out his arm. Now, as he's recovering in posh room nine of the hospital, he becomes friends with Paul. The same Paul that turns out to be the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world.
When Alex saves Paul during a kidnapping attempt, Nikolai invites Alex to finish his recuperation at his estate. Alex soon wonders at the wisdom of being in Drevin's company, however, when he learns that an eco-terrorist group known as Force Three has threatened not only the Drevin family, but the safety of the entire world.
Nikolai Drevin's latest project, Ark Angel, is in full swing. Designed to become the first ultimate luxury hotel in outer space, it contains everything the world's richest people could want. It's also, at least according to Force Three, a threat to the environment of Earth as we know it. Now the members of the terrorist group are out to stop Ark Angel from ever opening, and they'll do anything--and everything--they can to see their mission come to completion. Even if it means hurtling the hotel back through the atmosphere and onto Earth's surface.
ARK ANGEL is another action-adventure read that will keep you turning pages right through to the end. Alex Rider has come a long way since the fourteen-year old boy roped into complying with MI6, but there's part of him that's still determined to leave the spy organization for good. Yet he knows that his skills are needed, and the unending action of ARK ANGEL show in detail why that is. You won't go wrong with any of the books in the Alex Rider series, and I can say that I'm excited about the opening of the movie STORMBREAKER, the first Alex Rider adventure, which is in development now.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
This entry in particular feels a lot like a James Bond movie, almost straying into parody in places, and is a little more brutal and graphic than the earlier books in the series. The action depicts some violence and a considerable amount of threat, that may not be considered suitable for the youngest readers.
Horowitz does well to keep the plot grounded and believable, and even when it seems like the story is going to jump the shark his writing keeps it feeling just authentic enough. It's clear a lot of research has gone into the book and I found it one of his most enjoyable stories.
Yes, more high speed adventures and dramatic escapes. Again Alex is shamefully used by MI6 and the CIA, who know a good thing when they see it. (What does it matter about his GCSEs!) As ever, MI6's Smithers is fun. Gadgets this time masquerade as an asthma inhaler, an iPod and mosquito repellent. Not fun at all is multi-billionaire Nikolei Drevlin, who cannot bear to lose - not even a "friendly" go-kart race, and certainly not a league football match. (Faithful readers will know all along that Horowitz has a spectacularly gory demise lined up for him - something to look forward to.)
The novel concerns plans for a luxury hotel in space - the Ark Angel of the title. In his 2010 edition "Afterword" Horowitz admits certain aspects of the story may be hard to believe. He assures us everything described is possible. Like Ian Fleming, the writer who so inspired him, Horowitz does his research - love of detail always a key feature.
Hard to put down - that is not just the book, but Alex himself. Long may he continue to ensure the ruthless are thwarted -thereby guaranteeing his fans more immense enjoyment!
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