Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider) Hardcover – 12 Nov 2009
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About the Author
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.
Alex Rider's eighth adventure and the most action-packed yet...
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The book starts off with a bang (literally) as a bomb is exploded in a nuclear power station in India. The action then moves to Scotland where Alex is holidaying with the Pleasure family. He attends a lavish New Year's Eve party in a remote Scottish castle hosted by wealthy philanthropist Desmond McCain, who runs an international charity, First Aid. Alex is disturbed by his first encounter by McCain and wonders if there's a connection when shortly afterwards he narrowly escapes from what he suspects to have been a deliberate car accident.
Back in London, Alex is forced to turn to MI6 for help when a journalist threatens to expose his past. In return MI6 ask him to help them investigate the director of a highly secure GM research centre. Slowly the disparate threads of the story start to come together, but will Alex be able to pass on what he knows before the bad guys catch up with him?
I thought it was an extremely exciting story, a real page turner. It is slightly darker and more complex than others in the series: this is definitely "young adult" territory, although there are also parts which are highly reminiscent of scenes in the previous books.
Here are some things that parents may like to know (minor spoilers follow):
- There is frequent violence in the book (similar to the previous books in this series). A couple of the villains die in particularly unpleasant ways.Read more ›
Just 2 months after Snakehead, life is starting to look up for Alex. He believes he is finished with MI6 and will finally be able to continue on with his life- normally. After a powerful start, the book soon plunges straight into the action and more importantly- the main plot. The plot is once again brilliantly complex yet simple enough for everything to be taken in at once. Alex faces some important life decisions and is once again put in the face of danger, on his own. The plot never falters, and seamlessly flows through, slotting pieces of information together. It is a great read for those who are fans of Anthony's works, and i'm sure you won't be disappointed!
The villian always tells Alex his plans and Alex always gets away and stops it. This story seems to have been taken form books and films from everywhere.
How many 'James Bond' films have we seen where James Bond is wearing a dinner suit and jacket and plays poker against pro-poker players and just happens to win against the odds? Well here we have Alex Rider in a dinner suit and he just happens to sit in on one last hand and of course the biggest hand and guess what? See you are ahead of me already.. His opponent thinks he wins, then Alex turns his cards and they of course win.
Then we find Alex and his girlfreind in a Scotish castle for new year, That was the story I read last year when 'Jason Steed' was at The Scottish castle Balmoral with his girlfreind.
The story does move very fast, infact faster than any of the others, He still has him man 'Q' oh no sorry 'Smithers' who makes him gadgets to use on his spying mission, you know you have seen the films, pens that blow up, decoders and metal eating paste.
I think Jimmy Coates series seems to improve and get better, I like them now over Alex. The best series is probably 'Cherub' by 'Robert Muchamore' my favorite teen spy is Jason Steed.
I am now reading 'Hendersons Boys' by Robert Muchamore, this series is fantastic and I think is as good if not better than Cherub, although not as funny.
I would still recommend this book as it is a good book to read, but nothing new or original. I am not sure if Anthony Horowitz will write another Alex Rider book, I hope he can come up with an original plot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing story once again! Anthony Horowitz never fails to get me hooked on reading Alex Rider books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good condition, part of series being read by 11 year old boyPublished 7 months ago by Mrs Abigail L Orchard