- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Longman; New Ed edition (5 Feb. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 058284875X
- ISBN-13: 978-0582848757
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.3 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spies are great currency for exciting storylines, but few authors manage to successfully concoct realistic scenarios for a willing readership expecting chases, gunshots and thrills aplenty. In the first of what could easily become his most memorable series of novels to date, Anthony Horowitz has added a tongue-in-cheek quality to Stormbreaker that lifts it above several others in the same genre.
Horowitz knows that his main character, 14-year-old Alex Rider, is a normal teenager and he never forgets this when he thrusts his young hero into the thick of several truly edge-of-seat scenarios. There is humour alongside the action too--some great characters and cutting one-liners--that helps to ensure that entertainment is high on the agenda throughout.
Orphan Alex thought he knew his Uncle Ian Rider--until the elusive banker is killed in a tragic car accident. Immediately, Alex's life starts to get stranger by the day as his guardian's friends and colleagues start showing up and contradicting everything Alex thought he knew about the man he'd called Dad for so long. Maybe Ian Rider was not a banker after all? Surely the bullet holes in his Uncle's totalled car reveal that he had not died in an accident, but was murdered? Everything is explained when Alex decides to track down Ian Rider's real employers, but Alex is in for a surprise when they decide to contact him. The truth is hard to take, but maybe by following in his uncle's secret footsteps he might get the chance for revenge.
Apart from a slightly over-the-top finale involving a helicopter and the roof of London's Science Museum, Stormbreaker is a refreshingly energetic yarn that is required reading for fans of the contemporary thriller. --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Slam-bang action, spying and high-tech gadgets . . . . a non-stop thriller!" - Kirkus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is plot and action heavy and the pace is fast. The chapters are short and punchy and there isn't a great deal of philosophy or serious emotional stuff going on here. The book starts with the assassination of Alex's uncle, the man who has been his guardian since he was a baby, and Alex copes with his loss remarkably well. The story just speeds forward onto the next action sequence and the next. It is written very much like a computer game, one problem gets solved, the next one immediately springs up, and it is generally one which requires a great deal of physical action and not a terrible amount of anything else.
It was silly, and implausible, and at times, my rather more rational grown up head just wanted to shout 'no! that's rubbish!' but the part of me that just appreciates a very silly action romp shouted it down.
It is a relatively quick read, which I think is also an enormous part of the appeal.
I would say ten is probably the youngest I would recommend this too unless you have a particularly precocious reader on your hands. There is a lot of violence, a lot of casual death and some fairly gruesome events which may not sit well with younger readers/listeners.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
these books are looked at for 11 yr olds even though im 14 they are books i simply never get bored of u can keep reading till ur heart contents and not only they are wrote by a... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Filled with twists and turns and it will have you second guessing. An absolute pleasure of a read. Definitely a book I would heavily recommendPublished 3 months ago by Reygal
This is a great series. In fact the whole series is great. Ive read every Alex Rider book and every page just added more and more suspense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was in wonderful condition and came within the time frame as advertised. Thank you! My son loved it!Published 3 months ago by Bubbles
i love this book its way better than book sieries like harry potter or tom gates anthony Horowitz is the best author in the world , even better than DickensPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the series and plan on buying them all! Would recommend it to everyone! It's totally worth the price!
absolutly brilliant book. it was gripping from beginning to end. i loved it. a real page turner. i can't wait for morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer