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Stormbreaker Hardcover – 5 Feb 2004

4.6 out of 5 stars 393 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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.

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"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.

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Our son 11 loves this book he can't wait for the next one to arrive
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my niece adored it.
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Fast paced action. Engaged 12-14 yr olds who did not want to read!
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Nice item quick delivery
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this should have been noted as a teenager book as the author writes for teens and adults
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This book is the coolest thing I've ever read. It's exciting, thrilling and dangerous. I'm definitely going to read Point Blanc.
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I volunteer in a school, and my main job is to encourage children to read for pleasure, particularly boys. Many of the boys in the older classes (primary school so ten and eleven year olds) are obsessed by the Alex Rider books, of which this, Stormbreaker, is the first in the series. I decided that I should read it so that I could get to grips with the kind of thing they enjoy and meet them where they're at, rather than expecting them to start with Pride and Prejudice.

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.
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