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Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin (Alex Rider Adventures) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Anthony Horowitz is a world-renowned screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and of course, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series (including STORMBREAKER, POINT BLANC, SKELETON KEY, EAGLE STRIKE, SCORPIA, ARK ANGEL, SNAKEHEAD, CROCODILE TEARS, SCORPIA RISING, and RUSSIAN ROULETTE) which has spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels.
Mr. Horowitz lives in London with his wife, Jill, and their two sons, Nicholas and Cassian."
Top Customer Reviews
Could anyone else have made a paid assassin into a sympathetic character for young readers? I doubt it. But Horowitz pulls it off. We follow the young Yassen on his journey through life, from the disaster which destroys everything he knows, including his parents, his best friend and his grandmother, to his becoming one of the most successful killers in the world. And that journey is appalling. But, somehow, Yassen retains his humanity through most of it.
Horowitz's writing style is perfect for teenagers (and even for elderly readers like me). He is never patronising. He resists the temptation to which so many other writers for children (and even adults) give in to lecture and educate. He just tells a story beautifully and grippingly.
Why should we adults be given rubbish written by Dan Brown, Jeffrey Archer etc. when children are given pearls like this?
This is yet another triumph for the man who must, surely, be our finest living author of children's books.
The book focuses more on a major character rather than Alex Rider but no doubt will still be enjoyed by AR fans.
I should point out that I would advise that parents should exercise slight caution before giving the book to children who are under 13 due to the content - it may be wise for parents to read through the book first and decide if it's right for younger readers - but otherwise the book is fine for a general audience. Despite this, in my opinion there's nothing which would suggest it should be for adults only since Anthony Horowitz is a well known children's author.
This is a great read and the content shouldn't be too much of a problem for any established Alex Rider fans, so I'm happy to give it 5 stars.
I don't like spoilers, so won't get too specific, but I assume the reader is familiar with Yassen from Stormbreaker, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, and Snakehead. In this book, Yassen and John Rider's relationship and their time with Scorpia simply isn't in sync with the other books, especially with Snakehead and the story Alex's godfather Ash tells about Malta.
In fact, Malta is completely ignored in this book. I've made allowances in the past with the other books when a few small details don't match up between them, but this one I can't. Mdina is such an integral part of canon. Yassen and John are supposed to be partners, all the way until their assignment in Malta 'goes bad'. It's the motive behind Ash's actions in Snakehead, the motive in Eagle Strike for Yassen telling Alex about Scorpia in the first place. It makes the chapter 'Power Plus' in this book simply difficult to accept.
As a fan of the series, I was disappointed with how this book turned out. I really wanted to like it because it was well written. It started out strong, but failed for me in the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This explains why Yassen Gregorovich is who he is and why he relates so much to Alex Rider. It is heartfelt and exciting right from the start. Read morePublished 5 months ago by pixie
Amazing, stunningly awesome .!!!!!!!! I enjoyed it. Also read the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz . I loved itPublished 8 months ago by Toby Barker
Bought this for my grandson, 12 years old, as he is an Alex Rider fan and he loved the story. Good value if you buy the nearly new books.Published 9 months ago by Boatman