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Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin (Alex Rider Adventures) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Age Range: 11 - 15 years
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399254412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399254413
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."

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My 10 year old son devoured this book! He was bursting with enthusiasm when he was reading it and has declared it one of his top 5 all time reads! He hadn't read the Alex Rider books but that didn't matter and he now wants to go on to read the Alex Rider series.
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By Will on 26 Dec. 2013
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The plot was completely odd, as it was all about Yassen not wanting to be an assassin but that is not the man we know from the Alex Rider series. It was well written though and I enjoyed knowing more about Scorpia and what it does
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A good book that is appropriate for a lot of ages 10+. It ties up the loose ends from all the other Alex Rider books
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Yassen, a vicious assassin in the employ of Scorpia (a consortium of vile international crooks), is given the order to kill Alex Rider, the fourteen-year-old hero of several of Horowitz's wonderful stories for children. He, Yassen, settles down, the night before his evil mission, to read his diary, the story of his own life, beginning when he, too, was 14. We are off.

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.

Charles
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This book is definitely for any fans of the Alex Rider books as it offers a fresh view of some of the events in the series. Russian Roulette follows assassin Yassen Gregorovich and his transformation from an innocent boy to ruthless assassin. I felt that the book was slow in many parts but once Yassen comes into contact with Scorpia the book becomes a fast paced thriller that you won't want to put down. I am hoping that Horowitz turns this into a series as he could easily write about Yassen's life as an assassin between his first contract and the events of Eagle Strike (Alex Rider Book 4). All in all a good read that will satisfy any fan of Alex Rider.
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The book starts in Russia, instead the world of crazed oligarchs and bizarre organisations bent on killing each other. Not an absorbing read with a weak and contrived plot.
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By Stu on 1 Dec. 2013
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I liked the different style in which this Alex Rider book was set, from the perspective of a killer. However more action scenes wouldn't have gone a miss.
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Well good.... I suggest this to any reader. Best Antony Horowitz book yet. Please read this book. Please please please.......
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