This is not my view but that of my son. I bought it for him - as a reluctant 11-year-old reader, I am always keen to find books he will read. He has always loved Alex Rider books - the combination of action, pace, heroics and dare devilry has kept him reading despite the books' length, and this was no exception. Anthony Horowitz has done a marvellous job at creating a hero and stories that keep my son hooked. Thanks!