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HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 15 February 2015
This is the third Alex Rider book, following on from “Stormbreaker” and “Point Blanc,” and the two previous books are also available as graphic novels. This book sees Alex rider forced to go into hiding on Skeleton Key, an island near Cuba, where a Russian General called Sarov is hatching a plan to change the history of the world…

My son loves graphic novels and these books do remain faithful to the original storyline, plus the books have excellent artwork. Anything which encourages children to read is fantastic; so if your child is daunted by longer novels, then possibly graphic novels could be the way to get them interested in books. Of course, they should be enjoyed just for what they are – which is good and exciting reads, with lots of child appeal.
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on 23 July 2017
No, I'm afraid it didn't. I thought this was the second novel but it turned out to be a comic style book and it is a library book which clearly shouldn't be being sold.
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on 5 December 2017
very good
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on 18 April 2017
This book is awesome, I am so addicted to the series! (I am 12). The books aren't for any specific gender, and I recommend it for over 11. There is violence for e.g. Shooting, fighting etc. This book, Skeleton Key, is about a 14-year-old spy called Alex Rider. This time, he is sent to Skeleton Key, an island in Cuba to research possible nuclear bomb threats. However, this time he works with the CIA, the American intelligence service. When his fake parents (CIA agents) disappear whilst scuba diving to find the Devil's Chimney, Alex follows their path and soon finds more trouble than ever...
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on 22 October 2017
Another wonderful book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
In this book Alex finds himself tackled by a Chinese gang which leads him to be shipped to 'safety'... into the hands of the CIA.
Posing as the son of a couple of American spies, Alex finds himself faced with a number of challenges, each more difficult and complicated than the last. Thanks to the wonderful Mr Smithers who provides fantastic gadgets, Alex is able to make a monumental achievement and save the world again... before he has to return to normal life at school.

An excellent read and a real page-turner!
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on 24 July 2002
I fully recommend Anthony Horowitz's new Alex Rider book, Skeleton Key. It is action-packed and reads just like watching an adventure film. This is a great sequel to 'Stormbreaker' and 'Point Blanc'. Anthony Horowitz makes me never want to put his books down because he is such a great author. This time, MI6 persuade Alex to find out who is trying to sabotage the Wimbledon tennis championships. Then a murderous Chinese triad gang try to kill him. He is forced to hide out at an island called Skeleton Key. General Sarov is an insane Russian who plans to change history with a nuclear bomb. Only Alex can stop him with some brilliantly disguised gadgets, such as a mobile phone that works underwater and has an aerial that shoots out a drugged needle when dialing '999'. Sarov's henchman, Conrad, doesn't making it easy for Alex. The teenage spy comes face to face with a great white shark, battles against a triad gang member on a jet ski, tries to blow up a classic motor yacht, and loads more... This is not as thrilling as the excellent 'Stormbreaker', but it is still one of the best books I've read.
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on 5 July 2017
Read it to the children (age 12 & 14) before bedtime. Enjoyed by children as well as Mum & Dad!
Slowly working through the series.
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on 28 September 2003
The third installment in the Alex Rider series looked set to be another star book - and it was. The third book incorporates some very good language and shows Alex has slightly matured but is still wanted as a spy. His skills are once again required and he has to save the day in this exciting spy adventure. Pick it up.
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on 20 November 2017
Great trade, trader and happy to do it again. Will be looking to buy from this trader\s again.
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on 27 August 2012
Book three in the Alex Rider series seems weaker than its predecessors. The plot sees Alex sent to America to help the CIA infiltrate a Caribbean island, but apart from a couple of action sequences feels bland and bitty.

The characters are generally forgettable and Rider hardly feels like a realistic teenager. There are hints that he is growing up in this book but they don't really fit well with the rest of the story, and his romance is portrayed in quite a ridiculous fashion.

I'm afraid this series has lost its way a little after a good start, and I'm not sure how much further I'm going to bother with it.
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