“ Author: Anthony Horowitz / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 April 2005 / Genre: Adventure Stories / Subcategory: Children's Fiction / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd / Title: Eagle Strike / ISBN 13: 9781844280957 / ISBN 10: 1844280957 / Alternative title: Alex Rider 4: Eagle Strike - Anthony Horowitz / Alternative ISBN 10: 1844280950 „
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Eagle Strike - The fourth in the Alex Rider series, with what is defiantly the most explosive and addictive yet.
Alex is at his friend's house when a known terrorist blows up his friend's house with their father inside. Alex suspects foul play when he finds known terrorist Yassen Gregovich. After he goes to MI5 they tell him to leave it and that its none of their business so Alex has to work alone.... Also at the same time multi millionaire environmentalist Damien Cray has made a new gaming console with a twisted secret behind it but when Alex finds that Damien Cray is involved in his friends dads attempted murder. He goes snooping around and finds that a much bigger scheme is going on which is to get rid of the major producing drugs plantations killing hundreds of thousand innocent people. Also at the end of it Alex gets told a secret right from the villains mouth which leads to a massive cliff hanger. Amazing read and a book which you cannot put down.
Eagle Strike is the fourth book in the excellent Alex Rider series written by the brilliant children`s writer Anthony Horowitz. I think Eagle Strike is one of the best books in the series which is a fantastic achievement.
Alex Rider is the main character in this book like the rest of the series. He is a reluctant teenage spy for MI6. The book starts off with him relaxing on the beach in France with his friends Sabina Pleasure. When suddenly he sees Yassen Gregorovich, the Russian assassin who killed his uncle. Alex investigates and finds out Yassen is being employed by Damien Cray the man who can do nothing wrong. He then goes out around Europe to find more out about Cray and finds some shocking discoveries and the book also includes a revolutionary games console, Air Force One and a famous singer.
The best character is Damien Craig who tries to do what he thinks is best for the world but does it with complete ruthlessness and reminds me of other characters in other books and films like in the Dark Knight the character who wants to destroy the world. His scheme will have a massive effect on the whole world and yet he does not think twice about doing it. Alex Rider is also a great character who the target audience teenage boys can relate to.
The book is full of action and therefore is an action/adventure book with the spy element thrown in for good measure making it an exciting read. This book is like a younger James Bond and the same can be said for the rest of the series.
My opinion of this book is like the rest of the Alex Rider series that it is brilliant and that Horowitz is a fantastic author. This book like the rest of the series is best for teenagers but can be enjoyed by anyone. I think Eagle Strike is either my favourite book in the Alex Rider series or second as it is just so exciting has lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of action and great characters written by one of my favourite authors.
If you like this book obviously read the rest of the series and another series of books I think people would enjoy that is similar is the CHERUB series with the first book called the Recruit which I have also reviewed.
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5/5 Another incredible book in the Alex Rider series and written by Anthony Horowitz.
Recommended for all!
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"Eagle Strike", the fourth in Horowitz's Alex Rider series, is, to me, the best yet. The book starts with Alex Rider, the ordinary schoolboy, relaxing on a French beach with his friend. Nothing could go wrong ... or so it would seem, until an attack on his friend's family provoke him to investigate. However, MI6 don't want to know this time, so Alex goes it alone. He is plunged into a world of violence an mystery, involving multi-million pound celebrity Damian Cray and the old enemy who killed Alex's uncle in "Stormbreaker", the notorious Yassen Gregorovich.
This book is absolutely captivating, and this was shown when it became the Number 1 Bestseller when it was published in 2003. Quite frankly, having read it, I am not surprised it gained this award.
This book is all about the unexpected, and Horowitz uses this tactic extremely well throughout the story. To start, Alex Rider suspects that Damian Cray, the world-famous celebrity, is involved with the attack on his host family. This is seemingly what throws MI6 right off Alex's mission, but we soon learn that there is a deeper, darker, more unexpected conclusion to the story than can ever be imagined.
The conclusion to this book is, to me, the best conclusion of the series so far. I'm going to have to be very careful here so as not to spoil it for any potential readers! It is so totally unexpected, and it followed such a captivating, action-packed plotline, that I was totally baffled by it. I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adults because it is truly one of the best reads I have ever experienced.
Retailing at maximum £5.99 (paperback), this book is a great read for a low price. If you hunt around there will be cheaper offers on the book in some stores, and if there is a cheap offer for buying the whole series, this would be the one I advise, because once I had finished this book, the only think I could think of for the next few days was of when the next one would be coming out.
This book teaches you one main thing - expect the unexpected...
Title: eagle strike
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Warning may contain spoilers
Alex Rider is a fourteen year old boy who had worked on three occasions the story starts on a beach in France where Alex was having a holiday with his, ahem 'friend' Sabrina Pleasure. Alex saw the hated face of Yassen Gregorovich, the Russian assassin whom had killed his uncle Ian Rider. Alex investigates and discovers that Yassen was under the employment of 'national treasure' Damiean Craig. The next then follows Craig all around Europe in an attempt to stop 'eagle strike' before he even knows what it is. This story reaches a dramatic climax onboard the presidential plane Air Force One.
My favourite character would have to be Damiean Craig. He wants to do what is best for the world, however he does this with unprecedented ruthlessness. Take for example in Craig's murder of Yassen Gregorovich because Yassen would not kill children. Craig's 'big idea' was to launch a nuclear strike of the largest drug plantations on the planet. A villain met a grisly end when he fell out of Air Force One and was literally vaporised by a turbine.
My overall opinion of the story is as with the entire Alex Rider series 'incredible'. It has a twist at every turn and him whatever you take for granted is blown either up or away on the very next page. The sense of realism is tremendous, everything is just so, the presidential seal, Air Force One and of course the gadgets. Whoever said that sequels are never as good as the original? Nonsense!
If you've read other books by Anthony Horowitz, you will know there is a noticeable difference between them and the Alex Rider books. The hilarious humour that marks the 'Diamond Brothers' series and 'Granny' is replaced by a serious and hard, action packed plot. No more puns in every other line, but action and suspense round every corner.
Alex Rider, a mini James bond character is a mere 14 year old, skilled with martial arts, walking the tight rope, driving any vehicle over earth, sea and sky, and speaking an impressive assortment of languages: the golden hero. Trouble is, he's a reluctant one, too.
Forced into the service of MI6 after the suspicious death of his guardian, Alex finds himself armed with innovative gadgets and going through a series of missions, over a very short period of time- and six books.
Funnily enough, they all involve saving the world from psychos, power hungry millionnaires and crazy doctors.
Nevertheless, they provide hours of edge-of-the-chair suspense. Brilliant graphical descriptions. A brilliant read for all teenagers and even over 20's.
Personally, I can't wait for the next one!
This is a review on the book Point Blanc, but I have put it into the wrong section and can't figure out to remove it and put it where it should be. Any help would be appraciated. This is an audio book consisting of 5 CD?s and the approx running time is 5 hours 44 minutes. The 5 CD?s are enclosed in one box, making it very handy to carry in the car. The CD?s were bought in WH Smith on an offer for Buy 3 for 2, so I am not sure of the exact price, the CD?s can still be bought at WH Smith for £11.96 or from Amazon for £10.49 On long journeys in the car this is essential to keep the children quiet and to stop them fighting. As the punishment for not listening to the story the CD is turned off, as you would expect this is not welcome and creates within the car a certain amount of self-discipline and peer pressure discipline, as each one of the 3 boys want to here the exciting story line develop. We have listened to this story on at least 3 occasions and each time is as exciting as the last. There is always an anticlimax after the CD has finished and there is a good general discussion about the plot and a number of ideas are suggested as to what might have happened if?.. Through the listening to this book the youngest of the 3 boys has developed an interest in reading and wants to read as mush as he can (age 7). He is not able to read the book, but wants to read things more suitable to his age range. The book is an excellent to read and to listen to in the car, it has been brought into the house and put onto their own CD player and certain parts of particular interest to the children have been repeated. This is the second book in the Alex Rider series. The descriptions of characters and gadgets seem to make this book play like a movie in your mind, and hopefully will one day follow the Harry Potter series and make the big screen. Very soon after the Stormbreaker experience Alex finds himself back at school and try
ing to live a normal life of a 14-year-old schoolboy. As this is Alex Rider there is a twist to the book and he finds himself working for MI6 again. This time Alex finds himself at an exclusive school for the ill disciplined children of the very rich. The children arrive at the school as rebellious as they can be and very soon they are sent back to their parents the most perfectly good and well-mannered children, willing to do anything to please. Alex armed with a few gadgets from Smithers soon discovers the sinister Dr Grief?s evil plan and how the children change. There is an amazing escape from the school, which is on an isolated peak in the French Alps, totally over the top and in the same league as James Bond in terms of fantasy. After all this is what young boys are dreaming about. This is another amazing well-written book, and is read in and ?easy to listen to voice? by Oliver Chris. Oliver has a very good rang of voices for the individual characters and switches from one voice to another with great ease, making the CD very easy and interesting to listen to. I am a great fan of Harry Potter, but the Alex Rider series, in my opinion is better written, with more interesting characters and a better story line. which keeps you listening until the next time there is a break in the story line before getting out of the car. So much suspense was crammed into the pages of this book. If you have not read the previous book, or listened to it on CD, GET YOUR HAND ON IT AND LISTEN. The story line on the previous book is not linked to this story and you can listen to this book with no prior knowledge of the first book. I am a great fan of this series of books and this is another one, which, I have thoroughly enjoyable listening to in the car and is one audio book that should not be missed by anyone. Hope you enjoy this review.