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Author: Anthony Horowitz / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 10 April 2008 / Genre: Crime & Thriller / Subcategory: Adventure Stories / Category: Thrillers / Publisher: Walker Books Ltd / Title: Snakehead / ISBN 13: 9781406310399 / ISBN 10: 1406310399 / Alternative title: Alex Rider: Snakehead - Anthony Horowitz / Alternative ISBN 10: 1406309354

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      14.02.2010 19:30

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      Alex seventh adventure in which he battles with the snake heads of Australia.

      Snakehead head is the seventh book in the Alex Rider series and Anthony Horowitz still throws in suspense, surprise and have you non-stop reading till you finish it. This book is aimed more about finding out about Alex's family. It is concentrated around Australasia with all the snakeheads and the smuggling in of immigrants out of Indonesia into Australia. Every time you thing now that was a good bit time for a relax it sets you off again meaning that you can never stop thinking about it. Even in the final chapters it could go either way with movie like characteristics. The only negative point there is that the leader of the snakehead is not portrayed to be evil enough which suggests that maybe Horowitz is starting to try and aim this book at the younger readers. I would say this book is aimed at the 10-15 age readers but please don't take that if you're an adult you won't enjoy this thrill. I am looking am forward to much more of this from Horowitz and can't wait for his next book.

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      04.07.2009 13:26
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      Alex Rider is Back and Better

      Snakehead:
      Snakehead is the seventh book in the Alex Rider Series. It is concentrated around Alex finding more about his family when he does find out it turn's into an awkward moment where the phrase let sleeping dogs lie comes in the surface. But even with the complications it continues to Scare, Smile, Laugh. When it first came out i was talking to a friend who said He didn't want to read it just incase Horowitz had fallen down. Let me tell you that he hasn't in the slightest. In fact i would go to say it is at the top or around it definatly. The actions scene's are as good as television with the wit to make you think. Who ever said Harry Potter is the Best Book's for children watch out because here we have a very close contester. Only Bad point is that it slightly drag's on
      Warning: If you start you won't be able stop!

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        27.05.2009 14:25
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        Absolutely stunning plot - I couldn't put it down

        "Snakehead" is the seventh, and as of yet latest, Alex Rider book by Anthony Horowitz. Having read the first six, I had high expectations of this book, and it delivered with a better quality than I could have ever expected.

        Once again, just when you think Alex Rider is relaxing back into a normal teenage life, he is thrown into a new world and ends up working for ASIS in Australia. Here, he meets up with Ash, his father's friend, and they go out on a mission together into the criminal underworld of South-East Asia.

        This book is the best in my opinion for the number of twists in the plotline, the biggest of all coming close to the end. Throughout the book, I was totally entranced by Horowitz's clever and action-packed writing. This book has 398 pages, and I was not bored for a single one of them.

        How Horowitz gets all of his creative ideas is beyond me, because some of the ideas in this book are simply outstanding. As clues are developed throughout the story, we realise towards the end that the biggest twist of all is yet to come. The book contains moments of excitement and suspense at the same time as moments of extreme sadness. This, to me, is what makes this book the best of the series so far.

        There is a clever contrast here to in the last book. Where in the last book, the villain seemed like a nice kind of guy, here, the villain is pure evil. We see this from the start, and just when we think we know everything, we realise that the villain who has been trying to kill Alex is in fact the person who we least expect.

        The unexpected is what makes this series of books one of the best I have ever read. I could not have predicted any of the numerous twists and turns that Horowitz dreamt up for this book, and I loved every single one of them.

        This book retails at a maximum £12.99 (hardback). This is expensive, I know, so do try hunting around for better offers, and if you can, do buy more than one of this series in baulk, because they are all amazing reads. Perhaps if there are any parents out there, buy the book for your child's birthday. If they are between the ages of 10 and 20 I can pretty much guarantee that they will enjoy this book immensely. It is absolutely fascinating to read.

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        17.05.2009 21:57
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        Another great book in the Alex Rider saga.

        Title: Snakehead
        Author: Anthony Horrowitz's
        Warning: May contain spoilers




        No sooner has Alex Rider splashed down off the coast of Australia than he is whisked off on another adventure. The ACIS (Australian Central Intelligence Service) are using him to infiltrate the ruthless Snakehead, but along the way he bumps into MI6 and more concerningly S.C.O.R.P.I.A. When Alex discovers S.C.O.R.P.I.A.'s intentions it becomes a race against time, nature and the Korean government. Billions of lives are at stake and only Alex can save them.

        My favourite character has to be Major Winston Yu, who worked for MI6 during the Cold War. The Major sold top secret information to the same Snakehead Alex had to infiltrate. Yu gradually made it to the top of the Snakehead, his lead competitors often drowning, falling off buildings, etc. The Major is also a founder and executive board member of S.C.O.R.P.I.A., a vicious organisation formed by rebel agents during the Cold War. Earlier that year Alex had foiled S.C.O.R.P.I.A.'s attempt to murder millions of English school children. Major Yu had a rare bone condition, which was eventually the end of him.
        My over all opinion of this book is, fantastic. Anthony Horrowitz's creativity never ceases to amaze, every time S.C.O.R.P.I.A. enters the fray you just know that you won't put that book down.

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        16.02.2009 18:31
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        An excellent read but more for older readers than the other books in the series

        I bought this for my little Brother's birthday a couple of years ago. He was engrossed in it and didn't come out of his bedroom until he'd finished reading it! I've recently persuaded him to let me read it and I can tell you, I'm impressed!


        Blimey! This is a hell of a book and the number of pages seems to reflect the amount of time the author has spent writing it, 2 years if the back cover is to be believed.


        Anthony Horowitz is probably one of the best writers of the 21st century so far, and the Alex Rider series is his flagship. It clearly reflects his excellent writing style. However, Horowitz seems to have moved on a bit from Children's writing, and brought the Alex Rider series with him. Perhaps this is a wise move as the original readers of the series will now be in their mid-teens. Alex seems to have been brought into the real world and away from the James Bond style paraphernalia that surrounded the early books. There are as many gadgets as before but now much less attention is drawn to them.


        As in the fifth book of the series (Scorpia) Alex learns more about the real death of his Father and Mother, who died in a supposed plane crash just before the start of the first novel. He meets an old friend of his father (Ash) who joins him on his mission and the reader is gradually fed titbits of information relating to the death of his father, which builds a huge amount of suspense.


        The setting changes regularly throughout the book, starting as Alex splashes down into the Pacific Ocean (which is where the last book left off). From there it ranges from a funeral directors in London, to a cargo ship and various places around the Southern Pacific.


        You don't need to know much about politics for this book. However you do need to have a good sense of geography, or at least a sense of direction as the reader is whisked through the various settings at the metaphorical speed of light! This also helps to build tension and confuses the reader, which I hasten to add is a good thing in a thriller, and is a language tool which people such as William Shakespeare have used.


        One thing that I have always disliked about this series is the huge amount of detail the writer puts into what you would assume to be erroneous pieces of information. I first found this with the second book (Point Blanc). In a snowmobile chase near to the end of the story the writer spends do long describing the type of snowmobile our hero is riding that you actually forget what's happening in the story. The atmosphere of tension and suspense is lost. After all, the simple idea of a thriller is to thrill isn't it? I know that most of the readers will be young boys but if you're going to aim a novel at an older audience then the style of writing has to grow up too. This though, is a minor niggle and the Snakehead is much more action packed.


        As I have previously mentioned this book is much more grown up than the previous books and there are some parts of it which are quite horrifying. In one part, for instance, Alex is sent to a clinic where they sell your body parts (without your consent!) on the black market. I wouldn't recommend this to younger children, as the book touches upon some quite adult issues and some parts can leave you with a feeling of sickness in the pit of your stomach.


        I bought this book for £12.99 although looking on Amazon I see that it can be picked up for £6.99, about which, understandably I feel a bit narked. However the book does have nearly 400 pages, much more than any of the other of the series.


        Overall, this is a book which can be enjoyed by parents and their children. However, it is much more gritty and down to earth than many of the other Alex Rider novels and I don't recommend it for younger readers.

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        21.04.2008 19:15
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        if you have read the others then this is a must read.

        The 7th and possible last in the Alex rider series has to be one of the best books i have ever read by a truly superb author. If you don't know the general storyline of the series i don't want to give much away other than that the main character Alex Rider joins MI6 as a teenage spy and is sent on a series of missions. The latest book Snakehead brings Alex up agianst his most dealy enemy yet the Snakehead gang and once agian Scorpia. Alex has to travel to many countries and ends up on 2 missions one from the Austrailian Gov and one for the British Gov. The book has many twists and turns and great action. Anthony Horowitz makes you feel like you are in the book through great description and emotion. This is probably the best book out of the 7 although that is down to opinion and i hope that Mr horowitz will right another about the young James Bond.

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