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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Alex Rider
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; English Language edition (February 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142405787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142405789
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Editorial Reviews Review

Fans of the Alex Rider Adventures will not be disappointed by the slam-bang action in this fifth book in the spy thriller series, although the ending may leave them feeling a bit dismayed. A parachute jump onto the roof of a super-secure pharmaceutical complex, a desperate escape from a water-filled cellar under the canals of Venice, elegant and witty encounters with mega-criminals bent on death -- it's all here, and Alex, still 14-years old, comes out ahead every time in spite of the heavy odds against him. "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny," Alex was told by a dying man at the end of the previous book, Eagle Strike. And so we find him; in Venice, with his friend Tom, looking for clues to his father's identity and death. Was he an agent of M16, the secret world organization that has used Alex before? Or was he a tool of Scorpia, the powerful international criminal agency that specializes in sabotage, corruption, intelligence, and assassination? And which are the bad guys? Alex loses track as he is recruited by the beautiful and deadly Julia Rothman, one of the nine executives of Scorpia, to be trained at their Venetian island school for assassins and to take part in a plot to kill thousands of 12 and 13-year-olds in England. Caught between shifting allegiances and different versions of his father's life and death, Alex outwits and outfights everybody as the plot rockets along to a smash finish that will leave readers breathless and shocked. (Ages 10-14) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10–Alex Rider, the 14-year-old spy and adventurer from Stormbreaker (2001), Point Blank (2002), Skeleton Key (2003), and Eagle Strike (2004, all Philomel), is back. While vacationing in Italy, he is recruited by the deadliest terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, away from the world of M16, a British secret intelligence organization. Through a web of lies and deceit, Alex is persuaded to assassinate the deputy head of M16, a former friend and supervisor, while Scorpia plans a secret mission that will kill hundreds of thousands of British children in the blink of an eye. Missing his target and captured by M16, Rider is sent back into Scorpia, but this time as a spy. It is only with the teen's help that M16 can stop the organization's vicious threat. Of course, Alex Rider saves the day, but not without psychological mind gaming and fighting that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the final page. These titles are perfect for James Bond wannabes and reluctant readers. No prior knowledge of the previous books is necessary, as Horowitz drops clues from previous adventures.–Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear -- "My father was a very secretive man," he says-- so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.
A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands&. I was an astoundingly large, round child&." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And&oh yes&there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
At the end of Eagle Strike, Alex learns something about his father who died when Alex was a baby. He must find out the truth about his father's life and work so he is off to Venice to find a crime syndicate called Scorpia. This time he is on his own without any fancy gadgets or backup. When he meets Julia Rothman, one of the leaders of Scorpia, Alex is drawn into that criminal and terrorist world. He must decide what his future will be and reconcile what he learns about his father. If he joins them can he live with the consquences of the hideous attack Scorpia is planning on the city of London?

I listened to this book instead of reading it so I did not have the luxury of lingering slowly over the last few pages. The end of the book is an absolute shock. Horowitz is definitely writing these books with a bow to Ian Fleming. As a reader of the original Bond books, I was struck by how much the end of this novel echoed the ambiguous endings Fleming often used.

A set of Alex Rider books would make a great gift for a reader in your life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian & Randy on May 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is Horowitz at his best and the story of Alex's life is finally explained. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a teenage spy? If you have, then this is the book for you. Alex Rider is a 14 year old boy who never knew his father. His uncle, John Rider, who worked for MI6, told him that his father died in a plane crash and had been training to be a spy all his life only Alex just didn't no it yet. One day, Alex's uncle dies while on a mission and Alex is contacted by MI6. Soon after, Alex is sent on a number of missions by MI6.

In Scorpia, Alex is contacted by an organization named Scorpia. Scorpia is an organization dedicated to the training of assassins. Alex is convinced to join this organization. He is sent to a school for assassins where he trains for missions. Scorpia is a very well written book because Anthony Horowitz describes what is happening very well, and pays attention to details. If you like action and adventure, you should read this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
What a great book. this book had everything that the others had but just a little more. from the exciting start in the venice water ways to the grim, climatic end, this book can suck you into reading for hours at a time. i loved the book because of it's suspencful writting and brilliant action sequences. any fan of the other four novels in the series will be delighted with the quality of this new book. the only possible drawback to this book ( if any) is that it can travel a little slower than the previous ones. But even though it does the writting can still make that interesting.

i only wish that i hadn't read it quite so fast.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Anthony Horowitz once again writes an incredible story and adds another chapter to the Alex Rider series. In this addition, our hero Alex must fight against the world's most powerful criminal organization to stop the murder of thousand of London's children, and himself. The book has many pages of intense action and suspense that makes every reader lose themselves in the book. It is definitely a page turner!

The story is mostly directed at teenage boys, but girls will like it too. The only people who would not like it is kids under the age of 10, since there are some parts that get a little too intense for that age group. If you like action and suspense, this book is just right for you. However, I do recommend reading the books before Scorpia in the series (Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and Eagle Strike). If you don't feel like reading all of the others, you wouldn't be too confused. But I highly recommend reading at least Eagle Strike, since a lot of the book is based off things that happen in it.

Overall I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The whole series (and Scorpia) are full of page turning action and wide-eyed suspense that will make readers beg for more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Bentley on June 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Scorpia starts like a whirlwind and only picks up speed as it spins toward a climax that will leave the reader hanging and begging for more.
Alex Rider travels to Venice on a school trip and discovers the Widow's Palace, Julia Rothman, and the truth about his father, John Rider.
Recruited by Scorpia, Alex must decide whether he wants to follow in his father's footsteps or create a destiny independent of MI6. But when he finds out what Scorpia has planned to unleash upon the schoolchildren of London, Alex knows he has little choice.
Children or adults, newcomers to the Alex Rider books or die-hard fans will absolutely devour this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Team LitPick on August 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The fifth book of the Alex Rider series, "Scorpia," by Anthony Horowitz has Alex Rider traveling to Venice with his friend, Tom, for a vacation. However, Alex also has another purpose for going there. Yassen Gregorovich, an assassin who has tried to kill Alex and supposedly knew Alex's father, told him just before Yassen died in "Eagle Strike" that Alex should "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny." Alex is curious to find out what Scorpia is, so he eagerly accepted Tom's invitation. In Venice he finds his way to one of the leaders of Scorpia's house with a near deadly result. Despite this, Scorpia finds out who Alex is and for numerous reasons wants him to become one of their assassins. This unexpected turn of events begins "Scorpia," where Alex strives to find what Yassen means. Unfortunately, this discovery could very well cost Alex his life.

"Scorpia" was nothing like the Alex Rider Adventures before it. Whereas the other books had very similar plots, the plot in "Scorpia" was unpredictable and exciting. I thought the idea of having Alex join Scorpia made it much different than all of the other books. The climax of the book was breath- taking and after I finished the book, I found myself sweating. The ending was quite tragic if you are an Alex Rider fan, but only until you find out there is a next book in the series.

Reviewed by Seth Cassel for Flamingnet Book Reviews

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