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Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Horowitz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Don't miss the final Alex Rider mission - now in paperback!

Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world's most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best to get to Alex like Scorpia. Until now.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (March 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049U4NQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End: Alex Rider Style March 31, 2011
Alex Rider was out of the spy business. Well, he thought he was until MI6 sucked him back into the world of death and espionage. Everything he cared about was at risk, his friends, Jack Starbright, his chance at ever being a normal teenager. But what MI6 want, they generally get so Alex is off to Cairo, Egypt- but this time he's not alone, Jack Starbright is coming with him.

The final installment in the Alex Rider series, I think, has the most emotional impact and the most serious voice than the others. Anthony Horowitz still manages to create a nail-biting atmosphere. While reading the book I constantly found myself almost at the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to figure out what would happen next. He really is a master at his craft; blending realism and fiction together in a way that flows and makes sense. I hope he writes more young adult books in the future as they are almost guaranteed to be great.

The ending. Oh the ending. So bittersweet and unexpected. Horowitz doesn't end his series as most would: in a word, happy. I have to admit that I was disappointed at the ending, although it was probably very realistic. But admittedly it is an ending that will stick in the minds of the reader for a while and as an author that's something to hope for. The only thing I have to say bugged me about Scorpia Rising is that the dialogue between Jack and Alex seemed almost stilted and awkward, and I'm pretty sure Horowitz didn't do that on purpose.

Overall, throughout nine books, nine different missions, numerous life and death circumstances, a plethora of cool gadgets, and many bad guys, I have been engrossed by the life of Alex Rider. Every book was great and although this book wasn't as fantastic as the others it is still as entertaining and as thrilling as the books that came before.

I salute you Mr. Horowitz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best and final of the Alex Rider series June 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This last in the series, and Anthony Horowitz's best work out of all of the stories. Since my son introduced me to them, I have virtually devoured all of the books in the Alex Rider series as soon as they were out and this one took only a few hours for me to read, it was so gripping. Darker than the others, it is a fitting end to a great story line.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow (spoiler free) March 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow. That's definitely my first thought after reading this book. Of course it comes with a little bit sadness because it is the book in the series, but it was certainly an exciting finish. That being said there were some things that I didnt like as much in this book. The plot isnt anything new. Alex is forced by MI6 to go undercover, because there is of course a mission that would only work with a child. How on earth did MI6 work without Alex for so long? Anyways Alex is forced to go to Egypt to investigate something in a school, because MI6 found the body of a high ranking member of Scorpia floating in the Thames, and they find a clue on the man's phone that tells them they need to send someone to Cairo. I won't go any farther because I want to avoid spoilers, but it's pretty much more of the same, as I said before.

What I liked:
Fast paced storyline
Surprising plot twists
Major character dies
Return of a villain from one of the first 3 books

What I didn't like as much:
Unoriginal plot
Alex was...dumb at times

Despite it's faults, Scorpia Rising was very exciting, and i will certainly reread it at some point in the future, and I'm looking forward to Horowitz's book about Yassen. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read! August 29, 2014
Scorpia Rising was fantastic! It was very suspenseful and made you want to read more. In the story Alex Rider is a secret agent working for MI6, the British version of the CIA. He has just defeated a terrorist organization known as Scorpia and now they are back for revenge. Scorpia lays a trap for Alex so that MI6 sends him to Cairo, Egypt. Alex starts investigating Scorpia when he thinks he is foiling their plans when it turns out to be there plan all along. It turns out even worse when Scorpia sends a boy with plastic surgery to look like Alex comes along. And Operation "Horseman" starts. There is a lot of action along with sadness. Some parts are quite sorrowful because this is the last book in the series and everything has to end. There are components that if you don't pay attention you'll miss interesting information, so read closely. Anthony Horowitz does a smashing job with the final installment of the Alex Rider series. I highly recommend reading this book if you are into action-packed adventures that will leave you on the edge of your seat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 17, 2013
By :D
Format:Kindle Edition
Horowitz strikes again the another amazing Rider book. It has old characters and new, and action around every singer corner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of my fav. March 13, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
Alex Rider scorpia rising is last of the books to alex rider. Spoiler alert there will be a prequile to the alex rider books call yasan. 4 info about that book go to the website alex Now back to the book at hand. It is alex riders last mision with mi6 saddly. You need to buy this books to know how it all ends this is the best of the books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Rider August 10, 2014
By L. King
I've been a devoted fan of the Alex Rider series since the debut of Stormbreaker in 2006, and this final installment maintains the high quality fast paced thrill of adventure that distinguishes this eminently readable collection. Designed as a junior James Bond, Alex is always presented as the reluctant teenage spy. His nemesis, SCORPIA, is an evil organization for hire which masterfully uses murder, torture, blackmail and subterfuge to achieve its ends. Countering this is a sometimes morally questionable MI6 run by the outwardly stiff and bland Alan Blunt, his mint sucking second Miss Jones and Smithers the somewhat puckish stand in for Q, who finally gets in on the action.

This time out SCORPIA is hired to "convince" the British government to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. They develop an elaborate plan of deception to implicate Alex in the murder of the US Secretary of State (obviously Hillary Clinton, but unstated) and blackmail the British into submission. MI6 takes the bate and Alex soon finds himself planted in a elite school in Cairo, this time accompanied by his legal guardian Jack Starbright, bringing her into the danger as well. There are also elements of previous episodes in the book. Julius Grief, a malevolent clone altered to look like Alex from Point Blanc has a pivotal role, and Joe Byrne (the book's Felix Leiter) also makes an appearance.

Horowitz not only has a gift for describing action but he is also an expert at getting us inside his character's thoughts and he adroitly inserts plot elements early on which are later used to good effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Only End Possible
There js only one end possible for Alex Rider. It isnt the happy-go-lucky type attitude it the real one. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Allison Buchholz
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I'm a 5th grade teacher. This book really appeals to reluctant readers...boys and girls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SAD LOVE
I loved this one even though I was a little sad to find out it wasn't about Alex, but more about Yassen Gregorovich.
Published 1 month ago by l.traymor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
lots of action and this time more sadness than usual whereas Tom got shot and jack dies. Alex will never be the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great end to a great series!
Anthony Horwitz gave this series an enthralling story full of surprises. A great end to this epic series, and im so bummed it's over. Read more
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I've been with Alex since the beginning, and I love the series, completely and utterly. My favorite thing about the series is the ability that it gives us to connect with each and... Read more
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