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Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider) Hardcover – March 22, 2011
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About the Author
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.
So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers (sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."
Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.
The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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 bait 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.Read more ›
Okay, so I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while now. I consider myself to be a true alex rider fan; I get so involved to the point of me crying and swearing on occasion. Over the course of the series Anthony H. really helps us connect with alex, having us feel his pain and all. I just finished this book and have got to say that I am really pissed off. I had really come to care about alex and to have the book play out the way it did was aweful for me. I hated what Anthony turned alex into and what he did to him. I know this is just and book and their isn't really a teenage spy named alex rider out their, but I know if you are a true fan like me that you really care about the characters in a book. I do not want to give anything away so I cannot say anything else. Do not let this review make you not want to read the book though, you have to read it and push through to the end and suffer just like I did. Read it, but if you want a happy ending, stay away because this book will only want to make you say some pretty bad words and cry. :(
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:
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each book has gotten better and better. It was so hard to put them down and get back to work, because you want to know what's next.Published 5 months ago by tracy stavisky
The last book in the Alex Rider series is worth a read, but it is very predictable witch is why it get 4 stars.Published 6 months ago by Rolf Heitmann
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. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan B.