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Skeleton Key (Alex Rider Adventure)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
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 Skelton Key, Alex starts out by trying to save Wimbledon from a Chinese betting conspiracy and ends up with a contract on his life. Alex heads off to Cuba to help the CIA track down a missing bomb and soon finds himself in the clutches of an ex-Soviet general trying to destroy the world. It's up to Alex to save the world. If you like action and adventure, you should read this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Skeleton Key, the sequel to Stormbreaker and Point Blanc, is surely the best book in this gripping teen spy series. Before you read it, however, make sure you read the others first so as to understand the story.
Just a month after his previous adventure at an exclusive school in the French Alps, sixteen-year-old Alex Rider is attempting to return to a normal life in London. But this is a wish quickly forgotten as an M16 agent recruits him for a mission during a school soccer game.
He is soon over in the USA, and taking on the role of the son of two up-tight and by-the-book CIA officers.
Together, they must infiltrate the home of an ex-Russian army commander. Trouble is, his house is an island in Cuba and Americans aren't exactly welcome in that part of the world.
Armed with some outrageous and extremely useful gadgets disguised as toys, Rider must soon try to win the trust of the Russian on his own, but finds himself in a seemingly losing battle against the rich and powerful man.
Alex discovers the Russian's deadly plot to take over the world, but will a young boy be able to stop him?
A terrific book that will having you struggle to put it down as you dive into the world of international spies, crazy military men and truly gripping suspense.
I gave this book 5 stars, and it deserves 6, so read it now and find out why!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I orginally bought this book off of amazon.co.uk.com because its a british book and it came out sooner in england. I was sooooo amazed at how anthony horowitz once again, captures so much action in one book! I absolutlely LOVE this series because its so enjoyable to read and also because it never gets boring! I'm a girl and although this book would probably seem more apealing to guys, i would HIGHLY suggest this book and the rest of its series to any girl out there! If you want to read this book i would recomend reading the first two first (stormbreaker, point blank/blanc)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Skeleton Key The book "Skeleton Key" was written by Anthony Horowitz. The book is about a boy who has been shot at by International terrorists on a mountainside, with a makeshift snowboard and has stood face-to face with pure evil. Twice Alex has almost been killed, trying to save the world. Now Alex faces more dangerous stuff.

The desperation of a man who has lost every thing he has cared for: his country and his only son. This book tells you about the Worlds only teenage International spy. He has a lot of friends on his job. They don't see much of each other.

An evil man has a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world.

Seeing his own country once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing.

Unless Alex can stop him first.

Uniting forces with America's own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the ice fields in northernmost Russia. Alex Rider has many missions that he has to complete. He faces many hard and very dangerous challenges.

There is this one bad guy who tries to kill Alex many times. One time they were in a plane and they were just about to take of when, all of a sudden the runway lights turned off. He wanted Alex and his crew to stay there. His dangerous missions take him all over the world. One of the first missions he was assigned was in England.

Then the next week he was assigned another mission in France. They got a new agent his name is Joe Bryne. He is the Deputy Director of operations in the Covert section of the CIA.

Written By: Aaron Hamby
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Do secret agent books and James Bond interest you? This book has it all! All the secret agent goodies come in this Alex Rider journey. Explosions and gun fires are everywhere in this book. There's also a little mystery in this action-packed book.
In the Skeleton Key, Alex Rider is tricked into another mission in Europe. Alex discovers a Chinese gang, the Triads. Alex is sent to an Island near Cuba as danger gets closer. The CIA must know what a Russian general is up to. Alex Rider defeats many enemies with his useful and disguised gadgets.
I gave this book 5 stars because it has the most action out of all the books I have read. Also, the plot is somewhat realistic. The first chapter hooked me into the book and made me wonder what was going to happen next. The first action scene really caught my attention with the detail. The author described all the movements of the characters, because it helps visualize scene. The explosion descriptions were good.
The protagonist of my book is Alex Rider. Alex was always a good person, even though his parents passed away. After his uncle passed away, he was a hard worker for the MI6, a secret government agency. He does not like talking about his parents or passed tragedies. Alex is friendly and very kind to others. Alex is unique because he is only a teenager, and he already works for the MI6 agency. Alex is clearly a protagonist when he investigates the Chinese gang member at the U.S. Open. The only secondary protagonists could be Alex's fake parents, because they help solve parts of the mysteries throughout the book.
In one scene, Alex's `parents' are being held for investigation. Alex was scared, because he was dealing with real terrorists with real guns. He remembered about his secret cell phone he got before he left for Skeleton Key. The phone had a built in stun gun. Alex stood up and walked behind the terrorist. Alex slammed the top of the phone onto the terrorist's neck. A blue electric line appeared and shocked the terrorist. The terrorist fell to the floor. Alex's `parents' were surprised of what he did. They ran out of the room as quickly as possible.
As I said before, it has it all. The Skeleton Key is packed with mystery, action, and suspense. This book will catch your attention. It has everything in the previous Alex Rider Adventures, and more! You will keep on reading until you know what happens at the end. The Skeleton Key is a perfect book for early teenagers that just love action and adventure. You don't want to miss the fantastic book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The book that I read was called Skeleton Key Anthony Horowitz. This book is about a boy named Alex Rider who is a spy for an agency in England called M16. He has already saved the world twice before his 15th birthday. This time Alex was sent to spy on an old Russian general named Sarov. Enough uranium to create a nuclear bomb that would destroy an entire country was recently purchased by Sarov. Alex went to spy on him and got captured. Sarov's plan was to detonate the bomb by four old submarines that hold 1/5 of the world's uranium supply. This would then cause about triple the amount of damage. After the bomb detonated, Sarov would bring Russia back to the old days when it was a war country and had much power in the world. Alex had to stop this from happening at all costs. Alex defuses the bomb and saves the world for the third time. He then heads off to visit his friend in the South of F France.

I recommend this book to almost anyone. The people that would especially love this book would be the people that love adventure and high action books. This book is so thrilling you could literally fall off the edge of your seat by the intensity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is Part 3 of the 6-part (so far) Alex Rider Adventure Series, starring Alex Rider, and fourteen-year-old James Bond. MI6 (The CIA of England) sends Alex on his third mission. Though this time, it's tougher, because he's dealing with a convincing madman, General Sarov, an ex general of Communist Russia. Sarov has purchased uranium to build a nuclear bomb, which he is using to "perge the world and make it healthier and stronger". Alex must deal with Sarvov and his assistant; deformed ex-terrorist Conrad, in order to save the world from sure destruction! He is sent in with two CIA agents, Troy and Carver, who are unsure of his abilities. The plot gets more intense and emotional in this one though, because Alex is growing and the missions have a more depressing effect on him. Sarov is a beautiful bad guy (one of Horowitz's masterful creations)and he is so evil but also so emotionally ustable (he has lost everything he cares about) that you can't help feeling sorry for him. This book is the darkest of the three, but also the most action-packed. Get ready for a bumpy ride as the series takes a darker turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Skeleton Key is about a fourteen-year-old spy named Alex Rider. Alex works for MI6. It is a spy company in London, England. He is really useful to MI6 because he is young and no one would suspect a fourteen-year-old as being a spy. Alex is a very brave and adventurous boy. He is sent on another mission to stop a Russian General, Alexei Sarov. Alex usually works for MI6 in London, but in Skeleton Key he is sent to help the CIA in America. Two CIA agents and and Alex go to Skeleton Key, an island right near Cuba. This is where Sarov lives. All three of them are supposed to look like a family just enjoying themselves on vacation. The CIA is suspicious about Sarov and believes he has a nuclear bomb. Sarov wanted to use this bomb to conquer the world. Read the rest of the book to find out all about the action and adventures that Alex Rider experiences in trying to capture this evil man. This book was great because of all the action that is has. It keeps your attention and is hard to put down. This is the third book in the Alex Rider series and I think that this book was the best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read the book Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz. The book is about a kid name Alex rider who is a spy. Alex teams up with Agent Carter and Agent Troy of the CIA. They go to an island called Skeleton Key to find out if General Sarov had a nuclear weapon in his possession. Carter and Troy are killed and Alex stays with Sarov in his house. While Alex is staying with Sarov he find out that Sarov has a nuclear weapon and intends to use it so Russia can once again gain power. Alex has to find a way to stop Sarov.

The main character in the book is Alex Rider. Alex is 14 years old. Alex is very brave because the missions he goes on are life threatening. Alex and I are both the same age. We both are active and like to play sports. We are different because i am not a spy.

I liked this book a lot. It is very exciting and different from other books. I don't have a favorite part, I enjoyed the whole book. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you've read any of the Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz, you'd probably say they were good right? Well this third installment of the teenage spies' adventures is, I think the best. It all begins after Alex's encounter with Dr. Grief of Point Blanc. He is suddenly sucked into what might just be his final adventure while he is on vacation. Having to flee England after inadvertently dissing a Chinese gang called the Triads, thus having him go to the USA in Miami. This is where he meets the CIA, who want to know what a russian general is up to. So they send Alex along with 2 other agents to Cayo Esqueleto, or Skeleton Key. But when things go bad, Alex must rescue his CIA fellows. Then a dangerous plot begins to open up. Alex must choose a decision that could mean either life or death. So hurry and pick this up before the world comes to an end!!! <-(hint hint hint)
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