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Snakehead (Alex Rider Adventure) Paperback – September 4, 2008
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This book is full of surprises! Anthony Horowitz has lived up to his reputation and has created another spell bounding plot, which does not allow the reader to put the book down! -- Young Reviewer The Guardian Online --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and The Power of Five series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults, most recently with the latest adventure in the Alex Rider series, Russian Roulette and the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk. His latest novel, Moriarty, is also set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and was published in October 2014. Anthony was also chosen by the Ian Fleming estate to write the new James Bond novel which will be published next year. Anthony has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards, and the Red House Children's Book Award. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. He has also created and written many major television series, including Injustice, Collision and the award-winning Foyle's War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Product Description at the time of purchase was different than it is now. It advised that Alex Rider was offered a beer but refused. That was good enough for me. Later I found out there is much more to describe but again, ten year-olds are exposed to a lot more than is admitted sometimes by their own parents. Even TV shows can be incredibly racy, providing one understands the humor and the implications.
The boy liked the book, said it was cool, but importantly had read it. The story gripped him and he couldn't put it down until finishing it, and that's an accomplishment. For that reason, I am happy with the purchase and feel this is a very appropriate book for that age group.
It's over! "Snakehead," the seventh and last book in the Alex Rider series, concludes the secret service adventures of one 14-year-old English lad. It was a great adventure for our unwilling but lucky super hero, but all good things must inevitably come to an end.
The only spoiler I will give is this: Anthony Horowitz ends the series well. I have my interpretation, but it will sit quietly in my brain so the next reader will conclude the series with the same blank slate I had--no spoilers, no clues, just surprises.
"Snakehead" is just as full of wild adventure, amazing escapes, and clever plotting as each novel in the series. I must declare that I don't have a favorite in the seven. I found each as enjoyable as the one preceding and the one following.
I displayed the first in the series in the small school library where I work just yesterday. I did a quick book talk to two different boys who picked it up. The second checked it out. The first returned today to borrow it! Can't wait to get a student opinion of this exciting series.
Literary merit? The books are well-written, cleverly plotted, and plausible, but the series is strictly escapist fare, adventure par excellence. It's greatest bid for permanence in the pantheon of older children's literature is that it is a link of books that will reinforce a love for reading.
Like the Harry Potter books, the reader must read! Both Harry and Alex are forces for good and dare all to be so. Alex inspires courage, valor, and stamina in the face of great odds. In nearly all of the books, the villain has the face of good but the heart and actions of evil. Alex is placed in circumstances that allow him to discover this truth and thus must act. No coward Alex!
Of course, in a spy series there must be violence, but it isn't graphic. Although there are deaths, there are no curse words, drinking, sex, or anything else objectionable (this sounds silly in the face of deaths and violence), but there it is: a very mild warning. In comparison with video games, the Alex Rider series is Dr. Seuss, OK, maybe something stronger. How about the dangers of The Magic Tree House series magnified by age and locations?
As for "Snakehead," the villain is a Snakehead, one part of Scorpia, who controls black market trafficking in human beings, i. e. moving immigrants for vile purposes. One thing Alex is forced into as a smuggled person is facing a master of Muay Thai (a killer combination of boxing and martial arts used for personal discipline by real masters) in a ring with bets on how long the opponent can last against this master. Need I say that Alex wins? This is not a spoiler since it happens very early in the novel and I am not revealing HOW he wins. Later he will be used as a harvest field for body parts.
"Snakehead" also involves the destruction of an island and all of Western Australia by a tsunami. It is Alex's assignment to stop this from happening.
So I come to a close in the close of a series. Goodbye, Alex Rider. It was great fun while it lasted!
Author Anthony Horowitz certainly does his homework. There is absolutely no reason to think that every basic element of what happens in SNAKEHEAD doesn't or couldn't happen in real life, somewhere. In fact, a good many things one reads about here I knew about already. I'm not sure that the event around which the plot revolves could be done in reality, but then I don't comprehend the scope of the adapted real-life weapon invoked as a trigger.
Make no mistake: some of the things Alex faces are absolutely horrific, and yet there are people out there who really do these things to other people. The reader needs to be PREPARED for this. No wonder Alex uses every curse word he knows on one of the perpetrators (even if we're only told of one of those words). Good on Alex that he "bites back" more than once, and most effectively.
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