Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1)

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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
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The novel opens following the death of 14-year-old Alex Rider’s guardian and uncle Ian in a car accident. Alex becomes suspicious after learning his normally very careful uncle was not wearing a seatbelt and finds that his uncle’s office has been cleared out.

Alex finds his uncle’s car in a junkyard ridden with bullet holes and blood on the seats suggesting his uncle had been murdered. In the first of many action sequences Alex narrowly escapes after the car is loaded into the car crusher with Alex inside.

Later Alex is invited to his uncle’s bank where he learns that Ian Rider was a secret agent for MI6.

Ian Rider’s last case was investigating multi-millionaire businessman Herod Sayles, who had recently announced that he was donating thousands of his new computer line Stormbreaker to London school children.

MI6 would like Alex to pose as a Felix Lester, a school boy who won a contest to test the Stormbreaker computer. Alex initially refuses. MI6 head Alan Blunt who controls Alex’s inheritance blackmails him with threats of selling his uncle’s home, placing him in an orphanage and having his live in housekeeper Jack Starbright deported.

Alex is unaware that his uncle has been preparing him for the secret service with karate and outdoor pursuits such as rock climbing and river rafting.

Alex completes an extensive training program with SAS soldiers before being sent to Sayle Enterprises armed with a series of teen-friendly gadgets including acne cream that burns through metal and a Gameboy equipped with spy gear such as a bug detector, transmitter and smoke screen.

The book is an easy read. There is plenty of action making this a popular choice for young male readers.

Stormbreaker was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer. Horowitz, an experienced scriptwriter also penned the film’s script.

I would recommend the Alex Rider series to readers who enjoy action and adventure stories. Suitable for ages 11+
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had good characters and very suspenseful
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A mysterious thriller that takes place in top secret investigation.

There was this kid named Alex Rider he lived with his uncle and a maid. His uncle died in a car accident. Alex gets a little suspicious when he sees bullet holes in his uncles car.

Alex goes on an adventure to investigate his uncles death. He ends up in his office but the door was locked. Alex goes into the next office and sees that the only way over there is to swing from a flag pole and jump into his office. That is one crazy dude! When he got into the office Alex was rifling through all of his uncles files. Alex puled one file out and it said Top Secret on the cover. Alex quickly opened it up and it said that his uncle was a top secret agent for MI6. Alex was shocked.

He called the agency and they let alex be a secret spy. he had to finish the mission that the uncle started it was to destroy this computer. Will he destroy it or will he get killed find out in the book StormBreaker.

The book was really detailed and had a lot of cliff hangers it was a well thought out book. The way all the scenes went together. I would recommend the book to young adults that love action and thriller books plus a lot of suspense.HX
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Awesomely action packed
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Okay, so, Alex is a normal fourteen year old. He goes to school, and does completely normal stuff. At least, until his Uncle Ian is reported dead, from a car accident. They say he wasn't wearing his seatbelt, which just doesn't make sense because Ian was always CRAZY about seatbelts. So Alex Rider goes to investigate, and discovers the police were lying. Bullet holes spray the side of the car. After nearly getting crushed, he meets MI6, and discovers that his Uncle wasn't actually a banker, in fact, he was a spy.

I didn't really like how the MI6 blackmailed him into joining them, but I guess if they hadn't, Alex wouldn't have got to do all the fun stuff that happens later in the book. I mean, why would he pass up the chance of being a spy? I definitely wouldn't, but I suppose there's all the killing to consider...

So anyway, after joining the MI6, after 11 days of grueling training, he is sent on a mission (I know right, send a fourteen year old on something that adults usually spend years training for) to investigate on a project called Stormbreaker. It's basically where this guy called Herod Sayle is about to release hundreds of awesome computers to schools all around England, for FREE. Sounds too good to be true, right? Alex discovers that it is, and gets all tangled up in an evil plot where he nearly gets run over by a quad bike, has his tongue cut out by a terrifyingly hideous man, killed by a jellyfish, falls off a cliff, gets shot, gets killed by viruses, and mashed up by an airplane (the key word here is NEARLY)

I think Alex could have been a bit more developed. Sure, you got to know that he was athletic, good at snooker and karate, parentless, and claustrophobic. But still. I would have liked it if Anthony Horowitz just made him a little more 3D.

Neverthless, this is an awesome book about thrilling mystery, action, fighting, spies and the rest of it. Definitely something that you should try. I definitely recommend it, but maybe don't read it if you are put off by the whole shooting/killing/horrible guys who have disgusting scars.
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super spy
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Reader reviewed by Tyler

Alex Rider Adventure : strom breaker is a thrilling novel it is full of adventure mistry and action. it all starts when alex finds out that his uncle dies. And  it starts the whole adventure to find his uncles killer and stop storm breaker from being released
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Action and adventure!!
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Reader reviewed by YouKn0wYaLuvMe

I watched the movie for Alex Rider: Stormbreaker first and loved it. I loved the movie so much that the next day I went and got the book.

Althought the book may be written a bit childesh for teenagers, it still takes the reader on an exciting adventure where they can't wait to see what happens next.
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Not Bad
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Reader reviewed by co-chan


Horowitz makes the whole "teen spy" concept quite believable in Stormbreaker. Though there are some very cheesy moments in it sometimes, it's a very enjoyable read, though light, so if you are in search of something a bit deeper, look elsewhere. This book is perfect for a summer read. It's funny and packed with action.
It would appeal most to elementary or middle school boys.
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I can't believe it, Alex has to catch a virus. hint: (Someone bring in the nerd doctor.)
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Reader reviewed by big-brain :-];-() :-O:-():-]

Ok, here we go. Alex finds out that his uncle who he has been staying with has supposedly died in a car accident, but what he doesn't know is that it was no accident, he was murdered. Alex finds out that his uncle was part of a secret organization of spies, and that his uncle was killed on the job, shot to death with a machine gun. Alex is asked to go on a mission having to do with a computer virus called the Stormbreaker. He is given a Gameby Color, but it isn't just any Gameboy Color, its a SECRET GADGET Gameboy Color with different cartridges that do cool stuff. He is also given acne cream that eill melt through any metal, but is harmles to humans. He also gets a yo-yo with super strong nylon string for climbing aand stuff. Before he goes on the mission he has to go through a breef spy training. He ends up in a tank with a giant jellyfish, and shoots off the villian's hand.
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Great Fun, Very good for action movie fans!
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Reader reviewed by Siamak

Until his uncle dies, Alex Rider is a ordinary schoolboy. But after that MI6 hires him and trains him to be a teenage super spy! His first mission is to find out what's wrong with billionaire Sayle, who wants to give a free Strombreaker computer to each school for free.

This book is full of action, adventure and modern super spy gadgets! The plot is not totaly logical, A billionaire wants to kill all the students in UK!( even still it's much better than some of James Bond villian ideas )But there is enough action to make you forget about the plot.

Horowitz leaves his trademark in this book too, the last sentence shows that It's going to be a long running series.

This super spy novel is great fun and entertaining. Very good for action Movie fans!
( Movie is also available )
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