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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, the chases have never been more intense, the fights more treacherous, or the risks so perilous to mankind. And this time, Alex won't get away.
Take another thrill ride with Alex Rider.
©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
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2 out of 5 stars
By Word Nerd on 05-28-11


What a letdown, to be following a series that was like Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible, and for it to come to an end like a wet towel thrown in the sand. Did Horowitz just give up? It felt that way. I had to rewind the first hour of this book five times, because it was so mind numbing, I couldn't retain anything that was going on. In fact, Alex Rider didn't even show up until 2 1/2 hours into the audio (about a third of the physical book). It starts with a long, ridicuous epic of back story and bad-guy plotting. So now we know what the bad guys are planning and we get to sit through the rest of the book watching the good guys fall into the trap. There weren't even any surprises. There is a bit of tragedy toward the end, but it was lost on me. Alex's relationships were not strong enough to feel remorse for characters we saw very little of. There was also a distinct absence of MI6. In the past books, there was always someone watching Alex's back, even if he didn't know it and even if they lost sight at some times. Here, MI6 just threw him into Egypt and walked away. No followup, no progress check, no security. There was Smithers and he's always cool. But no real direction from the agency. A good chunk of the book did keep me engaged, but I couldn't figure out where it was all going. In the end, it went nowhere. The ending was pretty flat. I feel a little cheated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 12-01-16

Pretty good. Makes you feel what is happening.

I liked this book because it has a really good story. Definitely has good narration. The narrator has the perfect voice for this story. I recommend this book.

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