Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Summer, Science Fiction
Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world’s most famous pop star. But still it’s not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it’s the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he’s on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?
I am shocked. I knew Alex Rider’s family was somewhat crazy, but this I did not expect. The truth is I love twists and turns, so this discovery is filling my brain with excitement. On the other hand, this series will never be the same again. Gone is the little Alex Rider had left of his childhood, because from now on he won’t know who to trust.
I won’t say more about the ending, because you must experience it for yourself first. Do not let anyone spoil you or you will question everything you’ll be reading with regards to the ending without focusing on the mystery. Though that’s exactly what I’m doing right now about the previous volumes – were there signs? I think there were.
Anyway. This sequel is slightly reminiscent of the first book in the series – Stormbreaker. There is this particular fellow (Sir Damian Cray) who has invented an astounding game and plans to give most of the money he will be making with the sells to charity. He sounds too good to be true, doesn’t he? Plus some people that have come in contact with him are being killed one by one.
Unlike in the previous volumes however, MI6 does not believe Alex Rider when he tells them that there is something wrong about Damian Cray, that he is not who he claims to be. So Alex must investigate this man and his activities by himself without exterior help.
As action-packed and adventurous as ever. I’m starting Scorpia right now.
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