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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author and fan favorite Anthony Horowitz has built a huge following with his Alex Rider series.

This time, Alex is up against a con man who wants to create the biggest catastrophe he can muster to profit through a disaster-relief charity. If Alex is going to stop a genetically engineered virus from sweeping across the country, he’ll have to brave gunfire, explosions, and dangerous mercenaries—then come face to face with the deadly mastermind.

Take another thrill ride with Alex Rider.
©2009 Anthony Horowitz (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"As in the earlier installments, the book is chock-full of excitement and suspense from the first page to the last. It starts with a bomb at a nuclear plant in India, and along the way there is a charity black-tie card game, poison needles, car crashes, bullets, and exploding gel pens. Most of the backstory is explained, so no prior knowledge of the earlier books is necessary. Great for reluctant readers." ( School Library Journal)

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it was a great story

it was very well narrated made me feel in the story I liked it alot

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Hard to turn off

I love adventure reading, and the Alex Rider series fits in my listening library right next to Clive Cussler. I will end up listening to all of this series.

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super great book!!!!

five star book all the way!! must read the rest of the series!! sweet!! cool!!

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Well written YA novel

This is a step above most YA books as far as the quality of the story, the characters, and the writing skill.

The story is strong and holds interest all the way to the end, and Simon Prebble offers a typical great performance.

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A wonderfully vivid reading.

Simon Prebble does a nice job distinguishing the voices without trying too hard to make us remember which is which. He speaks quickly to keep the pace of the story, but doesn't go so quickly as to lose the tense narrative.

As always, a fantastic story from Horowitz, and this book helped entertain me on many a long walk. A long time fan I am, and so I will remain.

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  • 07-14-11

Fairly good. Easy to listen to.

Exciting and keeps you interested. I like how much of it was based in England, with only the end being abroad. Probably as good as most of the previous books, but not outstanding (as Scorpia was). Narrator reads well, BUT despite being read by an English person, it was the American version of the book, so there were a few things I found irritating (why would characters be spending dollars or dialling 911 while in London?).

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  • Miss Tracy Booth
  • 01-01-21

It would be better if it wasn't American version

The story itself is up with the rest of the series, which I have on audio cds. But this is a English story of a English school boy most of the action takes place in England and written has far has I know by a English author, so why are they using American words like dollars (you can't spend dollars in the UK), Candy (you buy some one a box of chocolates or sweets), side-walks and a English school boys wear school trousers not pants. I know it's this app and it's readers because all the other books in the series uses English words not American.
Its a bit like having a American book about American person taking place in the USA and having the story going on about spending pounds & pence, having jam on toast, jelly and Ice cream and sweets and wearing trousers, it would sound all wrong wouldn't it? to you, well that's how it sounds to me.
Haven't noticed it in other stories but then maybe the words that are very different haven't come up & has I'm listening & Mum and mom sounds the same I haven't noticed.
Sorry its one of my pet hates English stories with American words, you are welcome to use your American words on American books or those that take place in America with American people, like the percy Jackson series I love those & the American words sounds right because its about a American boy in America.

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  • MRS
  • 11-28-12

Why the Americanisms?

London prices all in dollars? In emergencies dial 911? Sidewalk? Why on earth is this the US version? I'm assuming there are two versions. And even if this is just a US version, are American children too stupid to understand that other countries have different currencies? Talk about dumbing down. Very disappointed as these glaring errors really do spoil the flow and break the tension of the story. Please give us UK versions Audible.