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The number one New York Times best-selling series is back with a vengeance!

The world's greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organisation SCORPIA. Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA.

With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email - just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down.

Yet SCORPIA knows Alex's weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot - one that will determine the lives of many. From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth.

©2017 Macmillan Digital Audio (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Mike
  • 06-13-17

back on track.

A very enjoyable story, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anybody.

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  • C J MCCARTHY
  • 07-04-17

Good story but not a great performance

The characters such as Jack Starbright had the wrong accent for their character. She is an American but had a fully English accent in this book.

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  • mrs sarah h alvis
  • 06-11-17

EXCELLENT

Throughout the whole story I was throughly gripped, loving the adventure and action throughout! Brilliant!

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  • Romance Book Reader
  • 06-09-17

Outstanding.

What an outstanding continuation of the Alex Rider story. Loved by the whole family (10+).

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  • Morag G.
  • 06-18-18

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I am not andrew!I think it is dead and the other day I have purchased a good day I have a hind to tell you cause you no help me to the sunset!we are not andrew Mitchell Johnson said he would not andrew Lloyd said that was a guest house of commons and the other side of a good day!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-18

A Good Return to a Superb Series!

Horowitz always manages to surprise me with unexpected twists and turns.

My desire for Alex to finally recover from his terrible ordeal was strong from the offset and even though I knew he would reunite with Jack it was still emotional when they finally embraced.

This book should hopefully end the days of Scorpia and allow Alex to move on to his next target.

However someone needs to tell the narrator that Jack is American not English.

There also appears to be a continuity error as Ben Daniels was referred to as Fox in a previous book but in this one he is called Wolf.

Overall it was a good return after some years away but I'm definitely hoping for more drama and less of a foregone conclusion than this ending had to offer but it sets up future books nicely.

Bring on the next adventure!

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  • TARDIS9
  • 10-03-17

Incorrect characters and wrong steam engine terms

I would prefer to give this book an overall 3.5, but I can't because of the system. Needless to say, I have grown up with the Alex Rider stories, and thoroughly enjoyed this latest and frankly (but pleasantly) unexpected instalment. It has been half a decade since Horowitz last dispatched his teenage superspy to another adventure, and the comeback Alex has made was explosive and thrilling!
However, there are several issues I must address. The first three are sadly errors evident in the narrative itself.

First, the terms used for the parts of the steam engine are wrong! I am a railway enthusiast, so I noticed these. These terms are: Chimney, bowels, headlights and couplers. The correct terms are respectively: Funnel, boiler, headlamps and couplings!

Second, there is no mention of any adequate ventilation system for the Grimauldi brothers' base in the UK. Since their base turns coal into coke, it would be hazardous to have a large steam engine such as a Standard 5MT operating in it. An Austerity Saddle Tank Engine would have been safer, as it was designed to work in factories and industrial areas, while the 5MT could have been used as transportation. Even so, a good ventilation system would still be advised. This is because of the fact that smoke from steam engines can either choke people around them, or contain sparks which could potentially start fires inside the base! However, there is no mention of such a system in the novel, which creates a health-and-safety error - even the Grimauldis would surely use a ventilation system where steam engines are concerned, at least to protect themselves in the base!

Thirdly, the character of Ben has been retconned to be Wolf, instead of Fox, as he was called in the first edition of 'Snakehead' - this creates a continuity error for us older fans, since the character has changed names for no reason at all.

The final error concerns the performance of the narrator and his depiction of Jack Starbright. Both Jack and the Grimauldi brothers have American backgrounds, but while the Italian Grimauldi brothers have American accents, reflective of their life in America, Jack, who is an American by nationality, does not have the accent - instead, the narrator erroneously gives her an English accent, despite her nationality.

These are the only flaws I have, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I would prefer it if at least Jack regained her accent for any future audiobooks!

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  • Aiden Bateman
  • 07-25-17

Aweome

How it came together in the end was great, I reccomend this book if you have read all of the others. Definitely read those too.

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  • Mark
  • 07-12-17

The book I nearly didn't get.

After the last book that was so disappointing (Scorpia rising) I almost gave this one a miss. But as you do I got it so glad I did. Alex Rider back at his best!.

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  • Philip
  • 07-02-17

Best thing ever

It was the best book I've ever listened to in my life I loved it

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  • Hugo
  • 02-16-18

Great page turner

Another great chapter in the life of a young, reluctant spy. In the very best tradition of the action spy genre