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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • alistair.brazier
  • 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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  • 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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  • alasdair t s marshall
  • 06-26-17

brilliant

great story, made my journey fly past
need to plan another journey to enjoy another book

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  • Ian
  • 07-24-17

A real page turner.

Where does Never Say Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in my best books column without a doubt. Spectacular book and I am sure it'll be one I reread again in the future.

What other book might you compare Never Say Die to, and why?

Not really sure if I would compare it to anything else. The closest comparisons would be the Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore and The body Gard series by Chris Bradford, as there both about teenagers in dangerous rolls.

Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, he's an amazing reader, he's able to do lots of different accents which brings books to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Alex and Jack were reunited again.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book and would highly recommend this series to anyone. Looking forward to the next book nightshade as I have a feeling that we're going to be seeing that in the future based on the way this book ended. Full of suspense and action threw out and it kept me interested threw out the whole book.

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