- Author Anthony Horowitz
I read the first two Alex Rider books quite quickly, and had intended to wait on this one. However, I fancied an easy-to-read adventure and that’s exactly what these books deliver. They are quite literally James Bond as a teenager but that’s great because you know exactly what to expect and how things are going to work.
The scenes, including the action ones, are really easy to imagine - in this particularly the moody Cornish beaches, the overpowering magnet, even the strawberry freezer at Wimbledon, all very vivid and visual. I enjoyed the tennis introduction, being a Wimbledon fan, it was good to have a sub-plot beyond the main spy business.
It was also good that there were other people in the book suggesting it was crazy to use a boy for this kind of job, echoing my thoughts, but that Alex still seems to prove himself on all occasions. I do wonder if there’s a limit to the number of situations a teen boy might prove useful, but seeing how many books there are in this franchise, I guess there’s still a few to go!