Stormbreaker (Alex Rider - book 1)

by Anthony Horowitz

Paperback, 2006



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Puffin Books (2006), 304 pages


After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.



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304 p.; 5.13 inches

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LibraryThing member JohnS.B4
A normal teenager now living with his Uncle an ordinary bank teller after he was orphaned by his parents. He lives with his uncle and the housekeeper Jack. Alex was very close to his uncle and his uncle took Alex on trips around the world that he called adventure trips Alex not kowing that his
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uncle was training him to become a spy. After his uncle dies in a so called car crash Alex goes to the bank to which his uncle works and discovers that it is in fact the headquarters of the British intelligence agency known as MI6. As the perceived image of his ordinary bank telling uncle fades he is recruited to be a spy by Alan Blunt leader of MI6. His mission is to stop Herod Sayle, a renowned computer maker from producing his new line of mega computers the Stormbreaker to every school in Britain at no cost . Going deep undercover infiltrating Sayle’s compound with high- tech gadgets provided by MI6. He meets some key people in the Stormbreaker program for example, Nadia Vole and the mute and disfigured Mr. Grin and Alex himself gets to test the new Sotrmbreaker computer. Alex explores the compound where the computer is madde going into a restricted area of the compound discovering small secrets about the Stormbreaker computer that were going to lead to something big. Just as he was getting close to uncovering the full secret of the computer he is captured by Sayle and his henchmen. Using the high tech gadgets he had received at MI6 which he miraculously managed to conceal, he is able to escape from the high security compound. He races to London to stop Sayle from activating the weapon inside of the Stormbreaker computer that could kill millions of British school children. Confronting Sayle he is able to stop Sayle moments before launching the weapon with the help of his friend Sabrina Pleasure and his housekeeper Jack.
I believed Anthony Horwitz’s Alex Rider : Stormbreaker deserved five stars for many reasons. The diverse word choice and the vivid pictures painted by the imagery in the story was fascinating. In addition, There were constantly rising actions, climaxes, and falling actions at the right parts of the story. Finally, even though this was my second time reading the book, it still had me on the edge of my seat reading almost cover to cover. For these reasons and many more I believe that Alex Rider : Stormbreaker was highly worthy of five stars and a great way to kick off the series.
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LibraryThing member avcr
In Mission Impossible Style with much more flair than Tom Cruise brings to the screen these days, 14 year old Alex Ryder faces the death of his Uncle Ian and further learns that Ian was not a Bank President after all—he was a spy. In an endeavor to solve his Uncle’s murder Alex poses as a
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computer geek, and equipped with an arsenal of silly boy toys goes after the bad guys. The tongue-in-cheek puns (the half moon is a D for what—Dastardly, Deadly, Danger?) this easy to read thriller turns the pages itself.
If You Liked This, Try: Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz, Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz, Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz, Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz, Alex Rider: The Gadgets by Anthony Horowitz.
Awards: California Young Reader Medal.
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LibraryThing member miriamkb
Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider enjoys a life that many would envy - living in London with his uncle, attending a top-notch private school and spending holidays travelling around the world. This all comes to an end when his uncle, the globe-trotting banker Ian Rider, dies in a car accident.
As the
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circumstances of his uncle's crash are made known to him, Alex is convinced that it could not have been the true cause of his uncle's death.
Alex investigates his suspicions, forcing his uncle's true employers - MI 6 - to reveal themselves. Despite his age and the great danger involved, Alex is forced to finish the mission his uncle died trying to fulfill.
Now he must try to solve the clues his uncle left behind and survive long enough to save England!
Stormbreaker is Anthony Horowitz's first novel for young adults. Well-received, it spawned a big-screen movie, which Horowitz wrote the screenplay for, as well as the extremely popular series of best-selling Alex Rider adventures.
Horowitz's background as one of England's most successful television screenplay writers is evident in this action-packed novel.
The themes of self-reliance, self-sacrifice, perseverance and patriotism are woven throughout Stormbreaker. There is also a heavy emphasis on the uncompromising value of truth.
This book is at a good reading level for 6th-8th graders. Because Stormbreaker is relies on action and not character development to move its plot forward, I would especially recommend it for boys who are easily bored by reading.
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LibraryThing member jgibson

Stormbreaker, written by Anthony Horowitz, is a story about a boy turning into a spy. This boy is Alex Rider, the main character whose story is told from the 3rd person, who lives in London. After his father, Ian Rider, dies, Alex finds out that Ian was actually a spy working for MI6, a
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top secret intelligence agency working for England. However, MI6 needs Alex’s help, and he is then sent to finish his father’s mission. I enjoyed reading the book, as it had a great story, and easy to relate to characters. It exhibits themes like to do what you love. Overall, I found this book to be very good.

This book was one of the better books I read over the summer. First of all, the book kept me interested. The book made you think along with the character, trying to figure out what Alex’s father had found. Also, the entire book had a fast-paced story. It either had lots of action, stealthy sneaking and spying, or discovering secrets constantly happening. Finally, the book had a main character I could relate to. Alex Rider was a 14 year old boy, not far from my age, making it easier to relate to. Also, the story was often more focused on spying, rather than fighting, which I could imagine myself doing more. An interesting and fast-paced story, combined with relatable characters, kept me reading throughout the book.

One of the themes of this book is to do what you love. After his mission is over, Alex Rider is disappointed, even though he saved many lives. He is unhappy that he didn’t help because he wanted to, but because he was forced to do it. The fact that MI6 might call him again for help upset him as well. He didn’t want to be forced into another situation. However, he knew they wouldn’t say no. Later, he thinks that spies used to be spies because they loved their country, not because they were forced into it. In this way, it shows people to do what they love, as Alex hated being forced into something he didn’t want to do.

Stormbreaker was a great book. It had a not only fast-paced story, but an interesting one as well. The main character was easy to relate to yourself, making it able to place yourself in the story. It shows a good theme of doing what you love, by sowing what happens when you don’t. The story kept me interested, while the characters and theme helped me appreciate the book.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Snappy plot... Alex finds himself coerced into playing spy after he discovered that his recently deceased uncle died in the course of his spy duties. If you can overlook the idea that a fourteen year old could do what a highly trained man couldn't, it's a fun ride. Alex is highly competent, despite
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himself, and his skills and quick wit help him win the day against crazy people.
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LibraryThing member garethmottram
Realistic, fast paced action mixed with a bit of mystery as Alex Rider discovers just who his uncle was and how his parents died. Well portrayed, cinematic scenes.
LibraryThing member welkinscheek
An exciting adventure that read like an action movie, complete with car chases. I was troubled that the vilians either disabled or of color, and the women were insignificant.
LibraryThing member cochrae
I am reviewing Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is written by Anthony Horowitz. I chose to read this book because it is filled with nothing but action, nonstop. Stormbreaker is a fiction book. My favorite character in the entire series is Alex Rider.

The main idea of the story is Alex is sent to Point
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Blank undercover as a delinquent schooolboy to find out what Dr. Grief is up to. His undercover name is Alex Friend. The academy only consists of 6 very strange delinquent schoolboys. They act as if they are cloned robots.

In the first paragraph, I explained what book I was reading. I also explained who my favorite character is. And what genre it is. In the Second paragraph I explained the main idea of the story. And the Characters.
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LibraryThing member LAteacher
If you haven't read this book yet, you should read it, because it's suspenseful and exciting, which makes for a great book. It's a creative plot with never-ending action, so it pleases the majority of the people. Of course, most of the people have read this book and the rest of the series already,
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but I still recommend it to everybody that hasn't read it yet. The most appealing thing about this book is the suspense. Suspense makes books fun to read for me, because you never know what's going to happen next in a suspenseful part. The plot is also creative, about a teen spy. I never read about a teen spy before, so it's quite new. That way, I can also imagine what it would be like to be a teen spy. So, this is a must read throughout your middle school life.
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LibraryThing member abbylibrarian
Alex Rider is swept up by the secret spy agency that killed his uncle and send to investigate a terrorist who is developing Stormbreaker computers. An action-packed adventure that's super popular with my kids at the library. I would definitely recommend the book to fans of the movie because it's
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fast-paced, but goes into much greater detail than the movie. I listened to the audiobook and found the narration to be great.
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LibraryThing member librarymeg
When Alex Rider's uncle dies, he is drawn into the web of deception that was his life. Far from the mild-mannered bank employee Alex always thought he lived with, his Uncle Ian was actually a spy for Britain's MI6. Not only that, but Alex must now finish his uncle's final mission by posing as a
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contest-winning schoolboy. Watching Alex complete his training, get his spy gadgets, and go bravely (if not always fearlessly) into danger makes for a very fun and exciting read. The situations Alex encounters are genuinely perilous and the book is all the more compelling because of it. Call the Alex Rider books 007 for teens, and you've just about got it right. Readers who like danger, deception, and excitement will find it in this series!
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LibraryThing member JoshH3
This book is a great for ages 12 or older. The book is about a boy named Alex Rider who lives in London, England. He lives with his uncle who supposedly works for a bank. The book is has tons of awesome futuristic gadgets that Alex learns to use. Alex then spies on a compony that is creating a
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computer called the Stormbreaker. This book doesn't have a very action packed beginning but don't worry it will come later on.
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LibraryThing member JohnD4
Alex Rider's Uncle gets killed and he has no family. He was told that his Uncle was killed in a car crash and his Uncle allways wore his seatbelt. Then Alex found out.
My favorite Alex Rider book in the Series.
LibraryThing member mitchellf3
an unbelievable book for kids who like a lot of action and fast thinking. a boy whose becomes a spy for mi6. he was also told that his dad died in plane. or did he....?
LibraryThing member litlb00k
I FINALLY got around to reading this one and while it may not top my list of the best literature in the land it is definitely a ton of fun!!!
LibraryThing member yarmando
I"d read a teaser chapter years ago, and it didn't grab me, but I enjoyed it. Series introduces Alex, who it seems has been prepared by his uncle for a life in espionage. I expect the books will be formulaic -- situation in Alex's life sets him up so that MI6 can make him work for them, Alex goes
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through pre-adventure training where he makes a "frenemy" and shows his character, Alex has adventure, Alex uses gun, spectacular finish.
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LibraryThing member SupaMaori
Stormbreaker - This book is about a boy named Alex Rider, 14 years of age and a normal English schoolboy. His uncle is a bank manager with a boring life, or so it seems. It turns out that his uncle is actually a MI6 agent who died in action and Alex is forced to take his place. An awesome read for
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those interested in this genre. Much more interesting than the film.
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LibraryThing member tgeorge203
this book is about a 14 year old boy named alex rider. who finds ou that his uncle is a spy. so they make alex become a spy, they send him on a mission to stop sayle from sending out strombreaker
LibraryThing member 8H_bluephoenix
This book is very good because it had a very nice hook that immediately brought us into action. Throughout the whole book, it kept me on the edge without any really boring parts. I can't wait until l read the sequel.
LibraryThing member bookwormbridget
Good read aloud. Suitable for Year 5 and older, particularly boys. The hero is 14 year old Alex Rider, a reluctant M16 agent., who is thrown into the deep without prior warning.
Filled with James Bond style of action and quirky gadgets to save the hero's life. First book in the Alex Rider series.
LibraryThing member zmalensek
Just after his grand father Ian Riders death had happened the "bank" that he had worked for came to him and told him everything. He has found out that he has to go on a mission to investigate sayle enterprises. Will he ever come out alive? Will he be held hostage? Read to find out.
LibraryThing member anniecase
Cliched, predictable, generic, but undeniably entertaining stuff, with 14-year-old Alex serving as the ultimate wish fulfillment for kids who would give anything to be James Bond. The plot is easy to follow and engaging with its expected twists and turns. Its length (short) will also appeal to
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reluctant teen readers.
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LibraryThing member cranbrook
They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is
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about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood.
The first in a thrilling new series
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LibraryThing member Elferkid
Alex Rider is a action packed book. I enjoy reading about the mission he is sent on by the MI6. This series is impossible to put down so make sure you have the sequal, point blank, with you at all times just in case you finish stormbreaker.

In this book alex's uncle, a man who only works at the
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bank, dies in a car accident. Alex's parents are longs dead. Alex suspects that there is more to his uncles death than meets the eye. He discovers that his uncle actually worked for the MI6 and was murdered.

The MI6 hires Alex to investigate a man who is giving free computer to every school in en England. Alex discovers the secrets of the computers and must stop the opening ceremony before it is too late.
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LibraryThing member sirfurboy
This is the first of the Alex Rider series. Its typical Anthony Horowitz. The kind of adventure story boys from about 11+ will love. Nothing deep - just a good action adventure.

Alex Rider is 14 years old but when his Uncle is mysteriously killed in an alleged road accident, he gets swept into the
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secret world of MI6, where he is enlisted as a spy and sent to investigate the same case his uncle was working on.

What pre-teen or teenage boy has not dreamed of being Alex Rider? 14 year old spy sent to save his country from evil. As such this is a concept that will work. Not the kind of book you would recommend to adults who do not enjoy children's fiction though.
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½ (1285 ratings; 3.8)
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