After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.
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Eagle Strike starts when Alex Rider is on vacation in the south of France with his friend, Sabina. Alex notices a big yacht docked nearby and sees that the man who killed his uncle, Yassen Gregorovich, is on the yacht. Alex wonders why Yassen is in France. He acts quickly and begins to follow Yassen. When Alex overhears Yassen confirming that everything has been arranged, he knows that something is going to happen. Sure enough, the house that Alex and Sabina’s family has rented is suddenly blown up and Sabina’s dad is severely injured. Alex knows that it was not an accident, yet no one believes him. While trying to find out why this happened, Alex is faced with lots of danger: a virtual game that inflicts real pain, a fleet of Porsche 911 GT3-driving hit men, and even a near death experience aboard Air Force One. Alex Rider has always survived his missions before, yet will he survive this time?
particularly those who adore “Bond, James Bond.” Book talk it by playing up all the technology and Bond-like spy thrilling adventures that happen, such as being forced to play the matador in a bull fight.
I liked this book, even
'Eagle Strike' is the fourth book in the Alex Rider series. Again, Horowitz manages to produce a new plot filled with exciting action that is different from the ones before.
Alex Rider is growing up. He has an almost girlfriend - who refuses to believe he is a spy. After a near fatal accident for Sabina's father, and the recurrent presence of Yassen (a professional killer), Alex is left on his own. He's not quite without resources - he has the requites set of gadgets all built into a special device. Certainly though, it's a struggle because he's against a man everyone finds likable.
The ideas in this novel I have come across before (particularly the coins - you'll understand when you read it). Also, the gadgets are not particularly new. The video game concept was a good one, although I am sure I have read other novels that use the same idea (think Gillian Rubinstein - Space Demons).
The chase scene seems contrived, as it often does in movies, but I guess it had to be there. The novel did keep me reading to find out what happened though. The ending is a bit of a surprise, but the whole text had been leading up to it. Alex is always courting death, but we know that the hero will always survive (that's the problem with a series).
Not a bad try for a series novel, but if it was a stand alone (and I wasn't already attached to Alex) I wouldn't be interested in trying more books. Probably just an offshoot of having read the four books in a row. I think this novel is equally bloody compared to the last novel.
Eagle Strike is the name of the video game that Cray is about to release and is also the title of this fourth entry in the Alex Rider series. Once again, Alex is faced with another threat that might end the world. In this book, we start to see the toll that Alex's adventures are taking on him and his life. Sabina is the first real friend that Alex has had other than Jack, so she is important to him, but life has been difficult for Alex, and these new threats make it tough for Alex to maintain friendships. As with the other books in the series, there is lots of thrills, action, and suspense, while the plot is a little over the top. Overall, however, Eagle Strike is a very enjoyable story with a satisfying conclusion.
3 1/2 stars.
Then comes the revelation that Damian Cray, a world famous pop star, platinum record maker, multimillionaire owner of a series of influential businesses and well respected friend to the upper crust in England, is the evil in the mix. MI 6 want no part of Alex’s theories about how Cray is behind the attempt on the villa so Alex, as usual, must go it alone.
Action, thrills, a little violence and blood, all the usual for a Rider novel spill out page after page. Nothing too gory or explicit as this is aimed at teens, but a lot of fun.
And then there is the revelation about Alex’s dead father,
This is yet another fine outing in the Alex Rider franchise, one that is sure to please young and old alike.