Scorpia (Alex Rider Book 5)

by Anthony Horowitz

Paperback, 2006



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Puffin Books (2006), 332 pages


After being told that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Italy to find out more and becomes involved in a plan to kill thousands of English schoolchildren.


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LibraryThing member Ben_Lewandowski
Alex Rider ia the main character in this book. He is fifteen years old and he is also a well trained spy. This book is fiction and told in third person. And, the setting is Italy. In Italy Alex followed some bad people which almost made him die, beause those people had lied to him to make him do
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what they wanted. But in the end he got help from other people, and Alex did the right thing. One of the many themes of this book is: that you should never give up not mater what happens.
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LibraryThing member ctmsmaoc
Matt O'Connor
November 18, 2011
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Scorpia is a little different than other books. This one is not just any spy book, it is about a fourteen year old spy. His name is Alex Rider and he is always risking his life for an agency called MI6. In this story, Alex seeks his own
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Anthony Horowitz is the author of the Alex Rider adventures and the Diamond Brothers Mysteries.

This series tends to have more action than the others. Alex is always learning new techniques and gaining more knowledge during his missions. He has faced near death experiences many times.

Alex faces problems that no other children face. He still manages to find a solution to his problems. Some of the most critical solutions he has learned from school.

I have now read all of the books in the series but one. They are all excellent and well written but personally, I like this one the best.

All of the books in the series are different. This one is by far, the most unique. In the rest of the books Alex is force to go on assigned missions. In this book, Alex travels on his own mission without telling MI6. His mission is to seek the truth about his father, John Rider.

Anthony Horowitz's books are very well written and very detailed. In a way, it is so detailed that you could almost predict what was going to happen next. This got a little old, so other than that I would have given the book five stars.
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LibraryThing member HustonAlba3
My favorite of the Alex Rider- besides the Arc Angel. The members of Scorpia seem like nice people to me, the sadest part of it is when they die, i never got that part, they didn't seem that bad to me.
LibraryThing member gwenn2ns
I thought Scorpia deserved five stars because in some chapters the author switched focus to another person that could be hundreds of miles away from Alex. I also liked how seconds seemed like minutes in some parts of the book. For example when Alex was trying to assassinate Mrs.Jones it seemed like
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he was actually only aiming for 45 seconds before he fired.
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LibraryThing member sohinipx2014
I think that Scorpia is an excellent read for kids aged 10 and above. It's a book with an interesting plot and very descriptive characters. Another thing that I like about Scorpia is how the main character is Alex Rider, a kid that's almost as old as me. It's much more interesting to read about a
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teenage-spy trying to handle working for MI-6 while trying to have a more better social life and dealing with family problems at the same time. Reading Scorpia is much more interesting that reading a Sherlock Holmes book. I think the best part of Scorpia is the plot. Scorpia definatly has one of the best plots ever. The plot is interesting, descriptive, and funny at the same time.
I would definately recomend this book to anyone that likes mystery. Anthony Horowitz is truly a talented writer who wrote Scorpia in such a way that you never know what's going to happen next. When you read Scorpia, it's like trying to complete a jig-saw puzzle. You have to think about what you read in the last chapter and put it together with some information that you read recently. Scorpia is definately a very entertaining read.
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LibraryThing member v4113
scorpia is one of my favorite books from alex rider.Because in this book they atually talk about terrorist on what they are about to do. and alex is a spy and during the whole story he is trying to find out what are they pllanning to do.

I reccomend this book to people who like mistery books
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because during alex riders quest he has to find out clues in order to see what are the terrorist are plannig to do.I really like this book because in the beggining it did have those times when you are getting surprised like not knowing well you think somehting is going to happend.But then the opposite actually me my favorite charecter is alex rider because he is a spy and he is very good at it because no one knows that he is actually trying to find out what there trying to do. this book does have some action parts to it and that is why yi also like this book.
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LibraryThing member judypx2014
Alex Rider is a teen spy who work for a spy organization called M16. In this book, he goes to Venice, Italy to find the organization that his father, Jack Rider worked for, called Scorpia. That time, Scorpia was planning to make a death of all schoolchildren in England. Alex Rider join Socrpia but
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get caught by M16. And he tells M16 of the Scorpia's plan called "Invisible Sword".
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LibraryThing member DF1A_ChristieR
Scorpia is one of the most ruthless and successful criminal organizations in the world. It was formed in the early 1980s by spies and assassins from all over the globe who wanted to get rich. Now responsible for 1/10 of the world's terrorism, Scorpia's resume is truly appalling: it has overthrown
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two governments and arranged for a third to be elected unfairly, destroyed dozens of businesses, corrupted politicians and civil servants, and contributed to several major ecological disasters.
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LibraryThing member okmliteracy8
I thought this book was very thrilling and made you want to keep reading. It had alot of life taking risks which kept you reading. And it also was very thrilling because the character is on both sides. Tristen.s
LibraryThing member ryanpx2014
I thought Scorpia was one of the best Alex Rider books so far. I liked how it reviewed back to Alex's parents and what really happened to them. It was very confusing at first because of Scorpia and the M16 arguing back and forth on what had really happened. I think Alex isn't a very lucky person
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having being bounced around. Both the M16 and Scorpia are telling him that they are theh good guys and I'm wondering how Alex ever figured out what happened
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LibraryThing member cranbrook
While vacationing in Italy, he is recruited by the deadliest terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, away from the world of M16, a British secret intelligence organization. Through a web of lies and deceit, Alex is persuaded to assassinate the deputy head of M16, a former friend and
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supervisor, while Scorpia plans a secret mission that will kill hundreds of thousands of British children in the blink of an eye. Missing his target and captured by M16, Rider is sent back into Scorpia, but this time as a spy. It is only with the teen's help that M16 can stop the organization's vicious threat. Of course, Alex Rider saves the day, but not without psychological mind gaming and fighting that will bring readers to the edge of their seats and keep them there until the final page.
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LibraryThing member mitchellf3
.......... amazing and thrilling! 'snort'!
LibraryThing member DCHAT
A very thrilling ride of a lifetime. Teenage spy Alex rider saves the world while he goes to school and has no parents. He has a very hard life but he is well known among CIA and M16. You have to read this book.
LibraryThing member callmecayce
I read the first several books of the Alex Rider series long enough ago that it took a bit for me to remember the previous novels. And by the time I'd caught up, I was completely absorbed in the plot of Scorpia. A friend had warned me about the very end and even though I was happy she did, I did
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not expect what happened. That being said, the book did a very nice job building up to the point. I am disappointed that Alex Pettyfer is too old for more movies in this series, he is a perfect Alex Rider and I would have liked to see this one on screen.
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LibraryThing member caro488
Horowitz- Scorpia- Alex's father may have been a killer for the international bad guys who now recruit Alex. Invisible Sword is set to kill hundreds or thousands of British scholchildren.
LibraryThing member JohnD4
Alex trys to find the biggest crimnal association in the world to help them and not MI6. He learns about everything they have done and a lot about his family.
Great book for people who like adventure.
LibraryThing member John.Kaleb
Scorpia is about a teen spy names Alex Rider. He is sent on dangerous missions. In the book, Alex finds out that his father was a spy and that the organiztion that his father worked for was Scorpia a terrorist organization. Scorpia wants Alex to work for him but he realizes that his father is not
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dead. He joins Scorpia and learns about their plans to kill every student in London including him. In the end, Alex destroys Scorpia and their terrorist attacks. I would recommend this book to people who like action and fictional horror.
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LibraryThing member jso18
Scorpia was a good book to show how in real life things can be difficult to understand. At the beginning he was just told by Scorpia (a criminal organization) that M16 (a good organization) killed Alex Rider's dad. But in the end of the book Alex was really told that his dad was still alive but
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when the parents went on a trip in a private jet. That was when the bomb exploded. Alex could hardly believe that Scorpia killed his own dad and that Scorpia was willing to take care of Alex.
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LibraryThing member mmcfarland
Scorpia: An Alex Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz was an edge of your seat thriller and I recommend this book to anyone. Right from the beginning Alex searches for a criminal organization called Scorpia. The search leads him to a party where he is almost killed. This book is easy to follow and
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the Author writes in an easy to read style that is also very exciting at the same time. One example of great writing displayed in this book is the first sentence. It begins, "The room had no windows, and that itself was strange as it was situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world." As you can see Anthony Horowitz gets your attention from the very start with this attention-grabbing sentence. Overall this book was fantastic, I think I will read this book again and I know that I will recommend this book to people in the future.
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LibraryThing member kings7
Exciting - you can't put it down.
LibraryThing member Diavoletto
i was kinda confused at the end
LibraryThing member ekinsluc2018
I rated this book a 4/5 because it captured me as a reader and described a lot of little details that many writers wouldn't do. It is a really easy read and it has no big words in it. It is about a boy called Alex Rider who wants to know whether or not his father was evil. I recommend this book to
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readers’ aged 9 to 14.
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LibraryThing member lucaekins
I rated this book a 4/5 because it captured me as a reader and described a lot of little details that many writers wouldn't do. It is a really easy read and it has no big words in it. It is about a boy called alex rider who wants to know whether or not his father was evil. I recommend this book to
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readers aged 9 to 14.
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LibraryThing member kings7
Very exciting
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Alex is in a bad place emotionally at the beginning of this book. He has thought of himself as a "good guy" and looked up to his dad, and now he's dealing with the fact that his father was an assassin. There's a moment there when it seems Alex will just give up and join the bad guys - but there are
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plenty of twists before we get to that point. I liked the additional back ground on Alex, because up till now he has felt a bit two dimensional.
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