Snakehead (Alex Rider Book 7)

by Anthony Horowitz

Paperback, 2007



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Puffin Books (2007), Edition: Reprint, 412 pages


While working with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers information about his parents.


Soaring Eagle Book Award (Nominee — 2009)
Colorado Blue Spruce Award (Nominee — 2010)
Yoto Carnegie Medal (Nominee — 2009)
Kids' Book Choice Awards (Finalist — 2008)
Booktrust Teenage Prize (Shortlist — 2008)
Children's Favorites Awards (Finalist — 2008)


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School Library Journal
"Alex Rider brings readers to the edge of their seats and keeps them there until the final pages."

User reviews

LibraryThing member TomasJefferson
Anthony Horowitz has made another great book to the Alex Rider series. In this book, Alex Rider is working for the Australian ASIS which basically the rough equivalent of the M16 for Great Britain. Alex Rider has to see how the snakeheads illegally immigrate people to other countries. This time
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Alex is going against Scorpia the criminal group which was responsible for the death of both his parents. Alex has to pretend to be an Afganistan boy who is getting illegally transported to Australia. He also meets someone in his family. His godfather but at the end of the book he makes a shocking discovery about him. Alex has to stop a bomb that was developed in Great Britain nicknamed "Royal Blue". A executive of Scorpia has decided to use the bomb to make a massive tsunami which will kill thousands of people. It is up to the teenage spy Alex Rider to save many lives. You have to read the book to find out if Alex Rider will save the world again or not!
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LibraryThing member TigerLMS
Alex has just returned from outer space, and Snakehead picks up quite literally where Ark Angel left off. Since splashing down just off the Australian coast, Alex visits the offices of ASIS, the Aussie equivalent of MI6. The head of the ASIS, Ethan Brooke, asks Alex's help with a special mission,
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which of course Alex declines. Except that his partner for the mission would be Ash, his godfather and dad's best friend. Given the connection to parents he will never know, Alex accepts, and as can be expected-- is immediately whisked away into one deadly situation after another. Fans of the series won't be disappointed other than the fact that there is not yet a sequel to continue the series!
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LibraryThing member JohnD4
In Snakead Alex is in Austrailia and the ASIS (Australian Secret Service) and they put Alex on a mission to find out about a company smuggling illegal imagrants to Australia. Along the way he gets tangled with Scorpia which he ruined a year before.

Great book for people who like Action!!!
LibraryThing member S5rox
After Alex crash lands from space to Australia. The Secret servces want him to team up with Ash His godfather that he didnt know about.Together the spy on the snakehead But with everthing that is going on Alex cant trust anyone even Ash.
LibraryThing member TheoClarke
Although a seventh novel of such drama stretches credulity as the adventures of a schoolboy, Australia, Bangkok, and Jakarta make exciting new additions to Alex Rider's itinerary. The plot is as gripping as any and Horowitz's wit is undimmed. The extra chapter added to this paperback edition
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explains some of the Ash back story.
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LibraryThing member yarmando
Good series entry. While normally I think Horowitz struggles to put Alex into credible danger (bullfights, space), here I thought Alex would be in more dire peril than Horowitz allowed. (Illegally smuggled boys in Thailand do not end up in fight rings; they end up in brothels). The twist is really
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not all that surprising, and it's a credit to Horowitz that Alex himself is not surprised. Alex is changing as a character, becoming harder and more jaded.
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LibraryThing member 9ir01bev
I gave this book five stars because it has an exciting plot and has a good ending. This book is a reading level of 5.4 and gets you 14 ar points.
LibraryThing member wahoofan
I love these books. It is like a young James Bond. He is a great writer.
LibraryThing member KillaC
This is the 6th book in the alex rider series. Its about a teenage spy whose been working for MI6 since his uncle who also works for MI6 died. In this book Alex crashes down from space after the ArkAngle book and is picked up by the Australian ASIS. He is sent on a mission to go undercover as a
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refugee so they can find out about human smuggling a group called snakehead is doing. Also, MI6 recruits him to find a bomb .
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LibraryThing member cranbrook
When Alex Rider crash-lands off the coast of Australia, the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across Southeast Asia. Known as snakeheads, the gangs smuggle drugs, weapons, and worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the
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chance to work with his godfather and learn more about his parents. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission yet . . . and the knowledge that his old nemesis, Scorpia, is anything but out of his life.
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LibraryThing member callmecayce
I was really excited about this book and, aside from the romance thrown in at the very end, I completely loved it. I found it fascinating how much emotional trauma Horowitz put Alex through, just in order to learn about his father. As if the events in Scorpia weren't enough to break the poor boy,
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surely Snakehead would have. But, because it's Alex Rider, he pulls through. Also, I am surprisingly impressed with Horowitz's grasp on continuity. I'm looking forward to the next (final?) novel in the series.
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LibraryThing member cvosshans
The seventh book in the Alex Rider series does not disappoint readers - this mission is one of Alex's most dangerous but he is up for it! Some feel that the storyline of a teen boy tackling terrorists is not realistic - it isn't but who cares? The purpose of this novel is to provide a suspensful,
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action packed story with Alex who is adored by many....the author does just that. If true realism is what you are after, go read Macleans.
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LibraryThing member mysteriesrme
I put books in two categories: one you cannot put down, read in a few days, and others that can wait (they can still be good!) Snakehead is the former: it is compelling, easy to read, spy thriller that does not disappoint! Horowitz makes the characters believable and it is obvious he has done his
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research about technological gadget Rider needs to stay alive. I would recommend this book for teenagers as well adults. My husband I think would enjoy this one as it reminds me a lot of James Bond.
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LibraryThing member bkotis
Snake Head is the type of book that is hard to get out of your hands if you like adventure book. The main character in this book is Alex a 14 year old spy. He travels all over the world on mission's to stop criminals from destroying the world.
LibraryThing member caro488
Horowitz- Snakehead-Alex does a service for the Australian SS to work with the godfather he never knew
LibraryThing member fluteflute
This time Alex Rider is abroad in Australia and the Middle East. There is plenty of action as normal with escapes from all kinds of unlikely situations - a cargo ship container to name just one. The book continues in the trend of the last few books uncovering more details about Alex's family. I
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throughly enjoyed Snakehead, like most of the other Horowitz books. However my one gripe was some of the plot (one escape in particular).
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LibraryThing member SunshineBoy
Very intense book to read, as you flip every pages the story will just become more intense until the very end where all the headaching questions have been solved. The characters in this book contains Alex Rider who hates his job as a spy, but still does well at it; Ash, Alex's godfather once worked
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for the MI6, but he quit after the tragedy on an airplane to Paris which caused the death of Alex Rider's parents,Ash is not his full name it's just his initials;Major Winston Yu , he is a very cruel man, once he is a head of a army but he suffered a weird disease that made him disappeared from the army and started the organization 'Scopia'with 12 other people. This book is a easy read but I don' t think some of the things in the book is suitable for young viewers , so I suggest this book to kids who are around 10 or over. Their are also some betrayles in this book, if you want to find out who betrayed who, then don' t waste any time, go to the library first thing tomorrow after school, or ask for it for a New Year's present.
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LibraryThing member 2martins
Mitchell read this in ONE DAY - he read it while he could have been watching stunt combat actors practicing a fight scene for a film even!!! Clearly, it was a very compelling book.
LibraryThing member Yellow-flash
This book is amazingly horrifying, just thinking about what Alex went through in this book makes me feel sorry for him and sometimes angry because of Ash. I love this book,it drowns me into different emotions.
LibraryThing member sgrame
Alex Rider, a 14 year-old, is up to his neck in espionage once again. After his space capsule from the previous adventure drops into the waters near Australia, Alex is rescued by the Australian Secret Service and recruited to infiltrate a nasty gang of criminals called the Snakeyeads by posing as a
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young refugee from Afghanistan. His godfather, Ash, who he did not know existed, is to pose as his father, giving Alex the chance to find out about the parents he never knew, so he accepts the assignment. Amidst all kinds of action, the British secret service convinces him to work for them as well to try to find out the whereabouts of a bomb before Major Yu is able to detonate it and destroy thousands of lives. Alex is always quick on his feet, thinking clearly and with "the luck of the devil", is able to survive insurmountable odds like escaping from a hospital in the middle of a rainforest where he is kept for body parts and kayaking through rapids and over a waterfall in a float from a waterplane. Alex Rider never lets his audience down! This book would be great to suggest to Middle School students who like action stories, especially boys. Contains slight reference to being offered a beer and passing line about topless girls in a bar, but overall, a good clean read and part of a series to continue the fun. 388 pages.
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LibraryThing member KarenBall
Alex Rider is back in action -- he's just crash-landed in the ocean off the coast of Australia after being in space, and the Australian version of MI-6 recruits him to work with his godfather, Ash, to break up a vicious ring of smuggling gangs. The gangs are known as Snakeheads, and they specialize
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in smuggling drugs, weapons and people. Alex travels as a Pakistani illegal immigrant from the filthiest slums of Bangkok to Australia, and meets Major Yu, leader of the Snakeheads who is also on the executive board of Scorpia. Major Yu has many nasty plans for Alex, including revealing a devastating secret from Alex's family's past. Can our favorite teen spy survive? Excellent adventure and action as always from Anthony Horowitz, master storyteller!
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LibraryThing member John.Kaleb
Snakehead is another book from the Alex Rider Adventure series. In Snakehead, Alex is plumbing towards earth after blowing up the Spacehotel Arch Angel than was supposed to crash into Washington D.C. Alex lands off the coast of Australia. Meanwhile, Scorpia the organization that employed Alex's
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father and Alex was recovering from it's losses that Alex caused. Scorpia launched a new operation to change the earth. Towards the end of the book, Alex is the only person who can disable the bomb codenamed Royal Blue. Alex finds his godfather Ash and agrees to accompany him to a mission that leads Alex to Bankok and a remote island. Alex also meets up with an old squad mate from the SAS that he was training with. This book is full of adventure, suspense and at the very end of the book, romance. I highly recommend this book for people who enjoy reading the Alex Rider series.
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LibraryThing member ctmszagu
Anthony Horowitz’s “Snake head” is a fiction story about a British teenager named Alex Rider who is a secret agent for Britain’s MI6 (it’s like our C.I.A.) Alex’s mission in this story is not given to him by MI6 but by the ASIS in Australia his mission is to infiltrate an international
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gang’s (Snake Head) trading system. The snake Head illegally transports refugees from other countries into Australia. Since Alex is still a teenager he is accompanied by another agent his name is Ash and he is Alex’s godfather.

I did not like this book one single bit. I did not like this book for many reasons; one reason was because it was just plain boring I mean at some points in the book I felt like I was dragging myself through the book just to finish it. When I have to suffer through a book like that it’s just not worth my time. Another reason I didn’t like this book was because it was so predictable I mean it was pretty much life and or death situations every chapter it there was one really gruesome part in the book and I wasn’t even affected by it. My rating for this book would be a 2 and one half in my opinion this book wasn’t that great but if you like action adventures you could read it but I advise against it but feel free to read it.
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LibraryThing member TLHelen
This is an interesting adventure book. It is about a teenage boy called Alex Rider who is a secret agent. He has to stop a bomb called the Royal Blue from exploding, and infiltrate an International gang's trading system, called Snake head. The Snake Head illegally transports refugees from other
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countries into Australia. He is accompanied by his godfather, Ash, who is also a secret agent.

Alex is able to survive many events.

This book is full of suspense and adventure, which is what makes it interesting.

It is a worthwhile book to read because you will not know what is next and you will be full of questions throughout the book.
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LibraryThing member George321
The book Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider is once again called back into the action to save the world, working for MI6, the British secret service. Alex is a 14 year old teenager who lives with his uncles friend jack, she is now Alex's parental guardian. Alex's uncle was killed while
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working on a mission for MI6. After his uncle passed away MI6 called for Alex. MI6 realized that they could use Alex as a secret weapon because Alex was a teenager he wouldn't stand out in hostile situations. The best part is no organized government agency had ever used a teenager before.
In the book Snakehead Alex is faced with the problem of Scorpia, who is now working ruthless gangs. Scorpia is a organized terrorist group. Scorpia is scattered around the globe causing chaos wherever. Scorpia is responsible for the death of Alex's uncle. When Alex takes takes a wrong flight he winds up in Australia. While in Australia Alex realizes his mistaken flight was not an accident and is confronted with the Australian secret service. The Australian secret service had plotted the mistaken flight because they realized they themselves could use the upper hand advantage and use Alex as there own secret weapon for a mission to take out the leader of Scorpia. In order to convince Alex to do the mission they bribe him by stealing his passport, and promise the return of his passport if he completes the mission.
My overall opinion is this is a great book , one of the best I have ever read. I would recommend this book to people who have read any of the other Alex rider books and people who are interested in action books, spy books, and military books.
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