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'Stormbreaker' is written by Anthony Horowitz, the author of the Power of Five and many other books. The series is based on spies and MI6. It is the first book in the Alex Rider series.
The book starts at Ian Rider's (Alex's uncle) funeral because he died in a car crash. Then Alex goes to Royal and General Bank (to see the place where his uncle worked) and tries to get in his uncle's office but it is locked! He comes in from the window and sees a file saying 'Stormbreaker' but a minute later he faints. After that, Alex is invited to work for MI6 who tell him that Ian was a spy. He trains at the SAS (Special Air Service). His mission starts when Alex pretends to be Felix Lester (a boy who won the prize of being the first boy or girl to use Stormbreaker) and meets Herod Sayle (villain) so he can test the new computer (Stormbreaker). But Herod Sayle secretly places smallpox virus in all the computers which will activate when the computers are switched on.
This book is very exciting because it has cliff-hangers such as when Alex gets injected by a drug dart at the end of the chapter.
I recommend this book to people who like spies a lot as well as action and adventure (adventurous people).
I loved Stormbreaker! My brother told me about the series and I thought I should try it as I have always been into spy books. Once I had read the first few paragraph I was already absorbed in Alex's life! I definitely would recommend this book to any child or perhaps adult, it is very plot twisting and you never see things coming. Antony Horowitz obviously has a good sense of humour as he has put some very amusing jokes in the books. I have been caught many times laughing to myself about his jokes! This has all the perfect ingrediencies for a book. Written by Lucy (age 12).
Very much in the genre of Bond and Spectre for children, as an adult I found the story well-told, but the storyline just contrived and unoriginal. Very On Her Majesty’s Secret Service plotline. That said, I read it to the end and would try another.
A little scary in places, alternatives used for mild bad language, enough new words for it to be challenging without being too much. Not 100% PC character descriptions, most based on body shape, but in the context of a 14 year olds description of them OK.
I first read this book when I was 8. The thought of a "Young Spy" really caught my eye and from the first page, I loved it.
This book follows the life of Alex Rider - ordinary 14 year old school boy with an ordinary life. Then one day he's told his Uncle - Ian Rider - has died in a dreadful car crash... But something just isn't quite right. If it was a car crash that killed Ian Rider, why are there bullet holes in his car?
A series of events quickly lead Alex to Cornwall where he has been sent to spy on Herod Sayle - sewer rat turned multi-millionaire. He's giving every school in the country one of his new "Super-Computers". So why is the countries secret service intrigued?
All questions are answered in the action packed book which is... Stormbreaker.