Are you a 14-year-old working for the British Secret Service? You mostly aren't, but Alex Rider is not one of the 'mostly aren't' kind of teenagers. For most of you who are not familiar with the Alex Rider series let me inform you, Alex Rider is a 14-year-old (now 15) who works for MI6 (a kind of police force). Alex has been sent on dangerous and deadly missions, but the book I am going to review is the most deadliest and dangerous of all, being the last in the series.
It all starts with the visit of Zeljan Kurst, the head of Scorpia, to the British museum in London. In case you don't know what Scorpia is, it is a very dangerous organization which Alex has defeated twice in the past. Kurst was visiting the museum because Yannis Ariston, the fourth richest man in the world (the fourth richest man in the book world, of course) had been invited him to a meeting.
Scorpia being a very skilful organization, Ariston wants Kurst and his team to steal the Elgin marbles for him and return them to the Greeks because the British government is not returning them (for more information on the Elgin marbles, please Google the topic). Kurst's greed for money made him say yes, but afterwards Kurst started to doubt himself, so he set a new, skilful and intelligent person to the task of stealing the Elgin marbles.
Razim - whom Kurst set to the task - came up with a master plan that involved capturing the young secret agent Alex Rider and his clone Julius Grief (see the book Point Blanc). Actually, a spy cannot be below the age of 16, thus Alex Rider was a closely guarded secret as MI6 took him because he was too small to be suspected as a secret agent. Razim's plan was to make MI6 send Alex on a mission, capture him and blackmail them by threatening to release his secret. Then MI6 would have to give Scorpia the Elgin marbles. To deal with Alex, Scorpia would then shoot the American Secretary of State and frame Alex for it.
Now, it's up to Alex to save the American Secretary of State, the MI6 and defeat the hideous plot, but in this mission Alex's loved ones will be in danger, in real danger.
Reading this book has been a real pleasure, when you read a page you feel like you are at the scene and are a part of the action; the book is so well written. If you don't like the book you can see the first movie Stormbreaker, though I recommend you read the books first. I also think this book has one of the coolest covers. It looks deadly on a bookshelf.
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Ролдан нахмурился. Голос показался ему отдаленно знакомым. Он попытался определить акцент - может быть, Бургос. - Вы набрали правильно, - сказал он осторожно, - но это служба сопровождения.