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Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

Eagle Strike

The Alex Rider Series
Anthony Horowitz

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240613-9 (0142406139)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240613-7 (9780142406137)
Publication Date: February 2006
List Price: $7.99

Review: Eagle Strike is the fourth book in the “Alex Rider” series written by Anthony Horowitz. In it, Alex is left on his own without any help from MI6, a British Secret Intelligence service. Can Alex save the world or will time run out?

On a vacation in France is the last place Alex Rider thought he would find trouble. After seeing Yassen Gregorovich, a hired assassin, and having his vacation home blown up he knows something amiss. After confronting Yassen, Alex finds out that he was not the target, it was actually the father of the family Alex was staying with and that Yassen was hired by Damian Cray. Alex decides it is time to end his vacation early and return to London. There he heads to MI6 to express his concerns about Damian Cray. Since Cray is the world’s biggest celebrity who has given millions to charity, MI6 has trouble believing Alex. Still not convinced that Cray is not a threat Alex decides to go after him on his own. In the process Alex learns that Cray has a secret operation under the name Eagle Strike. Can Alex figure out what Eagle Strike is and stop everyone’s favorite pop star before time runs out or is Alex in over his head without the help of MI6?

Eagle Strike is a well written book that will grab your attention and hold it throughout the entire book. Unlike some books, Eagle Strike doesn’t have any dry parts; there is action on every page. Another great thing is how Anthony Horowitz describes everything; it makes you feel like you are also part of the story. He also keeps the story not too simple, but not too complex making it a perfect read for middle and high school students

Overall I would give Eagle Strike five out of five stars. It is action packed and you will never want to put the book down. In my opinion there is only one negative about the book. I felt that some of the scenes went very quickly and could have been lengthened, but it did not take away from the overall story. Another plus was that Mr. Horowitz made the end of the book a cliffhanger to lead you into the next book in the series, Scorpia. So be sure you pick up Eagle Strike, it is an amazing book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Review written by Eric, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: The missiles had been launched from Air Force One. Millions of people would be dead in just a couple of minutes. There was no hope. Where can one find exhilarating action at a breakneck pace? Eagle Strike has this and much, much more. Eagle Strike is a fictional book and is the fourth title in the "Alex Rider" series. This book was written by Anthony Horowitz, the English author of the other books in the series as well. In the Alex Rider series, the British intelligence agency, MI6 and Alex Rider cross paths through the Alex’s uncle. They then have him work for the agency, which includes saving many lives in the process. Alex Rider doesn’t enjoy these adventures, but always seems to be caught up in MI6’s work.

In this book, Alex is on vacation. He sees a person who he remembers as a terrorist and gets caught up in another plot which just so happens to include MI6. Alex starts to gather clues from everything that has happened, but the evidence points to a person that would involve himself in a plot of terrorism. As the story unravels, Alex must survive many life-threatening adventures. He unravels a plot to kill many people, but it’s for the best possible reason. In the end, he ends up in a conflict: how can you reason with a madman?

My personal opinion on Eagle Strike is that it is a must-read for suspense fans. The book leaves the reader feeling all of Alex’s emotions, from fear to vengeance. I think Anthony Horowitz really had some great character creation, for you relate to many of the characters. The plot, in my opinion, was very well thought out. Nowhere in the story did I have to sit back and wonder what was going on. In the end, I was almost sad that the complex adventure of Alex Rider had come to an end. To anyone craving a good mystery or action novel, I would recommend this book for some great enjoyment.

This book has been rated high. “Through the Looking Glass” reviews gave Eagle Strike high praise. Eagle Strike has been number 1 on the “US Bookboard of Children’s Fiction” top-100 list. On top of these, it has been a New York Times bestseller.

Eagle Strike is a very well thought out and interesting book. With a twisting plot, and danger in every chapter, this book leaves the reader of the edge of their seat. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 5, because of the great suspense and thrills. With an extravagant storyline, Eagle Strike will not be forgotten soon.

Review written by Shivam, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Doesn’t everyone love charity? Damian Cray does. But he’s willing to kill millions to stop drugs. The Alex Rider series has really taken off with Eagle Strike. This series is written by Anthony Horowitz. Alex is a trained spy. He has stopped evil clones, worked with the SAS, and prevented a Russian bomb. But can he stay on the good side when trying to take down a billionaire-charity man who met the US president, the English queen, and the English prime minister?

In this book Alex is on vacation with his friend Sabina when her dad is almost killed by an explosion. When Alex investigates he runs into Yassen (the man who killed Alex’s uncle) who makes Alex participate in a bull fight. Before Alex left he saw Yassen called Damian Cray. Alex returns to London and sneaks into Damian’s revealing of the Gameslayer. It is a new video game system that puts you in the game. Alex plays it and does well. Then Alex tracks Cray to a top secret base and he overhears Cray’s plan. Alex gets caught and he then gets put through a life size version of the Gameslayer game he played. He finds a way to escape the compound and is chased through the city on an interesting vehicle. Alex returns to England and receives a video message from Cray saying he has Sabina and he’ll kill her if Alex doesn’t come to his mansion. Alex goes to Cray’s mansion and then Cray restrains Alex & Sabina and they go to an airport. There Cray and a kind of elite squadron hijack a very important US plane. You’ll have to read the rest.

Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I think the storyline and events were pretty good. The title is well tied in to a major scene at the end. I also think hacking into the American systems on a very important plane was a good idea as well. Cray’s death could have been a little less "messy".

Review written by Zach, Grade 6. Date of review: January 2010.