Reviews for Snakehead


Booklist Reviews 2007 September #2
The seventh Alex Rider book picks up where Ark Angel (2006) left off, as Alex is pulled from a spaceship off the coast of Australia. He soon goes to work for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (which offers him a mission working with his long-lost godfather, Ash), and is eventally brought face to face with the head of the terrorist Snakehead orgnization. The convoluted plot, nearly constant action, and clever gadgets will intrigue readers as Alex crosses the world, and Ash reveals new information about Alex's parents and their untimely demise. Satisfying escapism for series fans or series newcomers. Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
The Australian Secret Service wants Alex to investigate a people-smuggling ring. Working with a godfather he never knew about, Alex agrees to help but steps into more danger than he expected, including chasing down a bomb for his old friends at MI6. Written tightly and with a bit more character development than other titles in the series, this is a suspenseful addition. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 January

Gr 7 Up--Snakehead begins right where Ark Angel (Philomel, 2006) ended. After splashing down in Australian waters, Alex Rider is taken to Sydney and immediately recruited by ASIS, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. They need him to pose as an Afghan immigrant boy to provide cover for an agent who is working to uncover information about a human smuggling operation. Alex reluctantly accepts, only because the agent is his godfather and the last person to have seen his parents alive. From the moment the teen arrives in Bangkok, virtually everything about the operation goes wrong. Narrowly escaping death, he ends up in a wooden box being smuggled to Australia and in the middle of something even more horrifying than the smuggling. All of the things that readers have come to love about Alex Rider are here: the globe-trotting settings, the ripped-from-the-headlines plot, the uncertain alliances, and the nonstop action.--Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ

[Page 120]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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VOYA Reviews 2007 December
In this seventh installment of the Alex Rider series, Alex goes undercover for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service. As part of a covert mission to recover a stolen bomb, Alex must travel to Bangkok to infiltrate a criminal syndicate that is smuggling people into Australia. Despite his wish to return to something that resembles a normal teenage life, Alex agrees to infiltrate the snakehead gangsters when he learns that his partner on this mission will be Ash, a former MI-6 agent who knew Alex's father. Determined to learn more about his family, Alex goes undercover as a refugee from Afghanistan. The journey from Bangkok takes Alex through the Indonesian jungle, into the depths of a cargo ship, and finally to a drilling platform in the middle of the ocean. Along the way, Alex must confront his old nemesis, SCORPIA, a ruthless organization comprised of super-criminals bent on world domination Daredevil stunts and narrow escapes take center stage, and Alex must find the inner strength and resilience to face his enemies on his own. When Alex learns the truth about the death of his parents, he begins to understand what it is like to go through life as a spy and wrestles with the possibility that he will no longer fit in back home. Fans of the series will be thrilled to see another Alex adventure, and this one delivers the excitement, gadgets, and action that readers have come to expect of Horowitz's teenage spy.-Heidi Dolamore 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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