Alias: A Secret Life (Prequel Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

It’s Sydney Bristow’s first mission–in Paris.
Her first alias.
Her first real enemy.
Her first real crush.
And her first big mistake.
There are a lot of firsts for ...
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Alias: A Secret Life (Prequel Series #2)

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Overview

It’s Sydney Bristow’s first mission–in Paris.
Her first alias.
Her first real enemy.
Her first real crush.
And her first big mistake.
There are a lot of firsts for Sydney.
But no second chances.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375890314
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Series: Alias Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 516,556
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 304 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Peyton Roberts is the author of numerous books for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.



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"Why do we have to live in the dorms?" Sydney Bristow complained, lifting her eyes from her Dostoyevsky novel to cast an annoyed glance toward her half-open window. Shouts and laughter tumbled in from outside, riding the warm California breeze. "Freshmen make so much noise."

"In case you've forgotten, we're freshmen," Francie Calfo said, twisting around in her chair to gesture with a wet red nail polish brush. She had long since abandoned her studies and was using her desk as a manicure station. "Not only that, but it's Saturday and it's beautiful outside. Any sane person would be out there making noise." Francie's dark brown eyes turned wistful. "Remind me again: Why aren't we out there?"

"Because of me," Sydney said with a sigh. Tossing her book aside on her thin, dorm-issue mattress, she got up to look out the window.

On the freshly mown grass below, students of all ages and descriptions were enjoying the sunny spring day, sitting and talking in groups or playing impromptu games of touch football and catch. Frisbees crisscrossed the scene, and a giggling gang of sorority girls ran back and forth trying to fly a long, colorful kite. Shorts and tank tops were the uniform of the day, and even from her fifth-floor window, Sydney could smell the suntan lotion.

"You should go do something," she said, turning abruptly to Francie. "There's no reason for you to be a prisoner here just because I have to study. With all the hours I've been working, I have to catch up on my classes, but you . . ."

"What kind of friend would I be if I were out having fun while you were here plowing through . . . what are you reading, anyway?" Francie got up and reached for the book Sydney had dropped, lifting its cover by two wet-tipped fingers. "Is this . . . What is this?"

Sydney froze. Why had she left that book in plain sight?

"Dostoyevsky," she said quickly. "For my Survey of World Literature class. Everyone has to read it."

She hurried to take the book back, but Francie yanked it out of her reach, arching a disbelieving brow. "In Russian? This is Russian?"

"Well . . . yeah, but--"

"I don't want to shock you, Syd, but most lit teachers are fine with students who read the English translation. When did you learn Russian, anyway?"

"I . . . I didn't," Sydney lied. "I mean, I thought I could teach myself. But right now it's giving me the biggest headache. . . ."

At least that part was true.

Francie dropped the book onto Sydney's bed. "I hope you know you're crazy. Between your classes and working at the bank, you don't have enough to do already?"

Sydney smiled weakly, at a loss for an answer.

The worst part is the lying, she thought. They don't tell you that when you join the CIA. You think the worst part will be the fear, or getting caught, or maybe even dying. But the lying . . . the lying is every day.

"You're my best friend here, Francie," she blurted out. "You always will be, right?"

Francie laughed, caught off guard. "I haven't put up with you since last summer just to have you replace me now."

"Never. There's nothing I wouldn't do for you," Sydney said sincerely.

"Except for go outside on a perfectly gorgeous day." Francie pointed hopefully toward the window. "Forget about studying, Syd! Why do we live in L.A. if we never go to the beach?"

"I thought you didn't like your bathing suit."

"That was before I bought a new bathing suit. And there's a party tonight at Delt house. I heard some girls talking in the hall."

"A frat party?" Sydney had been to one of those parties early in the year. She had drunk too much and had promptly gotten sick. Since then she'd concluded two things: She definitely wasn't a party girl, and frat boys could be downright disgusting. "Way to talk me into the beach!"

"Really? You'll go?" Francie began waving her hands around, suddenly frantic to dry her red polish. "We can stop by the commons and pick up some sandwiches. And I'll bet I can borrow some beach chairs. I'm pretty sure--"

The pager on Sydney's waistband went off.

"Oh, that is not the bank!" Francie exclaimed as Sydney tilted the pager to read the message on its small screen: Wilson.

"I'm sorry, Francie. I have to go in."

"But it's Saturday!" Francie protested. "Banks aren't even open on Saturday!"

Sydney gave her an apologetic shrug. "Mine is."

"You have to quit that job! You've only been there a few months and they're already running your life."

"It's probably just some filing," said Sydney, lying again. "Go to the beach without me. If I can get off early, I'll meet you there."

Francie flopped down hard on her bed, disappointed. "You always say you'll get off, but you never do."

"I'll really try this time. But if not, then tonight. All right? I'll definitely be back in time for the party."

"The Delt party?" Francie brightened. "You promise?"

"Only if it makes you very, very happy. You know those frat guys will be drunk and drooling all over us."

Francie smiled, a mischievous glint in her eyes. "I know."

The downtown street was deserted when Sydney drove her white Mustang into the secure parking garage beneath the Credit Dauphine building. She checked her reflection in the driver's window as she locked the car door: minimal makeup, straight brown hair slicked into a long ponytail, a slightly caught-in-the-headlights look about her brown eyes that she was learning to recognize as excitement. She didn't like lying about her new job, but there was no denying that being an agent-in-training with the CIA was the most exciting thing she'd ever done--not to mention the most important.

As Sydney stepped into the special elevator that would take her to bank sublevel six, hidden headquarters of her true employer, she felt her pulse surge the way it always did when she came to work. If she made it through training, she'd be a spy for a covert branch of the CIA known as SD-6, a full-fledged secret agent dedicated to protecting the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. It was an awesome responsibility--and one she was glad to take on. She'd been waiting all her life for a chance to make a difference.

The elevator doors opened and Sydney stepped into a different world. The entrance to SD-6 was a small white room with a single black circle painted on its floor. Sydney strode to the center of the circle, straightened to her full height, and stared directly ahead. Retinal scanning verified her clearance, and a second set of doors opened automatically, admitting her to the main work area.

Raw concrete walls and high dark ceilings gave headquarters a cavelike quality, an impression reinforced by the absence of windows. Fluorescent lights were suspended overhead, but the more interesting illumination came from row upon row of glowing computer monitors on identical nondescript desks.

One of these desks will be mine someday, Sydney thought proudly as she walked past them.

But for now, a scattering of agents she didn't know sat working on projects she wasn't cleared for, keeping the country safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Murder in Paris

    Alias,a secret life By,Laura Pesyton Roberts Genre: Mystery 202 pgs. Sydney Bristow has a lot on her shoulders. She¿s a college student, her best friend is always nagging her to hang out, and she¿s a CIA agent. When the CIA calls her asking her to go to Paris, she is so exited. It is Sydney¿s first mission When she got to Paris, she met another agent. His name was Noah Hicks. They were playing an american tourist couple, but they were actually there to spy on a possible killer. Their prime suspect was Monique Larosse, a fashion designer. Is she harmless, or a cold blooded killer? Alias, A Secret Life, a book based on the T.V show by J.J Abrams, keeps you guessing throughout the whole book. I thought this book was great. I like the fact that it kept me on the edge of my seat. If i were to change anything, I would give Sydney a boyfriend in the beginning. That would make it even more dramatic. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries and suspenseful stories. I give it five stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Awesome

    This book was so good. It was the first Alias book I read. I've read all the other books including the Michael Vaughn part of the series. Out of all the books, this was definitely my favorite. I love Noah and Sydney working together, though they aren't officially a couple until later on in the series. I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Read!!!!

    This is the book right. The Alais book right! Becase it has a sammy keyes cover abd i was like there finally doing a movie about sammy keyes but when i saw the written cover i was like what the flip! Anyhow. I stgis the real book Alais!!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Good

    It was a good book but my copy has a sammy keys cover???
    Wierd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    pretty good

    This is the first Alias book I have read. I enjoyed this book because of the suspence that it created for me. The thing I enjoyed the most is that it was real not completely made up. Also i didn't like this book because there was some drama that I couldn't understand, I don't like the lieing that took place even though it was for a good cause. It was a little hard for me to understnad in the begining but as I kept reading it made more sence as to why certian things kept happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    loved it!!

    i loved this book and cant wait to find out in the next ( if there is a next) book about sydney and that guy!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    this was my first Alias book

    this was the first Alias book i'd read, and i think it was one of the best books i've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Alias Series

    Alias is my all time favorite TV show! This book was great! I couldn't put it down. If you love a good mystery, action, or drama book, you'll love this book. With twists and turns on every page, this book will get you hooked on this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    A Jennifer Garner and Alias Fan

    This is by far the best Alias book out of the whole series.This book has a great balance of great plot twists that are common to anything Alias,also it has so much suspense evening it all out.I think this is the Alias book that is most simmialer to the show.Thank you for reading!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2004

    THRILLER

    This book is a true thriller with turns on every corner. You will have never guessed the shocking ending. If you are part of a sorority, this would definitely make you and your sorority flip. The way it was written is just so perfect, so Syd. It is like a must have to an Alias lover. And there is no better person to play Sydney Bristow than............JENNIFER GARNER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    The Perfection of Spys!

    This book was great, i couldn't put it down, i read it in like 2 hours. It was a great book for erieness and romance. it's great read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    A page turner!

    A great book that will make you believe something thats not true. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2004

    awesome

    The eigth Alias book is awesome. If you love suspense, and kick-butt action then you definetly have to read this book. I finished it in less than 24 hours. It is sooooooo good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    My Favorite (So far)

    Sister spy is one of my favorites so far, it's just like the first two seasons (which I own on DVD) All the Books have either a suspense ending or a shocking ending. Highly recommended ALIAS book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    alias rules!

    The book Father Figure was 1 of the better ones in the Alias series. I LOVED it. I also love the show. thats y i started readin em! i would give it 5 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    THRILLING RIDE

    This book is one of the best one's yet. It's full of action and its fast paced. You won't want to put it down. They really put Syd to the test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Nancy Drew

    It was a good book but remind me of a Nancy Drew book for the next gerneation. It was tons of fun to read and it took a little less than 1\2 day to read but really enjoyable. In a nut shell if you like Nancy Drew Books but want to find something that really kicks butt than here is the books for you the Alais serise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    These books have everything!

    The ALIAS series is awesome! These books really do have everything from romance to action and adventure. I love them and I can't wait for Free Fall(#8) to come out! Dont miss out on any of the action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Alias is #1!!

    I have read all of the Alias books so far and all of them have been great! This one I read in one day because there was so much suspension and I just could not put the book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2003

    GOOD!

    this book is soo good... so are all the other books... alias is the BEST tv show there is in the whole world... be sure to catch it ABC 9/8c

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