Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin

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The final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that redefined the spy novel for young readers—Alex Rider!

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

Every story has a beginning. For teen secret agent Alex Rider, that beginning occurred prior to his first case for MI6, known by the code name Stormbreaker. By the time Stormbreaker forever changed Alex’s life, his uncle had been murdered by the assassin ...

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Overview

The final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that redefined the spy novel for young readers—Alex Rider!

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

Every story has a beginning. For teen secret agent Alex Rider, that beginning occurred prior to his first case for MI6, known by the code name Stormbreaker. By the time Stormbreaker forever changed Alex’s life, his uncle had been murdered by the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, leaving Alex orphaned and craving revenge. Yet when Yassen had a clear shot to take out Alex after he foiled the Stormbreaker plot, he let Alex live. Why?
 
This is Yassen’s story. A journey down the darker path of espionage.
 
Like a James Bond for young readers, international #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel.

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From the beginning, Alex Rider's ultimate goal was to avenge the assassination of his beloved uncle and adopted parent Ian. In the tenth and final installment of Anthony Horowitz's adventure series, this resourceful teenage spy finally gets his wish in a showdown with hired killer Yassen Gregorovich. A sizzling finale to a bestselling teen adventure series; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780147512314
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 11/18/2014
  • Series: Alex Rider Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 32,276
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz, in addition to being an international bestselling author, is also the writer and creator of the multi-award-winning television series Foyle’s War. He lives in London, England. Visit him online at www.alexrideradventures.com and www.anthonyhorowitz.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz.

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PROLOGUE: Before the Kill
 
HE HAD CHOSEN THE hotel room very carefully.
 
As he crossed the reception area toward the elevators, he was aware of everyone in the area around him. Two receptionists, one on the phone. A Japanese guest check­ing in—from his accent, obviously from Miyazaka in the south. A concierge printing a map for a couple of tourists. A security man, Eastern European, bored, standing by the door. He saw everything. If the lights had suddenly gone out, or if he had closed his eyes, he would have been able to continue forward at exactly the same pace.
 
Nobody noticed him. It was actually a skill, some­thing he had learned, the art of not being seen. Even the outfit he wore—expensive jeans, a gray cashmere jersey, and a loose coat—had been chosen because it made no statement at all. The clothes were well-known brands but he had cut out the labels. In the unlikely event that he was stopped by the police, it would be very difficult for them to know where they had been bought.            
He was twenty-eight years old. He had fair hair, cut short, and ice-cold eyes with just the faintest trace of blue. He was not large or well built, but there was a sort of sleekness about him. He moved like an athlete—perhaps a sprinter approaching the starting blocks—but there was asense of danger about him, a feeling that you should leave well alone. He carried three credit cards and a driver’s license, issued in Swansea, all with the name Matthew Reddy. A police check would have established that he was a personal trainer, that he worked in a London gym and lived in Brixton. None of this was true. His real name was Yassen Gregorovich. He had been a professional assassin for almost half his life.
 
The hotel was in King’s Cross, an area of London with no attractive shops and few decent restaurants, a place where nobody really stays any longer than they have to. It was called The Traveller and it was part of a chain; comfortable but not too expensive. It was the sort of place that had no regular clients. Most of the guests were pass­ing through on business and it would be their companies who paid the bill. They drank in the bar. They ate the “full English breakfast” in the brightly lit Beefeater restaurant. But they were too busy to socialize and it was unlikely they would return. Yassen preferred it that way. He could have stayed in central London, in the Ritz or the Dorchester, but he knew that the receptionists there were trained to remember the faces of the people who passed through the revolving doors. Such personal attention was the last thing he wanted.
 
A security camera watched him as he approached the elevators. He was aware of it blinking over his left shoul­der. The camera was annoying but inevitable. London has more of these devices than any city in Europe, and the police and secret service have access to all of them. Yassen made sure he didn’t look up. If you look at a camera, that is when it sees you. He reached the elevators but ignored them, slipping through a fire door that led to the stairs. He would never think of confining himself in a small space, a metal box with doors that he couldn’t open, sur­rounded by strangers. That would be madness. He would have walked fifteen stories if it had been necessary—and when he reached the top, he wouldn’t even have been out of breath. Yassen kept himself in superb condition, spend­ing two hours in the gym every day when that luxury was available to him, working out on his own when it wasn’t.
 
In fact, he was on the second floor. He had thoroughly checked the hotel on the Internet before he made his res­ervation, and number 217 was one of just four rooms that exactly met his demands. It was on the second floor, too high up to be reached from the street but low enough for him to jump out the window if he had to—after shoot­ing out the glass. It was not overlooked. There were other buildings around, but any form of surveillance would be difficult. When Yassen went to bed, he never closed the curtains. He liked to see out, to watch for any movement in the street. Every city has a natural rhythm, and anything that breaks it—a man lingering on a corner or a car pass­ing the same way twice—might warn him that it was time to leave at once. And he never slept for more than four hours, not even in the most comfortable bed.
 
A DO NOT DISTURB sign hung in front of him as he turned the corner and approached the door. Had it been obeyed? Yassen reached into his pants pocket and took out a small silver device, about the same size and shape as a pen. He pressed one end, covering the handle with a thin spray of diazafluoren—a simple chemical re-agent. Quickly, he spun the pen around and pressed the other end, activating a fluorescent light. There were no finger­prints. If anyone had gone into the room since he had left, they had wiped the handle clean. He put the pen away, then knelt down and checked the bottom of the door. Ear­lier in the day, he had placed a single hair across the crack. It was one of the oldest warning signals in the book, but that didn’t stop it from being effective. The hair was still in place. Yassen straightened up and went in using his elec­tronic pass key.
 
It took him less than a minute to ascertain that every­thing was exactly as he had left it. His briefcase was 4.6 centimeters from the edge of the desk. His suitcase was positioned at a 95-degree angle from the wall. There were no fingerprints on either of the locks. He removed the dig­ital tape recorder that had been clipped magnetically to the side of his service fridge and glanced at the dial. Noth­ing had been recorded. Nobody had been in. Many people would have found all these precautions annoying and time consuming, but for Yassen they were as much a part of his daily routine as tying his shoelaces or brushing his teeth.
 
It was twelve minutes past six when he sat down at the desk and opened his computer, an ordinary laptop. His password had seventeen digits and he changed it every month. He took off his watch and laid it on the surface beside him. Then he went into eBay, left-clicked on Col­lectibles, and scrolled through Coins. He soon found what he was looking for: a gold coin showing the head of the emperor Caligula with the date 11 AD. There had been no bids for this particular coin because, as any collector would know, it did not in fact exist. In 11 AD, the mad Roman emperor Caligula had not even been born. The entire website was a fake and looked it. The name of the coin dealer—Mintomatic—had been specially chosen to put off any casual purchaser. Mintomatic was supposedly based in Shanghai and did not have Top-Rated Seller sta­tus. All the coins it advertised were either fake or valueless.
 
Yassen sat quietly until a quarter past six. At exactly the moment that the second hand passed over the twelve on his watch, he pressed the button to place a bid, then entered his User ID—false, of course—and password. Finally, he entered a bid of $2,418.12. The figures were based on the day’s date and the exact time. He pressed Enter and a window opened that had nothing to do with eBay or with Roman coins. Nobody else could have seen it. It would have been impossible to discover where it had originated. The message had been bounced around a dozen countries, traveling through an anonymity network, before it had reached him. This is known as “onion rout­ing” because of its many layers. It had also passed through an encrypted tunnel, a secure shell that ensured that only Yassen could read what had been written. If someone had managed to arrive at the same screen by accident, they would have seen only nonsense, and within three seconds a virus would have entered their computer and obliter­ated the motherboard. The computer, however, had been authorized to receive the message, and Yassen saw three words.
 
KILL ALEX RIDER
           
They were exactly what he had expected.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    SPOILER ALERT!!!

    WARNING!: If you havent read all of the Alex Rider books, do not read this review. This review contains information form the other Alex Rider books. If you don't want the books to be ruined for you do not read this review. You have been warned. You may not sue me. Thank you.###Review: They need to add more after the end of the book. It leaves you wanting to see things from yassen's point of view like when he is on the plane with Alex. Anthony needs to write another book from bolth Alex's and Yassen's points of view. Huge fan and love the books!!! ~M. The crazy/insane genius. Read TQOM at 1245 res one. An amazing piece of Rick Riorden fan fic! A must read!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Hi there.

    I have no idea if this book is good or not.

    4 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Problem!(spoilers)

    First, I loved the book! The one thing that bugged me was that if you go back and read Snakehead, Ash talks about Yassen shooting tons of people with John Rider, which doesnt go with this story because Yassen still had never killed with John. Sorry just had to share please correct me if Im wrong!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    Brilliant!

    I ordered the book because I had read all the others. I was disappointed when I realized it was about Yassen, but I have been completely drawn in. It is such an excellent book and well worth reading. It might be too graphic for the younger end of YA but it keeps you immersed in Yassen's world.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Hold Up

    This book is about yassen gorgovitch they assin from stormbreaker. Its his story not alex rider.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    So good

    I love this book soooooooo much all of them are extravogandolorious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    You have to read the rest of the books to know whats going on. I

    You have to read the rest of the books to know whats going on. It refers from other books. When reading this book you will experience. Action and suspence it will tell you all about yassans life. this it truly a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Loved it!

    A fresh new Alex Rider book. We loved reading Yassen's story. Hope there is more to come. Best new book I've read so far this fall.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    2+ Years!

    Its been over 2 years since Scorpia Rising! Where the hell has this been!?

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2014

    Man this book sucks I thought by the title it would give me clea

    Man this book sucks I thought by the title it would give me clear and concise instructions on how to conduct a good game of russian roulette, but no they talk about a dumb spy. Please save your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    THE BOOK

    The most best book ever!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Hki

    H

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Poll

    Take ur poll here! I love russians and am russian! ~Liana

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Awesome

    Aseome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Dont die

    Alex does not die at the end of the book. He goes down the stairs and goes home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Awesome

    Pure awesomeness bro

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Corretion

    Yassen and John were killers together yassen liked john because Jonh saved Yassens life

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    SK fan club

    Is at SK res one join now p.s SK you can join to but we have to know it is you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    The Legend of Samuel Knight part 38

    Hey everybody! I'm going to get started quick so the next part is at Found (Missing Series #1). This part will be in Sam's p.o.v. On with the story! --- We finally arrived in Vegas. We had our goal set. We needed to find Cary's sister. There was one problem. We had no idea how to get to Hades. "Sam do you feel anything? Like any connection to your dad?" "Nothing at all," I didn't want to say I was out of ideas, but that was the case. "Well it's a big city. Let's split up and try to find something." So we went seperate ways in groups of two. Except we had one group of three. I went with Emily and we started to search the city. We did a pretty lousy job because we got distracted by just about everything. All the lights and the sights was something you just couldn't ignore. The only time I could ignore them is when we stopped infront of the Paris Casino. The water display infront of it was going off and streams of water soared through the air. They all glowed different colors from the city lights. I looked at Emily and pulled her into a kiss. If I could die at any point and time it would've been there. I'd die a happy man. We stayed like that until we were interupted by a bum who asked us for some spare change. Why he had to ask us is beyond me? We went back to searching and as we looked around I thought I saw someone in the crowd. I thought my mind was playing tricks on me again. It couldn't have been him. We checked our remaining section of the city, and the entire time I swore we were being followed. Emily and I met up with everyone and we all agreed that someone was following all us. We were on our guard from that moment onward. I glanced back and I was certain my fears were true. We ran and somehow they managed to lead us into an ally. We were trapped. A group of Romans had surrounded us and in the front was my least favorite person. "Well look who we've got here. I told you I'd find you." Marcus said. He looked rested and he seemed stronger than last time. I grabbed my swords and pulled them out. One celestial bronze and one imperial gold. "Marcus just get out of here!" I urged. "Not until you pay." He grabbed his blade. Julia stepped up. "Looks like we get out the hard way or die trying." She pulled out her knife. I felt a large vibration underground as if the plates were moving in a specific way. A fight was about to brake out. Marcus charged at me, but I realized what had to be done. I called up a barrier and opened the ground up behind and sure enough there was a stairway. "Everyone go!" We all ran down into the unknown. One thing was certain. Nobody knew what was ahead. --- Well how was it? Let me know. - SK

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