Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider Series #9)

Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider Series #9)

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by Anthony Horowitz
     
 

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Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world's most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best

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Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world's most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best to get to Alex like Scorpia. Until now.

The chases have never been more intense, the fights more treacherous, or the risks so perilous to mankind. And this time, Alex won't get away.

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Alex Rider is a teenage orphan facing adult-sized challenges. After Scorpia killed his parents, the terrorist group fixed their targets on him. In struggle after struggle, Alex saves himself and others, but Scorpia continues their relentless drive for power. In this intense novel, they set their incendiary sights on the very combustible Middle East. A young protagonist worth following.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399250576
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Alex Rider Series, #9
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
551,473
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear — "My father was a very secretive man," he says— so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person", his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands…. I was an astoundingly large, round child…." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift — it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers (sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And…oh yes…there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.

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Scorpia Rising 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 713 reviews.
Little-Dhamphir- More than 1 year ago
One thing that I love about this series is that Anthony Horowitz keeps it fresh by creating new characters, plots, and settings for each book. Alex Rider is a 14 year old boy who is "employed" by MI6. As Alex endures new missions, and mutiple near-death experiences, he matures quickly (while stayinng true to his teenage self) through the increasingly dangerous missions. As fans of this series waits eagerly for the next installment; you know that this series wont have your typical boring plotline.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
Alex Rider was out of the spy business. Well, he thought he was until MI6 sucked him back into the world of death and espionage. Everything he cared about was at risk, his friends, Jack Starbright, his chance at ever being a normal teenager. But what MI6 want, they generally get so Alex is off to Cairo, Egypt- but this time he's not alone, Jack Starbright is coming with him. The final installment in the Alex Rider series, I think, has the most emotional impact and the most serious voice than the others. Anthony Horowitz still manages to create a nail-biting atmosphere. While reading the book I constantly found myself almost at the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to figure out what would happen next. He really is a master at his craft; blending realism and fiction together in a way that flows and makes sense. I hope he writes more young adult books in the future as they are almost guaranteed to be great. The ending. Oh the ending. So bittersweet and unexpected. Horowitz doesn't end his series as most would: in a word, happy. I have to admit that I was disappointed at the ending, although it was probably very realistic. But admittedly it is an ending that will stick in the minds of the reader for a while and as an author that's something to hope for. The only thing I have to say bugged me about Scorpia Rising is that the dialogue between Jack and Alex seemed almost stilted and awkward, and I'm pretty sure Horowitz didn't do that on purpose. Overall, throughout nine books, nine different missions, numerous life and death circumstances, a plethora of cool gadgets, and many bad guys, I have been engrossed by the life of Alex Rider. Every book was great and although this book wasn't as fantastic as the others it is still as entertaining and as thrilling as the books that came before. I salute you Mr. Horowitz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up with this series. I'm gonna miss it when it ends. Although, I was really happy when they made Stormbreaker into a movie with Alex Pettyfer. They should've continued to make the books into movies. Like in Snakehead, I can just imagine Alex walking down the streets of Jakarta.
JAJbooks More than 1 year ago
I started this series 4 years ago, and grew up with Alex Rider. He wasn't just a character, he was a friend. I knew I had to finish what I started by reading this last book, and I'm very pleased. There were a couple big shockers which I loved (and disliked in some cases) along with many memorable Alex Rider moments. I'm sad this had to come to an end, but I'm happy I got to go along for the ride. Please read this series, you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I just couldn't put it down. I was trying to slow my progress since I knew this was the last of the series but it was just too amazing to stop reading. The ending of the book was very bittersweet but it was a great way to end it. The bittersweet feeling was probably the same feeling the author had when he penned this final book and I don't think it would've been right to end it on any other note. I will miss this series very much since I grew up with it but reading this final piece really wrapped up the whole series in a way that was fitting. Growing up with Alex Rider has been one wild ride, one that I'll miss very much but will always look back on with fond memories! Thank you Anthony Horowitz for the wonderful series that defined my generation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutly awesome . For anyone thats read the other alex rider books this is the best one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unpredictable,shocking you just dont want to put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Alex Rider series has matured with its readers into a truly unique thrill impossible to get anywhere else. This WILL NOT disappoint. The excitement never stops. With the return of an old enemy and the heart stopping finale that will leave you stunned and wishing it would never end. This is truly a flawless finish to an epic series.
Mark Kunas More than 1 year ago
Great book. Im sad the series is over.
chris OShea More than 1 year ago
A good finish to the series I guess,but I almost cried and that is not cool. Three and a half star's
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geez! I wanted to take some time so the story wouldn't end so soon. Anyway next part at Alex Rider Russian Roulette (did I spell that wrong?) This part will be in Max's p.o.v. On with the story! --- I obeyed the girl as she stepped into the light. As I got a look at her I was disturbed. She looked just like Reese except her hair was blond and her skin was darker. It freaked me out to say the least. She ordered the other demigods to bind my wrists. "Well what do we have here? Quite a handsome one," She ran her hand along my face and Reese started to thrash around. "So is this one important to you?" She pulled a knife and ran the blade slowly along my face. "What do you want?" I asked. She rolled the knife in her fingers. "Now why would we want anything? You and your friends busted into our home. If anything you owe us an explanation." I could tell she was trying to get me angry by the way she was smiling. "Look can you just return our stuff and we'll leave." "Or we could kill you all and keep your things. I might just spare you actually. Would that bother you sister?" Reese was still thrashing about and finally one of the demigods got annoyed. They put a knife in the ground next to her and she went still. "Wait you're a daughter of Nemesis?" "Yes I am. So are there more of you?" I avoided glancing up the stairs with all my might. "No it's just us." We'll there's no use trying to lie to a Nemesis kid because they are like human lie detectors. "Search the rest of the house." Three demigods started to walk upstairs and then Sam, Julia and Emily took them out when they hit the top step. Then they all bolted downstairs and the fighting broke out. Emily and Sam were back to back taking people on. I had no idea she could fight like that. They were quite the team. In the chaos a stray knife landed nearby and I managed to slide over and cut my binds. I grabbed the knife and fought my way over to Reese. She was on the ground and her 'sister' was standing over her. "Put your weapon down or she dies." I threw the blade down in the ground. Reese's half sister walked over to me and held her knife at my throat. "You messed with the wrong-" She fell to the floor clutching her arms. Reese was behind her holding the knife I threw in the floor. "You really should pay attention to the small things. Also if you try to touch my-" she stopped and immediately joined the fighting. What was she going to say? I was distracted and nearly had my head taken off by Sam's one sword. I jumped into the action and soon enough we had taken them all out. Reese seemed tempted to kill her half sister, but I kept her against it. We found our supplies and started get some distance between us and them before they became concious. We were getting tired when off in the distance I saw lights. We sprinted towards the lights and brethed a sigh of relief. "Guys welcome to Las Vegas!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but he should never have killed off Jack. That just made it bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Rider concludes his life as a fifteen-year-old James Bond by eliminating Scorpia and taking down Razim; best conclusion ever. I had really hoped that the series would last longer, but I guess that's not happening (save for Russian Roulette, the story of that bliddy killer Yassen Gregovorich). Astounding work, Anthony Horowitz. I'd like to see more Alex Rider movies too (I want Eagle Strike to become a movie SO BAD). Alex Rider is one series that will always have a place in my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing really good!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do have to say that the alex rider series was awesome, but i do wonder if anothey will write/ add to this series but is still the coolest series ever
Claudia Kersting More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely the best"! Im not going to give away anything but its amazing!!!!!! The best book ever! Its boring in the begining but u have to keep reading!!! This book is....... theres not even words for it!
Walt Johnson More than 1 year ago
I bought it and now when i click on it it takes me back t the store even though i bought it
Peter Chusid More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book, along with the whole Alex Rider series and I must say that I am very impressed. Anthony Horowitz has done an amazing job creating these 9 books and I enjoyed reading every bit of it. I am disappointed to be finished and I am not afraid to say that I wished their were more! Anyways, well done Anthony on an amazing book series. Props to you!
SKLZ More than 1 year ago
I loved this conclusion book to the Alex Rider series. I have been reading this series for years, and couldn't of dreamed if a better book to cap off the series. To all fans of the series, it is a must read(and read it as soon as possible). If you haven't read the other books in this series, make sure you do before you read this book, otherwise, you'll have no idea what SCORPIA stands for, does, or who it targets. I hope you love this book as much as I did.
Tiare Fridrich More than 1 year ago
Not the best book. The other books in the series were better. I kept expecting for that "wow" moment but it never came. If u read the rest of the series you have to get this, but its not one of my faves.
Cy Patel More than 1 year ago
Great book for those who love the spy series and those who love exciting thrillers
Nora Fenton More than 1 year ago
It was a really great book but i was sad when jack died!
RE Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
It was a great final book for an awsome series! I dont get why Horowitz killed off Jack though...
David Lin More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to conclude the series!
Laurie Gougher More than 1 year ago
There was such an unhappy ending but EPIC book as usual!