Skeleton Key (Alex Rider Series #3)

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Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He's been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against ...
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Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He's been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first... Uniting forces with America's own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the barren ice fields of northernmost Russia. Come along for the thrilling ride of a lifetime.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider faces a desperate man who has lost his country and his son--and has a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Alex Rider, "the world's only teenaged secret agent," embarks on a third adventure in Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz. This time out, the British teen goes undercover as a ball boy at Wimbledon in the first stage of an assignment that leads to a showdown with a dastardly villain armed with nuclear weapons. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Third in the "Alex Rider" adventures, this offering—for those who don't know—is Horowitz and Britain's extension of Ian Fleming's James Bond, but for kids. Yes, fourteen-year-old Alex is a member (unwilling and unpaid) of MI6. Hauled from school at the whim of his masters, Alex begins this adventure by saving Wimbledon from a Chinese betting conspiracy. When the irate tong puts out a contract on our young hero, he is wafted to an island off Cuba to help the CIA track down a missing nuclear bomb. Things go from bad to worse, naturally, and when Alex's CIA "parents" are murdered, he finds himself in the clutches of an evil ex-Soviet general bound to destroy the world for revenge. Can Alex handle it? Silly question. For this black-belt, scuba-diving, horse-riding, crane-driving super teen nothing is impossible. All of the Fleming touches are borrowed, including MI6's tiny lethal toys, the characterizations of his intelligence "keepers"—and of course, the love interest. In this case she is tellingly named Sabina Pleasure. Overkill? Not in the context of the rest of the plot. Ian Fleming may be turning in his grave, but it's Tom Clancy who needs to keep an eye on young Alex. 2003, Philomel, Ages 10 to 14.
— Kathleen Karr
VOYA
This book delivers another nonstop action adventure starring Alex Rider. It is a fast-paced read that certainly will make readers hold their breath until the very last page. The book reads like a movie with its attention to imagery and detail. Nevertheless, readers of the first two Alex Rider novels might feel disappointed by the lack of attention to the cliffhanger from the second novel. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Philomel, 272p, Anna Banana), Teen Reviewer
KLIATT
Third in the Alex Rider series, this suspenseful adventure follows Stormbreaker and Point Blank, but it isn't necessary to have read the other titles to enjoy this one. Alex's uncle and guardian was a spy for Britain's MI6; now that he's dead, 14-year-old Alex has been reluctantly pressed into continuing his work. Like a teenaged James Bond, Alex dispatches bad guys with his quick wits, special skills (such as karate and expert skateboarding), and helpful gadgets from MI6, like a disguised grenade and bubblegum that can expand to crack any lock. Here Alex sniffs out a plot by a Chinese triad and saves the Wimbledon tennis tournament, surfs a monstrous wave and survives a deadly attack by a Jet Ski—and that's just in the first few chapters, before the main plotline kicks in, concerning a Russian general who is in possession of a nuclear bomb. The general resides on Skeleton Key, a Cuban island, and the CIA borrows Alex to help find out what this madman is up to. Naturally, nothing less than the future of the world hangs in the balance, and it's up to Alex to defeat the general, as well as to survive a exploding ship, a shark attack, and various attempts on his life. There's action every step of the way, and the book barrels right along. Alex even acquires an admiring girlfriend in between escapades, to make his character even more Bond-like; but this is a pretty chaste relationship, and the gore is relatively minimal, too. There is some xenophobia here, however: the Brits are the good guys, the American incompetent, the Chinese and Russians evil. This adventure series is highly popular, though, and this new outing will please Alex's many fans. (An Alex Rider Adventure). KLIATTCodes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2003, Penguin Putnam, Philomel, 208p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-Fans of Horowitz's Stormbreaker (2001) and Point Blank (2002, both Philomel), and newcomers to the series alike, will not be disappointed with this rip-roaring escapade featuring the 14-year-old spy. Trying to return to a "normal" life as a schoolboy after a mere four weeks since his last MI6 adventure, Alex Rider is recruited right off the soccer field to check out some suspicious goings-on at Wimbledon. This assignment catapults him into a series of life-threatening episodes, such as coming face to face with a great white shark, dodging bullets as he dives off a burning boat, and being tied to a conveyor belt that is moving toward the jaws of a gigantic grindstone in an abandoned sugar factory. Soon the teen is single-handedly taking on his most dangerous enterprise yet. His mission is nothing short of saving the world from a nuclear attack, engineered by the psychopathic and egomaniacal former commander of the Russian army. Alex is armed only with a few specially designed gadgets, which are disarmingly age-appropriate: a Gameboy that doubles as a Geiger counter, a cell phone whose aerial shoots out a drugged needle that is activated by pressing 999, a Tiger Woods figurine that doubles as a small grenade when its head is twisted just so. This page-turning thriller leaves readers breathless with anticipation. When at last Alex returns home, his love interest, Sabina Pleasure, asks where he has been. "Well, I was, sort of- busy," he replies in a classic, understated, James Bond kind of way.-Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844285495
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Alex Rider Series , #3
  • Edition description: New
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz has been called “the busiest writer in Britain” by a major British newspaper—and with good reason. He is passionate about his work, often writing ten hours a day as he tries to balance multiple careers as a popular novelist, playwright and screenwriter for television and movies. He is also the author of The Devil and His Boy and the Diamond Brothers mysteries.
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  • Posted August 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME

    The alex rider series is great!! Anthony Horowitz is a great novelist. This is actually the first of the series I read even though it's the third book in the series. It starts off with Alex Rider an average 14 year old boy except he's saved the world 2 times before the age of 16, pretty amazing!!! At a school soccer game he is greeted by an old frenemy who is from M16 britains spy agency. Alex learns that he is being invited to the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. I'll leave it at that because I can see you're already interested!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    great book

    It was verygood

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    awesome book

    Anthony Horowitz is by far one of my favorite authors. He writes so that you visualize every aspect of his writing. The Skeleton Key is one in a series that has me hooked. I think guys would like this series better than girls just because the hero is a boy and there is a lot of fighting and shooting. I know a couple of my friends at school who are reading this series right now and they like it too. This book is possessed and won't let you put it down until you have finished the last word. The humor is great in these books and the endings are too. The middle of the book is the best. Anthony has a talent. Read the books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Horowitz again traps readers into his writing of the amazing and world saving Alex Rider, part of M16, the most secretive team in Russia.

    It was amazing. Alex had to fight a Chinese guard, and faced a Russian man that wanted to bomb the world and take over Russia. What happens next is for YOU to find out.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    One of the best

    I realy loved the bad guys plan

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Alex should have killed srov

    Hi

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    AWESOME

    I love it

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Lol eregin sucks

    Lol it does

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    AMZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best one so far

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    THIS IS GOOD

    Love it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Action packed

    My favorate part would be when he was battleing the chineae gang and so on. Also the parts were he was battling conrad although i couldint get a good mental pitchure oh him. Any ways must buy and read although i started with this book i suggest not to do that it gives you a blank in the begining.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    it was fantastic and facinating!!

    Alex Rideris called to another mission by the M16. however this time he is going to the caribian with two FBI agents. wile on the missionthey get killed, leaving Alex Rider to save the world once again.
    i would highly recomend this book for all middle-high school action lovers. however it is the third book in a series so i segust you read the other books first but the series is defineitely worth the read


    -Silas Collins

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    A great read!

    For English class, this book was my choice for a novel project. It was terrific! It fast-paced and it took many different turns. When it seems everything is figured out, for the better or the worse, something changes. Skeleton Key keeps your attention to the last second. Being the third book it the series, I thought it wasn't going to be as good as the other two books.Boy was I surprised when it was! "Skeleton Key" starts off with the bad-guys. The villain, General Alexei Sarov, bought one kilogram of weapons grade Uranium. Then, it goes back to Alex rider, a 14 year old spy. One of the workers for the spy headquarters, M16, asks him to go to Wimbledon. Alex accepts the offer, but once he is there he finds out there a bag people, part of a Chinese gang, who were sabotaging the other players. Alex found this out, but then the gang was after him, so he had to leave the country. M16 sent him on a mission, to accompany two CIA agents, so that they could destroy General Sarov's uranium. Will they succeed? At every point in this book, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen next. When you hear the words "spy book" you think of something gory and gross. That is not what Skeleton Key is like at all. It is for anyone who likes fast paced books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Great book for budding spies!

    I think this book is great. It has plenty of action,suspense and thrills to satisfy your appitite! READ IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Good book

    It is a GREAT book it has so many plot twists I THINK It's the third best book series ever

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Well....

    This book is just boring than all the others! I personally did not like it and i think out of the books in the series, eagle strike is the best. When i was reading this book, i didnt feel all the action and suspense like the others!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Skeleton Key

    A book with cliffhangers and twists that never end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    I love this series but I havent read this yet

    I am occupied by a differenmt book right now I cant wait

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2005

    Great, but not the Best

    I thought this book was alright, compared to the other books in the series, I say this was the worst one. It is still filled with many exciting moments though. About: 14-year-old alex rider wa s met up with Mr. crawly who sent him off to Wimbleton Tennis tournament to be a ball boy. There he meets Sabina Pleasure, and also descovers a crime in the making which he then has to stop. Soon after he is going to Skeleton Key with a fake family so they can spy. He is captured and a nuclear bomb is about to be set off.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Awesome

    Interesting very intriging

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