Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8)

Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8)

by Anthony Horowitz


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Alex Rider will soon be a star in his very own TV series! 
Alex Rider is an orphan turned teen superspy who's saving the world one mission at a time—from #1 New York Times bestselling author! 

A charity broker con artist has raised millions of dollars in donations, only to invest them in a form of genetically modified corn that has the power to release an airborne strain of virus so powerful it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. A catastrophe so far-reaching that it would raise millions of dollars more in charitable donations, all of which would be embezzled by one man. The antidote? Alex Rider, of course, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries—just another day in the life of an average kid.

From the author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399250569
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Series: Alex Rider Series , #8
Pages: 388
Sales rank: 591,552
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz ( is a world-renowned screenwriter for film and television, having received multiple awards. And he is, of course, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider novels, which have become bestsellers the world over, spawned a major motion picture, and a line of graphic novels. A master of the spy thriller, Anthony is the only writer authorized by both the Arthur Conan Doyle and Ian Fleming Estates to write original Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, respectively. Anthony lives with his wife in London, England; they are parents to two grown boys. Follow Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz.

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Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider Series #8) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 431 reviews.
HARRYPOTTER86 More than 1 year ago
I got to read Crocodile Tears because my bro actually works for the Philomel-Penguin publishing company. He got the final draft for us to read. It blew my mind. Well-structured story, and Alex is really awesome this time. Like in Eagle Strike, he was all alone. In this, he has the govt. backing him up, but he really is alone. Best Alex Rider novel.
Ezio More than 1 year ago
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz is the eighth book in the Alex Rider series. This book is among the best of the series and I truly enjoyed it. This book is intended for a teenage audience so one can relate to the main character and understand some things of the events that happen to him. If you like James Bond you will like this series because there are tons of action and espionage involved. For those who don't know, Alex Rider is a fourteen year old teenager that works for MI6, the British CIA. His parents died when he was young so he was raised by his uncle. However, his uncle, a spy, died in a mission and Alex Rider was now alone. He was first contacted by the MI6 shortly after his uncle's death and he found out the family secrets. Alex was somehow manipulated and recruited. MI6 found him very functional because he was a teenager and nobody suspected about his actions. After seven missions, Alex is tired of the spy life and all he wants is to enjoy his teenage years but he is blackmailed by the MI6 to take care of the eighth mission. The story starts when someone attempts to assassinate Alex and his girlfriend, Sabina. This event takes Alex to his next mission to find out who tried to kill him and what is he planning. Alex was sent to infiltrate a bio-genetics laboratory to investigate about the owner and try to find out who was responsible for his assassination attempt. He finds information about a terrorist plan and when escaping his cover is blown. He was then investigated by the terrorists and kidnapped. Alone and with no one to assist him, he was the only one that could stop the terrible tragedy that might happen. The story is mainly about spies, terrorist plans, adventures, and escapades. This is one of those books that are always thrilling with great realistic characters and a plot full of action. I have read all of the books in the Alex Rider series and I think this is the best one because of all the problems Alex has to overcome and how he resolves them. I liked this book because the main conflict is really fascinating and the author gives an explanation of the science and criminal mentality involved in this plan. Other things that I like are all the gadgets Alex is given, these are really creative and are used throughout the book. This book is really interesting and contains a lot of action that keeps you thrilled until the end. I really recommend this book and the whole series to people who like espionage, action and books that are similar to James Bond movies. I don't want this series to end and I'm hoping to read a new Alex Rider mission soon.
Colemanstudent-ARS More than 1 year ago
This is amazing, it was action packed and fun to read. This book tells of the lastest adventure of the great Alex Rider. If there were anymore stars to give, I would give it 100 stars. Like I said, YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!
Gerks More than 1 year ago
***Warning, Contains Some of the Plot*** Crocodile Tears, a MI6 thriller book, contains many action packed scenes. The book starts out with Alex, the main character, who is a fourteen year old boy, going to a dinner party, which ends up being much more surprising than he excepted. Then, he is pursued by a journalist by the name of Harry Bulman. However, Alex does not wish to be pursued by this man, so he arranges a deal with MI6 (British Intelligence Agency) that states if he completes a mission for them, they will help him get the journalist to stop inquiring information from Alex. This is followed by an action-packed scene in a research facility called Greenfields, where Alex is always on the border between life and death. While he is here, Alex gains new vital knowledge. However, this new knowledge forms a new rivalry between Alex and a man named Desmond McCain. Later on, as Alex is walking, stabbed by a needle, and gets knocked out. He then wakes up in a whole new land, where a twisted, adrenaline-pumping ending takes place. The major message behind this book deals with the world as a whole. The idea presented in Crocodile Tears, is that the world is filled with deception. The beginning of the book says, "crocodile tears: fake or hypocritical tears. From the belief that crocodiles will pretend to cry in order to attract their victims. and will then cry for real as they devour them." This is the major idea of the book, as stated earlier. Also, the crocodiles are symbolic for all of the villainous people in the world, and their tears are symbolic for all of the deception that lies with these "cold blooded animals." Throughout my time reading this book, I found myself liking many of the ways in which Horowitz wrote. One of my favorite things that he did was, whenever anything exciting happened, the perspective of the story changed. This kept the readers on their toes, and added to the suspense of the story. For example, chapter twelve ends with, "Alex turned around and ran." The beginning of chapter thirteen then says, "Tom Harris was getting worried." This makes the reader step into the shoes of Tom, because it makes the readers get worried about Alex too, because no one knows what is currently happening to him. I also like all of the twists found in the plot. These twists completely change the readers' perspectives, and give a whole new voice to the story. One the opposite end of the spectrum, I only found one thing that I disliked about the book. I would have liked it if Horowitz used more advanced diction, so I would have had to think more, and be more challenged by the book. I recommend this book to people ages sixteen and below. Although the vocabulary might not challenge everyone, the story makes up for it with the heart-pounding plot, the twisted shifts within the plot, and the intricate details, make it a superb choice for anyone looking for an book that is exciting throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great end 2 a EPIC series. MAKE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :•)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job if writing the story. Especially the action scenes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was able to read this book not because i bought it on the nook but because i have a friend that owned a copy and he gave it to me. This is the only book in the series that i have read but it really is an excellent book. It is more aimed toward the preteen- teen age group though. Being a preteen i enjoyed this book immensely. READ IT YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book rather short, nevertheless it was quite exciting, though not as enthralling as i expected. The usual assortment of physical inaccuracies and impossibilities, but still a good read. Looking forward to reading the final book in the series.
AndrewBiancardi05 More than 1 year ago
This book Alex Rider Crocodile Tears written by Anthony Horowitz was such a amazing action pack book and if your even looking at this review you must add it to your cart right now. Alex Rider isn't your ordinary kid he lost both his Mom and Dad in a plane crash, he lived with his uncle for a little bit but he died in a “car crash” and now his caretaker is a nanny named Jack Starbright. He is attending his uncle funeral until this man comes in, in a limousine and sooner or later that man that was in the limousine recruited him a 14 as a spy for this company called the MI6 which is supposed to be and claims to be a bank but it totally not like that it is a company full of spies like the FBI and the CIA. This 14 year old boy Alex Rider I can relate to i'm somewhere around his age and been to london my self to where he was born and raised. Alex Rider has a friend named Sabrina and her and her family asked Alex to go to on a nice vacation with them and he gladly accepts. One night Sabrina and Alex and Sabrina’s dad are invited to a party. Sabrina’s dad is a reporter and is known for that he is also very wealthy. He really wanted to go to this party be he is trying to get a scoop on McCain a man that grew up poor he was in and out of foster homes and then grew up into being rich and wealthy. But his life was full of ups and downs he went to jail and then came back out and started all over again and made this charity called the first aid. Any way Alex and McCain meet in a strange way, gambling. Alex didn’t bring any money but McCain being nice gave him a few hundred to come in and play. McCain and his friend are going all in 10’s of thousands of dollars on the line they put down there cards and McCain thought he wins but then Alex says I won and he did and that put a bitter taste in McCain’s mouth but still gave him the money anyway. They start to leave because they are getting tired and they are going down this cliff and they hear a loud POP and next thing they know they are almost at the bottom of the lake half conouis. After that scare this he returns back to his home with Jack and all of a sudden they hear a knock at a door. It is a journalist that wants to put Alex storys with the MI6 in the newspaper Alex doesn't really like that and wants him to leave him alone so he goes to the MI6 for help. They agree to help but on one condition he has to go in and spy on McCain’s GMP building and he does end up in getting into a little hussle. And because of this hussle he is lead into a dessert Kidnapped and has to find out a way to get home and stop a problem that someone is doing that might threaten thousands of people’s life for money. If you want to read more this BOOK MUST GO IN YOUR CART. It was such a amazing book and you won’t be able to put it down.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alex Rider is back! He and Jack Starbright have decided he needs to be a normal teen -- no more missions for MI6, ever. But Alex is visited by a tabloid journalist who wants to expose him and what MI6 has had him doing for them over the last year. In order to stop that, Alex must ask MI6 for help -- which they provide, on the condition that he download all of the files from the computer of the director of Greenfields. It's a genetic engineering firm working on modifying plants... and they are suspicious about Leonard Straik's activities. Alex agrees, but once again, things don't necessarily go according to plan, and Alex's curiousity leads him to more information than MI6 expected... and into the hands of another madman: Desmond McCain. Kidnapping, cross-continent chases, explosions, evil minions, bombs, mutant plants, gadgets and crocodiles abound in this action-packed story! Another Horowitz winner for 6th grade and up.
domingobarbosa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Review EssayDomingo BarbosaThe book I'm reviewing is Alex Rider: Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz. This is the eighth book in the Alex Rider series. I've read to other seven and this is probably my favorite book series.The story is about a 14 year old boy, Alex Rider, who for the past year has been a spy for the organization MI6, but he is trying to quit. His past seven missions have taken him from South America to Asia, almost dying each time. Another main character is Desmond McCain, a multi-millionaire although no one really knows where his money comes from. He owns a charity called First Aid, one of the most successful charities in the world, they raise a lot of money whenever there is a disaster. Another is Leonard Straik. He is a plant biologist and he runs a GMO factory that is acting strangely top secret. One more character is Harry Bulman, he is a reporter and the reason Alex gets sucked into the story. Another notable character is Rahim. He doesn't come in until almost the end but is still a really important character. He is a spy for another organization in Asia, and starts working with Alex later.The story is about how McCain actually keeps most of the money his charity receives. He theorizes that the bigger the disaster the more money will come in. So he plans to create a plague by working with Straik and his GMOs. Alex is investigating Straik at the time for a simple mission for MI6. He coincidentally sees Straik and McCain talking, requiring further investigation. Unfortunately for Alex the deeper he looks, the more trouble he finds until there's no turning back.Why is Alex investigating Straik? Despite everything about Alex being classified, Bulman gets a hold of some files on Alex and tries to publish it. All Alex has wanted for the past year is to be normal, if this gets out that would be impossible. Not to mention the past enemies who want payback, one enemy did find Alex and he was shot by a sniper almost in the heart. Now MI6 has the power to stop Bulman, but they always expect something in return, hence the investigation.The story takes place in three countries. First, Scotland where Alex is on a well needed vacation with his girlfriend. All is well until a strange car accident but everyone survives. Second is England Alex's home country where he encounters Bulman, and is threatened with the story. Third is Kenya, Alex is kidnapped by McCain when he discovers that Alex has been snooping around. This is also the site of the plague that is being planned, millions will be killed by a wheat GMO and McCain will use First Aid to get money from doners, keeping most of it.There are a few themes to this story, one being "heroism". Alex is willing to fight to his last breath to stop McCain. He knows if he fails, millions will die and an evil killer will be free. Another is "good vs. evil". Alex is the good guy trying to stop the evil phychopath and save lives. One last theme I saw is "youth". Alex is in the prime time of his life, he can do things that older spies can't do, thanks to his age.I really enjoyed this book, even though it's a little bellow my age range, but I love the story itself and will probably read any more that come out in the future. Although the parts of story and statements from the author suggest that this will be the last of the Alex Rider series. That's pretty much all I have to say.
zanderf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had the same general plot as the other books in the series. Although the book was a great read I felt that it did not live up to the standards the other books set. The plot was not as great as the other books and I felt like all the action was supressed. However the book was still a good book and should be read by any fan of the series.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though not quite as good as Snakhead, Horowitz's newest Alex Rider novel is nonetheless very good. For the first time, perhaps better late than never, we finally get a glimpse of exactly how these missions are impacting Alex's life. The basic mission is similar, but when Alex is kidnapped, Horowitz leaves him to survive by his wits alone. A much darker and more depressing novel than the previous ones. I liked it and I'd like to see where he finally ends this series -- if he ends it at all.
Reacherfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start this out by saying, I really like the Alex Rider series. I loved all of his adventures and always looked forward to the next one. That being said, this was my least favorite in the series. I really liked the plot. Alex is at a New Year's party hosted by someone who has a criminal background, then found Jesus and God, and now has devoted his life to helping others through a charity that he has stated up. Soon Alex finds himself playing poker with the host and wins over 25 thousand dollars. Alex give the money to charity, but the host still isn't pleased. What is the host really up to? The book also deals with Genetic Engineering of food. It does have a lot of benifits, but it also has a lot of dangers. Soon Alex finds out that the host of the party is hip deep in it, and isn't as innocent as he seems. Alex find himself in a lot of life and death situations, something that Alex is used to. All of the situations and the characters (the good and the bad) are interesting in themselves, and makes a nice touch to the story. I actually liked the plot, but there was a lot that I didn't like. I didn't like how Horowitz used the name McCain and then had Alex wearing a Barack Obama baseball cap. I'm not saying that the author put in his political views, maybe Horowitz was just trying to be funny. For me it didn't work. It was really cheesy. One part of the book really bothered me. Horowitz changed his writing style for this book. There's a lot of description, and I mean a lot. A great example of this is that in the first 20 pages, nobody talks. It's all description. This happens a lot throughout the book, a lot. I was so bogged down with description of what was going on, it took away from the story. I hope that Horowitz doesn't continue this writing style for his next book. I really do love this series, but for me, Crocodile Tears missed the mark.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I better first of all disclose that I am a huge Alex Rider fan. I've enjoyed all seven previous books except the one where he went into space. which I found a bit far fetched. Crocodile Tears is a fast, enjoyable read, and one that other Rider fans will just gobble up. Alex is visiting his friend Sabine and her parents and is given the opportunity to attend a New Year's Eve party in a castle in Scotland. On the way home from the party, something happens to their vehicle and it plunges off a cliff and into an icy lake where it is almost certain they will drown. But readers should not despair, because it is ingenious, resourceful Alex Rider who is trapped in the car, and the action is just getting started! I can't tell you what stopped the book from being five stars without spoiling some of the action, so I'll leave it to you to figure out what part was less than perfect. I will tell you that it's just a minor thing, and overall, the book is a GREAT read.
ctmslima on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave the book,"Crocodile Tears," by Anthony Horowitz, a five star rating. My reasons were, the book keeps you interested and asking questions the entire time. Also, it keeps your attention and makes it hard to put down the book. This book keeps you interested and makes you ask questions the entire time you are reading it. One part in the book where it keeps you interested was when Alex is abducted and taken to a secret place where he is injected with a suspicious drug. This made me ask myself, "Where are they taking Alex?", and "What is drug they are injecting him with?". Those two parts really interested me and added to the greatness of the book. This book is full of heart-stopping parts that keeps your attention the whole time. One part where this is relevant is when Alex's body is being attacked by a drug that paralyzes him, he is taken on a plane to Kenya without anyone knowing where he is. this keeps my attention because I wanted to know why Alex was in Kenya and what was going to happen to him.There were only a few parts that I did not like about the book. One part I did not like was how a normal boy such as Mr. Mcain, who could go from a poor child into an evil wealthy man. I just can't understand how someone could become so evil. this was only a minor flaw that did not affect the greatness of the book."Crocodile Tears'', is an amazing book. It is action-packed, it keeps you interested and makes you ask questions, and it keeps your attention the entire time you are reading this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's in for a great book.
ctmstogo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read many Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz and I really enjoy them. Crocodile Tears is definitely one of my favorites and I would rate it 3 ½ stars.Crocodile Tears, by Anthony Horowitz, is about a 14-year old boy from London who works as a part-time spy for the intelligence agency MI6. Alex¿s father and his uncle were both great spies and Alex is recruited because of his background. Alex is not fond of his work for MI6 because of all the pain and the things he has had to go through in his various missions.In this book, Alex uncovers the plan of a madman named Desmond McCain to poison multiple countries in Africa to make millions of dollars. Alex is kidnapped and held hostage after he finds out about McCain¿s plan. Alex has to escape and the lives of millions are depending on him. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was its pace. I felt that it had a really nice pace to it. I never got bored with pages of pointless things that don¿t help the story move forward at all. There was always something interesting happening. Another part of this story that I really enjoyed was the main character, Alex. Alexis a very realistic and likeable character. You want to read on because you are always rooting for Alex and want him to do well.The one problem that I had with this book was the ending. The ending was a little too predictable and I wish that it had been a little less easy to tell what was going to happen. I really enjoyed the book Crocodile Tears, By Anthony Horowitz and would recommend it to a friend. I would rate this book 3 ½ stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series
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Hope its good................MINIONS!!!!!!
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This book was totally awesome and so far it was the best in the series but I want to know if the castle in Scotland is real.
EricT33 More than 1 year ago
Crocodile Tears, by Anthony Horowitz, is a great book, to say the least. In this book there are action-packed scenes filled with endless amounts of outcomes. I loved this book and it kept me on the edge of my seat, which sounds cliche but I am really not kidding. There were countless times when I could have just kept reading and reading, but I had to go to bed sometime. There were some things that confused me and some minor things that I didn’t like. Overall I would have to give you the thumbs up to go ahead and start reading this book. As I said, my thoughts on this book were positive. The Alex Rider series never let me down, novel continued this example. When Alex goes on adventures like this, I truly never know what may happen next. For example one time he may be trapped, and the next moment he found a way to use one of his small gadgets to get out of secured building. You just never know. I may not have gotten why he was so smart, this may be so for me because I could not think of something that he would do. Or maybe I should start taking spy classes to get an insight on how he thinks.  Also the way that Alex Rider creates relationships with other people is truly fascinating. He gets along with everyone he meets, except for the bad guys who try to kill him for ruining their plan. This fascinates me because I’m the same age as Alex, and personally I know it’s hard for me to get along with everyone. Just in general the crazy feats that he achieves are truly remarkable for me to even imagine. Saving the world various of times is very unlikely for the average teenager, be he seems to come through clean. But in the end of every book, there are some things that I dislike. Even though I thought that the unimaginable danger was outstanding, I did not like the way that it was too unreal. The series make it seem like he is the strongest kid alive. As like in other books in the series, he uses his strength to get past some things that only other people have trained hard for. And the way that Alex can get out of situations that professional agents probably couldn’t get out of is just truly gratifying. Even though there are many good things that can be taken from this book, there are some things that I disliked about it. But I definitely recommend this brilliant novel. Crocodile Tears will forever be on my list of good books. I guarantee that this book will satisfy your needs for a good read, or you can delete this review off this page. You should start at the beginning, otherwise you would be confused with this novel. But honestly if you’re contemplating on what series you should read, whether it may be for a book report, or just for a good way to past time, take a look at the Alex Rider series. I hope you enjoy! As you can see, I have plenty to say about this book. I have a lot of positive things to say about it, so you should give a look at this book and make sure you read the other books in this series, and you can truly see what happens with Alex Rider. Go to the nearest store and get yourself Crocodile Tears and the Alex Rider series, enjoy the reading!
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