Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1)

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1)

by Anthony Horowitz
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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1) by Anthony Horowitz

They told him his uncle died in a car accident. But fourteen-year-old Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing could prepare him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6-Britain's top secret intelligence agency. Recruited to find his uncle's killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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ISBN-13: 9781406302790
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 07/03/2006
Series: Alex Rider Series , #1
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

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 and or follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHorowitz.

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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 967 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great, it was an outstanding start to the Alex Rider Series. I thought it had alot of action and I didn't want to put the book down. Being a teenager myself it seemed amazing that a kid younger than me could do this stuff. I can't wait to read the other books and I hope you make movies for them.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Fourteen-year old Alex Rider knows something bad has happened when the doorbell rings in the middle of the night. He soon learns that his caretaker uncle, Ian Rider, was killed in an automobile accident on his way home. A banker who works for Royal & General, Alex's uncle was a fine man who wasn't home much--but he's still devastated by his death. Except the appearance of some strange people who claim to be his uncle's co-workers, a gun-toting man at his uncle's funeral, and the findings of his uncle's bullet-ridden car make Alex think that there's more than meets the eye to the "automobile accident" story.

Alex soons find out that his Uncle Ian's life, at least where he himself was concerned, was based on a lie. Ian Rider was a spy, employed by the Special Operations Divison of MI6. And the last case he was working on, concerning multi-millionaire Herod Sayle, was a case that got Ian Rider killed. Now Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones, head of SOD, want Alex to pick up where his uncle, their operative, left off--infiltrate the compound where Herod Sayle is building his new Stormbreaker computers, and find out what Ian Rider had to die for.

What follows is an action-packed story of danger, bullets, viruses, and out-and-out excitement. At fourteen, Alex is savvy, trained in martial arts, can speak multiple languages, and is, in fact, a truly bliddy good spy!

Anthony Horowitz has devised a real winner with Alex Rider and his new career (although he was actually forced into working for MI6), and I can't wait to read the next book in the series and see what mission Alex will be sent on next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was twelve. Now at twenty and working on my English major, I still find it captivating! The writing is simplistic enough so young kids can follow along, but has a serious enough story for adults who like adventure. Perfect for those days you want your imagination to run wild without over exerting your mind. A.H. descriptions are wonderful. One of my favorite series of all time, highly recommended.
ECBooks More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It's about a kid who's Uncle used to work for a spy agency. So the boy or Alex Rider joins the agency. It's action packed and you just will want to read more and more. I definently recomend this to anyone who is thinking about reading this. This is totally a must read! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Alex Rider could totally kick James Bond's butt in a fight. The stunts and the gadgets were unrealistic, but who really wants to read a spy book that is bound to the very limited confines of reality? Anthony Horowitz is a great author. The characters and the scenery jump off the pages, making it feel like you're actually there, watching the story unfold. I could not put this book down. Though the series appears to be aimed at boys, many girls, like myself, will like this book as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Stormbreaker as a book with nonstop action. It is about a boy named Alex Rider who is 14 and lives with his uncle Ian Rider. One day he cane fine from school and found out from his housekeeper Jack that his uncle is dead. He thought that the way his uncle died did not sound right so he put the clues together. When he figured out his uncle had actually been shot he got suspicious. Then a secret organization called M16 told him to come by their building. When he did they said that his uncle had actually been a spy and wanted him Alex to finish off the mission. If Alex does not, M16 will mess up his future and it could be the end of England. The whole book was great. Every chapter was interesting and filled with important details. I really couldn¿t relate to the book very well but most people aren¿t spys. This book is part of the Alex Rider Series. It is the firdt bllk and the next one is Point Blank. Boys from the ages12-14 might like this book. It is a book with a lot of action, suspense, and mystery. If you like those three things I recommend this book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all you folks who dont know if you really want to buy this book: This book is very very good i think anyone from 10-30 will love this book. It pulls you in from the start and keeps you on the edge of your seat through out the whole story. Worth youre money and youre time!
CookA47 More than 1 year ago
Stormbreaker is about a fourteen year old kid who has an uncle that was secretly a spy. His Uncle died on a mission, and the agency needs someone knew who won't get caught. That's when Alex comes in to play. This book is chalk full of adventure and always keeps you reading. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was still a kid and became a big fan of the series. The action, storyline, simplicity yet uniqueness, and other components worked well together. While I enjoyed it very much at the time, I decided to read it again as a young adult. It was just as good if not better, due to the fact that I could visualize the scenes more efficiently. So whether you're a kid or a teenager, you are sure to enjoy this thrilling novel! This may just be the book to get you back into reading, again. 'My other recommended books are for more mature audiences, however.'
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember finding this book when I was in 5th grade at the school library. I read it and thought it was the greatest thing ever. I found whatever books from the series I could find and read them. I have all of them now, including the last two (can't think of the names right now and I'm too lazy to get up and look). This series is such a great thing to have. If you're a parent and you want your kid(s) to read, give them this. I recommend they be at least 10 or 11 however because there is some things a younger one might not understand and there is some slight profanity in some of the books. For those who want to try and read something new, this series is just amazing c:.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was cool i recamend age's 12 to 13 you can' t stop whan you start i read them all it is mind blowing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, series and author but i have to warn you about mild profanity and violence, i would say to be atleast 11 to read( btw, i also say that you should be atleast 9 or in 2-3 grade atleast to read harry pottet so please keep that in mind when you think about reading this) , just because of the violence and mild swears, also the book gets you into the action and spy ganra. I didnt rate it 5 stars only because i just tend not to do that, but many who have read the book would most likely want to dissagree. 8 of my friends who have read the book love it and 4 dont, 13 havent read it, please keep in mind that those peeps arent my only friends but this was a last minuiet tally. Not every one can read this book an particculy like it, the trates that i would look for in possible readers in this particcular book is the abillity to be a little patient for a couple of the first few chapters and press on, of course those two chapters are full of action and great writing, its just not the main part of the story and with my friends i noticed some natrually patient people can be very immpatiant with books, i am natrully immpatiant yet am as i would say patiant with books, also the authors a brittish one so just another thing to keep in mind, i love the series but some people can be kinda cridical so if your a romance lover i would like to tell you that there is not alot of romance in this series and none really in this particcular book in the series, anthony horowitz realy only a small bit of romance in the fourth book( if i hve my numbers correct) eagle strike with sabina pleasure, as you can kinda see i am personnaly not a romantic fan, but i dont mind it, a bit is good for me. There are 9 books in this series in this series so for me thats about a week of reading, idk for any one else book pages round from 250-350 or so (roughly) i hope you all loved it as mush as i did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the plot of this book isn't too original (hence the four stars, but I do like all the non-stop action. Once I got through the fist few chapters, I coudn't stop reading! I even read for a few hours under the covers at night because I just had to know wht hapened to Alex next. I coudn't sleep! I also liked the end of Stormbreaker because it left me wondering what Alex would do after his intense mission. I would recomend this book to teens who like non-stop, intense action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book! I loved it so much i read it in only a day and a half! It was sooooooo good! I find it thou with thesebooks the first couple of chapters arenalittle slow... you gotta tell yourself keep reading... after likethe fourth or fifth chapter it gets good and starts to pick up speed with every chapter. It is an amazing book and i run a book cub at my school andi might do this book. I have to see what the others say but this is one good book i love it!!!!
Kyle-T More than 1 year ago
This book was not good at all, it was predictable and had no surprises. Alex Rider is a 14 year old boy who is taken in by his uncle. His uncle mysteriously dies and the entire book is about Alex trying to find out how his uncle died and who did it. Alex goes off on a mission assigned by MI-6 and ends up in a villains mansion. Throughout the book Alex fights bad guy after bad guy and and goes through chase after chase. If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be predictable. Every action sequence was predictable and boring.To be completely honest the only thing I liked about this book was the size since it was a short read. I suggest that you don't read this book and if your looking for action reads, read other books like "Artemis Fowl" and "Flight". All in all, this book is a short boring read and thats why I gave it one out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like this book. Its story was uninteresting and the characters were boring. The plot was unrealistic, confusing, and was not a good read. i would not recommend this book to anyone. The cover of the book was also bad, it did not give you any idea of what the book was about and looked bad.
Repeat_BandN_Customer More than 1 year ago
I look for books that can get kids who are currently completely caught up in video to take up reading as a fun thing to do. The idea that a youth is going to take up a mission for his murdered uncle in the British Secret Service is outlandish at its face, but the author deftly steps around it as he tells his story. He does create a boy of truly unusual talents, versatility, and pluck, but he has a plausible story behind this personal development. Later on, when the boy on several occasions gets himself into mortal peril, the author doesn't have him do something unbelievable to extricate himself. Instead he depicts him as a kid who knows how to keep his head and to take advantage of lucky breaks as they appear. I think this is a good starter book for a youth to use in learning to read for pleasure, and I gave a copy of this to a friend for her son for that reason. The other book I am recommending may be for a little younger reader, but I enjoyed it when I did my screening read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I read all the other books in this series and they were great too. I cant wait till more Alex Rider books become availible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading Alex rider at first it felt a little cliche, but it turns out everything that happend in the book can happend for a boy his age, with a little bit of luck and training. This is why this book stands out. there is no ' oh yea like that could happend!' and more of 'wow that was lucky!' totaly recommend this book if you like action books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sean Hennessy April 28, 2008 Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz. Published by Penguin Group Adventure genre How would you feel if you were forced to be a spy? Sleuthing and using incredible gadgets such as acidic acne cream and Game Boy smoke bombs? This is what happens to Alex Rider in the book Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. His only living relation was his uncle, Ian Rider, but he was killed in what everyone else thinks was a car crash. They couldn¿t have been more wrong. Ian Rider was actually a spy for England¿s secret intelligence agency, MI6, and was murdered because of his work. Alex is recruited to investigate when a man named Herod Sayle announces that he is going to give every school in Britain top notch, excellent computers called Stormbreakers. Our hero the unwilling James Bond is sent to Sayle Enterprises masquerading as a boy who won a contest to try out the Stormbreakers. He must investigate the computers, while avoiding a mysterious killer named Yassen Gregorovich. He discovers that the computers have a deadly secret, and he must stop Herod Sayle before it¿s too late... Alex Rider, the reluctant teenage spy, is the main character of this book. He is fourteen. He has short hair, which adds to his classic teen secret agent look. He is curious, which also helps. He doesn¿t want to spy for MI6, but he has no other legal guardians. He is a dynamic character, and also the protagonist. Herod Sayle, however, is an antagonist. He is also a primary character because he is the villain. He is a static character because he doesn¿t change. He is bald and short. He looks like a small version of a millionaire. He has dark skin because he came from Egypt. He is the one who designed the Stormbreakers. He is the evil guy, but Yassen Gregorovich is neither good or bad. He is a Russian mercenary who is hired to kill people. It was he who killed Ian Rider. He has blue eyes, and speaks English with no accent. He is both a protagonist and an antagonist, surprisingly, and is a secondary character. Other supporting characters include Alan Blunt, Mr. Grin, Nadia Vole, and Mrs. Jones. The book Stormbreaker is a very exciting adventure genre story. Anyone who likes the kind of book with spies, cool gadgets, and a few dangerous weapons should read it and the amazing sequels. There is also an enemy who I believe must be faced in the end in one final battle. This is a terrific and thrilling book and it is guaranteed to please the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
stormbreaker. a computer of unlimited tasks. thats wht alex rider is after in this book.this book os amazing in alot of ways. it is very action packed. it is adventuous and defiinantly a good read. it is also mysterious. alex rider is a good book series especiallt after uve finished the artemis fowl series. i would recommend this book to any one that likes mysteries and secret agent things. this book all in all is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you want to have a book that will keep you reading? If so this is the one for you. I felt that this book was great because you can really visualize Alex Rider's adventures all throughout the book, plus you get to read two whole series from Anthony Horowitz. If you like this book, read the whole series because they are all fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible and sends a bad message to children. Don't read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I cracked this book, I was expecting a kind of 'young james bond' thing. No such luck. The plot was OK, but there are too many flaws to count--Alex Rider has no personalilty, ect, but also a lot of technical jargon (I'm a computer design and annalysist freak.) Do we really want our kids reading about people getting gutted by cheese wire or shocked to death by stingrays (by the way, Alex's escape from the stingray tank couldn't of happened, there is no iron in saltwater fish tanks, it has chemicals in it that could kill the animal), and do we really want to hear about mad almost-mass-murderers? Do we care? Heck, if I want a no-nonsense, good plot I open Redwall. SKIP THIS BOOK, don't trust the critics. It STINKs of gore, blood, and violence. But another thing is, it puts another little pocket of evil on this earth. (the end I mean.)