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Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin (Alex Rider Adventures)

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ISBN13: 9780399254413
ISBN10: 0399254412
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The final book in the #1 bestselling Alex Rider series with over 6 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

Alex Riders life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

 

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the worlds only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alexs own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassens story. A journey down a darkened path.

International #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel. Perfect for young fans of James Bond.

 

Synopsis:

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

Alex Riders 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 Alexs 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 Yassens 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.

Synopsis:

Every story has a beginning. For teen secret-agent Alex Rider, that beginning occurred prior to his first case for MI6, known to all as Stormbreaker. By the time that mission came to be, Alex's father, a secret-agent in his own right, has been murdered. And when Alex's uncle was murdered by the assassin Yassen Gregoravich, Alex was essentially left orphaned. Yet at the conclusion of the novel, when Yassen has the chance to kill a vengeful-minded Alex, he chooses not to. This story tells us why.

Much in the way that Alex's uncle mentored Alex, preparing him for a life in espionage, Alex's father once mentored Yassen. Yassen was the original Alex Rider--a teenager meant to work for MI6. Instead, he turned rogue assassin.

This web of emotion and deceit forms the basis of the last of the Alex Rider novels, a spy thriller in the vein of classic James Bond for teens.

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of STORMBREAKER, ARK ANGEL, CROCODILE TEARS, SCORPIA RISING, and the rest of the acclaimed Alex Rider novels comes the spy thriller readers have been waiting for.

About the Author

Anthony Horowitz is a world-renowned screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and of course, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series (including STORMBREAKER, POINT BLANC, SKELETON KEY, EAGLE STRIKE, SCORPIA, ARK ANGEL, SNAKEHEAD, CROCODILE TEARS, SCORPIA RISING, and RUSSIAN ROULETTE) which has spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels.

 

Mr. Horowitz lives in London with his wife, Jill, and their two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.

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BookListOfBooks, December 14, 2013 (view all comments by BookListOfBooks)
Anthony Horowitz has been one of my favourite authors for the longest time. I've gone through my Riordan and, regretfully, my Stephanie Meyer phases, but I always come back to the author who had written Alex Rider.

I had high hope for this book when I ordered it, and I have to say, this book does not disappoint. I devoured the book in less than two days and just wow.

This book honestly shocked me. I always knew that Yassen had a rough childhood ��" I mean, he’s an assassin and clearly not a newbie. But I never realised how bad it was. The book, despite how quickly it moves along, is very descriptive without being over the top. It pulls you into young Yasha’s life (Yasha is Yassen’s real name) and doesn't let you go until the end. The settings are described very well to the point where even if one had never been there, they can picture it almost perfectly in their mind.

The plot itself was brilliant. It’s not often that books make me cry, but this one managed it within the first 25 pages. It was the perfect backstory for Yasha/Yassen, describing the hardships and the pain that he went through to get where he was in Stormbreaker. It explains almost everything about him that one may have wanted to know. As I mentioned earlier, the plot does move along pretty quickly since it’s most of Yasha/Yassen’s life in 400+ pages, but it doesn't detract from any of the details.

Overall, I’d give Russian Roulette a rating 5 out of 5. This book easily made my top ten books, with its illustrative details and intricate plot. I would recommend this book to anyone ages 14 and up. Maybe older, depending on their maturity is. A quick warning is that there is a moderate use of drugs, violence, and mentions of torture in this book, so if that makes you uncomfortable or is a trigger for you, you might want to avoid this book. But besides that, I would highly recommend this book to any YA reader who has read the Alex Rider books up through the fifth one, Scorpia.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399254413
Author:
Horowitz, Anthony
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
james bond; series; middle grade; thriller; spy; espionage; agent; secret; spy
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Alex Rider
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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

Alex Riders 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 Alexs 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 Yassens 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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Every story has a beginning. For teen secret-agent Alex Rider, that beginning occurred prior to his first case for MI6, known to all as Stormbreaker. By the time that mission came to be, Alex's father, a secret-agent in his own right, has been murdered. And when Alex's uncle was murdered by the assassin Yassen Gregoravich, Alex was essentially left orphaned. Yet at the conclusion of the novel, when Yassen has the chance to kill a vengeful-minded Alex, he chooses not to. This story tells us why.

Much in the way that Alex's uncle mentored Alex, preparing him for a life in espionage, Alex's father once mentored Yassen. Yassen was the original Alex Rider--a teenager meant to work for MI6. Instead, he turned rogue assassin.

This web of emotion and deceit forms the basis of the last of the Alex Rider novels, a spy thriller in the vein of classic James Bond for teens.

From the #1 internationally bestselling author of STORMBREAKER, ARK ANGEL, CROCODILE TEARS, SCORPIA RISING, and the rest of the acclaimed Alex Rider novels comes the spy thriller readers have been waiting for.

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