Reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is relaxing in the south of France until a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into a world of violence and mystery - and this time, MI6 don't want to know. Alex is determined to track down his friends' attackers, even if he must do it alone. But it's a path that leads to a long-buried secret - and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined.
Reviewed on 21st December 2012
The fourth book in the Alex Rider series is quite different from the previous three. The formula of Alex being given a mission by MI6 is abandoned, and this time it's an adventure he has got himself into, when a holiday with a friend's family goes horribly wrong.
This makes it probably the best of the series so far, with a bad guy who seems realistic and others who have a surprising amount of depth. The action is fast paced and well written and I'm actually amazed at how well the format of a teenager in the style of James Bond works here.
A good quick read and an indicator that the series night continue to pick up from here on, as elements of a continuing story are introduced.