Reviews for Ark Angel

Booklist Reviews 2006 April #2
Gr. 6--9. In his sixth adventure Alex Rider runs afoul of a group of murderous "eco warriors" and befriends Paul Drevin, the lonely son of venerated multibillionaire Nikolai Drevin, who isn't what he seems. In fact, neither is Paul, as Alex finds out when he accompanies the father and son on a vacation to the family's luxurious home in Flamingo Bay, which happens to be the launching site of a rocket that will carry the observation module for Drevin's hugely publicized Ark Angel, the first hotel in space. Readers will need to suspend disbelief more than usual this time: Alex's solo trip into space is unquestionably over the top, and there are a few glitches in plotting. What's impossible to resist are the imaginative gadgets and the breakneck action, which Horowitz handles with his usual assurance and skill. Expect very high demand for this. The first title in the series, Stormbreaker (2001), is being released as a movie, and to celebrate the event, the publisher has redesigned the series' book covers to incorporate a snazzy holographic foil. ((Reviewed April 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Hospitalized from a gunshot wound, Alex prevents the kidnapping of another teenage patient. While staying at the boy's luxury estate, Alex once again becomes involved in a terrorism plot, the M16, and the CIA; this time, his adventures take him to the Caribbean and into outer space. Although formulaic, this installment is as fast paced and compelling as the previous ones. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 March #3
For fans of the Alex Rider series, Anthony Horowitz offers a nifty paper-over-board handbook, Alex Rider: The Gadgets, an overview of "all devices used by [the hero] on his first five missions." An opening memo from Alan Blunt expresses concern that these inventions from Scorpia could fall into the wrong hands, and with good reason-each gadget gets (at least) a spread with gatefold, showing precisely how each works, from the Cutter CD Player used to penetrate Point Blanc Academy to the Geiger Counter Games Console that the CIA gave to Alex for his trip to Cuba. This will serve as the perfect segue to Alex Rider's sixth assignment, Ark Angel, in which eco-terrorists target this titular hotel, the first luxury lodgings in outer space, as an environmental threat. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 April

Gr 5-10 -Alex Rider is giving it up. Being a teenage secret agent is just too dangerous. He wants his old life back. As he lies in the hospital bed recovering from a gunshot wound, he contemplates the end of his career with MI6, the British secret service. But then he saves the life of Paul Drevin, son of multibillionaire Nikolei Drevin, and once again he is pulled into service. This time his mission involves eco-terrorists, rockets to space, maniacal killers, and a less-than-idyllic tropical island. Is it all in a day's work, or will this truly be Alex Rider's last mission? The action-filled plot develops quickly and keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The over-the-top characters, with their exaggerated quirks and personalities, work well in this James Bond-like novel. Detailed background, technical, and political information, essential for any spy story, is uncomplicated and easy for most readers to understand. Though there are some references to previous missions, this title can certainly stand alone. Recommend it to your reluctant readers and get ready for them to line up for the rest of the series.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL

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VOYA Reviews 2006 April
In this newest installment of the Alex Rider Adventure series following the cliffhanger Scorpia (Philomel, 2004/VOYA April 2005), Alex is in the hospital recovering from an assassination attempt when he stumbles into an eco-terrorist kidnapping scheme. Thwarting the kidnappers, he becomes friends with their target, Paul, the son of Russian multibillionaire Nikolei Drevin. Drevin invites Alex to witness a launch for Ark Angel, the commercial space-station hotel he is building with the British government. While traveling with the family to the remote island used for the project, Alex begins to suspect that Drevin is not the benevolent businessman that he seems, but before Alex can sever himself from the Drevins, the CIA intercepts him. They reveal Drevin's shady mafiya past and pressure Alex to spy for them once more. Can he discover the connection between Nikolei and the eco-terrorists in time? What is the true nature of the Ark Angel project? Alex is again in a race against time to save the world-or at least a city or two This book returns to Alex's roots, with much the same tone as Stormbreaker (2001/VOYA August 2001) or Skeleton Key (2003/VOYA June 2003) and less of Scorpia's introspection. Science, sports, and gadgets abound, as do bizarre spy-thriller villains. Alex's reluctant hero persona begins to wear a little thin, but the fast pace and continual action will keep readers fixed. Predictability aside, fans of the series will zoom through it, eager to keep up with Alex and his adventures.-Brenna Shanks 3Q 5P M J Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.