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Stormbreaker – by Anthony Horowitz

June 23, 2011

StormbreakerI didn’t actually expect to like this book as much as I did. I expected it to be entertaining and a fun action story, but it also turned out to be rather well-written as a bonus and quite thrilling. If you can get past the basic improbability of the MI-6 hiring a fourteen-year-old as a spy, the rest flows easily. And actually, Horowitz manages to make that premise slightly more plausible than one would think. At the very least, there’s so much else going on that one doesn’t have much time to dwell on it.

After Alex Rider’s uncle and guardian is killed in a car accident, he discovers that there was a lot about his uncle that he didn’t know. For example, he was actually a spy working for MI-6. And now his bosses want Alex to take his place on a mission where a teenager might be useful and unlikely to be suspected of being a spy.

I listened to the audio version, and Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job as well. Stormbreaker is particularly geared toward teen boys, though that’s not to say girls can’t enjoy it as well. Basically, this is a fun, quick read—very action-packed and exciting—and Alex is not only likeable but smart, which is a big plus in my book.

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