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Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  47,240 ratings  ·  3,011 reviews
They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in th...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Speak (first published 2000)
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Juan Santiago
Alex Rider and Jason Steed are my favorite books. Alex Rider Stormbreaker is the first book in the Alex rider series. It is a little different to the movie, I think better, but the actor who played Alex Rider (Also called Alex in real life) was very good and he is how I imagine Alex when I read the rest of the series.
Imagine James bond as a kid and that's Alex Rider, his parents are dead and he lives with his uncle and house keeper, then his uncle gets killed, Alex gets drawn into the world os e...more
Carter Knopik
Being a teenage spy is something I've never experienced, but Stormbreaker really makes me feel like I have. This book is about a boy named Alex Rider, who has been a regular boy all his life until he is called by M-16, the British secret service, to be on a secret mission to investigate a computer called the Stormbreaker.
This book is full of good guys, bad guys, and of course, its full of suspense, adventure, and action.
The person in this book that really draws you in is Harold Sayle, the in...more
Erica
I read this book because it is so popular with my students. I can see the appeal: espionage, a kid caught in everyone else's plans, having to take care of himself while saving the world. Action, adventure, violence. The boys eat this stuff up. I just wish Horowitz had written it with his readers in mind as the young, impressionable audience that they are. I hate all the label dropping! Do we need to know that our character wears Nike and Gap? Absolutely not. Why feed into this consumerist crap,...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, the writing in this book is actually not bad. The problem here for me is sort of 2 pronged (though one of the prongs may be "mufti-pointed"). First, this book is very young in some ways. With this plot it has to be, and that's the other problem.

I just couldn't get my head around a 14 year old super spy. I know, I know I like Harry Potter and I liked the Ranger's Apprentice books as well as other books with young heroes. But those are set in fantasy universes where magic exists and so on. I...more
Salama R 140A501
First of all I chose this book because I watched the movie and I like it. The book was more magnificent than the movie because it contained more details that caught my eyes through the reading process. Since this is my first book I have read for Anthony Horowitz, I really love it. In addition, the author has an amazing way of writing that catches my heart and he has a sense of humor that makes me laugh loudly. As a result, I want to read all parts of Alex Rider.

This book can be considered as an...more
Madeline
I picked this book up in my high school media center during study hall when I was bored and had nothing else to do. I read it in about three days and proceeded to rip through the next four books in the series.
Still can't really explain why I like these books - Horowitz's target audience is clearly 14 year old boys who don't read much. I guess it's because I'm a James Bond fan, and the Alex Rider series could have been retitled "007 - The Middle School Years." Seriously, the plot of every book i...more
Emma Long
Following the death of his spy uncle, Ian Rider, 14 year old Alex Rider is recruited into the MI6 to complete his mission. After eleven days of intense SAS style training, Rider is set on his first mission where he investigates the work of Herod Sayle and his Stormbreaker computers. Weaving through old tin mines and underwater caverns, Rider uncovers the unfortunate truth behind the Stormbreakers, a bout of lethal smallpox encased within. At the press of a button all the children of the UK could...more
Tim
This book if a fiction book about a fourteen year old boy named Alex Rider. Alex is a normal school boy in London who lives with his uncle. Towards the beginning of the book, Alex is told his uncle died it a car accident. Alex doesn’t think this is true because his uncle is very protective and safe. Alex later finds out his uncle died from gun shots when he was on a secret mission. He also finds out being a spy was his uncles full job. This mission was called the stormbreaker. Alex is told by Al...more
Kelly
I read this book for a book club hosted at one of the schools that my library serves.

I was expecting more from the book as it was/is so popular with younger boys and this first book spawned a whole series as well as a movie (though I do know that the movie bombed).

I just found the book to be boring and predictable. It was hard for the group to come up with something to discuss during our meetings because the book is totally plot driven. There's not much wrong with being a plot driven thriller,...more
Charlie
This book is fiction and the main character is Alex Rider who is a fourteen year old boy who is very fit and living a good life in London. The conflict is external because a lot of fighting happens in this book. At the very start of the book, Alex finds out that his uncle just died in a car accident and didn’t wear his seatbelt. Alex doesn’t believe this because Ian Rider always wore his seatbelt. Later Alex sees bullet shots in the car window which proves that Ian Rider was shot to death. After...more
Hannah
You know how there are those books that you see everywhere, in every library, in every bookstore, and then one day you just break down and pick it up? This is one of those books.
And I should have just left it.

The first few pages were fine--I was all prepared to get sucked into this book . . . I mean, I'd seen it EVERYWHERE, after all. It had to be good, right? It happened with the Pendragon books, it'll happen here too, yeah?

And then everything after those pages was complete nonsense. I was imme...more
Daniel
Title: Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series #1)
Author: Anthony Horowitz, John Blackford (Illustrator)
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), 224 pp, 2001
Audience: Tweens (young adult)
Format: Juvenile book aimed at the tween market

Description: Alex Rider is fourteen years old and was in the care of his uncle, Ian Rider. The police came to his home at 3 in the morning to inform him that his uncle had died in a car accident. He had died because he hadn’t been wearing a seat belt and was struck by a truck. Alex...more
Logan Arlington
Alex Rider Stormbreaker is written by Anthony Horowitz is a fictional book about a teenager sent under cover for the MI6 agency. Alex was now 16 and had recently lost both of his parents in a plane and was now living with his uncle Ian Rider. Alex awoke to sirens one night and found out that his uncle was now dead and was told he was killed in a car crash. Ian Rider was a banker but Alex had soon figured out that his uncle was not being completely truthful to him. Alex starts to do some digging...more
Louise
3 Stars

Another three star read. I enjoyed it, I’ll read the next couple of sequels at least, but there was a lot that held me back from liking it more. This is (mostly) more my fault than the book’s; which is, for the most part, a high quality action-adventure spy-story very much in the vein of a ‘teenage James Bond’ that has fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Unfortunately I’ve never been that into the James Bond films, found Casino Royale to be a total snooze-fest, and have never had a...more
Holly
I will start by saying that I read this to my son (11) because he got the entire set for a Christmas present and he thought "it wasn't my thing." He rated it a 5, so for the audience it is intended for, it strikes a (much) more positive chord.

What I think he would say about it (positively):

1). There's a lot of action. From the beginning to the end, there's no real boring parts.
2). There's no unnecessary romance. He hates that in books.

What I hated (some admittedly petty):

1). Every other sentence...more
Mike
Jan 26, 2013 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, YA or Bond lover
I don’t generally read a lot of youth-oriented (aka “YA”) fiction these days, but being an “omnivore” when it comes to reading I don’t specifically exclude it. Mumblety-mumblety years ago, writers that I respected and enjoyed wrote what was called “juvenile” fiction.

For example, Isaac Asimov wrote six “Lucky Starr” novels (under the pseudonym “Paul French”) in the early 50s. Robert Heinlein started writing “juvies” in the late 40s eventually producing 13 (or 14 depending on how you count). Unli...more
Rose
So, i was quite excited when i found out there was a book. I loved the movie, so of course i had to read the book.

Well, i can say i didn't got disappointed.

The book was fine, but it's not like it was horrifying, or filled with big emotions. Everything in it was all happening quite fast, and we almost never got Alex opinion on anything.
The writing-work and stuff was alright too, but there were some sentences and terms, where i would have used some other words. But perhaps it was because i read t...more
Hannelore
Tell me, who wants to be a spy?
Doesn't it seem like a cool job,
Traveling the world, fighting the bad & getting paid for it?
Maybe it is, if it's your own choice.
But as a 14 years old, being forced to work for the MI6 isn't that much of a dream.
Alex lives with his uncle and Jack, his parents are dead.
When the police comes to tell his uncle died, Alex realises that he knows little about his only relative.
At his burial, the people of his work wear guns.
What? Bank people with guns?
But soon he fi...more
Jennifer
I picked up Stormbreaker on impulse, based on the popularity of the book. I didn't really expect to enjoy it as I've never been a big James Bond fan and the whole spy thing doesn't interest me.

To my surprise the story sucked me right in. Horowitz is a master of character and description and did a great job with this teenage spy novel. While some elements definitely echo the usual spy novel tropes it was still a fun and engaging story. I really liked Alex and was rooting for him the whole time....more
Jonababez
I liked the book, I realized that I really like spy books. This reminded me of my favorite TV series, Chuck! And I didn't watched the movie of this so I guess its better because they did a different version. I love the action and adventure in this book that I remembered the Stephanie series. Of course, they are much different. I was amused by the reason of the antagonist, Herod, in killing the children and I almost felt like it was so childish. He wanted to kill every child in Britain through a...more
Trisha
"And the next time they ask you, say no. Killing is for grown-ups and you're still a child."

What an adventure of a book! This story hits the ground running and never lets up. Alex is an amazing kid. He was raised with all the correct steps and training to be the perfect agent, embodied in a young boy. and his first assignment just might kill him.

I hadn't expected to like this book - I thought it would be a little boring and unrealistic. But, it just zooms through and you really find yourself ro...more
Samuel
I read the book "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz. I really liked this book. The plot, characters, and setting all meshed to make for a fantastic story.

The plot starts out with Alex, the main character, finding out his uncle whom he is lives with, has died. Alex was told that his uncle died in a car accident because he wasn't wearing his seat belt. He knew that his uncle was more careful, so he went to the junkyard to find his uncle's car. It had various bullet holes in it. Junkyard security ca...more
Jacquelyn
“In the old days, spies had done they'd done because they loved their country, because they believed in what they were doing. But he'd never been given a choice. Nowadays, spies weren't employed. They were used.”

Wow! What an adventure! Lots and lots of action in this book! I loved Alex. He was amazing and very smart and he always had new tricks and short cuts that I wasn't expecting. Very glad I read this book and I am excited to continue on with this (very long) series!
Colin Stephens
This is the best book ever written. PERIOD. And Alex Rider is the best spy book series, I love the gadgets and the missions, you should really read this.
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Not bad. It was pretty much exactly what I expected to be: one of those cool adventure stories intended to hook reluctant tweenage boy readers. And although I am not a reluctant tweenage boy reader, I still found it entertaining. Is this book a deep exploration of human nature and the meaning of life? No. But sometimes it's a relief when all of that is thrown aside, and one can just read something that makes them feel pleasantly stupid. What matters is that this book wasn't intended to be intell...more
Elijah Kasper
Alex Rider thinks that he is just a normal teenager, but when his uncle is killed in a car accident Alex investigates and stumbles upon his uncles secrets. Ian Rider was a spy for MI6 and had been returning from a mission when he was killed by another spy. Alex soon gets recruited by MI6 and realizes that his uncle had been preparing him to be a spy. Rock climbing, Karate, river rafting, and hunting trips were all apart of Ian Riders plan to prepare Alex to become a spy and follow in his footste...more
PurplyCookie
When his guardian and uncle, Ian, is mysteriously killed, Alex discovers that his uncle was not the bank vice-president he purported to be, but rather a spy for the British government. Now the government wants Alex to take over his uncle's mission: investigating Sayle Enterprises, the makers of a revolutionary computer called Stormbreaker. The company's head plans to donate one to every secondary school in England, but his dealings with unfriendly countries and Ian Rider's murder have brought hi...more
Mitchell
Alex Rider Book Review 11-10-13

Alex Rider is a book full of suspense. The main character, Alex Rider is a 15 year old boy whose uncle died in a murder. Alex found out his uncle was a spy, and was told that he would be killed unless he completed his uncle’s mission. Alex lives in New York, but most of the story takes place in London. Other spies thought this was a joke, that he was too young and would get himself killed, but his leader Alan Blunt believed in him.
Throughout the book Alex fought...more
Simon Aldous
Stormbreaker is the first of Anthony Horowitz’s highly successful Alex Rider series, detailing the adventures of a young James Bond-like character. I shan’t be rushing back for more.

The book begins with Alex learning about the death of his uncle (also his guardian – children’s books do love an orphan!) in improbable circumstances. He learns that his uncle was in fact a spy for MI6, and then finds himself cajoled into working on the case his uncle was investigating at the time of his death.

This i...more
Wyatt Smith
I over all loved Stormbreaker. It was an exciting read that made you want to keep turning the pages. It was very suspenseful in the action scenes. Stormbreaker is about a 14-year-old boy, Alex Rider. Alex has always had a strong bond with his uncle, so it was a tragedy to see him pass away. It was said his uncle died in a car crash but Alex knew this wasn’t true when he found bullet holes in the windshield of the car and a man showed up to his uncle’s funeral carrying a gun. MI6, the British In...more
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Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as "The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century." (New York Times). Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recent...more
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