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Snakehead (Alex Rider #7)

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No sooner has Alex splashed down off the coast of Australia than he finds himself sucked into another adventure. This time he's working for ASIS - the Australian Secret Service - and his target is the criminal underworld of South-East Asia: the ruthless world of the Snakehead.
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published 2007 by Walker Books Ltd
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Feb 03, 2008 Loren rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 14 year old spies
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Anthony Horowitz is without a doubt my favorite author of all time.
i'm sorry i can't tell you much about what happens because i read it ages ago and I LOVED IT!


Of course I love all the other ones and i loved reading this one, i think mainly because the evil character in this one is so different and scary sounding and the way (view spoiler)

Also, i am always a fan of the story lin
Dec 31, 2007 Ibby rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like action
"Snakehead" was better than I expected. Anthony Horowitz made this book a lot more informative (in the way of Alex's family's past) and with lots of new plot twists. he's gotten kinda redundant in some of his books...

what it's about: Alex Rider is recruited by the Australian intelligence agency to go undercover as an Afghan refugee to find out about a "snakehead" (a network of immigrant smugglers) which is connected to Scorpia, Alex's biggest enemy.
along the way he gets information about his par
Aug 18, 2015 Alexander rated it it was amazing
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Emerson  Chan
Nov 11, 2014 Emerson Chan rated it really liked it
In 7th grade, my friends were reading series of Alex Rider, so I felt that it was going to be an interesting series. This is the 7th book of the series and it is called Snakehead .

The main character is Alex. He is an agent for MI6 and had missions throughout the series. In this mission he has to find more about the gang, Snakehead and defuse a bomb. This mission shows that he is compassionate and brave. In the text MI6 tells Alex about the bomb the text says,"Once again, Alex fell sile
Mar 13, 2009 Connor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Calvin and Brady
Recommended to Connor by: Me!
My thoughts about the Alex Rider series changed with every book I read. The first book, Stormbreaker, gave me shivers and totaly amazed me. The second book, Point Blanc, was interesting and I felt weird while I read it, although the end was very good. The third book, Skeleton Key, didn't have much action, but the end was a very cool part. The fourth book, Eagle Strike, was a favorite in the Alex Rider series, and I enjoyed how things played out through the end. The fifth book, Scorpia, was had l ...more
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Zev A-G
Nov 13, 2015 Zev A-G rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the Alex Rider series of books. It was well written, and similar to many of the other books in the series, with Alex being left in risky situations, with cliff hangers at the end of chapters and action packed scenes that make you just want to keep reading more and more! Alex matures from the mindset of a young tween to that of an adult throughout the books, which gives you a closer connection to him and other characters as the book (and series) progress. I would recommend this ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Wyatt rated it really liked it
Have you ever heard of a 14 year old spy? Well I have. His name is Alex Rider. And he works for MI6 in London, Great Britain. His dad was a spy, his uncle was a spy, And his mom was a spy so… he really had no choice. In this new installment of the Alex rider series, Snakehead Alex has to deal with the paid super villain group: Scorpia and smuggling group Snakehead. As you can imagine this is an action adventure novel. Alex is hired by the Australian intelligence agency to go to Asia to infiltra ...more
Alexander Mcglade
by: Anthony Horowitz

In this book Alex is given an opportunity to get to know his Godfather.
Alex is tasked with mission to take down a snakehead operation.
Alex will have to go through an emotional rollercoaster as he tries to find out more about his parents, his uncle ,and him self.

This book was amazing because it had action adventure , and revealed a lot about alex. Alex found out that he had a Godfather ash and he was an active asis agent

I would recommend this book to anyone who has
Luke Sands
Jan 11, 2015 Luke Sands rated it it was amazing
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Zain Tokatly
Mar 09, 2014 Zain Tokatly rated it it was amazing
I choose this book because it is the continuation of the Alex Rider series. The plot of the book is about a 14-year old British boy, named Alex Rider, who found out he has a godfather. The only reason Alex wanted to meet him is because he was the last person to see his parents alive. But Alex has to take a huge chance, and go into a mission with his godfather, Ash. My favorite quote in this book is "You've got an old freind here. I think you ought to meet." I choose this quote because here is a ...more
Jayden Wahl
May 13, 2013 Jayden Wahl rated it it was amazing
I thought that Snakehead is a very good book. I’m not done reading it yet but I’m pretty close. I would like to read more books by this author. This is one of the bigger books that I have read in my life.

My favorite character is Alex Rider, he is a secret agent trying to figure out who killed his dad. He goes on a mission to get to an island where he heard somebody important is hiding there. He takes a kayak and paddles down a river to go find the island.
My favorite part is when he is paddling
Nate Morris
Jan 08, 2014 Nate Morris rated it liked it
The seventh installment of Anthony Horowitz's, Alex Rider series, Snakehead was an amazing book to read and had me wanting to read more and more. In this book the protagonist, Alex Rider, a British teenager that is a specially trained spy goes on another adventure. He travels across the world to find out what the dangerous criminal organization Snakehead is up to. Such places include Australia, Bangkok, and back in his native land of Britain. In the story he meets and greets maybe people that ca ...more
Nelson Lagiono
Jun 23, 2013 Nelson Lagiono rated it really liked it
Well i decided to read this book because my friend recommended to me because i told him, I am into adventure and action books.

This books fills the space of the male main character. This book is interesting because it is a boy who has to keep himself safe from very dangerous people like a man called Yu, which is his worst enemy.

I think the most interesting character was Alex Rider because he is a spy who had to overcome his parents deaths. He is caught up in a whole lot of problems and has to th
Sep 04, 2015 Jacksen rated it it was amazing
Snakehead was a great book it started of very slow but it really picked up in last few chapters. Alex Rider is a teenage spy. After his uncle died a secret service group called M16 recruited him. he is always telling M16 that he doesn't what to be a spy but when he finds out he will be working with his grand father how could he say no. It takes him on a fantastic adventure were he has to hid a foot away from the main protagonist. But you be completely lost if didn't read at least the 1st and 6th ...more
Tommy Reiss
Feb 10, 2010 Tommy Reiss rated it liked it
I read Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz it was the best book I have ever read. Alex Rider is a 14 year old spy and he just wants to be a normal kid after his last mission with Scropia he just wants to go back to school and does not want to be what every kid dreams about until he finds out that he is working with his godfather Ash. But this time he is working with the ASIS or Australian secret service but he can't wait to meet his godfather but at the end of the book he finds out something devastat ...more
Daniel Ho
Feb 26, 2016 Daniel Ho rated it really liked it
Alex has lost almost every family member he knows, except for one person which is his godfather Ash. He and Alex go on a journey to stop a crazed general that wants world power. on the way Alex finds out many things about Ash, MI6, and Scorpia. Ash and Alex stay very close to each other because they are the last of their blood, until the end.....
Oct 12, 2013 Ujwals rated it it was amazing
Adventure? Check. Drama? Sure. Action? Absolutely. Suspense? Definitely. Great book? Double check! Snakehead is a full package book, with page turning moments, and heart racing chases. Anthony Horowitz was able to very well portray Alex's emotions and feelings through the book. There was always good action that kept you engaged and wanting to read. Though, I felt that sometimes there was too much action and not enough rest time. The novel's plot kept you thinking, as there were many key moments ...more
May 17, 2016 Isaac added it
At the end of the book, Alex is selfless when he puts thoughts of his parents aside and ends the mission he was sent out to do. During this part of the book, Ash his guardian, reveals that he was a double agent and was also the one who put the bomb on his parents plane. Alex is horrified with this news but there is a task at hand he has to complete which is preventing a bomb from going off. As he says, "I couldn't stop thinking about what Ash had said, but the bomb needed to be stopped and that ...more
Alex Macias
Oct 13, 2015 Alex Macias rated it it was amazing
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Jaap Akkermans
Mar 10, 2015 Jaap Akkermans rated it really liked it
Alex, the teenaged spy, comes back from space from his previous mission and wants to be left alone. Unfortunately, he landed in a country where the intelligence services want to use him as well. He gets asked to help on a mission in Australia, but he refuses. Then, he hears that he would be working with someone else on this mission and he is excited to hear that this man was the last person to see Alex's parents which Alex himself never met. He accepts to go on the mission so that he could learn ...more
Sahal Sajeer
After his last mission with MI6, Alex Rider just wants to relax and spend time with Jack Starbright, his legal Guardian. What he wants is to be away from MI6 as far away from them as possible. But suddenly, Alex realizes that there's a way to get his hands on the past as he meets his Godfather Ash. Soon, both of them choose to stop the villainous Snakehead Major Winston Yu. The funny thing though, is that Yu used to be part of the MI6. And when Alex has to stop his evil plans to destroy an entir ...more
Sarah Waters
Mar 11, 2015 Sarah Waters rated it it was amazing
The most action packed Alex Rider novel yet. A real page turner! Some more mature themes in this book. Suited to high school not primary aged students.
Matt :d
Oct 26, 2011 Matt :d rated it it was amazing
I really liked the book, it has a good plot and a lot of kept me on the edge of my seet the whole time :D. It is my favorite book in the series. I feel like this book really made Alex Rider look like a secret agent more than the other books in the series. Becuse he got to actually go on a S.A.S mission to stop Major Yu's plan to create a tsunami using a bomb named "Royal Blue" which was stolen from the British government. But Alex was able to blow it up before it was in place which fo ...more
Apr 06, 2016 Grant rated it it was amazing
"Snakehead" by Anthony Horowitz is the 7th book in the Alex Rider series. Here's the summary: (view spoiler) ...more
Chase Odiaga
Jan 08, 2016 Chase Odiaga rated it really liked it
Anthony Horowitz
New York Published 2007 by Walker Books Ltd
Pages 385
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz is the seventh book in the Alex Riders series that won a Inky award in 2008 and a Carnegie metal in 2009. This book is a non-stop thriller and adventure packed book that will keep you reading till the end. In fact it is almost is addicting to read because every chapter is a shocking cliffhanger. This book is a very interesting book to read, the vocabulary setup uses large words every so
Nov 18, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
The main character Alex I believe is now very emotionless. M16 had "taken" his parents because of his dad's involvement. Then after a double crossing the plane that Alex's parents plane blew up on a vacation. Now the same organisation had taken his godfather(Ash) as an agent because of a failure in an M16 operation. Ash was demoted and criticised on the failure. On this current mission Alex finally found out about his godfather and that in the end he was the traitor. "It was Ash"(pg 356). That o ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Joshua rated it really liked it
Most Alex Rider books aren't exactly rooted in realism. They're essentially James Bond tales for teens. Which is what made Snakehead a very exceptional volume in this series. In this book, Horowitz vividly details the very real scourges of people smuggling and organ harvesting. Many people die at the hands of people smugglers or organ harvesters every year, and no one notices. To have his teen spy protagonist go up against a villain whose crimes were rooted in reality was a genius move. Unfortun ...more
Karim Jones
Mar 26, 2015 Karim Jones rated it it was ok
I think snake head is sort of the mellow part of the Alex Rider series. I say that only because there’s really not that much action going on throughout the book. In fact the only major action packed “adventure” was in the beginning of Chapter three, “Visa Problems.” But you’ll read more about that, I wouldn't want to spoil the only interesting thing in the book for you. The rest of the book is more of a narration. Basically its more of what Alex is doing. I think the author was just a little bit ...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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Other Books in the Series

Alex Rider (10 books)
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
  • Point Blank (Alex Rider, #2)
  • Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)
  • Eagle Strike (Alex Rider, #4)
  • Scorpia (Alex Rider, #5)
  • Ark Angel (Alex Rider, #6)
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