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Scorpia (Alex Rider #5)

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Alex Rider, teen spy, has always been told he is the spitting image of the father he never knew. But when Alex learns that his father may have been an assassin for the most lethal and powerful terrorist organization in the world, Scorpia, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex no longer has the strength to fight them. That is, until he learns of...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published February 16th 2006 by Puffin (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jamie
Dec 04, 2007 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
The book I read is called Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz. Horowitz has written other books such as Point Blank, Stormbreaker, Eagle Strike, and Skeleton Key. This is the fourth and final book of The Alex Rider adventures. This book is about a teenager boy that is a spy for MI6. He goes to Italy to find a company that he heard about from a former enemy named Yassen Gregorovich. Just before Yassen died he said Alex would find his destiny in Scorpia. He ends up working for them, but after hearing abou...more
Rohan
Nov 24, 2007 Rohan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horowitz fans
One of the finest books i have read and this book is so engrossing that i read it in one single stretch.I love reading this book.

Alex goes to Venice for a school trip but he was told in Eagle Strike that he would learn about his father's past.So he tracks down a gang named Scorpia which is a underworld gang and is included of Murderers and what they tell him about his father horrifies him.Then Scorpia hire him as a member of the gang of murderers and his first mission is to kill Mrs.Jones.Alex i...more
Nix
Okay. Well. This book. This book was pretty cool, all said. At the end of the last book, I was almost in shock. I mean, whooooah. ALEX RIDER HAS A BIGGER PLOT THAN JUST A TEENAGE SPY RATTING OUT BAD GUYS. EVERYBODY GO HIDE UNDER A TABLE OR PUT A PAPER BAG OVER YOUR HEAD OR START USING THAT SUB-ETHA THUMB THINGY; THE WORLD IS ENDING.

Sorry, your ears are probably bleeding right now. Or would it be more accurate to say your eyes?

But I loved it that this time there was plot. I mean, yeah, the othe...more
Jamil
After reading several reviews I notice that at the beginning of the novel “Scorpia” by Anthony Horowitz, the reader does get glued to the book. I found myself continuously telling myself “five more minutes till I go to sleep.” But as the book progressed I was slowly convincing myself that the book was not up to my level and something that I could have been reading in grade 6.

Horowitz starts the book off really well. He immediately introduces the conflict in the novel. The antagonists are all i...more
Soong Ping
I think it is a good book because it has a lot of action and betrayal. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action, suspense, and science fiction.
Dale
Another quality tale in the Alex Rider series. We learn more about Alex's back story but also see his character continue to develop in to someone we can respect. Although there seems to be a bit of a disconnect when he claims he hasn't killed people... just because you (view spoiler) or (view spoiler) doesn't mean you haven't become a killer. I think there is some explanation to this in...more
PurplyCookie
"Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny," Alex was told by a dying man at the end of the previous book, ”Eagle Strike”. SCORPIA is an acronym for "sabotage, corruption, intelligence, assassination." And so we find him; in Venice, with his friend Tom, looking for clues to his father's identity and death. Was he an agent of M16, the secret world organization that has used Alex before? Or was he a tool of Scorpia, the powerful international criminal agency that specializes in sa...more
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by Anthony Horowitz
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Alex Rider is on a mission. This time he is not working for MI6, instead this time there is a job that he has to do for himself. Just a short time ago Alex was present when his old nemesis, Yassen Gregorovich died. Before he died Yassen told Alex that he and Alex’s father used to be comrades and if Alex wanted to know more about his father and his father’s life he must go to Venice where he should find Scorpia. Scorpia would help “find your destiny. A...more
Alex Alcala
Sum It Up: Anthony Horowitz's spy novel, "Scorpia", takes place in Naples, London and Venice. The main character, Alex realizes that he can only trust the true friends of his dad. Alex is a teenager spy that works for MI6. He is told from a lady from a criminal organization known as Scorpia, that MI6 killed his dad. He was told from Scorpia to assassinate Alex's boss, Mrs. Jones. He fails to kill her as he misses, and is told by her that Scorpia are trying to bring down MI6, because that is the...more
Jalil Ajarrag
The authors purpose in writing the book is to give readers an intense thriller to read about. The authors purpose is to also entertain the readers. The book has a good feeling on its audience. It also has a pleasing sensation on its audience. The book will have lasting value. The book is worthy.

The book is very well written. The book has great vocabulary usage and good organization. The book is admirable and commendable. "Alex sipped his drink and considered the view". The book was captivatin...more
Andi
This one was fun. After the events of the previous book, Alex goes in search of his 'destiny'.

I also like the fact that Alex is slowly starting to make 'friends' and tell people about who he really is. Because honestly, I think I'd tell my friends too. After everything that has gone on with MI6, he needs to let someone in.

I love the fact he finally got some information about his parents. More so his dad than his mother. It was long overdue.

Still plugging away at this series. More than halfway d...more
Adam Traugott
Scorpia was a great, entertaining, and action pact book. On a scale from one to ten this book would be a ten. Scorpia is a book in my favorite book series, the Alex Rider series. My favorite caracter is always Alex because he is so brave and knows how to fight. The genre of this book is action and adventure. Anthony Horowitz is one of my altime favorite authors. I like how the author writes it as everyone is innocent but then there ends up to be a bad guy. The Alex rider series is so cool becaus...more
Kevin
I think that "Scorpia"(book #5 of the Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz is about a boy named Alex Rider who has been working for M16 of the British special intelligence. Alex has stopped working for M16 and has started to work on his own mission, to find out the truth about who his father was. Alex working off a tip off, travels to Venice and tries to find Scorpia which is where he will supposedly find out the truth about his father. Alex meets with the organization and joins them in their...more
Bridget Lane
Scorpia, the fifth book in the Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, is a pivotal turning point for Alex. Faced with newly found knowledge of his father's past as an assassin, Alex is roped into working with the powerful terrorist organization Scorpia. But through this work Alex uncovers Scorpia's current plot, to result in the deaths of thousands of people.

This book is an exciting must-read for the Alex Rider fan. Scorpia is Horowitz's most gritty book in the series yet, and is also the beginni...more
Viktoria
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Caleb
Oct 05, 2008 Caleb rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like Action/Adventure/Mystery
Shelves: book-club
This book was very interesting. It was basically about Alex Rider trying to find out about his father. He never knew his father because he had died when Alex was a kid. Scorpia is a secret agency that mainly assassinates people. My favorite part of this book was when Alex was sneaking into a room with a tiger laid out on the floor. There is a lot more to this part, but I don't want this to be a spoiler. I would recommend this to anyone who like adventure and mystery with a little bit of action s...more
Jake Eames
I believe the authors purpose for writing this book is to excite young teenagers and make them feel like they can make a difference in the world too. Yes, no teenager could probably do the things Alex Rider does, but reading about a teenager working for a secret agent program gets your imagination going, and especially for individuals the same age as Alex, they can connect with him easier. I also think it is to being to the table a new taste of James Bond-ish type of writing, but using a teenag...more
Victor Rodriguezgonzalez
Scorpia is a book written by Anthony Horowitz and is part of his Alex Rider series. In this book Alex Rider is a teen spy who is said to be the reflection of a dad he never knew, and Alex's dad may have been an assassin for Scorpia which is both the most lethal and powerful organization in the world. When Alex acquires this top important information his life changes and breaks apart and now the organization Scorpia wants him on their side. Now Alex has ran out of strength and willpower to fight...more
Novin
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Alex Rider goes to Venice to follow a lead about his father's death, and eventually discovers Scorpia and the beautiful Julia Rothman. Rothman manipulates Alex by showing him gunned down by MI6 and then sends him to kill Mrs. Jones, the head of MI6 operations as retribution. The usual daring heroics by Alex are needed to save the slaughter of thousands of British schoolchildren as part of a contract by Scorpia.
Eric Kneisler
This is the 5th book in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.

Main Characters: Alex Rider, Sabina, Mr. Smithers, Mr. Blunt

Setting: Venice, Italy

After a few weeks of normal school and life, Alex goes on a trip to Venice with his friend, Tom. We get the feeling that the roller coaster ride has just started. We know that Yassen told Alex to find Scorpia in Venice. So, that is where he goes and what he will try to do.

The people running Scorpia, which is a terrorist organization, meet to talk...more
Edgar Kilamyan
I chose this book because I enjoyed the other books in the Alex Rider series. In this book Alex dose as Yassin Grocovich had told him; Alex travels to Venice with his friend and finds Scorpia. That's when he finds out the truth about his father and decides to join Scorpia. my favorite quote in this book is said by Smithers MI6's gadget maker when he comes to see Alex for the first time in 2 months, "I'am sorry to hear you've been tangling with Scorpia. They are very nasty, very nasty piece of wo...more
Rizakhussein
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Melanie
I was disappointed with this - I'm getting kind of fed up of the same old plot lines, and Scorpia felt badly written too. I very much disliked the author's sudden introduction of a character never mentioned before who apparently was good friends with Alex. The same character seemed to appear when necessary to move the plot along and would disappear. I didn't like that at all and it just made me feel irritated while reading. I will finish the series, although I hope the quality of writing improve...more
Carol
Scorpia, I'm still miserably out of order, but am enjoying this series very much. This is the fifth book in the Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, and is a pivotal turning point for Alex. Faced with newly found knowledge of his father's past as an assassin, Alex is roped into working with the powerful terrorist organization Scorpia. But through this work Alex uncovers Scorpia's current plot, to result in the deaths of thousands of people.

This book is an exciting must-read for the Alex Rider f...more
Lewis
A very interesting book all the way to the end, but at the end, you'll never guess what happens! Checking the next one out today!
Zack.712
Best book of Alex Rider i have ever read. So many mysteries are revieled, keeps you on the edge of your seat. So amazing!
Brooks
Wow this is one of my favorite books! It had action and suspense. Don't worry if things go bad things turn out ok usually.
Marilyn
I liked this audio. I was looking for some ‘escapist reading’ and came up with this title somehow and it ‘fit the requirements.” The narrator was good. Fast paced, a “page turner” if I was reading the book. I am struggling between a 3* and 4* review. I don’t think it deserves 4*, however, it is a YA book so I guess if I consider it in that light, it’s 4*

Now I have to get the next one…want to know what happens next!

I usually don’t make the mistake of getting a book/audio in the middle of the seri...more
Gordon
I've read the last 4 Alex Rider Books, and after the conclusion of this one, it's definitely been the best. Anthony Horowitz seems to know how the concept of character development works, and this novel is a true masterpiece. It left me wanting more, and I'm going to read more! The pace of this novel was amazingly quick, and that made it hard to put down. I think with it being his 5th book of the series, Horowitz is more relaxed because he knows what to do with the characters and settings and the...more
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