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Scorpia (Alex Rider #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  37,160 ratings  ·  909 reviews
The fifth revelation-packed mission in the Alex Rider series! Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his father, teenage MI6 superspy, Alex Rider, is determined to find out more. Travelling to Italy, he manages to infiltrate the glamorous world of Claudia Rothman, beautiful society hostess and member of the international criminal organization, Scorpia. ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published 2010 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jamie
Dec 04, 2007 Jamie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Rohan
Nov 24, 2007 Rohan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Isabel H.
by Anthony Horowitz
Realistic Fiction
388 pages


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
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Jaap Akkermans
The teenage spy, Alex Rider, sets off to find Scorpia. This was because he had learnt that his father had something to do with Scorpia. He really wanted to know more about his parents, because he never had met them. In a school trip in Venice, he finds Scorpia and follows them to their main quarters. There, he learns that Scorpia is planning for thousands of children to die. Unfortunately Alex gets involved in this evil plan. Since he was already involved, he decided to save these children that ...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
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Logan
Scorpia is the fifth book in the Alex Rider series. Alex is a teenage spy for a government agency in England. He sets out to find a woman Yassen Gregorovich, an assassin he’s run into many times, told him about. She is part of the terrorist group, Scorpia. Alex finds her and asks about his father, whom she knew very well. His father was an assassin and Alex is asked to join Scorpia as well. Throughout the book Alex fights himself about the decisions he makes. He is given a mission to kill his f ...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
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
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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
Xander Amiel
This book started off kind of slow, but it got really good between the beginning and the middle of the book. This is the 5th book in the series. The main character is Alex Rider who has no family, and he is a spy, and he works for a company that solves hard tasks. Alex is sent to spy on a large company called Scorpia. Alex isn't the best at his job, but he is really good at it. Alex is tricked by the company by making him believe photos of his dad working for Scorpia. Alex believes them, and doe ...more
Ryoichi
This book was so intense and nerve-racking which is why I rated the book 5-star. Anthony Horowitz is a great author and he makes you never put the book down. It is so intense and it is full of so many criminal minds that you have to realize that Alex Rider is a 14 year-old genius. Another genius in this book is Mr Smithers who is a really fat person who makes awesome but realistic gadgets for Alex. In this book it was full of death and revenge so if you do not like criminal violence that is actu ...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
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Vincent Dinh
I think it was a great book that really captures the most dynamic part of the story. I also like how alex is cursed into saving a thousands of people whither he wants to or not.The story overall has a good plot to it all. Can't wait to read the next book. Yay
Viktoria
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Caleb
Oct 05, 2008 Caleb rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
James Eardley
Well all i can say is that this is by far my favorite Alex Rider Book in the series, jam packed full of action and suspense twists and turns, It would make an awesome movie. Geoffrey Wrights Stormbraker is too camp it's needs a Batman Begins/Dark Knight treatment. The reason i say that is because the Daniel Craig 007 Bond films are heavily influenced by Christoper Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy and that is the reason they are so such better than the older Bond films. I think this novel is great bec ...more
Reece Comfort
Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz, I thought it was a very good book. Alex Rider is an detective from England and is on a mission to stop a group of people from overtaking certain powers of the world, and maybe including MI6. It's all the line for Alex Rider to save people or let the world collapse. Alex Rider goes through lots of ups and downs in order to get to the people trying to take over things that shouldn't be done. One struggle he went through was when he got trapped in a room with a Huge Lio ...more
Joshen Ayukawa
This book was truly an amazing piece of literature. This book is full of plot twists that keep you in a pensive mood. You will keep thinking and thinking and thinking. It keeps you hooked in to it. The book itself has an amazing plot line that includes themes of life and death, family, betrayal, and forgiveness. The book is full of action and adventure as Alex Rider, the protagonist, is conflicted between whether he should listen to MI6. The “good guys” or SCORPIA, the “bad guys”, as they both b ...more
Ryan Guay

I recommend my book, SCORPIA, to read. It has a great plot, a great combination of character vs. character and character vs. self, a couple of similes, a suspenseful setting, and some good foreshadowing.

As I mentioned earlier, this book has a great plot. It has several twists and turns, including a cliffhanger at the end. The main plot of this book, however is Alex trying to find out more about his father. He joins a terrorist organization his father worked for. He is sent to kill an agent for t
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Logan
I thought that scorpia was a great book. I have the rest of the book collection of alex rider and so far all of the books have been really entertaining and action packed. The best part of the book was when he jumped up to stop the balloon from activating and killing children all over london. I think it is funny how M16 has him doing this stuff and not an adult, but he could go through places undetected and unsuspected as an agent. In the book alex is told by this agency (scorpia) that M16 killed ...more
Bo Manuszak
This was another amazing addition to Anthony Horowitz' Alex Rider series. This was probably, so far, the best book in this outstanding series. Alex is on vacation in Venice, Italy. He claims that it is vacation when really, he is searching for Scorpia. Alex doesn't know if Scorpia is a person, organization, or even a building. In the previous book, Alex's former enemy, Yassen Gregorovic, mention that Scorpia holds Alex's destiny. Alex arrives in Venice and finds a boat marked with a large scorpi ...more
Adric Hall
The book Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz is about a teenage spy named Alex Rider who has been lied to and shortly after tries to kill his boss in M16 but at once Alex Rider relizes hes been tricked it is to late.


I believe that Scorpia was a very well planned out book and it just keeps bringing the adrenaline rush every second of the book. Anthony Horowitz is overall one of my favorite authors. But i believe that this book as brought back the feeling you get when you read the first few pages. Alex Ri
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Linda
At the end of the previous book "Eagle Strike" Alex Rider is told by a dying man, "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. There you will find your destiny. So Alex and a school chum go to Venice where he does find Scorpia....a worldwide criminal organization responsible for international espionage and behind most of the terrorist activities of the world. This is the most extreme book plot yet and the most dangerous one for Alex. I love that it explores Alex's background further and answers some questions a ...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
Matty Rogers
This book is a great addition to the Alex Rider series. Alex rider is a fourteen year old boy who wont stop at anything to figure out what happened to his parents when he was a toddler. this book was full of suspense and comedy. there are parts that make your insides churn. This book is a great action book and I think you will like it.

Scorpia is about a terrorist group that is trying to bribe the U.S. to give them money by punishing London. So when the U.S. doesn't give them money they will ki
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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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