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Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
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Jun 17, 12

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What if you were whisked away from your ordinary life to become a secret agent? That’s exactly what happened to Alex in the first book of this series. Alex is an orphan. He lived with his uncle, Ian Rider, for most of his life. Ian was a member of Britain’s secret service, M16. He died on a mission, and M16 forced Alex to take over. Now M16 is suspicious of a finishing school for rich boys called Point Blanc. The school is run by Dr. Hugo Greif, South Africa’s former minister of science. The fathers of two students have both died in mysterious accidents. At 14, Alex is M16’s youngest agent, and also happens to be the right age to attend the academy. He assumes the identity of Alex Friend, son of supermarket giant David Friend, and spends a week with the Friend family to improve his cover.

After Alex arrives at Point Blanc, the feeling in the book is distinctly creepy. It becomes ever creepier as Alex discovers more and more of Dr. Greif’s evil plot of world domination, Project Gemini. Some elements are rather cliché, such as the sinister, mazelike castle, but overall the plot is fairly original. The spy gadgets given to Alex, such as a bulletproof ski suit and a Discman that turns into a saw, are quite ingenious. However, the story becomes tiresome at the end, even with a cliffhanger conclusion.

Alex isn’t the easiest character to relate to. He’s supposedly a normal boy, but seems too perfect. He’s athletic, resourceful, and speaks about five languages, essentially a perfect secret agent. As if that wasn’t enough, he wants to leave M16 and go back to his everyday life. He doesn’t change much over the course of the book, either. What makes this an interesting read is all the action. I would recommend this book to younger readers and people who like mysteries with lots of action.
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