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(Alex Rider #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  81,600 ratings  ·  5,000 reviews
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
234 pages
Published 2006 by Speak (first published September 4th 2000)
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Stu Stormbreaker is the best, they get good up book 3, Skeleton Key. They get a bit of 'the-same' thing for the next 4 book. Then the Jason Steed series…moreStormbreaker is the best, they get good up book 3, Skeleton Key. They get a bit of 'the-same' thing for the next 4 book. Then the Jason Steed series came out which is as good. I think the authors work together with ideas, as all the great storylines went into the Steed series. Then after this Book 10 Russian Roulette in the Alex rider series came out and it was back as good as the first 3. Book 11, Never Say Die, is also great. I am looking forward to book 12 that is called Nightshade. (less)

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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Q: You're never too young to die. (c) Q: Killing is for grown-ups and you're still a child. (c)

I have been reading it, in minuscule installments, since when the universe was still young and hot and the dinosaurs were frisky yet. At least it feels so. I have no idea why I kept coming back for more. A glutton for cheese, maybe?

This is cheesy enough to need a cheese cutting wire. I was amazed to actually see it provided in the plot! Very thoughtful on the part of the author, cheers!
It was only th
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, spies
I could read this book over and over again. I grew up with a fascination with spies, most likely triggered by the amazingly entertaining TV show “Totally Spies” I used to watch repeatedly with my brother.

I still remember asking my mother, with hearts in the place of eyes, “Do spies really exist?” You see, I thought being a spy was the coolest profession one could have. I shouldn’t have been discouraged by my mom’s reply, but because I am who I am, my heart immediately deflated when she said, “T
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
Gordan Fairclough
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest spy books I have read, I saw the film on TV and wanted to read the books. The book was better although I used the image of Alex in the books, it helped. I now read much more book, I like the Alex Rider series, the Jason steed series and I have just started reading Cherub series.
Alex mum & dad are dead he lives with his uncle. His uncle Ian Rider takes him all sorts of adventure holidays and also gives him karate lessons. What Alex does not know is that he is actually bein
Carter Knopik
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1), Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by Anthony Horowitz about a 14-15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series is aimed primarily at teens and young adults. The series comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, Stormbreaker, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a motion picture in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer.
Alex, the main character, is recruit
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
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For years, I have been hearing shouts, whispers, and raves about Alex Rider. I’m so happy to have finally met him.

Stormbreaker is book one in Anthony Horowitz’s action packed series. Fourteen year old, Alex Rider stumbles into the spying world after the death of his uncle. But soon realizes he’s good at the spying game. Running, diving, and snooping around! The action is nonstop. I liked how Alex’s mind worked—he was observant, calm, and smart. One of my favorite parts was the way he talked him
Michael Finocchiaro
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, spy-fiction
My son loved this book and so I promised to read it too. To be honest, it was not my cup of tea, but I'll review it from my kid's point of view. This is the first of 10 novels about the protagonist Alex Rider who becomes unwittingly a secret agent after his father is killed. It is a nice fantasy with plenty of spy craft and exciting chase scenes and a pretty evil villain. My kid loved the action and suspense at the end of each volume and wanted me to give it 5 stars. I'll appease him by giving i ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the way back in 2007, I randomly decided to borrow the audiobook version of this book from my local library. I'd heard about it before; the movie adaptation was mentioned in Nintendo Power magazine, but didn't seem to stay in cinemas very long. Still, when I listened to this book, I was enthralled, and soon sought out the rest of the series, mostly via the 'berries in my area.

That was years ago; though I read the newer volumes a few years ago, I figured: Why not start from the beginning? I f
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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,
Sebastien Castell
I'd seen a lot of references to this series over the years, but I'd never connected it to Anthony Horowitz whose name I'd always seen in connection with more literary adult detective fiction like The Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder. So I was curious to read something pitched at younger teens yet written by someone known for their skillful and stylish prose.

Storm Breaker sits firmly in its spy adventure genre, featuring a fourteen year old Alex Rider becoming by rather incredulous means an
Salama R 140A501
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Raoofa Ibrahim
Actual rating: 3.5
Not so much excited as I expected.. It's good story, it's mainly for the readers at 14 but I enjoyed it nevertheless.. And I'm going to read the rest of the series soon.

The story is about Alex who is 14 yrs old, he lives with his uncle, but one day the police came to his house to tell him that Ian-his uncle- died from a car accident because he didn't put the seat belt but Alex knew that Ian would never forget something like that so he gets curious about his uncle's death and h
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
Apr 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brigid ✩
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
Benjamin Thomas
Fourteen year old Alex Rider, an orphan since a very young age, has been raised by his Uncle Ian, (a banker in London) to be not just self-sufficient, but keenly observant as well as trained in karate, languages and math skills. So following the death of his uncle in an automobile accident, it is not so surprising that young Alex notices some suspicious abnormalities that lead him on his own personal investigation that proves the man was, in fact, murdered. Assassinated would be a better word. T ...more
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Logan Arlington
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the start of the phenomenally successful Alex Rider series written by the equally successful Anthony Horowitz (the man has written so much its difficult not to either be influenced by it or to be distracted by it, after all I have his two officially sanctioned Sherlock Holmes books... ok must resist).

Where was I ah yes this is the first in a series of book which charts the exploits of a seemingly normal school boy Alex Rider who is destined to much more. The series runs in to numerous ti
Adam Silvera
f I had Book 2 "Point Blank" on me after finishing this one, I would've jumped right into it. The book is entertaining, and it's great for reluctant readers, I'm sure I would've seen more bookstores and less Gamestops if I'd known about these as a kid.

Alex is a lot like a young James Bond, except he's not thrilled about the ways of a spy and as Horowitz points out within the later pages of prose, he isn't exactly patriotic either. He wants to be normal, but he also wants answers for his uncle's
Bella Roden
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very fast paced with a lot of action and mystery, although the villain monologue while the hero is tied up without killing him straight after was a bit cliche and it felt like Alex didn't really mourn over his uncle's death. I honestly didn't anticipate the outcome of the mystery and the way it was stopped was very interesting. I'd been wanting to read this series for years but I never got my hands on it until now, and since it's written for people younger than me, the emotional side is a ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book is Alex. He was told that his grandfather was killed in a car accident, but he then finds out he was gunned down in his car. He also finds out that his grandfather was killed because he was a part of a top secret mission. I like this book because this book has a little bit of adventure and mystery.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of my childhood. I used to LOVE things about spies and secret organization stuff. My sister and I used to play "Steal the Candy" or "Whack the Dad in the Stomach Without him Noticing Us" or "Scare our Mom so She Drops the Glass" We liked sneaking around the house even though we were not sneaky. Now I think back, we probably looked really dumb. But in the book, Alex Rider is killing people with jellyfish and jumping out of planes instead of whacking his dad and stealing candy ...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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