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Point Blank

(Alex Rider #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  50,794 ratings  ·  2,207 reviews
MI6 assigns Alex Rider, 14, undercover at an elite prep school for teen rebels after two fathers are assassinated. Principal Dr Grief and vicious cigar-smoking Mrs Stellenbosch are the only teachers. All the students act studious, perfect - and identical. When Alex finds the plot, the villains find him, and the mountain peak has only a black ski run escape.
Paperback, 274 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin Puffin
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Cristina Monica
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage

Seriously loved the turn of events at the end. And the suspense!

However, this reminded me a lot of an episode from Totally Spies called ''Dolphin Drama'' in which Alex is enrolled by her parents in a fancy boarding school where scientists extract people's wits... although in this case it's more about the body than what is inside of it.
Cristina Monica
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this new mission, Alex Rider has to infiltrate a secretive boarding school for spoiled teenage kids of rich parents who need a little bit of etiquette.

So Alex Rider takes on a new identity… and personality! Indeed, he is required to blend in – act spoiled, wear dirty clothes, be unpolite, etc. I must say, if spying as a career does not work out in the end for this young man, he could surely become an actor.

I mean, he is really, really good at making people see what they want to see and not wh
Clive Harrison
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great story, I really love the Alex Rider and Jason Steed series.
If you want to escape read a teen spy novel. Anthony Horowitz is a brilliant author.
This book we see Alex go to Switzerland, where the worlds richest kids or kids or rich and important parents go to school but are brainwashed.
Ryan Buckby
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The worst time to feel alone is when you're in a crowd.

I really enjoyed the second book in this series much more than i did the first one, it just stepped itself up from the first one. I now have more of an understanding of this world and the main character Alex Rider.

Plot: this book picks up a couple of months after the first book ended and Alex is trying to live a normal life and attend school, however this doesn't last long when MI6 needs his help and he is soon going undercover in a priva
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: After completing his first mission with MI6, teenage spy Alex Rider is sent on another quest: to discover the truth about Point Blank, a school for troubled youth. Posing as the son of a wealthy businessman, Alex goes to the school, only to be weirded out by what he sees. What secret could the director of Point Blank be hiding?

The Good: Anthony Horowitz's writing is great, as usual, and there was a real sense of menace and suspense throughout the novel.

The Bad: It could have used a lit
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, e-books
Liked this better than Stormbreaker, because the involvement of a 14-year old spy seemed more credible, but perhaps it just took a second book? Alex Rider is coerced to masquerade as a hell child of a magnate to enter a prestigious school, where miscreants are re-educated. When two parents die under unusual circumstances, MI6 decides something is wrong there. Alex is sent to a mountaintop in Switzerland, where he is basically on his own to discover what is rotten there and uncovers a devious plo ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that got me hooked on the Alex Rider series. Anthony Horrowitz was so clever in making up this story. How he made it sound realistic but I also think it was a bit science fiction-ish but I liked that about it. When a crazy scientist makes clones of himself and replaces sons of multimillionaires with them it sounds impossible right? But not for Anthony Horrowitz.
Chris Horsefield
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came back to Point Blank after just watching the new TV series of Alex Rider staring Otto Farrant. The series starts off on book 2, Point Blanc its as if book 1, Stormbreaker never happened. If you get one that the TV series is good.
Point Blanc is a well constructed book, lots of action as our teen spy Alex Rider in the style of his rival Jason Steed gets to work uncovering a plot at an exclusive private school in the Alps.
I have read all 12 Alex Rider Books and the 7 Jason Steed books, both
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Kick ass stars

I read this book a long time ago and enjoyed it a lot especially because the main character is a fourteen years old male devoid of the usual teenage angst. This book is the second in the Alex Rider series where Alex is a spy in training for MI6. During the course of his training Alex learns more about the world and uncovers a potentially deadly secret which leads our hero into a daring adventure. This was a fun and entertaining book with likeable characters and fantastic action
Bobby Casto
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great sequel! I just really like these books! They're like The Nancy Drew of the 21st Century!

This one has a similar feel to the first, but new villain, fresh setting, some really cool new characters, and it leaves us hanging! (But in a way that makes me want to read more, not in a frustrating way).
Fatima mehjabin
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such as fast-paced suspense-filled book! I loved every page of this book!! Alex is such a funny and witty character and, this is such an interesting series that I think I will never get bored of. Can't wait to read the next book!
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I’ve grown up with these books, the movie (and now the new tv show!) and I love this world of a young teenage spy! I always find the authors writing, plots and overall story absolutely amazing and this book was no exception. It made for effortless reading, edge of the seat stuff and I’m so glad I picked up these books again. The adventures of Alex Rider, kickass teenage spy working for MI6, cool gadgets and exciting missions. Couldn’t ask for more!
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
These are addicting. I think I am gonna read the third one before I go to bed.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA fiction fans, spy adventure fans
Recommended to Angie by: I'd read the first.
I loved this one even more than the first. Alexonce again is thrown into a dangerous situation by the increasingly nasty and hateful Alan Blunt. This time he is sent undercover to a school in the French mountains.

The story is exciting and I think that both adults as well as kids will love it. I like the character of Alex, so resourceful and thinking fast on his feet. I've already got book 3 on its way.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Part young Bond, part MacGyver and totally awesome! I love Alex's dry wit, and his reluctance to be a super spy. It sets the series a part and makes it so fun. This one was a tiny bit predictable, so not quite a 5 star read for me. But this is probably the 5th or so time I've read this book since I was a teenager, and I love it every time.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Roughly 2.25 to 2.5 stars

We are again with Alex Rider - teenage spy, but now he's equipped with annoying quips. Very reminiscent of Bond.

Alex is sent in to another scenario only he can do. We meet some very annoying and spoilt teenagers prior to Alex being deployed. If you can call it that.

This book had slightly better descriptions, no character growth, and yet again side characters are just there to fill the gaps. There was a slower pace and the villain was very predictable.

The ending left a
Lila Kims
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy-fiction
It took me 27 days to read this not-even-300-page book. BUT I REALLY LIKED IT, I PROMISE. IT'S NOT THE BOOK'S FAULT AT ALL.

I really like the action - I swear, there's never a dull moment. If you want a break from slow-burning plots, pick up Alex Rider.

Alex has a dry sense of humor. Alex is smart. Alex is super brave - or maybe he's super stupid, who can tell?

Either way, Alex is awesome.
Weston Conaway
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book an "A" plus! This book was full of suspense, and excitement. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I loved how the M16 spy agency sends a 14 year boy on a deathly mission. Through the story there are a lot of twists and turns. Alex faces many close calls of giving up his identity, but he might not get so lucky in the end!
Attack Salmon
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I think its saying something when a book u read as a teenager still manage to hook u as an adult.

I only have a vague memory of this book but its still very enjoyable and also a bit creepy with the Professor cloning himself and give his clones plastic surgery to pass off as children of rich and influential parents.

I totally didn't see that ending coming. Mr Horowitz did gives some clues that one clones escape but damn still wouldn't have guess it
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like teen spies
Recommended to Bridget by: My guts
Shelves: spies
That ending was badass. I'm just saying.

Point Blanc stepped up one notch from Stormbreaker. Where in Stormbreaker Alex Rider started out being innocent and just a normal school boy, and ended up as a boy interested in spy work, in Point Blanc he changes so much more. I won't say how because it will spoil everything, but it is visible, and it I am looking very much forward to see how he will change over the course of the books.

Alex started out as the same boy we left - interested in being a spy
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On one hand I liked this book more than the first one, on the other hand I found it way more creepy. Although that's probably just me.

So this is the second book in the Alex rider series and again, the characters are pretty cool, the adventure is awesome, and well the gadgets speak for themselves.

This book is about a mission in the french Alps, because there seems to be something fishy about a finishing school built inside a mental asylum.

***** SPOILERS *****

Ok first of all, how creepy was tha
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Mix James Bond Junior with a crazy brain-washed boardingschool in France. Add hilarious equipment and some crazy badass skills on snowboard, and then you'll have Point Blanc.

The first 150 pages was one big summary of the former book, Stormbreaker, which made me leaning to three stars. But in the end, Point Blanc was far better than Stormbreaker, because, unlike Stormbreaker, Point Blanc had a big kickass-escape-scene filled with action. I was all fired up, but this book made me hold my breath fo
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Woah, talk about suspense! This book was packed with nonstop action and I loved every single minute of it. The scenes are perfectly set up, giving insight from various perspectives to really establish the events. It was ingenious! I could really imagine everything that was going on - it was as if I was watching a movie. The whole plot was brilliant and keeps you guessing throughout. How Anthony Horowitz comes up with these original conspiracies and ideas, I just don't know. What I do know is tha ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second Alex Rider book that I've read and been completely surprised by how much I like it.

Alex's initial stunt to get him back in everyone's radar shocked me! What was he thinking.

But from there, although I had reservations about how his assignment was possible to pull off, I think the story did a great job of pulling us through.

The end wasn't a huge surprise but it was action packed and full of adventure. I look forward to reading more of the series.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
A novel for children. There isn't an element which can capture the heart of a adult or young adult. But I am sure that the children will be captivated.
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
Just as good as I remembered!
Suzannah Seerden
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good , Anthony Horowitz really knows how to get the read glued to this series
Benjamin Thomas
As much as Alex Rider would wish to curtail his nascent spy career after the high danger of his first mission, he finds himself sucked back into the vortex once again. This time he is used to infiltrate a posh school for troubled youths high up in the Alps and discover just what is really happening there. He reluctantly does so and shortly uncovers a couple of villains with as diabolical a plot as any you might find in a James Bond adventure. This mission will require all of the versatility Alex ...more
The book started off with Alex pulling a stunt that was very ironic one it played out. I could just picture the chaos that would follow a stunt like that. Of course, this puts Alex back with the MI6 for another mission. This mission takes him to an elite school for rich boys. This school is beyond strange and things are not as they seem. In fact, they are down right creepy. I like that he makes friends with James but I feel this character is kind of flat. You barely get to know him before all th ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, action
Never underestimate an young adult spy book

Second book doesn't leave behind too many trace for the first book.Alex found himself infiltrating one of the most elite and famous academy Point Blanc Academy.Alex need to figure out about the dead of two billionaires.They only found one similarity to link the billionaires,that they childrens attended the same school.

I thought Horowitz love to "alexrizing" us with the action packaged.Well,half of the book was clearly don't say that.What i most adorable
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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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