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Scorpia

(Alex Rider #5)

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Alex travels to Venice to discover the truth about his past. But the truth lies with a criminal organisation known as Scorpia, and Alex must make a choice… work for MI6 once more, or betray everything he believes in.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published 2015 by Walker (first published 2004)
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Lola
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best Alex Rider book so far.

Alex recently learned *spoilers for those who haven’t read the previous volumes* that his father was not a normal citizen and certainly not a super spy like he is/was. Actually, his father was an assassin working for the deadliest organization ran by assassins that ever existed. They call it Scorpia.

Now that he has confirmation MI6 betrayed and lied to him from the very beginning, he doesn’t know what to do or where he belongs anymore. So he goes in search of
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Scorpia (Alex Rider, #5), Anthony Horowitz
Scorpia is the fifth book in the Alex Rider series (stories about the adventures of Alex Rider a 14–15-year-old spy), written by British author Anthony Horowitz. It begins several weeks after the events of fourth book, Eagle Strike, and up to nine days before the sixth, Ark Angel.
عنوانها: عقرب؛ اسکورپیا، نویسنده: آنتونی هوروویتس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پنجم ماه مارس سال 2010 میلادی
عنوان: عقرب؛ نویسنده: آنتونی هوروویتس؛ مترجم: مهدی قراچه داغی؛ مشخصات
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Ryan Buckby
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
actual rating: 4.5/5 stars


In my opinion this is the best Alex Rider book in the entire series so far and i loved the direction it took.


Plot: this book picks up after the events of book four and Alex is trying to get back to lead a quiet life and get away from MI6 and being a spy for them. However things do not go to plan when Alex is swept up in that world again when he is recruited by a very top assassin group called Scorpia . Alex soon learns that his father was apart of this organisation
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Jamie
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jamil
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nix
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, spy
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
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Lila Kims
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so that was different from the previous Alex Rider books. Very different.

VERY, VERY different.

It was... deeper. A good number of characters were more rounded, felt more real than they ever have. I ACTUALLY GOT THE FEELS. I mean... OH MY GOSH, I ALMOST WANT TO SPOIL SOME THINGS BUT I CAN'T BUT I WON'T.

It was different, guys. The storyline, the motivations, the outcome. It was an Alex Rider book, all right - non-stop action and lots of twists and turns - but it broke out of the mold some of
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Avalley
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was pretty good, though it was a lot like the last book. The whole series is kind of repetitive. Other than that though, it wasn't bad.
Benjamin Thomas
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 5th book in the Alex Rider series introduces us to SCORPIA, an organization that was teased at the very end of the previous novel. SCORPIA is to the Alex Rider world what SMERSH is to James Bond (or THRUSH for Man From U.N.C.L.E. fans or CHAOS for Maxwell Smart fans). It’s an international criminal organization that performs high-level operations for well-paying clients.

Alex starts this book disillusioned with MI-6 and their continuing manipulation of him. The end of the last book provided
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Jacob_Tyler
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one Alex Rider book has yet to disappoint me. The book "Scorpia" takes so many twist and turns to the Alex Rider series. The only thing I have to say is that the books are getting a little repetitive. I feel like the same thing is happening in every book, and Alex is just going to some different country than before. I still really enjoyed this book though, and I think you might like it.
Nikki
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 That ending though! Phew. Not quiiite a 5 stars because there are a few plot contrivances, but it's pretty much expected for the genre. Some of the great escapes/break-ins Alex pulls off are pretty sweet. And we finally learn more about Alex's family and their past.
Isabel H.
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Rohan
Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Stephanie
I feel like the author is just recycling plot from earlier books in the series - this was very similar to the plot of book 2. It's still very fast paced, but I'm getting a little bored with MI6 seeming to turn heel every 4 chapters. There was a very quick development in maturity, and the plot twists can still be seen from 100 miles away.
Luisa Knight
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, action
Alex Rider isn't just any fourteen-year-old. He's mentally quick, knows self defense and adheres to a strong code of justice. Give him some gadgets and he'd make the perfect spy. After all, who would suspect a kid? And that's why MI6 want him so badly!

The series isn't just made up of individual adventure stories of espionage. The titles start becoming linked a little further into the series. It seems like Alex has a history. And because of it, his future with MI6 seems shaky and will leave the
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Jerry
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a convoluted plot and plenty of action, Anthony Horowitz delivers another winner.
Ashy Khaira
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Ian Kimchi Chang
The novel 'Alex Rider: Scorpia' by Alex Rider is the fifth book in the Alex Rider series. The book contains a fourteen year old boy named Alex Rider. He is a spy and he works for MI6 although he has lost some interest working for them.

When Yassen Gregorovich tells him to go to a criminal organisation called Scorpia in Venice, Alex tries to decide if he should work for Scorpia or MI6. Also in this book, Alex finds out the truth about his dad, John Rider and his uncle, Ian Rider, Alex made his
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Patrick
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Alex Rider novels just keep getting better, thoroughy enjoy the fun and excitement, not to mention the dangers that inevitably lie ahead.
Katrina
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
WHAT JUST HAPPENED!!! This was by far the best book in the series so far. I loved that we fially got to learn about Alex's dad. I'm also glad that Alex has a friend who knows about all this spy business. BUT THAT CLIFFHANGER!!! (view spoiler) ...more
Shaz
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favourites
AHH I REVISITED THIS SERIES THREE YEARS LATER. I BEGAN READING IN 2012 AND I READ UPTO EAGLE STRIKE AND I LOVED IT BUT I STOPPED FOR NO REASON AND THEN THIS YEAR I PICKED UP SCORPIA AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL I READ IT IN A DAY AND IN THIS ONE, ALEX' VULNERABILITY REALLY COMES OUT THE FACT THAT HE'S 14 IS QUITE CLEAR AND YOU JUST END UP FEELING SO PROTECTIVE OVER HIM BECAUSE THAT JULIA ROTHMAN IS PLAYING WITH HIS MIND WHICH IS WEIRD BECAUSE I WAS 15 WHEN I READ THIS LOL OMG THIS BOOK IS BRILLIANT ONE ...more
Soong Ping
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ben Truong
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scorpia is the fifth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent.

Alex Rider goes on a school trip to Venice, Italy in order to investigate Scorpia, having been told to do so by Yassen Gregorovitch if he wished to learn about his father. With the help of his best friend Tom Harris, Alex manages to sneak into a party hosted by Julia Rothman, whom he believes have a link to Scorpia, and discovers evidence linking the
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Kiran Kuriakose
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure genius. All the mystery, suspense, and action of this book is addicting. Alex is an amazing character. I am excited to continue to read the books in this series. What I like most about Alex is that he is younger than the other people that work on his field. I highly recommend this book the anyone into mystery and being a spy. A great book.
Logan
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jaap Akkermans
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryoichi
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Kyra (Blog of a Bookaholic)
OH MY GOSH!!! THE BETRAYALS. THE SECRETS. THE LIES. I LOVED IT SO MUCH.
Sophia Buhrow
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: Well it seems that I started on book five, no wonder I am so confused, but that's fine. Most of the characters that were mentioned, the ones I'm confused about, are not in this book. I like spy stories, so as things went on, my heart raced faster as things got more intense. Sure it didn't help that I had other things stressing me out at the same time, but I'm fairly sure that I'm okay.

Plot: So yes, I'm on the fifth book, but it begins with Alex Rider just coming back from his
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Marcia Campbell
Horowitz, Anthony. Scorpia. New York: Penguin Books, 2004

Recommended for grades 7-9

Scorpia is an action packed adventure story from start to finish. The story is about fourteen year old Alex who goes on a mission to find out about his dad. Claiming to have been a spy who was held captive by M16 a “secret intelligence” unit, Alex admits to his best friend Tom that he had come to Italy because he was told by Yassen Gregorovich, the assassin who had killed his uncle that if he wanted to find out
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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 ...more

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