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Never Say Die

(Alex Rider #11)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  4,351 ratings  ·  394 reviews
The world's greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organisation SCORPIA. Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA.

With Jack gone, Alex fee
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Philomel Books (first published June 1st 2017)
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Asteropê OCT 2017 is for the US edition, JUNE 2017 is for the UK one.

Amazon US lists it as such: "Publisher: Philomel Books (October 10, 2017)"

[Philomel Book…more
OCT 2017 is for the US edition, JUNE 2017 is for the UK one.

Amazon US lists it as such: "Publisher: Philomel Books (October 10, 2017)"

[Philomel Books is an imprint of Penguin, which is a US publisher - ]

June 2017 is for another edition published by another publisher. In this case, a UK publisher. They will publish it first, than it'll be out in the US. This happens often (sometimes in reverse with the US getting it first, then the UK).

If you go to Amazon UK you can see it listed as:
"Publisher: Walker (1 Jun. 2017)"

Here's the publisher's website, as you can see it's a UK one:

So, both dates and comments about them are correct. It is a Summer release (UK), but also an October one (US). (less)
Asteropê Amazon US: (Publisher) Philomel Books (October 10, 2017)
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Amazon US: (Publisher) Philomel Books (October 10, 2017)
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Chris Horsefield
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The likes of Alex Rider, Jason Steed or young James Bond is the hero that a young reader (Or young minded reader) wants to be: a secret agent trained in every field of espionage skills who travels round the world outsmarting bad guys. I’ve followed the series all the way through Alex working for/with MI6, to his turning his back on MI6 in favour of the ultimately evil organisation SCORPIA, and back again to the devastating conclusion of Scorpia Rising.

In Never Say Die, Anthony Horowitz brings us
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Feb 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
OMG! OMG! OMG! I can't believe this is happening!!! I have waited so long for this! <3
I want it now!!! *grabby hands*
Keith (CHINNY) Chinn
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this Alex Rider book, although at 1 point I thought Alex was going crazy as he kept thinking he was seeing things, a good story, I really like the Alex Rider and Jason Steed series.

Bad stuff
Ben Daniels character was called 'Fox' now he is called 'Wolf' ??
I thought Sabina was not very supportive of Alex, she is supposed to be his GF? Now she has someone new?
The martial arts fighting is MEH! Why break the momentum of a fight scene to explain what aikido is?? If we have been reading teen sp
Whispering Stories
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first Anthony Horowitz book that I have read, so the first Alex Rider book.

I always believed that Anthony was a horror writer, and didn't realise that he did YA books, nor action books.

This book is packed to the brim with adventure. Although I haven't had the chance to get to know Alex in the previous 10 books, it didn't matter as my enjoyment wasn't affected, nor did I feel out of touch with the character, though it would of been good to of understood his personal crusade better.

Kerran Olson
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I was obsessed with the Alex Rider series when I was younger, Anthony Horowitz was one of the first author I ever met at a book signing event, and I had no idea a new book was being released! As soon as I heard I went out and bought it the next day and it was great to revisit an old fave. Alex is the same Alex, always scraping through ridiculous situations and still putting himself in danger to help others. Yes, I did notice how unrealistic a lot of the situations are, how stereotypical the vill ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Copy graciously provided by publisher!

Yes, it's the eleventh book in the series. Yes, the first one was published in 2000, before my students were born. BUT, this is the best middle grade series of all time. If you haven't read Stormbreaker, run, don't walk, to the nearest book source to buy or borrow a copy. You won't regret it!

Alex is trying to recuperate from his final mission in Scorpia Rising. He lost his longterm nanny/parent substitute/friend Jack Albright in an evil plot by Razim, so is
Ryan Buckby
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
11 books in and this series continues to grow and get better and that is something that i didn't think was possible.

Plot: Never say Die picks up after the events of the previous book, Alex is trying to recover from the events in Egypt and coping with the loss of Jack who was killed in the explosion when she tried to escape the compound. However in true Alex Rider fashion nothing is not what it seems and after Alex gets an email he believes that Jack is alive and sets out on another adventure t
Bill Lynas
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teenage superspy Alex Rider returns in, unbelievably, his eleventh adventure. Where does the time go ?
Horowitz has written the most fast paced Rider book so far & he piles on the action relentlessly.
There are, unsurprisingly, some nice nods to the James Bond films here. We have a stolen helicopter (Goldeneye) & a spy ship disguised as a fishing trawler (For Your Eyes Only) as well as some very big nods (which I won't spoil) to You Only Live Twice & Goldfinger. Are there too many references to 0
Bec (becklebooks)
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so nostalgic but new, loved it. Will link my review when it's on my blog. Whew!

Here's my spoiler free review!
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I started reading the Alex Rider books when I was 12. I'm 25 now. The series was over but then Anthony Horowitz began writing an Alex Rider short story which ended up turning into this eleventh book.

In the last book Alex saw his guardian Jack killed in an explosion. He retired from the spy world and moved to San Francisco. This book opens with him getting an e-mail which he is convinced is from Jack. But how can she be alive and where is she? Before he knows it Alex finds himself coming up agai
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good return to the series by Mr. Horowitz.

I'd argue that this is really Alex Rider #10, since Russian Roulette features another character....

The Seasonal Reading Challenge Spring 2018 Task 25.1 - Perletwo's Task: The Ides of March are Come
Book 1 Option 1: Never Say Die is the last (most recently published) entry in the Alex Rider series.
mindful.librarian ☀️
Alex Rider is BACK! This is the perfect book to bring older readers back to this series, or to get new readers excited about it. Spy fiction at its finest.

Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this title

This middle grade (grades 5-9) series began over 15 years ago, but the allure of Alex Rider and his high-voltage and action-packed adventures has not diminished. Overall as a series, it has proven to be a winner with middle grade readers......and with me as an adult! I'm a sucker for
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Alex Rider is now living in California, but not integrating well. He receives a partial email, which he believes was sent by his guardian, Jack Starbright, who was killed in a car explosion to break Alex's spirit in the last book. Alex heads off the Egypt, where it happened, for answers, and follows a trail to Monte Carlo, where he finds the two surviving members of Scorpia, a pair of twin Mafioso brothers, sociopathic killers. Practically bankrupt, the two have devised an ambitious plan involvi ...more
manasa k
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
literally wtf are these new covers!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, as all the Alex Rider and Jason Steed books are. After scorpia rising and jacks death I felt like I was left hanging so this book answered my questions. It wasn't so much a spy mission more a personal adventure. The brothers: We had one mention of them in Snakehead, I feel like they should have been better introduced

Ransom: a little clique but the heist made up for it

Sabina: Should have been more supportive, her character became a bit flaky

Alexs devotion to find Jack: fe
Dec 16, 2020 added it
Real good and probably the best one yet in the series...
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr, owned
After the 9th book in the series ended and the 10th book of the series turned out to be a prequel, I never thought that Alex Rider will ride on for a new adventure but it's difficult to keep a winning horse down so as soon as I came to know about this book obviously I had to read this after all after reading 10 books already in the series it was a given that I shall be reading the next one and next one in the series too.

This book starts with a time gap of six months after the fact that the first
Elena Lee
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Awesome comeback! I am so excited to see where Alex goes from here! Second favorite, only because I love Scorpia so much!
Evgenia Ziouvelou
Beware of flying cacti, razor roses, and a certain teen superspy...

Read my full, spoiler-free review on
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really great read! Can't wait for the next one. ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Fifteen-year-old Alex Rider is broken. The events from his last adventure as described in Scorpia Rising pushed him past the point that that he can easily recover. He had actually witnessed the death of his caregiver and best friend, Jack Starbright, when the car she was riding in was blown up. She was an innocent bystander in Alex’s spy activities with MI-6 and he feels responsible for her death. That was a real blow for me as a reader, as well. So now when Alex receives a cryptic e-mail saying ...more
Bonnie Ma
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Rider was a huge part of my teens, and I've absolutely devoured all of Anthony Horowitz' novels since. The teen equivalent of James Bond was always innovative, action-packed and with a crackin' underlying storyline and character developments and that hasn't changed. Baddie organisation Scorpia may have finally been dismantled thanks to Alex' missions in the previous books, but there are still plenty of evil people to defeat, especially those with a grudge against Alex, with an entirely new ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Another absolutely incredible book in the Alex Rider series. I've enjoyed reading this so much, especially since I've just re-read the whole series again and all of the events are fresh in my mind.

One of the reasons I love Alex Rider so much is because of Alex's desire to help people. He wants a normal life, but at the same time it's quite clearly seen in the earlier books when Alex gets recruited by MI6 that he can't NOT help. If he has the opportunity to stop something bad from happening, he'l
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, a new Alex Rider book! For me, finding out about this book was both exciting and heartbreaking. I'm so happy to get to read more about Alex but the poor boy has already been through so much that you know in this book he isn't going to be okay.

I loved that you do see the effects of what's happened in the past on Alex in this book. It's good though painful to see him struggling as it goes to show that being a spy, at such a young age at that, isn't all fun and games. It can
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook_done
(Audiobook review - narrator Rupert Degas).

Nice addition to the Alex Rider series. So glad the author decided to continue with Alex's story, and from the way this one ended, there'll be a twelfth book coming too.

There's no way to do a decent review and not have spoilers, so I won't even bother. The narrator did a great job of bringing the story to life. Too bad it's so difficult to buy audio books here in the States from Bolinda. I was luck enough to find a vendor which had a stock of the CDs an
I LOVED this book the best Alex Rider book that I have read in awhile even with one goof in the book this book was so well written and like I said before I loved it very much. I really loved Alex Rider as a character he has changed from what happened in the last book but he is still a very grounded and interesting character. I loved the story it flowed so well action packed from start to finish I could not put it down until I finished it. I can not wait until the next book comes out these books ...more
Jonathan Terrington
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I definitely enjoyed re-treading footsteps with Alex Rider. I have always enjoyed the realism of the series. However, I don't feel like these books are so much for me anymore and I feel like my enjoyment of them is coloured over purely with the rose-coloured spectacles of nostalgia. And so I will say that I enjoy this, but I don't think it quite targets the same interests for me as the series once did.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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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