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Crocodile Tears

(Alex Rider #8)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  29,745 ratings  ·  906 reviews
It's just another day in the life of an average kid. If you're Alex Rider, that is. A con artist has realized there is big money in charity: the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in ...more
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Philomel Books (first published November 1st 2009)
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Tanish Like the other books, it's action packed. And pretty much runs on the storyline of Alex against a supervillain with crazy thoughts. I've read all book…moreLike the other books, it's action packed. And pretty much runs on the storyline of Alex against a supervillain with crazy thoughts. I've read all books upto this point. So, I decided "Hey, I'll just complete this series because I've already read the other 7 books".

There's Scorpia Rising, Never say Die and Nightshade remaining. (Russian Roulette is Yassen's history).(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider, #8), Anthony Horowitz
Crocodile Tears is the eighth novel in the Alex Rider series by British author Anthony Horowitz. It was released in the UK on 12 November 2009, published by Walker Books, and in the U.S. on 17 November 2009. On 17 December 2008, the title was revealed (in code) to be Crocodile Tears. The book was succeeded by Scorpia Rising, released in March 2011.
A nuclear technician in India planted a bomb on a dumpster in a nuclear power station in Jowada but
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Another awesome book in the series! However...


Dont get me wrong, I love Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series. I've been reading them for 2 years ever since a librarian recommended his first story in the series. But...the stories all have one thing in common thats really starting to bother me.

Villians that seem more like a joke then a threat.

What I mean by this is the 'Im going to tell you all my plans and let my minons kill you instead of killing you myself. No. I will not kill you at thi
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his 8th outing, Alex begins the book in Scotland where he is vacationing with the Pleasures and attends a New Years Eve party where he meets his new adversary, the Reverend Desmond McCain, a rich philanthropist whom he beats in a poker game in true James Bond style and in true Alex Rider style he ends up welcoming the New Year not by enjoying the fireworks but once again working against time and the elements to save himself and Sabina and her father from an icy grave....this incident leads to ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
James 14.

I had picked up Stormbreaker (the first book in this series. There's also a movie, but don't waste your time.) on a whim. I wanted to see how and why a 14 year old boy would be recruited to be a spy for M16. Much to my surprise it was a perfectly plausible reason.

This series is a lot of fun. Lots of cool spy stuff and some over the top action. (In one of the books Alex goes into outer space. Jumping the shark? Maybe. Did I still read it. You bet.)

My only complains are after a
Ryan Buckby
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
You cannot defeat your enemies until you know who they are

When i think there really couldn't be any more you could throw at Alex and continue this series Anthony finds another way to extend this story even more.

Plot: Alex is trying to live a normal life away from MI6 after telling them once again that he didn't want to be used again by them at the end of book seven. However Alex is once again brought back into this world after almost dying in scotland along with Sabina and her father in a c
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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Benjamin Thomas
I’m really enjoying these Alex Rider books. Even though they are marketed as YA (and I am a little bit older than that, perhaps even considered OA), they are a delight to read. I’m plowing through them at a rate of one a month this year so, since it is August, this must be the eighth book in the series.

Alex has actually had a couple of months respite since his last mission in Australia (Snakehead) and he’s beginning to think he may have finally put his relationship with MI-6 in the past. But whi
Mariah Mccashland
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
Review by Mariah McCashland

I'm not a spy, but Anthony Horowitz made me feel like I was in Africa fighting along side Alex as he struggled to save the world yet again. Alex Rider is a forteen-year-old spy who works for M16, even though he never chose to be a spy. He was first introduced to the British intelligence agency when his uncle was murdered on a mission, and Alex was recruited to go and finish the job. Since then, he's been on six missions for M16. Al
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Tien Dao
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Do you like action? Adventure? James Bond? If you do, it is a great book to read. It comprises of high octane action and surprises in all corners of the story. It will leave you suspended, heart broken, and joy.

So this book is basically about a 14 year old boy named Alex Rider. He works for MI6, which is a spy agency for Great Britain. He tries to stop bad people from doing things that would create crisis throughout the world. Anthony Horrowitz also loves to use syntax throughout his book to exc
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 007 fanaticts and people who are interested in spy related things.
Shelves: 7th-grade-stupid
Three Words: Awesome, Amazing, Fantastic. I haven't read any others (yeah I know that it is bad to start a book in the middle of a series) but I must say that I am very excited to read the others. The whole 007 agent-under-cover takes reading to a new level. What tops that, the spy is a 14 YEAR OLD! This is definitely going to be a new and unique series that I can probably relate to from when I was a kid. ...more
Elsa Qazi
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
"We have only one," Blunt replied "There is only one Alex Rider."

I couldn't agree more with Blunt. There is indeed only one Alex Rider and only one Anthony Horowitz. In this book Alex takes on another vile and cruel villain.(view spoiler) Alex being Alex stops him before any innocent lives are lost.

Now here's w
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've looked for a good spy series and I was simply delighted when I finally picked up the Alex Rider series. Seven books later and I was dearly wishing that poor Alex would get a break from everything. I was glad when Anthony Horowitz ended the series with Snakehead.

But then this one came out and I was a little worried. Series, even good ones, can carry on only for so long! From the very beginning, Crocodile Tears was not my favorite, but I wasn't disappointed, either. The very first page contai
Patrick Read
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"When the world is threatened by a diabolical madman, the British Secret Service knows the name to call—Alex. Alex Rider. (What, you were expecting someone else?) If you’re not familiar with the series, just think “James Bond in sneakers.” (At one point Horowitz even dresses the hero in a tuxedo and black tennis shoes.) Alex Rider is a perfectly normal British teenager, except that he’s been unknowingly trained as a spy by his uncle, an agent of MI6 (the British equivalent of the CIA). When his ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I think this is the 7th or 8th in the series and I am getting a little tired of Alex Rider. He is still a 14 year old boy and still a fantastic spy. The plot is pretty similar to the other books. There is a crazy madman who is plotting to do something horrible. Alex must stop him. What drives me nuts is the bad guy always catches Alex and then proceeds to tell him exactly what he is going to do thus revealing his genius plans. Alex always escapes and is able to stop the plan. Maybe if the evil g ...more
Jaap Akkermans
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The wanted spy named Alex finds himself going to a party with his girlfriend in Scotland in a house of someone very rich who owned a charity called first aid. Alex wanted to enjoy this party as much as he could. He somehow got into a game of poker against the rich guy called Desmond and 5 other people. He didn't want to play, but he couldn't refuse because Desmond was inviting him. Alex made a spectacular move and won the game. After the party, Desmond sends a sniper to blow one of the wheels of ...more
Pam Baddeley
Although I do read YA books, this is not my usual fare. When purchasing another hardback in a charity shop I was encouraged to take advantage of their two-for-one deal, and this book was the least worst of all those in offer. I know of Horowitz as a TV writer of renown, so thought it should at least be well-written.

I found that this was number 8 in a series about a young boy, Alex Rider, fourteen years old, who has been recruited by MI6, part of British intelligence. It comes across as quite a
Nov 20, 2010 rated it liked it
When I first heard of its existence, I refused to believe it. I'd rid myself of the Alex Rider series at last, and Anthony Horowitz had said that Snakehead would be his last, and it ended satisfactorily. I don't even remember the ending anymore! I can't remember where I read him saying it, but damnit he did. And then, when I saw this at the book sale, I was furious. There was a total dramatic "Nooooo!" moment right then and there at the warehouse, and people were staring, but I didn't care. Damn ...more
Bilal Taibzada
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off with a bang (literally) as a bomb is exploded in a nuclear power station in India and along the way there is a charity black-tie card game, poison needles, car crashes, bullets, and exploding gel pens. The action then moves to Scotland where Alex is holidaying with the Pleasure family. He attends a lavish New Year's Eve party in a remote Scottish castle hosted by wealthy philanthropist Desmond McCain, who runs an international charity, First Aid. Alex is disturbed by his firs ...more
Nick Pearson
Sep 17, 2015 rated it liked it
In the book, crocodile tears, by Anthony Horowitz is about a teen who is being used by the m16, the British CIA. Alex Rider was sent on a mission to infiltrate a base but gets caught up in a room full of poison flowers, plants and animals. This room was meant for studying poison but also can be used for a death building. I would rate the book a 3/5 because there is a lot of action but some parts are hard to understand. The British slang is difficult to learn. Alex has to go through all of this a ...more
Ben Truong
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crocodile Tears is the eighth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent.

Alex Rider is on vacation with Sabina Pleasure and her family in Scotland, and they go to the New Year's Party in Kilmore Castle. During the journey, Sabina's father, Edward Pleasure, tells Alex about their host Desmond McCain and his history, including his boxing career, his time as a Conservative MP, his criminal record and his apparent conversio
Another entertaining entry in the Alex Rider series, although how this lad is still alive I have no idea!!
This time, Alex gets mixed up in the plans of another maniac who wants money, mostly by accident. There's some actually nerve racking moments, where you really wonder how on earth Alex's going to get out of this one. There's also a beautifully set up moment, where you know a certain place is exactly where Alex will end up. It's satisfying.
Read if you like Bond-like tales with a heavy dose o
I got this in hardback and read it, but at this point I was losing interest in the series and it was the last one I bothered reading. I went back to James Bond, and later, as a teenager, Jason Bourne.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot like all the others in his series however it was still really interesting and action packed. Overall I thought it was a well thought out book.
Hannah Jott
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining, action-filled mission for Alex Rider. Loving the teenage sass! Still an enjoyable read, even though I‘m not fourteen anymore.
Brock Brunner
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I thought this was a good book in the series, but not the best. I still enjoyed it however, and it was pretty suspenseful and action-packed throughout. Even though it wasn't the greatest book in the series to me, I still give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Crocodile starts off with Alex and his girlfriend, Sabina, and her father who are going to a New Years Eve party at a castle in Scotland. Soon after they arrive, Alex drifts off and finds himself in a large room with several gam
J. White
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
Like all the other Alex Rider books I've read, this book was simply amazing!

Anthony Horowitz has yet again done it. He's made me interested and his writing style is astonishing.

In this spy book, Alex Rider really goes through a lot, making the book 404 pages long! This is fine as I don't mind reading long books at all.

I can't actually think of any negitivity about Crocodile Tear's. For me, it was perfect.

I highly recommend.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was much slower beginning than many of the others. The tension built more slowly, but one could sense that it was building to something mysterious and dangerous. It might have been also due to the presence of the Pleasures again that it took longer for me to get into this book. Fortunately, we are spared too much annoyance from Sabina. She is mercifully plugged into her iPod most of the time she is in the story. Most of Alex's interaction is with her father, and that turns out being mu ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Rider once again cheats death, but this time his faked "death" reminded me about the activity that we did in class where we had to outsmart crocodiles to get to the other end of the river. Alex Rider encountered the same situation where he was interrogated by the antagonist to reveal confidential plans from MI6. Alex Rider was left dangling over the edge of a death pit, where scaly demons lay in wait for him to fall and get ripped into shreds. Like the activity, Alex had to outmaneuver and ...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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