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Crocodile Tears

(Alex Rider #8)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  26,696 ratings  ·  821 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 January 1st 2009)
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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
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
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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
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
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.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever I get a bad read—a read that really disappointed me and even made me question whether I enjoy a genre or not—I like to turn to an all-time favorite or a book that I am quite certain I will enjoy.

I like to turn to Alex Rider or The Mortal Instruments. In this case, I needed action more than I needed fantasy, so I decided to continue with this series. The book in question that bummed me out was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and Alex reminded me that a reader can become very attached to
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
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
Elsa Qazi
"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
Bilal Taibzada
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-literature
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
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
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
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Wow what a year 14 been for Alex Rider what with completing 8 missions in a year at age 14, Bravo kid.

Really poor Alex can't get away from the trouble and it catches him all the time. This time Alex meets and annoys the villain on his own. MI6 is in the picture but only on the sidelines.

The story starts with an attack in my India and we have another character from India.

I liked the story and it was as much fun as I believe the stories to be.

Would go for the next 2 books as well as I finished th
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
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.
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
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
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
Henry Lim
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Where do I even begin?
This book is so emotional (or maybe that's just me, realising I'm getting nearer to the end).

This has got to be one of my favourites in the series. I love the change of focus as Alex spends more time at home and at school in this book - rather than off in another country. I don't know why, but I've always loved books which have school-focused plots.

Regardless of his location, Alex still finds himself swept up in a madman's plot and in danger.

Without spoiling it, there isn't
Simon Yu
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Alex Rider, one of the M16 agents, was very relaxed being a normal kid. He hangs out with his girlfriend, Sabina and her family in Scotland. They went to a party in a castle hosted by a rich businessman named Desmond McCain. It was a party for donation of poor people from storms or any disasters that made them unfortunate. When Alex and Sabina left with Sabina's dad to go home, they had a car accident. Her dad's car tires exploded and the whole car went into a lake. A sniper shot the tire of th ...more
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have recently had the joy of reading Crocodile Tears (8th book in the Alex Rider series), this book was the best in an already amazing series. Crocodile Tears was written by Anthony Horowitz. The story takes place from England to Kenya. The story is about a fourteen year old boy named Alex Rider who works for the MI6 as a field agent. When Alex is ordered to snoop around a power plant during his field trip he discovers something deep. He then gets wrapped into a huge dark scam involving a rich ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I would say I give this book 3.5
I mean I did enjoy it but lately I just feel like this series is dragging on for too long... I have 2 books left and at this point I just can't wait to get them done with so I can read something different (which is really not a good attitude when it comes to reading for fun)

Anyways... So this is the 8th book in the Alex rider series, and since I read it during my exams it took me quite a while to finish. The characters where interesting but at this point it was g
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about a teen spy named Alex Rider who works for the British Secret service. In the first book Alex’s Uncle dies and his parents died in an explosion while on a plane. In this book though Alex is sent to go on a school trip to Greenfields Bio Laboratory where Genetically Modified plants are created. Alex has been told by the Secret Service that the owner of Greenfields has been acting suspicious and that Alex should hack into his computer and look for any information that might prov ...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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  • Point Blank (Alex Rider, #2)
  • Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)
  • Eagle Strike (Alex Rider, #4)
  • Scorpia (Alex Rider, #5)
  • Ark Angel (Alex Rider, #6)
  • Snakehead (Alex Rider, #7)
  • Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider, #9)
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“What were you going to do with it?” McCain asked.

"I just thought it might come in useful.”

"Were you planning to attack me?”

"No. But that’s a good idea.”
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