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Scorpia Rising

(Alex Rider #9)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  30,221 ratings  ·  1,141 reviews
Scorpia has dogged Alex Rider for most of his life. They killed his parents, they did their best to con Alex into turning traitor, and they just keep coming back with more power. Now the world's most dangerous terrorist organization is playing with fire in the world's most combustible land: the Middle East. No one knows Scorpia like Alex. And no one knows how best to get t ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Philomel Books (first published March 22nd 2011)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Scorpia Rising (Alex Rider #9), Anthony Horowitz

Scorpia Rising is the ninth novel in the Alex Rider series, written by British author Anthony Horowitz. It was published on 31 March 2011.

Zeljan Kurst, chief executive of the criminal organization Scorpia, is asked by Yannis Ariston Xenopolos, a Greek billionaire suffering from terminal cancer, to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. A tip-off leads MI6 to organise an operation to try to capture him at the British Museum, but Kurst escapes amidst a
Jonathan Terrington
In my opinion Scorpia Rising may be the best novel in a long and excellent series. The gadgetry has always been well thought out, the twists and the suspense is brilliant and the emotional aspects of the series is astounding. To convincingly portray how a teenage kid abused by so many people into becoming a hardened weapon is emotionally affected is superb.

When I read it earlier this year I was blown away. For me coming to the end of a series I have appreciated is always gut wrenching to a degre
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At time of publication, this was billed as the final Alex Rider novel and it seems like it would have been a fittung conclusion to the teenage spy's stort.

This time around, the novel had an unusual start as it dedicated a lot of time to the antagonists' perspectives. I really enjoyed this change to the formula.

Of course soon enough we were back with Alex. Despite the fact that I am now an older reader in her mid 20s, I still liked reading Alex's perspective. I enjoyed the gadgets,the action and
Tanner Walker
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel starts with Zeljan Kurst, leader of Scorpia, a international terrorist organization,being asked by Yannis Ariston Xenopolos, a Greek billionaire with cancer, to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. He is promised [Euro|€]40 million, half in advance.

MI6 has found out about the visit and try to capture him due to a mole who was given a change of identity in exchange, but Scorpia agents in the museum disguised as visitors help Kurst to escape. He assigns the mission to the newest Scorpi
Ryan Buckby
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You're my closest friend and you're thousands of miles away.

This has to be my favourite Alex Rider book from the entire series thus far it was just brilliant and i am still trying to recover from what i learnt from this book.

Plot: Alex is once again dragged into MI6 mess and the spy world once again and even after the millionth time telling them that he was done for good. An old enemy of Alex's is freed by Scorpia and it turns out to be Julius Greif a Alex clone that was made in book two.

Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I knew I was in trouble when the book cover announced that this was “The Final Mission”..! This book was very different from all the others in the series. For starters, the plot had a LOT of background and setup that went on. We don’t even SEE Alex Rider until the book is HALF over. I think that was too long to wait.

Basically, Scorpia is trying to show themselves as a force to be reckoned with, so they hatch a plan to not only pull off a major league crime, but pin it on Alex. There were flashe
Clare Cannon
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
It’s finally here: the last Alex Rider. An author faces a lot of pressure writing the last book of a popular series. And up to now, Horowitz has done well to tell the same story in so many different ways.

What impressed me with this series was that woven in between all the killing and running was interesting information about world issues that would otherwise be relegated to the realm of adults: refugees and the criminals who exploit them; medical research and the noble and corrupt interests that
Sep 14, 2010 marked it as to-read
I just can't wait to see how it ends! I feel as though I've been reading this series forever! ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok

I've been reading this series since I was very young and I remember enjoying it a lot. I was excited to see that the author had written another one, and I was also sad it was going to end. These books, I remembered, were a great series for boys and it was one of the first middle grade series I read.

It is a little difficult to explain this book because it is the last in the series. You would have to read the whole series to understand what it going on. I'll admit it, I don't remem
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed this genre of books since i was a young teenager; Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew.....any series that demonstrated empowered young people pitting their wits against unscrupulous adults. As a parent I am still interested in what young people are reading. Enter Alex Rider.
I have followed Alex from the beginning. Not your typical hero. He has been groomed against his will. He has been used against his will. He has lost every loving relationship save Jack. And he is doomed to lose her too. He
Juliet the Book Slayer
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who only read Scorpia's part of the book.
The first thing I said when I finished "Scorpia Rising" was "WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!??!", then I raged for a little while and then I went to bed. But lets start with the beginning.

I was thrilled when I found out that the last Alex Rider book was going to be about Scorpia. "Scorpia" was always my favourite Alex Rider book (they're such BAMFS!) and I was sure that Alex was going to go out with a bang. And for a while it actually looked like he was going to do exactly that.

"Scorpia Rising" is separat
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The dark and shocking conclusion to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.

As reviewed by an 11 yr old, "This book was brilliant. It has two parts, one about Scorpia, and the other about Alex. An old enemy returns to gain revenge on Alex, and as usual, theres a new enemy. This book is easily my favourite Alex Rider book. Smithers reveals a bog secret, and Alex loses a great friend. A perfect book for any teenager."

Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alex Rider Fans
Recommended to Redwallcrazy by: Alex Rider Insider
Wow, this book started out super good! I loved it! But I didn't like the way it ended! It was very sad, I think he could have ended it much better. Poor Alex! ...more
Benjamin Thomas
SCORPIA, an elite international criminal organization isn’t so elite anymore. That’s due to interactions with young Alex Rider who has beat them twice in the past. So now they plan to return to form by taking on a high-profile job and frame Alex for it. They will also ensure the secret of a 14-year-old boy being used by MI-6 with full knowledge of the Prime Minister gets out, destroying their reputations.

I understand this 9th novel in the Alex Rider series was originally meant to be the final on
Kiirsi Hellewell
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was SO sad to crack the cover of this 9th and final Alex Rider book...sad (but excited at the same time because, hello, it's a new Alex Rider book!). I LOVE Alex. He's a terrific of my favorite characters ever. I did not want to say goodbye to him forever. It would be like saying goodbye to a dear friend.

I can understand why it had to end, though...if Anthony H. wanted to preserve some realism, Alex's series couldn't be like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, which go on forever and
Julia B
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Man. This year is killing me. Every month, it seems, another one of my favorite series comes to an end. There was Mockingjay and Last Sacrifice last year, then this year Wicked Lovely's last book Darkest Mercy, A Prince Among Frogs (The Frog Princess), The Legacy (The Declaration), etc. Now the Alex Rider series is over. Am I sad? Definitely. Was this book just as good as the last 8? Yes!

Alex has finally turned 15; he's growing up and moving on with his life. It's been months since he last saw a
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've 'rode' these books from the beginning to the end, starting in sixth grade. (You see what I did there, don't you?) In my honest opinion, they kept getting better as each one came. Alex grew, and with him, the threats grew as well.

Although Alex had many enemies, his biggest enemy was Scorpia, which stood for Sabotage, Corruption, Intelligence, and Assassination. He's forced them down before, but they won't stay down for long. The first part of the book is written through Scorpia's point of v
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Based on what i read on Horowitz blog this book sounds like its going to be alot better than that horrible Crocidile tears. i hated that book, too predictable.

I can't wait to read this though because the best organization Scorpia is Back!!!! Someone from all the books are going to die, i bet its going to be Jack.

Well i'll edit this after i read it on my birthday (April 5th, the day it comes out!!!!) I'm so exited, thankfully The lost hero is coming out next week, can't wait for that book. More t
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was pretty much the same as all the other ones, though the ending was a little different. But it still was pretty good. At some parts it was a little boring, but overall, it was a good ending to the story of Alex Rider.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, audiobook
I am a fan of Alex Rider. I am sad there's only 1 more book after this...
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good but I was sad when Jack Starbright died
Myra Sullivan
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
As Britain's top spy, working for M16, Alex Rider has battled numerous villains. He's taken down some of the world's most brilliant criminal masterminds and has proven again and again how brave, resourceful, and efficient he is. Alex has done all this despite being just fifteen years old. But in "Scorpia Rising", Alex faces his very last mission of all. And this is one he might not come home from.

It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. I have been a fan of Alex Rider for a very long t
Elsa Qazi
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars


Now that I have ranted off on Horowitz and calmed myself to some extent, here's the review:

*This was definitely my favorite book of the series.*

This was the only book in which character development is really visible. Alex not only matured physically but his character also changed. Whether it be t
Karen Ball
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-challenge
This is the ninth and final book in the Alex Rider series, and it's best for those who have read other books because Horowitz brings back characters and events from those stories. Alex is back in school, with a part in the school musical and the captain's spot on the football team. He's got an active life, and his beloved guardian, Jack Starbright, is debating leaving him to go back to America to care for her very ill father. Neither of them has any intention of ever dealing with MI6 again... un ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, thriller
The conclusion of the Alex Rider series. Scorpia, reeling from two devastating failures caused by Alex, is hired by a dying Greek multibillionaire to have the Elgin marbles (of British Museum fame) returned to their rightful country. MI-6 is manipulated into sending Alex and Jack Starbright to Egypt to infiltrate an international school, where it believes a kidnapping or hostage situation is imminent. Meanwhile, Alex is being set-up to take the blame of the assasination of the U.S. Secretary of ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I ALMOST got through this one without tearing up. Not quite though, because Horowitz is a life-ruiner :P. Anyway, this makes me wonder where he's going to go now that we've got another book out in June. ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
End to a fantastic series. Disappointed that it is over! :(
Ben Truong
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scorpia Rising is the ninth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent.

Alex is ready to be done for good with his espionage work. However, once again, he reluctantly partners with MI6 after an assassin targets him at his school. Flown to Cairo with the protection of gadget-making agent Mr Smithers and his longtime caretaker Jack, Alex unknowingly finds himself caught in a web of lies and traps. As his pattern of work wi
Tino Has a bucket
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this is when the real storyline of Alex Rider begins. It is when he finds out about his family history, and who his father really was and what SCORPIA symbolizes. To me, all of the other books were like a warm-up getting the reader ready for the "original." At the end of the chapter of Eagle Strike, Yassen Gregorovitch tells Alex Rider to go to Venice, Italy and find "SCORPIA". Alex listens to Yassen and proceeds to Venice with Tom Harris, his best friend. Suddenly, he finds himse ...more
Bilal Taibzada
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So...... my first review after a long break.5 months.....
That’s why it’s gonna be short and simple . None of that fancy shmancy stuff. Before I start off I wanna say that even if I don’t have any followers ( of course it’s not like I’m jealous of ahmed -_-) I’m gonna try my best to at-least make it through the whole thing without taking bathroom breaks ( Diarrhea) also my English is kind of rusty so don’t mind my grammar..... I mean I am an Afghan living in peshawar ( what did you expect?)

So the
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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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