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Ark Angel

(Alex Rider #6)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  40,586 ratings  ·  1,144 reviews
The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Speak/Puffin/Penguin Group (first published April 4th 2005)
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Eckardt Kriel It doesn't really matter if you don't read them in order, but there would sometimes be somethings mentioning stuff from the previous books, personally…moreIt doesn't really matter if you don't read them in order, but there would sometimes be somethings mentioning stuff from the previous books, personally try and read it in order
issac not super violent but I would not give it to a 7 year old to read
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Ryan Buckby
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it's the tiniest things that can mean the difference between life and death.

another thrilling story apart of the Alex Rider series thats full of action, humour and suspense this series is just getting better and better.

Plot: This story picks up after the events of the previous book where Alex is now in hospital after surviving an attack where he was almost killed by an assassin. I love that these books always give a refresher on the previous book so if you ever take a break from th
Percy Bolondo
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Here is a list of all the best alex rider novels.

1- Ark Angel: Since 1979's Moonraker, sending spies up in space was almost a taboo. But in the sixth edition of the AR series, Horowitz has made it sensational to read and even more fantastic to imagine. Major thumbs up, the best!

2- Point Blanc (or Blank, depending where it was released): An ingenious plot. Usually cloning would be a rather overlooked thing, but it was pitched perfectly in this book. Especially the fight at the end, absolute gold!
Cristina Monica
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, my. I mean, I knew Alex Rider was courageous and very, very reckless, but to actually borrow someone’s identity in order to save said person from being kidnapped?

That’s more than brave. That’s selfless and admirable. Not many people would do what Alex Rider did, or am I wrong?

So of course, he is rewarded for his actions, especially since he could have died (though that’s not news). And Alex, modest as ever, wants nothing in return. On the contrary, he keeps doubting and questioning the circu
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Engaging, Emotional & Brilliant Action! ...more
Mitchell Mcconnell
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
In the book Ark Angle it was about an English schoolboy who was only 14 years old. He was recruited into the MI6 British secret intelligence; they are sort of like CIA but a British version. The story seems to sort of have 2 different stories to it but it is still one story. In all the books they take place in London the main characters name is Alex Rider, in the begging of the book he tends to all ways make trouble and in the middle of the book he ends up being safe and at the last 40 pages he ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Young Alex Rider, the victim of an assassin’s bullet to the chest at the very end of the previous book, is recovering in hospital in London. He befriends another lad in the room next to his who, unbeknownst to Alex, is the heir to one of the biggest fortunes in the world. When a group of thugs come to kidnap the heir, Alex switches nameplates on the doors and proceeds to take the fight to the enemy in his usual clever ways.

Alex has a history of getting dragged into one dangerous adventure after

We're disappointed but not surprised that we're still on the 'evil people have something physically wrong with them' train. I'm not going to spend ages talking about this, because if you've read all the reviews so far you'll be sick of me complaining about this - but disfigurement/unconventional appearances doesn't make people 'a freak' or 'hideous' and saying that just makes you a dick 🙃 This one wasn't as bad as other entries in the series, but I'm alrea
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
In this book Alex is 14 years old. The book begins with him in the hospital (evidently the fallout from something at the end of book 5). In short order, he's disabled 4 men and then is kidnapped by a 5th while Alex is trying to prevent the kidnapping of the patient in the room next to him. He almost has a finger chopped off, must escape a burning building from a locked room, almost gets killed in a vicious go-cart race, sees the death of a big-time soccer star, has a secret meeting with the CIA, ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Super fun. Poor Alex can't catch a break, but the escapes get more crazy with every book!
Brandon V
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is really good, I like how the CIA keeps getting alex to come back and do one more job for them.
Lillian Slater
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
This one was action packed and full of suspense and mystery. THUMBS UP!
Tracey Dyck
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
After the last book's cliffhanger ending, Alex Rider returns, and he's thrown right back into the action. Lots of creative, high-stakes action scenes, some that I quite enjoyed. The villain with the map tattooed across his head was memorable. And I did NOT expect what happened in the last couple of chapters. I don't think Alex could get much more death-defying than that!
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the 6th book in the Alex Rider series and one were Alex has little to do with MI6 at all, but seems to be 'at the wrong place, at the wrong time'.
Honestly I don't really know why but this book didn't really pull me into it as much as the others. I feel like the plot here was much more predictable, and what he was expected to do by adults simply insane. However I have to say that in the end i did enjoy it despite the predictable plot. Alex Rider was as always a fun character to read about
Lila Kims
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spy-fiction



It doesn't quite get five stars (actual rating is proooobably 4.5?) because the first 3/4 or so of the book isn't very exceptional. Still really, really good, of course! But OH MY GOODNESS, THAT LAST SECTION. So much wow. So much epic. So much heart-pounding, awe-inspiring amazingness. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!!

The following is a big spoiler, so be ye warned: (view spoiler)
Marte Patel
Dec 11, 2010 rated it liked it
I'd have given this 2.5 stars if possible, but I have rounded it up to three to be nice. I enjoyed the use of an MRI machine to take out a bad guy, learning the secret behind tightrope walking, and the diving and space scenes. I didn't like how extremely unrealistic this series is becoming, the use of yet another rich, crazy villain and the rushed ending. I thought the book would end with a cliffhanger, with the main action happening in the next book, but in the end the author rushed the scenes ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy ride! This one has a very convoluted plot and lots of action and intensity; it almost feels like a video game!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read in 2005-ish
Relisten in 2020 (Write-Up Below And Taken from The Pewter Wolf)

Reread Time! I did warn you guys that this year, seeing as 2020 will be my tenth year of book blogging (October, I believe), I did want to do some more past reads, whether that be something I chatted on the blog before or something from my youth. And I have been failing that. Oh well… but not for long…

I first read Ark Angel when it first came out in April 2005 (NO ONE DO THE MATHS TO FIGURE OUT MY AGE!) and I
Ben Truong
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent.

Alex is recuperating in hospital after an assassination attempt, whilst there he becomes friendly with Paul, the boy next door, a Russian who is the son of a wealthy Russian Drevin. However, when he goes for a stroll in the middle of the night he witnesses a group of people breaking in to the hospital shooting the receptionist and making it clear they're
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Alex Rider is fourteen years old. He attends school. He has friends.

And Alex Rider is a spy.

The story opens with Alex Rider in the hospital, just recovering from a bullet wound, the result of a previous spy adventure. In the room next to him is another fourteen-year-old boy, Paul Drevin, the son of one of the wealthiest men in the world. Alex overhears four men in the hospital lobby who are armed and seeking to kidnap Paul. Of course Alex must intervene, and he pretends to be Paul in order to s
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alex Rider is too nice for his own good. Willing to sacrifice himself, he flies into space to complete one last mission: Stop Yassen. While he does come back as a hero, he could've died. Jack would've wept for him. Sabina would've cried for days. And MI6? The group that actually brought him into this mess? Well, they would be looking for a new agent. What Alex doesn't realize is that this fame isn't worth a possible death. He's going to be immediately replaced. It's not like many people would tr ...more
Alfonso G
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the book because it has the right amount of action and it still follows the same events of the previous books. I would recommend this book to people who like action and like adventure books. I read this book after reading the previous 5 books if I didn't read the previous books I would not know what is happening. This book is similar to all the other books in the series and its very easy to under stand if you read the series.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a good book, but it was also unrealistic. A fourteen year old boy going to outer space to save the world doesn't seem like it would ever happen. But it was still really good.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a funny and exciting book that kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole book.
Christopher Nance
The book was ok. Through the story, there were moments words would describe the experience so well that I would feel what the person is experiencing. The characters were memorable but not too many stuck out besides the protagonist. The Story is compelling and has dramatic events in it, but it ends too quickly towards the end and does not tie the knot well. You could relate to a couple of the characters, but they are specific.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book!
Grace Bittle
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-ficton, mystery
I Love Alex Rider!!! This book was soo good!
Nathan M.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! With plot twists and extreme descriptive detail, it was hard to stop reading.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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Luis Marquez
I liked this book even though there are some parts in the plot that tend to be boring. The author was able to let me imagine the various settings that take part in the story and I even portrayed Alex as the guy that acts in the actual movie that was released years ago. The conflict in the book has a slight sprinkle of fantasy, but as always, the hero of the plot gets to find a way out. It is a pretty interesting book and has a plus, which is that it is one of the extended series of Alex Rider bo ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again, I absolutely loved this book!
Anthony Horowitz is a mastermind who keeps coming up with innovative plots that challenge the readers.
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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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