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Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by Anthony Horowitz about a teenage spy named Alex Rider. The series is aimed primarily at teens and young adults. The series comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, Stormbreaker, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer. The novels are published by Walker Books in the United States. They were first published by Puffin in the United States, but have been published more recently by Philomel Books, also an imprint of Penguin Books.[1]

Alex Rider
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Stormbreaker, book 1 of the series


AuthorAnthony Horowitz
CountryUnited Kingdom (UK)
GenreSpy fiction, thriller (Adventure, action)
PublisherWalker Book
Puffin (US, CAN)
Philomel Books (US)
Published2000–present
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
DVD

The eleventh novel, Never Say Die, was released in June 2017.

NovelsEdit

ListEdit

  1. Stormbreaker - released 4 September 2000. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 3 July 2006.
  2. Point Blanc - released 3 September 2001. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 27 December 2007.
  3. Skeleton Key - released 8 July 2002. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 7 September 2009.
  4. Eagle Strike - released 7 April 2003. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 6 July 2012.
  5. Scorpia - released 1 April 2004. Adapted as a graphic novel, released February 2016.
  6. Ark Angel - released 1 April 2005. Being adapted as a graphic novel.
  7. Snakehead - released 31 October 2007.
  8. Crocodile Tears - released 12 November 2009.
  9. Scorpia Rising - released 21 March 2011 in Australia, 22 March 2011 in the US and 31 March 2011 in the UK.
  10. Russian Roulette - released 12 September 2013 in the UK and on 1 October 2013 in the US.
  11. Never Say Die - released 1 June 2017 in the UK and on 10 October 2017 in the US.
  12. Secret Weapon - released 4 April 2019 in the UK.
  13. Nightshade - will be released sometime in 2020.

StormbreakerEdit

Stormbreaker was published in 2000 in the United Kingdom and in 2001 in the United States. Alex, the main character, is recruited by MI6 after discovering the truth about his uncle's life and death. He is sent to complete his uncle's latest mission: To investigate a multimillionaire named Herod Sayle and his creation, the revolutionary and newly developed computer called Stormbreaker, which Sayle is donating to every school in England. Alex later discovers that the Stormbreakers contain a deadly virus and that Sayle is planning to kill British schoolchildren. In the end Alex foils his plan and succeeds in his first mission.

Point BlancEdit

Point Blanc was published in the United Kingdom in 2001, and in North America in 2002 under the name Point Blank. After the death of two billionaires, MI6 discovers a connection: the two men who died both had a son attending Point Blanc, a school for rebellious sons of billionaires located in the French Alps, owned by a scientist named Dr. Hugo Grief. MI6 sends Alex to investigate Point Blanc and Alex discovers that Grief is replacing the students with clones of himself, altered through plastic surgery to resemble the students, so that Grief can inherit the fortune and have complete power to rule the world. However, Alex foils his plan and succeeds again.

Skeleton KeyEdit

Skeleton Key was published in 2002. After foiling a Triad plot to fix the 2001 Wimbledon tennis tournament by knocking out one of their members with a carbon dioxide tank, Alex is in grave danger of assassination. Forced to leave the country, MI6 sends him on a mission to Cuba with two CIA agents (one of which believes that he isn't helpful), where he is the only one of the three to survive. He encounters a former Soviet general, Alexei Sarov, with ideas for a nuclear holocaust and world domination under communist rule and who tries to adopt Alex Rider.

Eagle StrikeEdit

Eagle Strike was published in 2003. Damian Cray, a world-famous pop star, hopes to destroy the world's drug-making countries by hijacking the United States' nuclear arsenal. Suspicious of him, Alex takes Cray on without the help of the sceptical MI6. Cray releases a state-of-the-art games console called the 'Gameslayer'. Its first game, 'Feathered Serpent', is much more than it seems. It is up to Alex to discover the connection between the pop star, the video game, and the bombing of his vacation home. In the end, he will uncover a much larger plot, one involving the US government and the world's security. Alex got caught spying and was forced into a real-life version of 'Feathered Serpent' and manages to escape by cheating the way only a real human can unlike an avatar. He leaves Damian Cray's mansion but not before stealing a vital piece of equipment that Damian needs to make his plan work. He is then forced to give it up because Damian had kidnapped Sabina who is his love interest. He then goes onto Air Force One and watches Damian Cray launch nuclear missiles at the biggest drug supplying countries. Cray shoots Yassen and kills him, and Cray falls out of the plane and dies.

ScorpiaEdit

Scorpia was published in 2004. Following the advice of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex tries to find the criminal organization "Scorpia" to find out the truth about his father. He is soon recruited by Scorpia and trains as an assassin where he discovers that he will assassinate Mrs Jones. He fails in this mission, but then is turned back onto MI6's side and returns to Scorpia as a double agent. He discovers their plot to kill British school children and foils it.His legal guardian Jack (a female) does not support him in his mission. At the end of the novel, as Alex leaves Liverpool Street following his debriefing by Alan Blunt and Mrs Tulip Jones, he is shot by a sniper hired by Scorpia.

Ark AngelEdit

Ark Angel, published in 2005, follows Alex's second mission for the C.I.A. After nearly dying from being shot with a sniper rifle (courtesy to the villain organization Scorpia), he investigates Nikolei Drevin who builds a hotel in outer space called "Ark Angel". Drevin secretly tries to destroy Washington D.C., the capital of the U.S. and targets the Pentagon, hoping to destroy files on him that the US have acquired. Alex is forced to go into space and destroy ark angel.

SnakeheadEdit

Snakehead was published in 2007. Taking place immediately after Ark Angel, the novel sees Alex recruited by ASIS, Australia's secret service, to infiltrate a Snakehead organization by posing as an Afghan refugee. Alex meets his godfather, Ash (Anthony Sean Howell), and confronts the organization Scorpia for the second time. He learns that Ash was actually working with Scorpia and Major Winston Yu (the main antagonist) and then escapes from the trap.

Crocodile TearsEdit

Crocodile Tears was published in 2009. It begins with Alex visiting the Pleasure family in Scotland. They go to millionaire Desmond McCain’s mansion for a Christmas party, but after Alex offends McCain in a game of poker, their Nissan X-Trail falls into the lagoon. Alex is rescued by a man whose identity is later revealed. Alex is recruited by MI6 to investigate McCain, and discovers that McCain will poison a country in Africa, killing its inhabitants and collecting ‘charity money’ that he will collect for personal benefit. Alex nearly dies but is rescued by a man, Indian RAW agent Rahim, who had rescued him from a lagoon. Rahim dies. In the end, McCain’s plot is foiled.

Scorpia RisingEdit

Scorpia Rising was published in 2011. In the book, Scorpia is hired by Greek trillionaire Yannis Ariston Xenopolos to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Scorpia's plan includes the laying of a false trail to Cairo, Egypt and blackmailing MI6 into returning the Marbles. MI6 falls for the trap and Alex is sent to Cairo, where he is dismayed to find that Scorpia has been pulling the strings all along. He also meets doppelgänger Julius Grief, from Point Blanc, who aims to personally kill Alex for avenging his creator’s death. Scorpia recruit Abdul Aziz-Al Rahim aids him in return for his help concerning his twinning Alex. Alex is captured by Scorpia and manages to help his long time friend and carer Jack escape. Scorpia anticipated this and laid a trap for Jack. Alex is destroyed by the news that she is allegedly killed. The book ends when Alex escapes and moves to America with Sabina's family. It is heavily implied he is changed forever and will never go back to his spy life. This is followed by a follow-up novel Never Say Die, also set in the Middle East.

Russian RouletteEdit

Russian Roulette was published in 2013. It is told mainly from the point of view of hitman Yassen Gregorovich. It is set from Yassen’s childhood to his first two murders. It starts in a small Russian village, but continues with a deadly poison accidentally spreading through the city. Yassen’s parents, who were forced to help create it, give him an elixir that will make him immune to the disease. He then lives on the streets of Moscow. His first burglary is a complete failure and he is enslaved by the owner of the house in Gorky Park he attempted to burgle, Vladimir Sharkovsky. He escapes three years later, aged seventeen, and joins Scorpia. He is hesitant to kill, and meets John Rider, Alex’s father, a fellow Scorpia recruit, who becomes his friend and mentor. Following his realisation of Rider’s work in MI6, he kills Vladimir and his son Ivan, both of whom tormented him.

He becomes an assassin.

Never Say DieEdit

Never Say Die was published in June 2017 with a US release in October 2017. After the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex is left traumatised from the death of his caregiver and close friend, Jack Starbright. After being given a glimmer of hope about her survival, Alex is thrust into the horrors of his past in a battle to recover his friend from the dead. Along the way, he must encounter new foes who are nothing like anyone he has battled before. Never Say Die was published on 1 June 2017 in the UK. It was released in the US on 10 October 2017.[2]

Secret WeaponEdit

Seven untold adventures of a teenage boy.

NightshadeEdit

The twelfth book in the series; Nightshade, was alluded to at the end of Never Say Die and confirmed by Anthony Horowitz in May 2017. It will likely follow Alex in a battle against a new criminal organisation Nightshade (after the death of Scorpia) which Mrs Jones had been reading a document about at the end of Never Say Die.[3] The 12th installment of the Alex Rider series sees him set off to Gibraltar.[citation needed] Nightshade will be published sometime in 2020.[4]

FranchiseEdit

The audio books are read by Simon Prebble.[5]

Supplementary booksEdit

  • The Gadgets - showing technical data of some of the gadgets (17 October 2005)
  • The Mission Files - Showing mission data from books 1-7 (6 October 2008)
  • Stormbreaker: behind the scenes - Information from the film adaptation (2006)
  • stormbreaker: The official script - The script of the film adaptation (2006)

Short storiesEdit

  • Secret Weapon - published 9 February 2003 in the funday times (post Skeleton Key)
  • Christmas at Gunpoint - published 1 January 2007 in the daily mail (A postscript from Alex Rider before Stormbreaker)
  • Incident in Nice - published 9 November 2009 in the times (post Point Blanc)[6][7]
  • Alex Underground - Published 8 August 2008 in the News of the world summer reading special (post Ark Angel)
  • A Taste of Death - published online March 2012 for World Book Day (post Point Blanc)

Please note - Christmas at Gunpoint was later published as part of the mission files, material from these was included in secret weapon along with new material (published on 4/4/2019) and are all available on Anthony Horowitz's website.

Extra chaptersEdit

  • Resistance to Interrogation, an extra chapter in Stormbreaker
  • Coda, an extra chapter in Snakehead
  • The White Carnation, an extra chapter in Russian Roulette (June 2014)

Please Note - Resistance to interrogation and Coda are available on the authors website and they have all been included in certain editions of that book except Resistance to Interrogation which was included in certain editions of Never Say Die.

FilmEdit

Horowitz wrote the screenplay for the 2006 feature film Stormbreaker, directed by Geoffrey Sax. Stormbreaker was an international co-production between companies and financiers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. Intended to be the first entry in a film franchise, Stormbreaker grossed between $20.7 and $23.9 million worldwide upon its theatrical release, failing to recoup its $40 million budget and making the film a box office bomb.[8]

Video gameEdit

A video game based on the film was released in 2006, which received negative reviews.

TV seriesEdit

In May 2017, it was announced that ITV was developing a television adaptation of the Alex Rider novels. The series is being produced by Eleventh Hour Films, with Tutankhamun screenwriter and novelist Guy Burt acting as showrunner.[9] Burt adapted Point Blanc for TV. Horowitz will be executive producer for the series.

Sony is looking to break into the young-adult space, recently inking a deal with YA specialist Komixx. "We identified Alex Rider some time ago as we were looking for the right project to take this leap, and we're thrilled it has come together as our very first spec series" Garvie and Le Goy said in a joint statement.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Series Results: Alex Rider". Archived from the original on 30 April 2006.
  2. ^ "Never Say Die". Anthony Horowitz. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Anthony Horowitz: Why he's bringing back Alex Rider". The JC. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  4. ^ Horowitz, Anthony (12 March 2019). "Should have mentioned that NIGHTSHADE comes out next year (I'm ahead of myself). SECRET WEAPON is next". Twitter.
  5. ^ Prebble, Simon; Horowitz, Anthony. Scorpia: An Alex Rider Adventure. Recorded Books.
  6. ^ Anthony Horowitz (9 November 2009). "Alex Rider exclusive: Incident in Nice". The Times. London. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Midsomer writer's dreams of France". Connexion France. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (2006)". Box Office Flops. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  9. ^ Clarke, Stewart (31 May 2017). "Alex Rider Books Being Developed Into Series by ITV, Eleventh Hour Films". Variety.
  10. ^ Clarke, Stewart (24 July 2018). "Alex Rider Series Heads to TV With Sony, Eleventh Hour". Variety. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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