Shot outside the offices of MI6 and left for dead by Scorpia, Alex Rider awakens in a top-secret hospital, glad simply to be alive. But danger has a way of following Alex, and when the boy in the next room is the victim of a kidnapping attempt, it is Alex who saves himonly to be kidnapped himself. The man behind the kidnapping? None other than Nikolei Drevin, wealthiest developer in the world, and the man who single-handedly is funding the first luxury hotel in outer space, Ark Angel. Yet the project is hemorrhaging millions of dollars along the way, and Drevin will stop at nothing to cease the bleeding. Even if it means blowing up Ark Angel. Even if it means sacrificing his only son. . . .
The nurse was twenty-three years old, blonde, and nervous. This
was only her second week at St. Dominics, one of Londons most
exclusive private hospitals. Rock stars and television celebrities came
here, she had been told. There were also VIPs from abroad. VIPs here
meant very important patients. Even famous people get sick, and the
ones who wanted to recover in five-star comfort chose St. Dominics.
The surgeons and therapists were world-class. The hospital food was so
good that some patients had been known to pretend they were ill so that
they could enjoy it for a while longer.
That evening, the nurse was making her way down a wide, brightly lit
corridor, carrying a tray of medicines. She was wearing a freshly
laundered white dress. Her named. meacherwas printed on a badge
pinned to her uniform. Several of the junior doctors had already placed
bets on which of them would persuade her to go out with them first.
She stopped in front...
Alex is a jolly decent sort who's never issued with lethal weapons but still manages to disarm everyoneArk Angel is his biggest adventure to date - a Moonrakeresque adventure involving a Russian mobster and a space-hotel. The series is a great choice for pre-teens, especially boys - with enough action-adventure for even the most reluctant reader.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
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Anthony Horowitz's life might
have been copied from the pages of
Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm.
Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to
a family of wealth and status, Anthony
was raised by nannies, surrounded by
servants and chauffeurs. His father, a
wealthy businessman, was, says Mr.
Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson."
What that means exactly is unclear "My
father was a very secretive man," he
says so an aura of suspicion and
mystery surrounds both the word and the
As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's ...
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