Tuesday, May 05, 2009

First Clues Review: Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

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Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240738-0 (0142407380)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240738-7 (9780142407387)
Publication Date: April 2007
List Price: $7.99

Review written by Alex, Age 14, Grade 8. Date of review: April 2009.

Review: Espionage, murder, and terrorism all intertwine as Alex Rider returns in the 6th installment of the "Alex Rider" series. In Ark Angel, written by the compelling author Anthony Horowitz, Rider once again has to outsmart and outlive his enemy, Force Three, as they terrorize the world.

While Alex is recuperating from the sniper's bullet at St. Dominics Hospital in London, four gigantic armed men come with only one mission, to kidnap the boy in the room next to his. The boy's name is Paul Drevin. The four men were coming for Paul and they needed him badly. Alex's attempt at saving Paul put him into the middle of an action packed thriller involving a war between Force Three - an insane group of environmentalists who will do anything, even murder just to save the environment, and Nikolai Drevin - one of the richest men on the planet and the creator of the project Ark Angel, the very first hotel in space. Will Alex Rider be able to save Ark Angel and stop Force Three from destroying Drevin's greatest accomplishment ever? Nothing is what it seems.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I feel that this book truly shouldn't be considered a mystery. There wasn't a mystery style in the writing, but instead it was much more like an action or thriller genre. Anybody who is picking up this book expecting a traditional mystery will be disappointed. I personally enjoy these types of books, however, and if I hadn't been reading it with the preconceived notion that it should have been a mystery it would have gone up as one of the best books I've ever read. There really isn't a major question that Rider had to find out. Most of the puzzling questions Rider has are usually answered in the upcoming chapters and are not questions like you see in "whodunits" which can span throughout the entire book. On the other hand, any Alex Rider fans or people who just love action packed page turners will love this book. It is jam packed with action and adventure that comes to life in the author's descriptions. Readers will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in the masterpiece that time will slip away. Like other Alex Rider books, you never wanting to put it down.

As I've said this book is mainly for action lovers and from an action view point it would be a five star book. But from a mystery stand point, it would be two stars because of the lack of mystery content. The total rating that this book gets is a four star rating, not because the book's quality is that of four stars, but because it really wasn't a true hardcore mystery such as Sherlock Holmes. I would recommend this book to any person who just adores action and adventure over mystery.

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