Thursday, January 07, 2010

First Clues Review: Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

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Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider Series

Puffin (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-14-240613-9 (0142406139)
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-240613-7 (9780142406137)
Publication Date: February 2006
List Price: $7.99

Review written by Zach, a 6th grade student. Date of review: January 2010.

Review: Doesn’t everyone love charity? Damian Cray does. But he’s willing to kill millions to stop drugs. The Alex Rider series has really taken off with Eagle Strike. This series is written by Anthony Horowitz. Alex is a trained spy. He has stopped evil clones, worked with the SAS, and prevented a Russian bomb. But can he stay on the good side when trying to take down a billionaire-charity man who met the US president, the English queen, and the English prime minister?

In this book Alex is on vacation with his friend Sabina when her dad is almost killed by an explosion. When Alex investigates he runs into Yassen (the man who killed Alex’s uncle) who makes Alex participate in a bull fight. Before Alex left he saw Yassen called Damian Cray. Alex returns to London and sneaks into Damian’s revealing of the Gameslayer. It is a new video game system that puts you in the game. Alex plays it and does well. Then Alex tracks Cray to a top secret base and he overhears Cray’s plan. Alex gets caught and he then gets put through a life size version of the Gameslayer game he played. He finds a way to escape the compound and is chased through the city on an interesting vehicle. Alex returns to England and receives a video message from Cray saying he has Sabina and he’ll kill her if Alex doesn’t come to his mansion. Alex goes to Cray’s mansion and then Cray restrains Alex & Sabina and they go to an airport. There Cray and a kind of elite squadron hijack a very important US plane. You’ll have to read the rest.

Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I think the storyline and events were pretty good. The title is well tied in to a major scene at the end. I also think hacking into the American systems on a very important plane was a good idea as well. Cray’s death could have been a little less "messy".

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