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... read more
Following the events of Scorpia, Alex Rider is in a hospital recovering from an assassination attempt. Four masked men come to the hospital attempting to kidnap Paul Drevin, the son of Russian billionaire Nikolei Drevin, who is financing a revolutionary space hotel named "Ark Angel". Alex... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Following the events of Scorpia, Alex Rider is in a hospital recovering from an assassination attempt. Four masked men come to the hospital attempting to kidnap Paul Drevin, the son of Russian billionaire Nikolei Drevin, who is financing a revolutionary space hotel named "Ark Angel". Alex fights the men, in an attempt to save Paul, he pretends to be Paul. He knocks all four of them out, but then a fifth man comes in to the hospital and overpowers Alex. Still weak, Alex faints and is kidnapped. Alex is taken to a flat in a building site, where he finds out the men belong to Force Three, an eco-terrorist group led by a man named Kaspar. Despite proving he is not Paul Drevin, Force Three lock Alex up and set fire to the flat. Alex, however, escapes. Nikolei Drevin invites him to come and stay for two weeks in the lap of luxury for saving his son and see an Ark Angel rocket take off. While at Drevin's home, Alex starts to befriend Paul, but decides to leave him and his father once they arrive in New York en route to Flamingo Bay, mainly due to the fact that Nikolei Drevin nearly killed him in a go-cart race. Alex wins but Nikolei thinks he cheated.
A route to Flamingo Bay, Alex is taken with Paul and Nikolei Drevin to New York. At the airport, he is held up at customs and taken to the CIA. He is told that Nikolei Drevin could be "the biggest criminal in the world", and the CIA recruits him to gain information on Drevin. Upon his arrival at Flamingo Bay, Drevin learns of Alex's CIA connections and decides to have him killed while scuba diving. Alex becomes trapped in a sunken ship named the Mary Belle. With the help of Tamara Knight, an undercover CIA agent who is Drevin's secretary, Alex escapes.
Alex and Tamara hide on the island, but are both captured. Drevin then tells Alex that his rocket Gabriel 7 contains a bomb that will destroy Ark Angel, causing it to fall to Earth and destroy Washington, D.C. This will eradicate the evidence against him the CIA have accumulated in the Pentagon. Alex escapes using a CIA gadget from Tamara, and sails away from the island. Drevin tries to get away in a sea plane, but Alex causes Drevin to crash by tying two canoes to the plane, and Drevin is killed.
Drevin's rocket takes off before the CIA can stop it. Alex is then chosen to board a second rocket to move the bomb before it explodes, since he is the only one small enough to fit inside. When Alex arrives, he sees Kaspar and must fight him. Alex gains the upper hand when Kaspar is blinded by the sun's light, and then Kasper is killed when he falls back on his own knife. Alex moves the bomb away from the station and escapes. His escape capsule splashes down in the sea near Australia.
“I knew you were rich. I also knew you were greedy. But I didn't know you were boring as well.”Alex Rider
“So will you do it?" "It looks like everyone's already made up my mind for me.”Byrne and Alex
“There's another version of <Smithers' iPod gadget>, packed with enough plastic explosive to blow up a building, but Mr Blunt wouldn't let you have it. Shame really. I call it the i-x-Plod.”Smithers
If the laws of physics worked, he would make it across. If they didn’t, he would die. It was as simple as that.Highlighted by 48 Kindle customers
It occurred to Alex that if he sneezed, it would set off a global earthquake. “Do you know who I am?” he asked. “No,” Alex replied. “But it would be useful to have you around in a geography exam.”Highlighted by 44 Kindle customers
Oh, and by the way, this card will self-destruct in five seconds.” Sure enough, to the horror of the nurses, the card had immediately burst into flames.Highlighted by 42 Kindle customers
“Tell me, Alex,” Drevin asked. “I’d be interested to know who you’re working for. Is it MI6 or the CIA? Or perhaps both?” “Go to hell,” Alex replied quietly.Highlighted by 39 Kindle customers
Alex Rider had been hit by a bullet fired from a .22 rifle from a distance of almost 250 feet. The sniper had been aiming for his heart—andHighlighted by 35 Kindle customers
“Well, that’s something you never see on Star Trek,” Alex muttered. “All right.” He rolled up his sleeve. “Not your arm, Alex. This goes in your butt…”Highlighted by 34 Kindle customers
Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones were both in the audience. As the head and deputy head of MI6 Special Operations, it was their responsibility to keep up with the latest developments, although as far as Blunt was concerned, the whole thing was a waste of time. There were security conferences all the time in every major city, but they never achieved anything. The experts talked. The politicians lied. The press wrote it all down. And then everyone went home and nothing changed. Alan Blunt was bored. He looked half asleep.Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
Alex was standing at the bow of the armor-plated Mark V Special Operations Craft, the sleek, streamlined vessel used primarily to carry SEAL combat swimmers into operations. It was equipped with 7.62mm Gatling guns and Stinger missiles and the dozen men had been drafted in from the Special Operations Force, fully armed and ready to invade the island.Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
agreement,” the voice replied. Max Webber shrugged. Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars was still a great deal of money. Paid into a secret bank account, it would come tax-free, no questions asked. And it had been such a simple thing to do. A quarter of a million for just ten minutes’ work! The man on the other end spoke again and suddenly hisHighlighted by 23 Kindle customers
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1. Force Three
2. The Boy in Room Nine
3. Emergency Treatment
5. Fire Escape
7. At the Waterfront
8. The Lap of Luxury
9. Short Circuit
10. Injury Time
11. Blue Murder
12. Expiration Date
13. The Biggest Criminal in the World
14. Flamingo Bay
15. Deep Trouble
16. Tropical Storm
17. Primary Target
18. Wind and Water
19.The red Button
20. Ark Angel
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