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|Never Say Die|
Author: Horowitz, Anthony
Alex Rider is back in action! Alex crosses paths with SCORPIA and tries to track down Jack Starbright.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2017 The 15-year-old superagent swings back into action in his eleventh outing, after a fragmentary e-mail message convinces him that his nanny-sidekick, Jack Starbright—killed (supposedly) before his eyes in Scorpia Rising (2011)—is still alive. As his search takes him from Cairo to Saint-Tropez and, finally, to an abandoned coke factory in deepest Wales, he becomes entangled in a pair of murderous crime bosses’ fabulously baroque scheme to snatch a busload of children of the superrich. Once again amid races, chases, hails of bullets, and increasingly spectacular explosions, the teenage James Bond pulls off one awesome feat of derring-do after another, while allies from previous episodes pop up at convenient times to render aid, and adversaries come to bad, generally self-inflicted ends. Having given his hyperpopular series something of a breather, Horowitz now sets it back on track with a fresh caper that roars along to a (naturally) explosive climax and tidy resolution. If the broad teaser at the end is any indication, Alex’s career is in no danger of slowing down. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Demand hasn’t lessened for everyone’s favorite teen spy in his absence; this series relaunch will have plenty of takers. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.