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Point Blank (Alex Rider Adventure) (2001)

de Anthony Horowitz

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Fourteen-year-old Alex continues his work as a spy for the British MI6, investigating an exclusive school for boys in the French Alps.
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Alex finds himself in trouble when he attempts to put an end to a drug dealer who has been working outside his school. Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones use this to blackmail Alex to work for them again going undercover in a school called Point Blanc where strange things have been reported by the parents of students who have been sent there. When a wealthy businessman is killed right after calling Mr. Blunt about the school, it is decided that someone must go into the school posing as a student, and their only option is Alex.

Point Blank is the next action packed addition to the Alex Rider series. Just like Stormbreaker, this book follows Alex as he is one again thrust into the world of spies against his will. In this book, as in the first, we start to see that even though Alex isn't thrilled about the work, he does seem to have a certain need to follow through on his efforts, and his skills seem up to the challenge. There is still so much about Alex's personality that isn't clear, but more was revealed in this book as we find him being more sarcastic with a darker world view. Overall Point Blank continues to develop more of the story behind Alex Rider. 3 1/2 stars. ( )
  ftbooklover | Jan 13, 2022 |



I read 'Stormbreaker' the first Alex Rider book, a year ago and had a great time. It was everything I'd thought it would be except that the people Alex works for, the 'good guys' were really rather unpleasant.

I'd meant to get back to Alex sooner but... so many books, so many good intentions, so little time, yada yada yada. Anyway, I included the second book in my Cold Comfort Reads challenge because much of it is set at the top of the French Alps in winter.

I enjoyed the fact that the book didn't plunge Alex straight into a conflict with an eccentric super-villain in his Alpine Aerie (although we definitely got there in the end, right down to the disposable guards and the 'Before-I-kill-let-me-share-the-details-of-my-evil-plan-for-world-domination monologuing from the uber-villain).

The scene is set with a high tech, very elaborate assassination. Then we move to Alex, who is back in his civilian life but who has found it no longer fits him well We watch as he extracts a spectacular if ill-conceived revenge on the guy selling drugs at the gates of his school. Then we meet MI6, who are just as unpleasant as they were last time, and they set Alex up with a whole new identity, part of which puts him at a billionaire's home for a few days, pretending to be his son. I quite enjoyed watching Alex deal with the posh-boy wannabe toughs. I thought he let them get off lightly. The scene with the horse I could have lived without but it was still fun.

Then Alex is in the mountains, undercover, trying to figure out what the evil genius is up to. What the evil genius was up to was no more absurd than the average Bond villain and a lot more original but it still turned my suspension of disbelief into a bungee jump.

The action scenes on the mountain were joyously over the top. Hurtling down a black run in the dark while being chased by guys on snowmobiles equipped with machine-guns. Wonderful stuff.

The ending was a little odd but was still fun.

I'm hoping not to leave it a year until my next visit with Alex. He's the perfect distraction from a miserable world.

My enjoyment was greatly enhanced by listening to the audiobook version, narrated with verve and energy by Oliver Chris. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.
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1 vota MikeFinnFiction | Dec 1, 2021 |
Liked this better than Stormbreaker, because the involvement of a 14-year old spy seemed more credible, but perhaps it just took a second book? Alex Rider is coerced to masquerade as a hell child of a magnate to enter a prestigious school, where miscreants are re-educated. When two parents die under unusual circumstances, MI6 decides something is wrong there. Alex is sent to a mountaintop in Switzerland, where he is basically on his own to discover what is rotten there and uncovers a devious plot by a sociopath. Addendum: Great murder at the beginning involving a holographic projection of an elevator in an empty shaft!! ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
{Second of 12 in the Alex Rider series; children's/ YA, action-adventure, spy} (2001)
This seems to be the book that the TV series is based on.

It is spring in England and just weeks after his first adventure, while he's still trying to catch up with his schoolwork due to his absence, fourteen year old Alex Rider is given another mission. This time, it's to a finishing school run by Dr. Grief for troubled, rich teenage boys high in the French Alps, called Point Blanc (en français: White Point). There is something sinister happening to the boys who go there but two of their wealthy fathers who evinced some unease have ... been disposed of and MI6 are concerned. Alex is the perfect person to be sent in as an undercover agent.

But the school is a long way from the nearest town and isolated by the snow, with the only method of transport being a helicopter piloted by Dr. Grief's henchwoman, Mrs. Stellenbosch, who is also a world champion body builder. He discovers, when he gets there, that there are thirty armed guards patrolling the premises where only six other boys live. Alex will have to save the world by himself when he discovers Dr. Grief's dastardly plot.

This series is a bit like James Bond (à la Roger Moore) for tweens. Although there is plenty of action some of the details felt a bit 'lite', at least at the beginning. Horowitz does add lots of details regarding equipment, like the specific model of a gun or an aeroplane.

Poor old Alex, despite his black belt in karate, does get beaten up a lot more in this story than in the first. And I thought Alan Blunt was rather callous about Alex and the situations he sends him into; (Horowitz's) MI6 takes advantage of the fact that Alex is an orphan to put him into dangerous positions.

‘It’s rather odd,’ he said. ‘Most schoolboys dream of being spies. With Alex, we have a spy who dreams of being a schoolboy.’

‘Will you really use him again?’ Mrs Jones asked.

‘Of course.’


Although it resolves the question ‘why aren't his parents worried that he's out late and going to strange places' that often niggles at me when reading about kids' adventures (as a parent/ older reader), it‘s sad that he doesn‘t seem to have family or friends - but this might not be an issue for the target audience.

May 2021
4.5 stars (for its age range)/ 3.5 stars ( )
  humouress | May 5, 2021 |
Great book! ( )
  AlizarinCrimson | Jan 7, 2021 |
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