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Eagle Strike

de Anthony Horowitz

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Sèrie: Alex Rider (04)

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After a chance encounter with assassin Yassen Gregorovich in the South of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.
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Following the teenage James Bond formula, this fourth book in the series gets a little absurd, even judging by the standards of the genre, during the bullfight and during the "real-life computer game". On the plus side, it's entertaining, with non-stop action, and it introduces some welcome elements for Alex Rider's character, like the new information about his father or like his girlfriend, the unfortunately named but otherwise interesting Sabina Pleasure. This series has a way of keeping the young hero downcast and feeling ill-used that makes the reader eager to find out what happens next. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Second installment in the Alex Rider series, the teenage James Bond. Still follows the James Bond formula: megalomaniac with crazy plans to conquer the world, getting captured and having the villain boast about his plans, then the escape... The original component of this series is that Alex Rider is a reluctant spy, and he takes part in these crazy missions because the guys at MI6 basically blackmail him to do so.

Of course, it's quick-paced and filled with action. I thought it was more interesting than the first book, though, with a more intriguing story. But the style is basically the same. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Alex Rider is a fourteen year old reluctant teenage James Bond. When his uncle dies, Alex finds himself recruited into the shady world of spies and espionage. M16 jump at the chance to blackmail him - if he agrees to be a spy, his caretaker and the only family he has left, Jack, won't be deported. It's a choice that's no choice at all.

But the hits just keep on coming. Worse is finding that his uncle was not only a spy but had been training him his whole life - his early years filled with language lessons, martial arts classes, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, lock picking and anything else you could imagine. Worse is being sworn to secrecy and given no mental support (seriously that drives me insane). Worse is being sent into constant danger with various gadgets but no real weapons. Worse is being lied to and manipulated and screwed over so many times it's painful to read.

I love Alex, but I'm also surprised he doesn't have a ton more issues than he does. Each novel is fast paced and action packed. There are daring stunts and lucky saves and many near misses. Reluctant readers will find themselves intrigued. Avid readers will find themselves consumed.

I loved Alex Rider as a kid. I must have read the first five books like fifty million times. Since I'm in the middle of a Cherub reread I thought I'd come back to Alex. It's kind of funny reading them now - I don't quite remember them being so depressing. Alex is a lot more jaded than I ever remember him being. It's also warranted but yeah. MI6 and Alan Blunt and Mrs Jones are horrendous people. Poor Alex gets screwed way too often.

I also remember Alex being a lot more talented than he is. But to my adult eyes, it seems like he's getting by more on luck than pure ability. Still they're great books with lots of action and a reluctant teen spy you can't help but root for.

Like the rest of the series this was non-stop action. I found myself halfway through before I'd even blinked. On holiday with his friend Sabina Pleasure Alex is horrified when, while sunbathing, he spots Yassen Gregorovich - the assassin who murdered his uncle. Although he follows him he finds out few details and decides it has absolutely nothing to do with him. Unfortunately he's wrong. Because Yassen is there to kill Edward Pleasure - Sabina's dad.

Edward Pleasure survives but he's gravely injured. Besieged by guilt, Alex is determined to get justice, but when M16 refuse to help Alex forges ahead. The problem is the man who ordered the hit is Damian Cray, global pop star and national hero - a donator of millions to charity. He might seem squeaky clean but the more Alex digs, the more horrified he is. Because Damian Cray isn't just a bad man - he's a psycho.

Seriously, Damian is Cray, Cray. Which was the only thing I could think of rereading. And how his last name is just so close to crazy. Alex is his usual daring self in this with bike chases from hell and my heart was pounding with his near miss with the tram and the bridge and the plane. I felt so sorry for him though, his friendship with Sabina is over by the end of the book, M16 screw him over again and again and once again there's more to the story of his uncle and his parents and Yassen. Which omfg, Yassen was the Cossack at the start and Alex's dad was the Hunter - a contract killer who saved Yassen's life. It does explain so much though about Yassen and his odd interactions with Alex.

I like that Jack sticks by him - looking after him and looking out for him. As an adult I would say she's also not a very great guardian but at least she gives him the love, affection and caring he needs, if not stopping him from undertaking these adventures.



Action packed, fast paced, a riveting spy thriller. 5 stars. ( )
  funstm | Jul 15, 2023 |
Eagle Strike (2003) (Alex Rider #4) by Anthony Horowitz. This fourth outing for Alex Rider is as thrilling as the previous books. While on holiday in southern France with the family of his girlfriend, someone blows up the villa where they are stayingt. The girl’s father is hospitalized but all others are spared. Alex smells espionage and goes on the hunt. He spots and tails Yassen, an adversary from the previous three books. Yassen leads him to his capture, then a bullfight where Alex is the main attraction.
Then comes the revelation that Damian Cray, a world famous pop star, platinum record maker, multimillionaire owner of a series of influential businesses and well respected friend to the upper crust in England, is the evil in the mix. MI 6 want no part of Alex’s theories about how Cray is behind the attempt on the villa so Alex, as usual, must go it alone.
Action, thrills, a little violence and blood, all the usual for a Rider novel spill out page after page. Nothing too gory or explicit as this is aimed at teens, but a lot of fun.
And then there is the revelation about Alex’s dead father,
This is yet another fine outing in the Alex Rider franchise, one that is sure to please young and old alike. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Aug 2, 2022 |
While on vacation, Alex stumbles on a plot that ends up injuring the father of his new friend, Sabina. When he spots Yassen Gregorovich, he knows the hit man is there to kill someone, but when he ignores the threat, he quickly finds out that Sabina's father is the target. Alex sets out to find out who Gregorovich is working for, and the trail leads him to former pop singer and entrepreneur, Damian Cray. Cray's software company is about to release a new game with profits going to the anti-drug effort throughout the world, but Alex discovers that Cray isn't what he says and the game has much more sinister implications.

Eagle Strike is the name of the video game that Cray is about to release and is also the title of this fourth entry in the Alex Rider series. Once again, Alex is faced with another threat that might end the world. In this book, we start to see the toll that Alex's adventures are taking on him and his life. Sabina is the first real friend that Alex has had other than Jack, so she is important to him, but life has been difficult for Alex, and these new threats make it tough for Alex to maintain friendships. As with the other books in the series, there is lots of thrills, action, and suspense, while the plot is a little over the top. Overall, however, Eagle Strike is a very enjoyable story with a satisfying conclusion.
3 1/2 stars. ( )
  ftbooklover | Jan 16, 2022 |
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