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Stormbreaker de Anthony Horowitz
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Stormbreaker (edició 2000)

de Anthony Horowitz (Autor)

Sèrie: Alex Rider (1)

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After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
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Títol:Stormbreaker
Autors:Anthony Horowitz (Autor)
Informació:scholastic (2000), 192 pages
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Stormbreaker (2000) (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz. I was intrigued by this book just by the name of the author. I have enjoyed his work, from Midsomer Murders to Foyle’s War, and his various Murder books as well as his forays into the world of Sherlock Holmes. I thought it was high time to see what the fuss of Alex Rider was all about.
First off, the Rider books are aimed at a teenaged/young adult audience. Not to say older audiences can’t enjoy them, you’ll just have to suspend some of your preconceived notions as to what government agencies can and can not do.
When his uncle dies, his only living relative, suspicions arise within the 14 year-old Rider’s mind. He investigates the “accidental crash” that killed the older man and discovers bullet holes in the car. From there on he is involved in a series of even more dire scenarios, all of which he survives. Fortunately for him, Alex’s uncle Ian has had him involved in high-level confidence activities throughout his young life. Martial arts, surfing, name any type of outdoor, physically demanding activity and Alex has probably not only been opened to it but mastered it. And when MI6, British Intelligence, comes calling, Alex soon realizes they hadn’t been on vacation so much as training for his future in the spy game. A game he want’s no part of but reluctantly agrees to be used by MI6 to get his uncle’s killer.
The is a nefarious evil mastermind millionaire who is determined to kill England’s children. And he has an evil, disfigured assistant called Mr. Grin. I dare you to guess why.
The reason for the evil strike at the heart of England is fully explained, and any bullied youth can agree to the actions that are being taken, to a degree. But through a series of daring action scenes that rapidly pile one upon the other, young Mr. Rider manages to outsmart the adults and save the day, and no, I’m not giving anything away,
For its intended market, this is the start to a series of thrilling adventure tales that leaves reality behind and more than makes up for it with force of personality and the ability of any teen to imagine they are the hero. Like Bond before him, Alex Rider is totally unbelievable, no matter how mech we might wish to be him.
This is a fine introduction to this Devil-may-care series and Alex makes a nice hero. But you might have second thoughts about the addition of product placements and so much male-oriented details about cars, motorbikes and so forth. That the book imperials the youthful hero in every chapter has to be overlooked as being merely fiction and not a call to arms that can actually get young do-gooders into series trouble.
And you might not like the hero’s superior attitude, but that is an aspect of his character that is appealing to the reader.
I can understand why this is a favorite read for the younger set and, if you are looking for adventure you could do worse than this series. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Jun 2, 2022 |
Alex Rider is told that his uncle, Ian, has been killed in a car crash, but Alex doesn't believe it. When he finds the car that was supposedly wrecked at a local junkyard, the only thing wrong with it are the bullet holes in the windshield. After he is almost crushed in the car, Alex meets Mr. Blunt and Mrs. Jones who tell him that his father didn't work for a bank. He was an MI6 agent, and they want Alex to take his place. When Alex refuses, they threaten to send his caregiver, Jack, back to America and send him to an institution. Alex has no choice but to do what they ask.

Stormbreaker is the action packed first book in the Alex Rider series. Right away we learn that Alex has skills that Ian taught him preparing him for whatever might come, so he isn't completely unskilled. What we don't learn much about is Alex's personality. There isn't much time for Alex to show grief or for his character to be developed. Also none of the other characters in the story are well developed either. Even though, this story packs a punch with the amount of action and adventure squashed into a small number of pages, some of it is over the top and difficult to believe. Overall, however, Stormbreaker is a fun adventure and terrific beginning to this series. 3 1/2 stars. ( )
  ftbooklover | Jan 12, 2022 |
This book required the sort of willing suspension of disbelief that I do not naturally possess. While an interesting premise, and not badly executed, the plot really left something to be desired in terms of believable details. There is a great deal of standard trope here, with pretty much the entire plot forecast from the beginning. It's perfectly readable though, and I can understand why it would be so popular among its target audience. ( )
  fionaanne | Nov 11, 2021 |
Stormbreaker is about an ordinary 14-year old boy who turns into a super spy. It’s like James Bond for kids. The plot is amazing. It’s super fast-paced and suspenseful. It’s a great book for children (elementary/middle school), and it is sure to keep action-lovers reading for a while. The story begins when Alex’s unce is killed in a “car accident,” but there are bullet holes in his car. Alex knows something is up with the story. He soon finds out that his uncle was working with the British intelligence agency, MI6. MI6 takes Alex in to pick up where his uncle left off in a mission. The only issue I had with this book is that Alex got way too lucky way too often, and it made it pretty unbelievable; however, for the target audience this will likely not matter. ( )
  HaydenC123 | Nov 5, 2021 |
Alex Rider is basically like that 90's cartoon series "James Bond Jr." There's lots of action and it's fun to see undercover secret agent stories unfold from a kid's perspective. An easy read and one I recommend for middle school aged children that will also keep the parents attention. ( )
  doerrhb | Oct 31, 2021 |
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Dürr, KarlheinzÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Evans, GreyTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Lindforss, PeterTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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He had torn the fence out of the ground. Alex ran over to the man and examined him. For a moment he thought it might be Yassen, but it was a younger man, dark haired, ugly. The man was unconscious but still breathing. The flamethrower lay extinguished on the ground beside him. Behind him he heard the other bike, some distance away but closing. Whoever these people were, they had tired to run him down, to cut him in half, and to incinerate him. He had to find a way out before they really got serious. (P. 139-140)

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