Gr 7-10-Fifth in the series of Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider Adventures (Philomel, 2005), Scorpia picks up where the previous book, Eagle Strike (Philomel, 2004; Recorded Books, 2005), left off. The 14-year-old schoolboy secret agent finds himself in Venice after he hears the words of dying assassin Yassen Gregorovich: "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny." So he travels to Venice with his friend Tom to foil the evil plot of Scorpia, a terrorist organization, to kill thousands of London children and to discover his dead father's identity. Insinuating himself into the good graces of Julia Rothman, one of Scorpia's evil executives, he makes his way down a tortuous path of sinister doings and deeds that leads to the explosive ending Horowitz fans crave. Narrator Simon Prebble, a veteran of British stage and radio, narrates this gripping adventure story with charm, gusto, and poise. Through his voice, Alex comes to life as a schoolboy, spy, and adventurer. An excellent addition to teen collections.-Larry Cooperman, Seminole High School, Sanford, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The fifth entry in the Alex Rider Adventure series by Anthony Horowitz, Scorpia follows 14-year-old Alex to Italy, after he learns that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, and the teen gets swept up in a murderous scheme of his own. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.