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Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider)

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They survive, and luckily all three are rescued by a man named Rahim, whose origins are currently unknown. My only complains are after a while the villains are pretty cookie cutter and again the plot fluctuates between believable and fantasy. Things start moving pretty slowly, and initially it seems as though once again Anthony has no qualms in boring his readers with overly descriptive passages.

I really don't want the series to end and I hope that Alex gets suited back up once more really soon. Anthony Horowitz needs to realise that eight books on, his formula is starting to get a liiiiitle bit old - it works when you are younger, but I guess the series just doesn't hold the same appeal for me anymore. In fact, the guy seems too good to be true: a champion-caliber boxer with a career-ending injury, a botched plastic surgery job to fix his face, a fortune earned in property development only to be caught in an insurance scam and sent to jail, a conversion to Christianity while in jail, even becoming a pastor, and finally founding a charity for the purpose of quickly responding to crisis areas around the globe.

I’m plowing through them at a rate of one a month this year so, since it is August, this must be the eighth book in the series.

When i think there really couldn't be any more you could throw at Alex and continue this series Anthony finds another way to extend this story even more. However, when they land for refuelling at Laikipia, McCain (who used his larger plane to escape the flooding of his base) appears and shoots Rahim dead. This began with two Sherlock Holmes continuation novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, followed by my entry into the world of James Bond with Trigger Mortis. I was okay with this part, other than the fact it seems quite obvious than Anthony has never really been to India. Forced to ask MI6 for protection, Alex finds himself being manipulated in a deadly game that could lead to the destruction of an entire East African country, but Alex manages to kill Desmond McCain in the end.These story's are gripping moving and sometimes disturbing but that's what makes them so hard to put down.

There needs to be a fresher plot, a more interesting villain, or some character development for Alex. Anthony Horowitz becomes about 70% creepier as you begin to wonder just how much time he spent dwelling on creating the perfect kidnapping.Just as McCain is about to shoot him, Alex uses a leaking petrol drum and a gelignite pen to initiate an explosion that sets McCain on fire, burning him to death. He works for an Indian Intelligence Agency hell-bent on taking revenge on the bad guy for orchestrating the bombing in India. For the uninitiated, and with the books selling in the millions of copies so I can't believe there can be many of those left, Alex is a fourteen year old boy who lives in London and sometimes works with MI-6, Great Britain's version of the CIA. I found that this was number 8 in a series about a young boy, Alex Rider, fourteen years old, who has been recruited by MI6, part of British intelligence. Kidnapped and flown off to Africa, Alex learns the full horror of McCain's plot: to create an epic disaster that will kill millions.

Samantha Redwing, the Chief Science Officer, analyses the sample but cannot make out anything dangerous about it. He was first introduced to the British intelligence agency when his uncle was murdered on a mission, and Alex was recruited to go and finish the job. He succeeds in breaking in and downloading the entire contents of Straik's computer, but Straik appears and he is forced to hide behind a large mirror. Alex has come up with some clever ways on how he gets out of situations and i'm always surprised when he does because so many of these situations are impossible to get out of but Alex always does.Alex has actually had a couple of months respite since his last mission in Australia ( Snakehead) and he’s beginning to think he may have finally put his relationship with MI-6 in the past. When Rahim passes out due to sickness, Alex takes it upon himself to message RAW and MI6 and then destroy the crops, while the new Prime Ministersummons Blunt and Mrs Jones to a meeting at 10 Downing Street to discuss Alex's message and authorising an Royal Air Force attack on the fields, as well as telling Blunt that he cannot use Alex any more. I also thought the message about the corruptness of some charitable organisations, and that a person's humanity not their circumstances make a man, was quite interesting. However, while there, he is ambushed by three Chinese men, who claim that they have come for revenge for Major Yu, and they try to kill him. He nearly gets roasted alive, but somehow or another, he is immune to such things as toxic smoke inhalation and limps off homewards, all fine and dandy.

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