I've read spy book before but was never really a fan of the genre. Never into the whole James Bond or Mission Impossible stuff. Found them all to be a little too boring. But something compelled me to pick up Anthony Horowitz's Stormbreaker. I think it must have been the article I read about the writer some time ago. According to the article, Horowitz is a genius in writing and his style smooth. I trusted the article and got all excited about this writer.
I, who never liked spy novels, picked up a copy of Stormbreaker and fell in love with the story! It was so exciting to read!
The story is actually the beginning of a series about a 14-year-old Alex Rider who was reluctantly turned into a teenage James Bond after the death of his uncle -who incidently is also a spy himself working for the famous MI6. He was 'blackmailed' into accepting a mission to investigate a multi millionare named Herod Sayle who has graciously offered to supply every school in Britain with his own manufactured computer called the Stormbreaker (Hence, the name of the book). MI6 was suspicious of the man's activites and wanted Alex to go for a 'simple' mission. Alex is the only one who can find out the truth as all other spies before him (including his uncle) had died mysterious and 'accidental' deaths. Alex, equipped with some nifty gadgets set out on this mission. One of the inventions I found quite handy is the Game Boy that when fitted with different game cartridges functions as different things like a fax machine or a 'bug' detector device.
Overall, the story is quite quick paced and very exciting. It's a real page turner! The plot itself is laced with action and mystery! I gotta say, Alex Rider is one heck of a hero! He's the reluctant hero that never gets the credit he deserves and could be careless at times! Once, he very nearly revealed to Sayle that he was a spy! Thankfully, he has a quick mind and could cover up for himself. Of course, he's only 14 and you can't really expect him to be the perfect spy right? I mean, even James Bond has his weaknesses!
Anyhow, I finished this book next to no time and am waiting for my pocket to be magically refilled with money before I go and buy the second book: Point Blanc.
And oh yeah, even though I enjoyed Horowitz's story I don't think I'll be picking up another spy series anytime soon! Still find them all to be a little too repetitive. I mean, the plotlines don't run too far from each other and I honestly think that Horowitz is the only writer who can really deviate from the typical plot! But hey, that's only my own opinion!
Btw, the book cost RM29.90 and is published by Walker. Thought you ought to know! :D ~JL # 2:08 PM