By: Anthony Horowitz
It took place in London, at first, but as the story progresses, the setting changes to a fictional place called Port Tallon, where Sayle Enterprises, the manufacturer of the Stormbreaker computers, is located.
When Alex’s uncle, Ian, is killed in a ‘car crash’, Alex decides to investigate. He soon finds out that his uncle was never a banker, but a spy working for the MI6, and did not die in a car crash, but was killed by a contract killer, Yassen Grogorovich. Then MI6 tells Alex that he was being trained by his uncle to be a spy, and is blackmailed by MI6 to go to Sayle Enterprises to find out more about the inventor of the Stormbreaker, Herod Sayle (Darrius Sayle in the 2006 film), who would be giving one free Stormbreaker to each schoolchild in England, as MI6 was suspicious about his generous action. When Sayle’s accomplice, Nadia Vole, finds out that Alex is a spy, she ties him up and Sayle tells him about his plan to have each Stormbreaker filled with viruses (I mean the viruses that kill you, not the computer ones) so that he could kill all the schoolchildren as revenge because he was bullied by the prime minister when they were young, and wanted the prime minister to pay for what he had done to him. After Sayle leaves to meet the prime minister for the launch of the Stormbreaker, Vole frees Alex, telling him that he was also another MI6 agent. Alex believes her, but she sent Alex falling into a trapdoor, landing into Sayle’s tank with his deadly Portuguese man o’ war. Alex destroys the tank, with the Acne Cream (not an acne cream, but a cream that dissolves metal) that Derek Smithers, the gadget inventor of MI6, invented. The tank collapses and the Portuguese man o’ war crashed onto Nadia Vole’s face, killing her. Then, Alex escapes onto a helicopter and parachutes down, destroying the fingerprint sensor that would activate the smallpox virus. However, Sayle escapes, and Alex chases him to the top floor of a building. However, Alex is cornered by Sayle, who has a pistol in his hand. Luckily, just as Sayle was about too shoot Alex, Yasses Gregorovich, the assassin who killed Alex’s uncle, arrives in a helicopter, and killed Sayle the same way he killed Ian.
The main characters in this book are Herod Sayle, Alex Rider, and MI6. I like Alex Rider, the protagonist the most, as he is brave and smart.
I feel that this book is very interesting, and I was engrossed the moment I started reading it, and I have finished reading all the other books in the series (1. Stormbreaker 2. Point Blanc 3. Skeleton Key 4. Eagle Strike 5. Scorpia 6. Ark Angel 7. Snakehead 8. Crocodile Tears 9. Scorpia Rising 10. Russian Rouette 11. Never Say Die 12. Nightshade)! If you want to read the whole Alex Rider adventure, make sure you buy the whole series!