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Operation Steel Claw is the Grimaldi Twin's secret operation, soon foiled by Alex Rider, in Never Say Die.


The purpose was to hurriedly raise money for the Grimaldi brothers after the collapse of SCORPIA, an organisation both men were previously affiliated with.


Stage One

The Serbian pilot Dragana Novak would steal the Sikorsky CH-53E from the Suffolk Air Show after she poisoned the pilots of the helicopter. She would fly away without anyone noticing, and landing it miles away, where it was hid in a windmill, far before any officials could find it.

Meanwhile, bus driver Jane Vosper would drive 52 students from Linton Hall onto the road, also without anybody noticing. There, she would use a poison as well, feeding the security guards with a box of chocolates, and they would be knocked unconscious.

Stage Two

The helicopter would be brought out of its hiding place, with its new driver, Slavko Novak. (Dragana being murdered by the Grimaldi's at the time) There, it would fly towards the bus with the many Linton Hall children with a powerful magnet attached to the helicopter's bottom. The helicopter would attach itself to the roof of the bus. It was then for the helicopter to lift up the bus and carry on with it.

The helicopter, with the bus attached to its magnet, was to be lifted to an ancient steam train on tracks. There, it would release the bus onto one of the train's carriages, and it would disappear.

The steam train would drive to an abandoned coal processing factory, where the Grimaldi's would hold hostage of all the children in the bus. They would demand a ransom for the kids, since they were the offspring of the most powerful people in the world, at a price of 250 million dollars. It was up to the parents to cover the shortfall, for families that did not have sufficient amounts of money. Jack Starbright would take care of the kids while the twins would wait for their money.


  • Alex Rider discovered that Jack Starbright was alive and somewhere else, (since in Scorpia Rising, Alex was led to believe that she was dead,) which lead him to a journey that put him in face with the Grimaldi Twins.
  • Alex destroyed the Grimaldi's cruise ship, the Quicksilver, which was a temporary setback.
  • Alex followed the helicopter and steam train, leading him to the abandoned coal factory.
  • Alex helped the 52 children escape from the facility.
  • Alex also indirectly killed the Grimaldi Twins.