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The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them.


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The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The sniper’s bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive . . . just in time for more trouble to come his way. When kidnappers attempt to snatch a fellow patient from the exclusive hospital where Alex is recovering, he knows he has to stop him. But the boy he saves is no ordinary patient: He is the son of Nikolai Drevin, one of the richest men in the world. The eccentric billionaire has been targeted by Force Three, a group of eco-terrorists who claim his project Ark Angel—the first luxury hotel in outer space—is a danger to the environment. Soon Alex discovers that Force Three will stop at nothing to destroy Ark Angel, even if it means sending four hundred tons of molten glass and steel hurtling down to Earth and killing millions . . . unless Alex can stop them.

30 review for Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz Unabridged Playaway Audiobook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Buckby

    Sometimes it's the tiniest things that can mean the difference between life and death. another thrilling story apart of the Alex Rider series thats full of action, humour and suspense this series is just getting better and better. Plot: This story picks up after the events of the previous book where Alex is now in hospital after surviving an attack where he was almost killed by an assassin. I love that these books always give a refresher on the previous book so if you ever take a break from th Sometimes it's the tiniest things that can mean the difference between life and death. another thrilling story apart of the Alex Rider series thats full of action, humour and suspense this series is just getting better and better. Plot: This story picks up after the events of the previous book where Alex is now in hospital after surviving an attack where he was almost killed by an assassin. I love that these books always give a refresher on the previous book so if you ever take a break from this series you always get a refresher on the events from the other books. Alex in this book is broken and wanting to leave MI6 and being a spy behind but now that he is so far deep into this world he cannot leave it. But i really enjoyed seeing the emotion that Alex was showing in this book because he was ready to leave but after a group of guys come in looking for someone he snaps back into action. This is a recurring theme throughout the book because you can truly see how broken Alex is and he doesn't know who to trust anymore and rightly so. I would like to see Alex have some friends to actually stay in his life and not leave him because with him only being 14 years old, i feel like he could use some friends to help him through everything that he's being through and not just up and leave him. I'm not sure how much time has passed in this book but i would love to see Alex age a little bit maybe go up to either 15 or 16. However over the course of these first six books Alex has matured so much and grown over the course of the books you could mistake him for being a little older. Alex makes a jump over the pond and leaves Europe for this mission and we see Alex off to the USA where he is asked by the CIA this time for help on this new mission. Alex however is really reluctant to join this mission and actually wanting to leave this life behind however he finally accepts and moves forward with helping the CIA. One thing that i wasn't expecting was for the CIA to literally blast Alex off into space to stop a bomb going to Ark Angel to destroy Washington. In true Alex rider fashion he is able to stop the bomb and gets out of any danger and descends down back to earth. Now Alex has landed near Australia and i think the next book will be centred in Australia and i cannot wait to see where the plot is taken next in book seven.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Percy Bolondo

    Here is a list of all the best alex rider novels. 1- Ark Angel: Since 1979's Moonraker, sending spies up in space was almost a taboo. But in the sixth edition of the AR series, Horowitz has made it sensational to read and even more fantastic to imagine. Major thumbs up, the best! 2- Point Blanc (or Blank, depending where it was released): An ingenious plot. Usually cloning would be a rather overlooked thing, but it was pitched perfectly in this book. Especially the fight at the end, absolute gold! Here is a list of all the best alex rider novels. 1- Ark Angel: Since 1979's Moonraker, sending spies up in space was almost a taboo. But in the sixth edition of the AR series, Horowitz has made it sensational to read and even more fantastic to imagine. Major thumbs up, the best! 2- Point Blanc (or Blank, depending where it was released): An ingenious plot. Usually cloning would be a rather overlooked thing, but it was pitched perfectly in this book. Especially the fight at the end, absolute gold! 3- Scorpia Rising: The last book in the series is one of the best. One of the saddest plots of the series though, with one of the main characters dying. But that makes the book even better. Alex is the edgiest he's even been in the final installment. A classic. 4- Scorpia: A very good book, although slightly overrated. Scorpia is still a good read, with scintillating twists and turns. 5- Stormbreaker: Pretty dry at first, but livens up later on. Shortest book in the series, but still a fan favourite. 6- Eagle Strike: One of the more overlooked books in the series. Entertaining, but not as good as the first three. 7- Skeleton Key and Snakehead: Those two are tied for seventh. Skeleton Key is an entertaining read, but somehow the plot just becomes rather unrealistic and Snakehead was good fun, but it lacked a glue that previous stories had. 9- Crocodile Tears: Probably the most disappointing entry into the Alex Rider series. Although it has its good moments, such as Alex winning the poker game and the car veering off a cliff, the book seems rather strange and the plot sometimes seems a bit ridiculous. I won't give it a miss, but probably not up to the standards of the previous books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    Oh, my. I mean, I knew Alex Rider was courageous and very, very reckless, but to actually borrow someone’s identity in order to save said person from being kidnapped? That’s more than brave. That’s selfless and admirable. Not many people would do what Alex Rider did, or am I wrong? So of course, he is rewarded for his actions, especially since he could have died (though that’s not news). And Alex, modest as ever, wants nothing in return. On the contrary, he keeps doubting and questioning the circu Oh, my. I mean, I knew Alex Rider was courageous and very, very reckless, but to actually borrow someone’s identity in order to save said person from being kidnapped? That’s more than brave. That’s selfless and admirable. Not many people would do what Alex Rider did, or am I wrong? So of course, he is rewarded for his actions, especially since he could have died (though that’s not news). And Alex, modest as ever, wants nothing in return. On the contrary, he keeps doubting and questioning the circumstances in which he was kidnapped. Something smells fishy. Alex and MI6 are a team again, though it will take time before he can forget what happened in the previous sequels. Let’s just say that being lied to and shot at was not in his plans. But because that happened, he now performs even better during his missions, since he is more careful in some ways, though I don’t think he will ever stop taking risks. That’s understandable, however, as it is part of his job description. LOVED the action scenes. ***I have to say that it doesn’t make sense for Alex to be 14 anymore. The guy on my book cover looks 18. I want Alex to grow up physically too, not just mentally. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a loop of time and that’s just unrealistic. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  4. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Engaging, Emotional & Brilliant Action! Engaging, Emotional & Brilliant Action!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Mcconnell

    In the book Ark Angle it was about an English schoolboy who was only 14 years old. He was recruited into the MI6 British secret intelligence; they are sort of like CIA but a British version. The story seems to sort of have 2 different stories to it but it is still one story. In all the books they take place in London the main characters name is Alex Rider, in the begging of the book he tends to all ways make trouble and in the middle of the book he ends up being safe and at the last 40 pages he In the book Ark Angle it was about an English schoolboy who was only 14 years old. He was recruited into the MI6 British secret intelligence; they are sort of like CIA but a British version. The story seems to sort of have 2 different stories to it but it is still one story. In all the books they take place in London the main characters name is Alex Rider, in the begging of the book he tends to all ways make trouble and in the middle of the book he ends up being safe and at the last 40 pages he tends to be in the worse life or death situation. My favorite part of the book was the ending when he has about 25 seconds to get into the escape pod in Ark Angel, which is supposed to be the first hotel space satiation in space for tourist. This book so far in the series is my favorite and met past my expectations. What made me read this book was title sounded cool. I recomened you read it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Therese

    «I thought most kids would give their right arm to go into outer space. Haven’t you ever dreamt of becoming an astronaut?» «No,» Alex said, «I always wanted to be a train driver.» I really didn't think this book could get crazier than Scorpia. And then Anthony Horowitz sent Alex to space to defuse a bomb. So yeah. That's a thing that happened. The audiobook narrator makes the most insane American accent in this, I think it's supposed to be a New Yorker accent and it sounds bonkers. But even wit «I thought most kids would give their right arm to go into outer space. Haven’t you ever dreamt of becoming an astronaut?» «No,» Alex said, «I always wanted to be a train driver.» I really didn't think this book could get crazier than Scorpia. And then Anthony Horowitz sent Alex to space to defuse a bomb. So yeah. That's a thing that happened. The audiobook narrator makes the most insane American accent in this, I think it's supposed to be a New Yorker accent and it sounds bonkers. But even with that, the audiobook is excellent as always, he makes Alex sound so sassy, it's amazing. This was definitely crazier than book 5, Scorpia, and I know I said in that review that I base a lot on my rating on how crazy it gets, but I'm still giving this a lower rating, because I didn't think there was a lot of interesting character work in this one. I felt like Scorpia really taught us something about Alex and gave him a new depth, and Ark Angel just didn't have that. The thing is, this series does a very typical middle grade thing where the main character doesn't really progress. Alex is still the same age as he was in book 1, when he should be older. Nobody is saying that he needs to be 26 by the time the series ends, but maybe have him get a year older every four books or so? He could be 14 in books 1-4, 15 in books 5-8, and 16 in books 8-12. That way he doesn't get a lot older, he doesn't age out of being a teenage spy, he doesn't need to get serious about girls and relationships (not that you ever need to do that), but there is still some progress. (Of course that depends on hoe long Anthony Horowitz is planning to keep this series going.) Because it's not just Alex not getting older that is the problem, there is also not a lot of character development for Alex. It's book 6 and he still just wants to be an "ordinary school boy". Don't get me wrong, half of the entertainment in these books comes from Alex being he most unwilling spy ever, like he is grumpy and we love him for it, but it wouldn't hurt to sprinkle in just a little character development for him. All of this isn't really this book's fault, it's the same for all the books in the series so far really, but this is when it finally started to annoy me. I didn't think there was anything especially problematic in this book, but as always I'm not the expert. There is this one character who is kind of a business woman, and Alex complains about her not smiling enough, not being friendly enough when she's so pretty, and it's all very annoying to read about. (view spoiler)[(And then it turns out that she was just acting, pretending to be unfriendly, because of course a pretty woman can't just be focused on her career and has to be super friendly to 14 year old boys all the time). (hide spoiler)] But that's just a small complaint.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    Young Alex Rider, the victim of an assassin’s bullet to the chest at the very end of the previous book, is recovering in hospital in London. He befriends another lad in the room next to his who, unbeknownst to Alex, is the heir to one of the biggest fortunes in the world. When a group of thugs come to kidnap the heir, Alex switches nameplates on the doors and proceeds to take the fight to the enemy in his usual clever ways. Alex has a history of getting dragged into one dangerous adventure after Young Alex Rider, the victim of an assassin’s bullet to the chest at the very end of the previous book, is recovering in hospital in London. He befriends another lad in the room next to his who, unbeknownst to Alex, is the heir to one of the biggest fortunes in the world. When a group of thugs come to kidnap the heir, Alex switches nameplates on the doors and proceeds to take the fight to the enemy in his usual clever ways. Alex has a history of getting dragged into one dangerous adventure after another, whether by design of MI-6 or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And despite swearing to never get involved again, he just can’t turn his back on a friend in need. The hospital adventure is just the beginning of a trail of connected perils including having to escape from the top of a burning building, surviving a high-speed go-cart race with a deadly opponent, escaping a scuba-diving death trap in a sunken ship, evading gun-wielding criminals while kite surfing, and being launched into space to prevent an explosion that would destroy Washington DC. It’s quite a journey for Alex Rider but Anthony Horowitz does his usual fine job of telling the story with adrenaline-charged plotting mixed with a passionate regard for his character. Part of the action this time around occurs in the US and with the CIA so Alex is gaining a reputation in both hemispheres now. Once again, the MBGC (main bad guy character) is a worthy one, similar to the diabolical masterminds of typical James Bond villains. These books are pure fun to read. I suppose they can be read as stand-alones (each one is a distinctly separate adventure) I would highly recommend they be read in order. The larger story arc that details Alex’s development is fundamental to the series. Bring on the next one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    El Hyrst

    https://inkandplasma.wordpress.com/20... We're disappointed but not surprised that we're still on the 'evil people have something physically wrong with them' train. I'm not going to spend ages talking about this, because if you've read all the reviews so far you'll be sick of me complaining about this - but disfigurement/unconventional appearances doesn't make people 'a freak' or 'hideous' and saying that just makes you a dick 🙃 This one wasn't as bad as other entries in the series, but I'm alrea https://inkandplasma.wordpress.com/20... We're disappointed but not surprised that we're still on the 'evil people have something physically wrong with them' train. I'm not going to spend ages talking about this, because if you've read all the reviews so far you'll be sick of me complaining about this - but disfigurement/unconventional appearances doesn't make people 'a freak' or 'hideous' and saying that just makes you a dick 🙃 This one wasn't as bad as other entries in the series, but I'm already partway through the next book at time of writing this and I know it's not getting better. Sigh. I do love the chronic pain rep in this. I'd forgotten all about it, but I like the fact that Alex being shot in the chest in the previous entry isn't just healed up and forgotten about. He doesn't have plot armour, he was seriously injured and it explicitly talks about the fact that Alex will have chronic pain for the rest of his life. A lot of books will injure characters seriously, then totally gloss over any long term implications of that. Ark Angel is only in the first stages of his recovery, but I'm hoping that this won't be forgotten in later entries in the series because it's nice to see some respectful, sensible chronic pain rep and realistic healing processes. I hope we see some realistic chronic pain management and rep in later books, because it's not something that's shown a lot in younger audience books. I really get the impression from these books that Anthony Horowitz puts a lot of research into this series, and in my editions of the books there's an afterword in each discussing different aspects (i.e. locations, weapons, gadgets) and I find them really interesting to read. I'd love to get a look at his writing research notes. The threat in this series is really pervasive. I love seeing Alex in a situation that's supposed to be safe when we know that he's absolutely not safe at all. It made an interesting change to our usual dynamic where Alex is on edge and prepared for disaster. I was stressed, waiting for Alex to catch a goddamn clue. There's a scene in a shipwreck that is so damn unnerving that I think it might have made my fear of the ocean worse just by reading it. I love thriller writing that can have that effect on me, I want to feel scared even though I know it's going to end up okay. The main antagonist of Ark Angel is one of my favourite 'Rider villains'. He really creeps up on you, and it's brilliant writing that makes the cracks start to show and the reader start to feel like something is not right before we actually know what's going on. The space aspect of this book? God, it's just fucking nonsense and I love it. The CIA and NASA sending a fourteen year old boy up into space in a ship built to carry a chimpanzee because he's their last chance at saving the world and they definitely couldn't find a grown, trained adult with a small frame? Perfect, I love it. The space aspect gave us a gory anti-gravity scene that was literally so gross I cringed, and it generally made the book's 'evil plot' unexpected and fascinating. I really loved the way that the plan developed into something completely off-the-wall and it was nice to see something very different after having a few nuclear threat focused stories in a row, and Force Three were fun to read about after again having a few homogeneous terrorist organisations. They also had a few very valid points about the environment and sustainability so it's a shame they ended up being supremely evil.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jerome

    In this book Alex is 14 years old. The book begins with him in the hospital (evidently the fallout from something at the end of book 5). In short order, he's disabled 4 men and then is kidnapped by a 5th while Alex is trying to prevent the kidnapping of the patient in the room next to him. He almost has a finger chopped off, must escape a burning building from a locked room, almost gets killed in a vicious go-cart race, sees the death of a big-time soccer star, has a secret meeting with the CIA, In this book Alex is 14 years old. The book begins with him in the hospital (evidently the fallout from something at the end of book 5). In short order, he's disabled 4 men and then is kidnapped by a 5th while Alex is trying to prevent the kidnapping of the patient in the room next to him. He almost has a finger chopped off, must escape a burning building from a locked room, almost gets killed in a vicious go-cart race, sees the death of a big-time soccer star, has a secret meeting with the CIA, gets locked away in an underwater wreck while scuba-ing, sneaks into a guarded spaceport, is locked into an animal cage, is sent into space, has a life or death fight in a space station, moves a bomb, and barely detaches from the station in time to avoid sure death. All this in approximately 300 pages. Sending a freaking kid into outer space with a few injections and some brief instructions was a bit much... And the terrorists at the beginning figure that locking Alex into an old building and setting it on fie from the basement is th ebest way to kill him...but still one guy disobeys orders to stay in a freakin' BURNING BUILDING just to fire a few bullets at Alex for personal revenge...which Alex somehow dodges by leaping backwards...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Super fun. Poor Alex can't catch a break, but the escapes get more crazy with every book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandon V

    This book is really good, I like how the CIA keeps getting alex to come back and do one more job for them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Slater

    This one was action packed and full of suspense and mystery. THUMBS UP!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Dyck

    After the last book's cliffhanger ending, Alex Rider returns, and he's thrown right back into the action. Lots of creative, high-stakes action scenes, some that I quite enjoyed. The villain with the map tattooed across his head was memorable. And I did NOT expect what happened in the last couple of chapters. I don't think Alex could get much more death-defying than that!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yulia

    This is the 6th book in the Alex Rider series and one were Alex has little to do with MI6 at all, but seems to be 'at the wrong place, at the wrong time'. Honestly I don't really know why but this book didn't really pull me into it as much as the others. I feel like the plot here was much more predictable, and what he was expected to do by adults simply insane. However I have to say that in the end i did enjoy it despite the predictable plot. Alex Rider was as always a fun character to read about This is the 6th book in the Alex Rider series and one were Alex has little to do with MI6 at all, but seems to be 'at the wrong place, at the wrong time'. Honestly I don't really know why but this book didn't really pull me into it as much as the others. I feel like the plot here was much more predictable, and what he was expected to do by adults simply insane. However I have to say that in the end i did enjoy it despite the predictable plot. Alex Rider was as always a fun character to read about, especially the way he seems to get out of absolutely any situation. ***** SPOILERS AHEAD ***** The parts of the plot that were most predictable were the fact that Tamara was with the CIA. I mean I didn't know it straight away but i did know it as soon as the CIA said they had an agent there. I also knew straight away that Magnus Payne was Kaspar.. I really don't know how i connected that but probably because of how his face was described as fake looking.. I did enjoy that Alex actually got to speak to someone more his own age, but I don't think they will meet again... I really don't know what else to say about this other than the fact that I really want read the next book so i can get to the last one... I can't wait to read about that assassin... so end of rant.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lila Kims

    That. Was. EPIC. It doesn't quite get five stars (actual rating is proooobably 4.5?) because the first 3/4 or so of the book isn't very exceptional. Still really, really good, of course! But OH MY GOODNESS, THAT LAST SECTION. So much wow. So much epic. So much heart-pounding, awe-inspiring amazingness. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!! The following is a big spoiler, so be ye warned: (view spoiler)[ALEX WENT TO SPACE. HE EXPERIENCED ZERO GRAVITY AND FLOATED AROUND IN A SPACE STATION AND GOT TO SEE EARTH THROUGH ONE That. Was. EPIC. It doesn't quite get five stars (actual rating is proooobably 4.5?) because the first 3/4 or so of the book isn't very exceptional. Still really, really good, of course! But OH MY GOODNESS, THAT LAST SECTION. So much wow. So much epic. So much heart-pounding, awe-inspiring amazingness. EEEEEEEEEK!!!!! The following is a big spoiler, so be ye warned: (view spoiler)[ALEX WENT TO SPACE. HE EXPERIENCED ZERO GRAVITY AND FLOATED AROUND IN A SPACE STATION AND GOT TO SEE EARTH THROUGH ONE OF THE WINDOWS AND I'M FREAKING OUT BECAUSE IT WAS AWESOME AND ALEX IS EPIC AND... AND... YEAH. (hide spoiler)] I love Alex Rider. The series and the character. I just love it - him - SO MUCH.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marte

    I'd have given this 2.5 stars if possible, but I have rounded it up to three to be nice. I enjoyed the use of an MRI machine to take out a bad guy, learning the secret behind tightrope walking, and the diving and space scenes. I didn't like how extremely unrealistic this series is becoming, the use of yet another rich, crazy villain and the rushed ending. I thought the book would end with a cliffhanger, with the main action happening in the next book, but in the end the author rushed the scenes I'd have given this 2.5 stars if possible, but I have rounded it up to three to be nice. I enjoyed the use of an MRI machine to take out a bad guy, learning the secret behind tightrope walking, and the diving and space scenes. I didn't like how extremely unrealistic this series is becoming, the use of yet another rich, crazy villain and the rushed ending. I thought the book would end with a cliffhanger, with the main action happening in the next book, but in the end the author rushed the scenes in the space station and the novel came to an abrupt halt. I will still read the next two (and the 9th when it comes out), and I hope they will be more along the lines of Skeleton Key and Scorpia.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    2.5 This was actually better than I remember as a kid, but the ending is still ridiculous! I mean, I do know it's for kids, but I definitely found it ridiculous back then too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    What a crazy ride! This one has a very convoluted plot and lots of action and intensity; it almost feels like a video game!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    First read in 2005-ish Relisten in 2020 (Write-Up Below And Taken from The Pewter Wolf) Reread Time! I did warn you guys that this year, seeing as 2020 will be my tenth year of book blogging (October, I believe), I did want to do some more past reads, whether that be something I chatted on the blog before or something from my youth. And I have been failing that. Oh well… but not for long… I first read Ark Angel when it first came out in April 2005 (NO ONE DO THE MATHS TO FIGURE OUT MY AGE!) and I First read in 2005-ish Relisten in 2020 (Write-Up Below And Taken from The Pewter Wolf) Reread Time! I did warn you guys that this year, seeing as 2020 will be my tenth year of book blogging (October, I believe), I did want to do some more past reads, whether that be something I chatted on the blog before or something from my youth. And I have been failing that. Oh well… but not for long… I first read Ark Angel when it first came out in April 2005 (NO ONE DO THE MATHS TO FIGURE OUT MY AGE!) and I remember very little about it. But I always had plans to go back into the series and reread some of the earlier books in the series and read the books I skipped. Been thinking this on and off since I read Never Say Die back in 2017 (Really? 2017?!). So, this year, on a random moment, I looked at my BorrowBox app and saw the series on there, I went “Oh, I really want to relisten to the second Alex Rider, Point Blanc, as it’s my fave and the TV adaption is based on this”. And then, one day after I DNFed another audiobook (wasn’t in right mindset for it. Am planning to go back to it one day), I was skimming it as none of my audiobooks I bought appealed to me and I saw Ark Angel was available to download instantly (the others I had to request and wait). So, on impulse, I requested and listened. After the shock ending at the end of book 5 in the series, Scorpia (I REALLY need to reread this. It’s such a goodie!), Alex is recovering in hospital. But he’s not going to recover for long as the body in the hospital room next door is going to get kidnap, Alex does a switch and gets himself kidnapped instead. Eco-terrorists Force 3, led by Kasper, are gunning for the boy’s father, Nikolei Drevin, one of the world’s wealthiest developers and the man who is single-handedly funding the first luxury outer-space hotel, Ark Angel. Alex manages to escape and, as a thank you for saving his son’s life, Nikolei offers Alex a holiday to rest, relax and becoming friends with his son, Paul… But the more time Alex spends with Nikolei, the more he feels uneasy around him. Something’s not quite right, and Alex might not be out of the spying game like he hoped… As you know if you follow me on social or read an earlier paragraph, I do like this series and I do plan of rereading a few Alex Riders (Point Blanc, definitely. Maybe Scorpia and Never Say Die) and reading some I haven’t (am gonna keep those under my hat for a while, but I am planning to read upcoming Alex Rider, Nightshade), but this is one of the books in the series in which, back then and even now, I feel is very much a “jump the shark” book, and I think most fans feel the same way. I mean, the book ends with Alex being forced to go into space. BONKERS! It’s Moonraker (the film, not the book) for kids! But I forget that they are elements in this book that, at the time, most have seems a far-off dream and yet, now, in 2020, they seems almost reality. Space travel (SpaceX and Virgin Galactic), millionaires buying football clubs, eco-terrorism and other aspects that feel a little too close to the bone with the UK news over the past few years (there was one scene that my brain flashed to Greenfell and I felt hugely uncomfortable, even though the situation in Ark Angel was so far different, I shouldn’t have made the connection). There are moments that did feel a little slow when audiobooking this. But I think this is because I was listening to this at work most days so could only do an hour or two here and there… most the time, though, the book and plot felt taut. A little off the wall in some places (again, ALEX WENT TO SPACE!) and some of the choices the narrator made with character voices was… er… interesting. Not awful, but just not what I was expecting. But it was nice and fun - and I do think the Alex Rider series is fun read - and I am looking forward to do a few more Alex Rider novels (and maybe one or two other Anthony Horowitz novels) throughout the course of 2020. Due to Corona, I might reread one of two Alex Rider novels, but we shall see...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent. Alex is recuperating in hospital after an assassination attempt, whilst there he becomes friendly with Paul, the boy next door, a Russian who is the son of a wealthy Russian Drevin. However, when he goes for a stroll in the middle of the night he witnesses a group of people breaking in to the hospital shooting the receptionist and making it clear they're Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series written by Anthony Horowitz. It stars Alexander "Alex" Rider, who is a teenaged MI6 agent. Alex is recuperating in hospital after an assassination attempt, whilst there he becomes friendly with Paul, the boy next door, a Russian who is the son of a wealthy Russian Drevin. However, when he goes for a stroll in the middle of the night he witnesses a group of people breaking in to the hospital shooting the receptionist and making it clear they're after his roommate. Alex has only minutes to think of something, he runs and manages to trick them into believing he's Paul and a chase all over the hospital begins, Alex takes out all four of the men in various ways but fails to notice a fifth who was driving. He finds himself kidnapped at gunpoint by the group who now appear to be part of a new group of terrorists called "Force Three". However, when they discover he's not Paul he's soon left to die in a burning building stopped from escaping downstairs by a man with a gun, leaving the only choice the roof. Using a mixture of skill and luck he manages to survive and gets invited for a two-week holiday with the Russian multi-millionaire and the son he saved, on Flamingo Bay, an island leased to Drevin by the British government and the site of launch for Ark Angel, the first hotel in space. Their holiday seems to be going well, until Alex sees some members from Force Three appears and eventually learns that the Drevin family isn't what they seem. Ark Angel is written rather well. Horowitz continues to put his protagonist in anther preposterous situation by having his neighbor in the hospital he is recuperating from a failed assassination attempt. As usual, Horowitz keeps the suspense high and the pages turning with a plot with surprising many twists and turn. As usual, the narrative is quick, fun, and unabashedly thrilling escapism. All in all, Ark Angel is written rather well and is a good continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series, which I plan to continue in the very near future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Alex Rider is fourteen years old. He attends school. He has friends. And Alex Rider is a spy. The story opens with Alex Rider in the hospital, just recovering from a bullet wound, the result of a previous spy adventure. In the room next to him is another fourteen-year-old boy, Paul Drevin, the son of one of the wealthiest men in the world. Alex overhears four men in the hospital lobby who are armed and seeking to kidnap Paul. Of course Alex must intervene, and he pretends to be Paul in order to s Alex Rider is fourteen years old. He attends school. He has friends. And Alex Rider is a spy. The story opens with Alex Rider in the hospital, just recovering from a bullet wound, the result of a previous spy adventure. In the room next to him is another fourteen-year-old boy, Paul Drevin, the son of one of the wealthiest men in the world. Alex overhears four men in the hospital lobby who are armed and seeking to kidnap Paul. Of course Alex must intervene, and he pretends to be Paul in order to save his new friend. And we are off, into a James-Bond-for-kids world of bad guys and wicked plots and clever gadgets and, most importantly, a kid who can use his brain to triumph even in the tightest of situations. Great fun. One of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    StanleyX_C2

    Alex Rider is too nice for his own good. Willing to sacrifice himself, he flies into space to complete one last mission: Stop Yassen. While he does come back as a hero, he could've died. Jack would've wept for him. Sabina would've cried for days. And MI6? The group that actually brought him into this mess? Well, they would be looking for a new agent. What Alex doesn't realize is that this fame isn't worth a possible death. He's going to be immediately replaced. It's not like many people would tr Alex Rider is too nice for his own good. Willing to sacrifice himself, he flies into space to complete one last mission: Stop Yassen. While he does come back as a hero, he could've died. Jack would've wept for him. Sabina would've cried for days. And MI6? The group that actually brought him into this mess? Well, they would be looking for a new agent. What Alex doesn't realize is that this fame isn't worth a possible death. He's going to be immediately replaced. It's not like many people would truly cry for him. After all, like what his boss said, he's a tool, a very good tool.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alfonso G

    I liked the book because it has the right amount of action and it still follows the same events of the previous books. I would recommend this book to people who like action and like adventure books. I read this book after reading the previous 5 books if I didn't read the previous books I would not know what is happening. This book is similar to all the other books in the series and its very easy to under stand if you read the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Avalley

    It was a good book, but it was also unrealistic. A fourteen year old boy going to outer space to save the world doesn't seem like it would ever happen. But it was still really good.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    It was a funny and exciting book that kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Nance

    The book was ok. Through the story, there were moments words would describe the experience so well that I would feel what the person is experiencing. The characters were memorable but not too many stuck out besides the protagonist. The Story is compelling and has dramatic events in it, but it ends too quickly towards the end and does not tie the knot well. You could relate to a couple of the characters, but they are specific.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    Amazing book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace Bittle

    I Love Alex Rider!!! This book was soo good!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nathan M.

    I loved this book! With plot twists and extreme descriptive detail, it was hard to stop reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    William

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was dangerous of Alex to steal an identity to save one. That was his first mistake. I can not see why of this title.

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