Fifth in the "Alex Rider - teenage spy" series, after Eagle Strike, which I found a bit disappointing. In this book, Alex is determined to find out more about "Scorpia", a name given to him by a dying man in the previous book. He believes that his father was somehow involved with Scorpia, and he wants to know more about him. It turns out that Scorpia is some kind of international criminal organisation, and Alex finds himself getting much more involved than he expected.
This was better than Eagle Strike: this time the story was interesting and more focused on tactical, as opposed to gadget-driven espionage. In fact Alex found out quite a lot about his father; until now, the books have kept this information very vague but I guess it won't be a theme in future stories.
Completed : 22-Nov-2005