Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure

by - 11/17/2009

PhotobucketAs long as I've been reading, I've been a fan of Penguin Books. They have a long standing reputation for quality books. Which is I accepted at once when an opportunity was given to review this book which is about a reluctant teenage spy, Alex Rider, who works for Britain’s MI6 and unlike James Bond, does not have a license to kill.  Instead, he uses his wits and cool gadgets to incapacitate the bad guys.

Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure (Philomel Books, 9780399250569, $17.99, fiction, 388 pages, ages 10 and up) feels ripped from the headlines, with a charity broker con artist raising millions of dollars in donations, only to invest them in a form of  genetically modified wheat that has the power to release an airborne strain of virus so powerful, it can knock out an entire country in one windy day – a catastrophe so far-reaching that it would raise millions of dollars more in charitable donations, all of which would be embezzled by one man. The antidote? Alex Rider, of course, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-combat with mercenaries – just another day in the life of an average teen super-spy kid.

I loved the book - it's fast-paced with plenty of hi-jinks to keep a reader eagerly flipping the pages. The author does a great job of maintaining the suspense and the kick-ass action is so visual as to be easily imagined.

PhotobucketAbout the Author - Anthony Horowitz ( is a world-renowned screenwriter for television and film, a playwright, and the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Alex Rider Adventures. Crocodile Tears is the eighth title in this blockbuster series, which has also spawned a major motion picture and a line of graphic novels. Anthony lives in London with his wife Jill, and their two sons, Nicholas and Cassian.

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  1. This sounds like a great book to keep tween readers on the edge of their chairs!

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  2. Sounds like a good gift for teen boys, although I'd be interested to hear about his graphic novels. Those seem to be getting really popular these days!

  3. Nancy - yes, that's exactly how it is!

    Carmen - they are, aren't they? They're ok, but I can't explain the craze about them though.


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