Alex Rider

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Alex Rider
Book 1 of the series
Author Thomas Haren
Country United Kingdom (UK)
Genre Spy fiction, thriller (Adventure, action)
Publisher Walker Books (UK)
Puffin (US,CAN)
Philomel (US)
Published 2000–present
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)

Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a 14–15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series is aimed primarily at young adults. The series comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, Stormbreaker, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a motion picture in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer. A video game was released in 2006, based on the film which received negative reviews. The novels are published by Walker Books in the United Kingdom. They were first published by Puffin in the United States, but have been published more recently by Philomel Books, also an imprint of Penguin Books.[1] The audio books are read by Simon Prebble. The eleventh novel, Never Say Die, was released in June 2017. Horowitz has had great success with the series.



Stormbreaker was published in 2001. Alex, the main character, is recruited by MI6 after discovering the truth about his uncle's life and death. He is sent to complete his uncle's latest mission: To investigate a multimillionaire named Herod Sayle and his creation, the revolutionary and newly developed computer called Stormbreaker, which Sayle is donating to every school in England. Alex later discovers that the Stormbreakers contain a deadly virus and that Sayle is planning to kill British schoolchildren. In the end, Alex foils his plan and succeeds in his first mission.

Point Blanc[edit]

Point Blanc was published in the United Kingdom in 2001, and in North America in 2002 under the name Point Blank. After the death of two billionaires, MI6 discovers a connection: the two men who died both had a son attending Point Blanc, a school for rebellious sons of billionaires located in the French Alps, owned by a scientist named Dr. Hugo Grief. MI6 sends Alex to investigate Point Blanc and Alex discovers that Grief is replacing the students with clones of himself, who are plastic surgically resembled as the students, so that Grief can inherit the fortune and have complete power to rule the world. However, Alex foils his plan and succeeds again.

Skeleton Key[edit]

Skeleton Key was published in 2002. After foiling a Triad plot to fix the 2001 Wimbledon tennis tournament by knocking out one of their members with a carbon dioxide tank, Alex is in grave danger of assassination. Forced to leave the country, MI6 sends him on a mission to Cuba with two CIA agents (one of which believes that he isn't helpful), where he is the only one of the three to survive. He encounters a former Soviet general, Alexei Sarov, with ideas for a nuclear holocaust and world domination under communist rule and who tries to adopt Alex Rider.

Eagle Strike[edit]

Eagle Strike was published in 2003. Damian Cray, a world-famous pop star, hopes to destroy the world's drug-making countries by hijacking the United States' nuclear arsenal. Suspicious of him, Alex takes Cray on without the help of the sceptical MI6. Cray releases a state-of-the-art games console called the 'Gameslayer'. Its first game, 'Feathered Serpent', is much more than it seems. It is up to Alex to discover the connection between the pop star, the video game, and the bombing of his vacation home. In the end, he will uncover a much larger plot, one involving the US government and the world's security. Alex got caught spying and was forced into a real life version of 'Feathered Serpent' and manages to escape by cheating the way only a real human can unlike an avatar. He leaves Damian Cray's mansion but not before stealing a vital piece of equipment that Damian needs to make his plan work. He is then forced to give it up because Damian had kidnapped Sabina who is his love interest.


Scorpia was published in 2004. Following the advice of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex tries to find the criminal organization "Scorpia" to find out the truth about his father. He is soon recruited by Scorpia and trains as an assassin where he discovers that he will assassinate Mrs Jones. He fails in this mission, but then is turned back onto MI6's side and returns to scorpia a double agent. He discovers their plot to kill British school children and foils it.

Ark Angel[edit]

Ark Angel, published in 2005, follows Alex's second mission for the C.I.A. He investigates Nikolei Drevin who builds a hotel in outer space called "Ark Angel". Drevin secretly tries to destroy Washington D.C., the capital of the U.S. and targets the Pentagon, hoping to destroy files on him that the US have acquired. Alex must fight for his life in this novel.


Snakehead was published in 2007. Taking place immediately after Ark Angel, the novel sees Alex recruited by ASIS, Australia's secret service, to infiltrate a Snakehead organization by posing as an Afghan refugee. Alex meets his godfather, Ash (Anthony Sean Howell), and confronts the organization Scorpia for the second time. He learns that Ash was actually working with Scorpia and the main antagonist of the novell and then escapes from the trap.

Crocodile Tears[edit]

Crocodile Tears was published in 2009. MI6 coerces Alex into spying on activities at a GM crop plant during a school trip.

Scorpia Rising[edit]

Scorpia Rising was published in 2011. In the book, Scorpia is hired to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece. Scorpia's plan includes the laying of a false trail to Cairo and blackmailing MI6 into returning the Marbles. MI6 falls for the trap and Alex is sent to Cairo, where he is dismayed to find that Scorpia has been pulling the strings all along.Alex is captured by Scorpia and manages to help his long time friend and carer Jack escape. Scorpia anticipated this and laid a trap for Jack. Alex is destroyed by the news she is killed. The book ends when Alex escapes and moves to America with Sabrina's family. It is heavily implied he is changed forever and will never go back to his spy life.

Russian Roulette[edit]

Russian Roulette was published in 2013. It serves as a prequel to the series and describes the life of Yassen Gregorovich, unlike the other books in the series which centre mainly on Alex Rider.

Never Say Die[edit]

Never Say Die was published in June 2017 with a US release due in October 2017. After the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex is left traumatised from the death of his caregiver and close friend; Jack Starbright. After being given a glimmer of hope about her survival, Alex is thrust into the horrors of his past in a battle to recover his friend from the dead. Along the way, he must encounter new foes who are nothing like anyone he has battled before. [2]


The twelfth book in the series; Nightshade, was alluded to at the end of Never Say Die and confirmed by Anthony Horowitz in May 2017. It will likely follow Alex in a battle against a new criminal organisation (after the death of Scorpia). [3]



  1. Stormbreaker - released 4 September 2000. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 3 July 2006.
  2. Point Blanc - released 3 September 2001. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 27 December 2007.
  3. Skeleton Key - released 8 July 2002. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 7 September 2009.
  4. Eagle Strike - released 7 April 2003. Adapted as a graphic novel, released 6 July 2012.
  5. Scorpia - released 1 April 2004. Adapted as a graphic novel, released February 2016.
  6. Ark Angel - released 1 April 2005.
  7. Snakehead - released 31 October 2007.
  8. Crocodile Tears - released 12 November 2009.
  9. Scorpia Rising - released 21 March 2011 in Australia, 22 March 2011 in the US and 31 March 2011 in the UK.
  10. Russian Roulette - released 12 September 2013 in the UK and on 1 October 2013 in the US.
  11. Never Say Die - released 1 June 2017 in the UK, set for release on 10 October 2017 in the US.
  12. Nightshade - release date to be confirmed.

Supplementary books[edit]

  • Alex Rider: The Gadgets (17 October 2005)
  • Alex Rider: The Mission Files (6 October 2008)
  • Untitled collection of Alex Rider short stories (2017)

Short stories[edit]

  • Alex Rider: Secret Weapon (9 February 2003)
  • Alex Rider: Christmas at Gunpoint (1 January 2007)
  • Alex Rider: Incident in Nice (9 November 2009)[4][5]
  • Alex Underground
  • Resistance to Interrogation, an extra chapter in Stormbreaker
  • "Coda", an extra chapter in "Snakehead"
  • A Taste of Death (March 2012), released for World Book Day.


Video games[edit]

TV series[edit]

  • In May 2017, it was announced that ITV was developing a TV adaptation of the Alex Rider novels.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Series Results: Alex Rider". Archived from the original on 30 April 2006. 
  2. ^ "Never Say Die". Anthony Horowitz. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Horowitz: Why he's bringing back Alex Rider". The JC. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Anthony Horowitz (9 November 2009). "Alex Rider exclusive: Incident in Nice". The Times. London. Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Midsomer writer's dreams of France". Connexion France. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2017-05-31). "Alex Rider Books Being Developed Into Series by ITV, Eleventh Hour Films". Variety. 

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