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Alex Rider, the spitting image of his father in so many ways, is about to find out just how closely he is his father's son. When Alex learns that his father was an assassin for Scorpia, the most powerful terrorist organization going, his world shatters. Now Scorpia wants Alex on their side, and Alex wages a war of conscience he no longer has the will to win. Until, that is, he learns of Scorpia's latest plot: an operation known only as "Invisible Sword" that will result in the death of thousands of people. Unless he can stop it first . . . .
With a cliffhanger you'll want to read twice, Scorpia is the most intense thriller yet from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.

Fans of the Alex Rider Adventures will not be disappointed by the slam-bang action in this fifth book in the spy thriller series, although the ending may leave them feeling a bit dismayed. A parachute jump onto the roof of a super-secure pharmaceutical complex, a desperate escape from a water-filled cellar under the canals of Venice, elegant and witty encounters with mega-criminals bent on death -- it's all here, and Alex, still 14-years old, comes out ahead every time in spite of the heavy odds against him. "Go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And you will find your destiny," Alex was told by a dying man at the end of the previous book, Eagle Strike. And so we find him; in Venice, with his friend Tom, looking for clues to his father's identity and death. Was he an agent of M16, the secret world organization that has used Alex before? Or was he a tool of Scorpia, the powerful international criminal agency that specializes in sabotage, corruption, intelligence, and assassination? And which are the bad guys? Alex loses track as he is recruited by the beautiful and deadly Julia Rothman, one of the nine executives of Scorpia, to be trained at their Venetian island school for assassins and to take part in a plot to kill thousands of 12 and 13-year-olds in England. Caught between shifting allegiances and different versions of his father's life and death, Alex outwits and outfights everybody as the plot rockets along to a smash finish that will leave readers breathless and shocked. (Ages 10-14) --Patty Campbell

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Item Specifications...

Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2004
Publisher   Edaf Antillas
ISBN  8441415838  
ISBN13  9788441415836  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anthony Horowitz's life might have been copied from the pages of Charles Dickens or the Brothers Grimm. Born in 1956 in Stanmore, Middlesex, to a family of wealth and status, Anthony was raised by nannies, surrounded by servants and chauffeurs. His father, a wealthy businessman, was, says Mr. Horowitz, "a fixer for Harold Wilson." What that means exactly is unclear "My father was a very secretive man," he says so an aura of suspicion and mystery surrounds both the word and the man. As unlikely as it might seem, Anthony's father, threatened with bankruptcy, withdrew all of his money from Swiss bank accounts in Zurich and deposited it in another account under a false name and then promptly died. His mother searched unsuccessfully for years in attempt to find the money, but it was never found. That too shaped Anthony's view of things. Today he says, "I think the only thing to do with money is spend it." His mother, whom he adored, eccentrically gave him a human skull for his 13th birthday. His grandmother, another Dickensian character, was mean-spirited and malevolent, a destructive force in his life. She was, he says, "a truly evil person," his first and worst arch villain. "My sister and I danced on her grave when she died," he now recalls.

A miserably unhappy and overweight child, Anthony had nowhere to turn for solace. "Family meals," he recalls, "had calories running into the thousands . I was an astoundingly large, round child ." At the age of eight he was sent off to boarding school, a standard practice of the times and class in which he was raised. While being away from home came as an enormous relief, the school itself, Orley Farm, was a grand guignol horror with a headmaster who flogged the boys till they bled. "Once the headmaster told me to stand up in assembly and in front of the whole school said, 'This boy is so stupid he will not be coming to Christmas games tomorrow.' I have never totally recovered." To relieve his misery and that of the other boys, he not unsurprisingly made up tales of astounding revenge and retribution.

So how did an unhappy boy, from a privileged background, metamorphose into the creator of Alex Rider, fourteen-year-old spy for Britain's MI6? Although his childhood permanently damaged him, it also gave him a gift it provided him with rich source material for his writing career. He found solace in boyhood in the escapism of the James Bond films, he says. He claims that his two sons now watch the James Bond films with the same tremendous enjoyment he did at their age. Bond's glamour translates perfectly to the 14-year-old psyche, the author says. "Bond had his cocktails, the car and the clothes. Kids are just as picky. It's got to be the right Nike trainers (sneakers), the right skateboard. And I genuinely think that 14-year-olds are the coolest people on the planet. It's this wonderful, golden age, just on the cusp of manhood when everything seems possible."

Alex Rider is unwillingly recruited at the age of fourteen to spy for the British secret service, MI6. Forced into situations that most average adults would find terrifying and probably fatal, young Alex rarely loses his cool although at times he doubts his own courage. Using his intelligence and creativity, and aided by non-lethal gadgets dreamed up by MI6's delightfully eccentric, overweight and disheveled Smithers, Alex is able to extricate himself from situations when all seems completely lost. What is perhaps more terrifying than the deeply dangerous missions he finds himself engaged in, is the attitude of his handlers at MI6, who view the boy as nothing more than an expendable asset.

The highly successful Alex Rider novels include Stormbreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, and the recent Eagle Strike.

Anthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. He has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. He writes in a comfortable shed in his garden for up to ten hours per day. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he has also written episodes of several popular TV crime series, including Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid. He has written a television series Foyle's War, which recently aired in the United States, and he has written the libretto of a Broadway musical adapted from Dr. Seuss's book, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. His film script The Gathering has just finished production. And oh yes there are more Alex Rider novels in the works. Anthony has also written the Diamond Brothers series.


Anthony Horowitz currently resides in North London. Anthony Horowitz was born in 1955.

Anthony Horowitz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Alex Rider Adventures
  2. Alex Rider Graphic Novels
  3. Diamond Brothers Mysteries (Paperback)
  4. Gatekeepers (Paperback)
  5. Gatekeepers (Prebound)
  6. James Bond Novels (Hardcover)

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Product Categories

1Books > Special Features > Spanish > Infantil y juvenil > Adolescentes
2Books > Special Features > Spanish > Infantil y juvenil > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > Europe & Russia

Reviews - What do customers think about Scorpia?

Amazing  May 24, 2008
A great adventure. I can not stop reading it. I love the other alex rider books also i have all of them.
scorpia  Apr 30, 2008
By: Anthony Horowitz

For 14-year-old spy Alex Rider, everything changes when he finds out about his father's involvement in Scorpia, a highly wanted criminal organization. Caught up between M16 and Scorpia, he doesn't know which side he should take. To make matters even worse he learns from Scorpia about some of the horrible things his father has done. Not knowing if Scorpia is telling the truth, Alex joins Scorpia. This time when trouble strikes, he will be alone, without M16 and their fancy gadgets.
With so many exciting turning points and cliffhangers this was my favorite book in The Alex Rider Adventures. Scorpia is filled with action, fighting and adventure. I couldn't put this book down because there were stunning moments everywhere in the book.
Although it takes a few chapters until this book gets really exciting and to the point, it's well worth the wait. This is one of those books you could just read all day. I recommend this book to any teen that likes fighting, action, and adventure.
If you like the Cherub series, you'll like Scorpia. This book will have you wanting to read all the other Alex Rider books.

By: David S.
scorpia reveiw  Apr 28, 2008
Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz.
Alex Rider is devastated when he learns that his dad did not die in a plane crash and his uncle was murdered in a secret agent mission. He has to find the truth about his family. He has the opportunity to go to Venice with Tom his best friend he jumps at it. In Venice he finds Scorpia and Miss Rothman who is one of the leaders of Scorpia. Miss Rothman has a plan called Invisible Sword that will kill many people. Alex betrays MI6, which he risked his life for 3 times before, and joins Scorpia as a contract killer. Alex must find out more about his father and about someone's past that might change his life forever.

I loved this book because it had a suspenseful, dramatic ending that made me think that the last page was missing. Scorpia is a great book about betrayal with complex plot and realistic dialog. I felt like I was right next to Alex in every scene. My favorite part was when Alex was going to drown under Venice's sewers to get away from Nile and Miss Rothmen. I would recommend this book to anyone that would like a powerful suspenseful storyline with a heart-racing ending.
By Sonny P
Scorpia Review  Mar 30, 2008
I have read all of the Alex Rider books up to this one and think that this was one of the best. The author has an amazing way with coming up with interesting villains and diabolical (if not sometimes ridiculous)plots for them to put to the test. This was the first book in the series that I thought had some genuinely suspenseful moments (namely the landing of the plane with the sports team). It also had quite a few multidimensional characters. However, there were a few negative aspects to this book. These include the fact that villians have something seriously against just shooting Alex and being done with it(with the exception of the sniper of course)and the second to last chapter. I mean was it really necessary to make *SPOILERS AHEAD* John Rider such a good guy? And if so, I find it very unrealistic that Mrs. Jones persisted in lying to Alex and making him believe that his father worked for Scorpia!
Even so, this was a well written book with a good plot and in my opinion, is worth 4 (or 4.5) stars out of 5.
Very Excelent  Feb 22, 2008
Scorpia is a very creative book and Anthony Horowitz did a wonderful job writing it! It was an amazing book becasue of the great details on the characters, the suspense, and the different happenings in every chapter. I give this a book a 5 star rating and this book is in the action genre. I think the best age group for this book is about 10 to 17. Alex Rider, the thirteen year old spy, is thrown when hearing that his father was an assassin and worked for Scorpia with Yassen Gregorovich, but was what Yassen told him the real truth?

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