Skeleton Key (Alex Rider Adventure)
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"Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He's been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift snowboard, and has stood face-to-face with pure evil. Twice, young Alex has managed to save the world. And twice, he has almost been killed doing it. But now Alex faces something even more dangerous. The desperation of a man who has lost everything he cared for: his country and his only son. A man who just happens to have a nuclear weapon and a serious grudge against the free world. To see his beloved Russia once again be a dominant power, he will stop at nothing. Unless Alex can stop him first... Uniting forces with America's own CIA for the first time, teen spy Alex Rider battles terror from the sun-baked beaches of Miami all the way to the barren ice fields of northernmost Russia. Come along for the thrilling ride of a lifetime."

Customer Reviews:

  • Skeleton Key is not number 3
    ISBN: 0142401021

    Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz may be the third book in the series but is not number three. This one would win the gold out of the Alex Rider books. You're probably thinking that Alex Rider goes on another mission for MI6 like the other two. Well, that's only partially correct. Because he teams up with two CIA agents from the U.S.A. to stop some crazy guy, Sarov, with a nuclear weapon.

    I really liked this book because there was a lot of action and I also like James Bond movies. If you have read any of the Alex Rider books or Spy High you will defiantly love this book....more info
  • Runner-up to Harry Potter!
    I'm breaking a taboo in this first paragraph to say how much I am enjoying this series for "children" (10 and up). Actually, anyone who enjoys a great spy thriller and very little outright graphic violence would absolutely LOVE this series. Not since Harry Potter have I had such fun!

    "Skeleton Key" is the third in the series about Alex Rider, a 14-year-old English school boy, who works as a spy for M16, the U.S.'s equivalent of the CIA. Not that he wants to work as a spy--oh no, he does not, but M16 manages to entangle him every time in a new episode in which, bottom line, he saves the world. That's three times now that he has done so.

    The first time was "Stormbreaker," set in the Cornish coast of England, involving a computer scheme unlike any you have heard of. Alex triumphs spectacularly! The second time was "Point Blank," set in an elite school for highly privileged and troubled youth. The school is set on Point Blank in Switzerland. Another, no, make that two spectacular endings in this book!

    Let me say that what Anthony Horowitz creates for Alex to know and do are truly preposterous--if you logically examine the plot, but, I'm telling you also truthfully, that Horowitz's skill at writing is such that the reader believes these things CAN happen. Example: Alex must board a departing yacht and does so on skateboard by ramping up a plank, hurtling through air, just barely grasping the handrail, and pulling himself up and over. Allow me to explain: In book one, Horowitz laid the back story to show that Alex was trained in many areas by his uncle, who was a M16 spy, unbeknownst to Alex.

    In Book Three, "Skeleton Key," Alex's new assignment is working with two agents from the CIA to explore a mansion on the tip of an island, Skeleton Key, owned by a retired Soviet general, who has serious hanky-panky in mind. It involves uranium and an atomic bomb.

    The yacht-leaping takes place in this story. However, Alex is thwarted several times in this adventure, showing the reader that Alex cannot elude every case of danger.

    An atomic bomb, world domination, a mad general, and one more put-together Frankenstein assistant. Can a 14-year-old boy handle those? That is absolutely the fun of reading this series--you know he will, but you don't know how!

    Highly recommended!!

    This is a series that needs to be read in order for the back story, which builds with each book. To begin:

    1. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker tie-in novel (Alex Rider Movie)
    2. Point Blank (Alex Rider Adventures)
    There are currently eight books in the series. Horowitz plans a total of ten.
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  • A.M. Book Project Review
    The book that I read was called Skeleton Key Anthony Horowitz. This book is about a boy named Alex Rider who is a spy for an agency in England called M16. He has already saved the world twice before his 15th birthday. This time Alex was sent to spy on an old Russian general named Sarov. Enough uranium to create a nuclear bomb that would destroy an entire country was recently purchased by Sarov. Alex went to spy on him and got captured. Sarov's plan was to detonate the bomb by four old submarines that hold 1/5 of the world's uranium supply. This would then cause about triple the amount of damage. After the bomb detonated, Sarov would bring Russia back to the old days when it was a war country and had much power in the world. Alex had to stop this from happening at all costs. Alex defuses the bomb and saves the world for the third time. He then heads off to visit his friend in the South of F France.
    I recommend this book to almost anyone. The people that would especially love this book would be the people that love adventure and high action books. This book is so thrilling you could literally fall off the edge of your seat by the intensity.
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  • Skeleton Key
    Alex Rider is a 14-year-old boy turned spy by M16, the British Intelligence Agency and he has already been on two adventures: Stormbreaker and Point Blank. At the beginning of Skeleton Key, Alex is invited to be a ball boy at Wimbledon and meets a ball girl named Sabrina Pleasure. He learns that the Chinese mafia is drugging some of the players so they can bet on the winner and make money. Alex fights and stops them and soon after, Sabrina invites him on a vacation to Cornwall, where he was in his first adventure. While Alex is surfboarding, another agent from the Chinese mafia tries to kill him, Alex jumped off just in time to grab the gun and save himself while killing the agent. Sabrina saved Alex and M16 took him away to go on another mission. On this mission Alex learns that a general named Sarov from the USSR has bought a lot of weapon grade Uranium. He goes to the Island of skeleton key with two agents that act as his parents. In his hotel he finds out that the game boy advance that his "mother" bought for him is actually a Geiger counter that tracks down a nuclear bomb. Alex foils Sarov's plan of destroying Russia to rebuild it the way Sarov wants it to be.

    Skeleton Key is not my favorite of the Alex Rider books because the book did not have a real evil villain. For example, the villain tried to adopt Alex, which led to his death. What I did like about the book is that it contained some good gadgets like a stun grenade that looks like a Tiger Woods figure, a cell phone with poison darts and another is bubble gum called bubble07. What I like about Alex Rider as a character is that he takes the aspect of a normal British 14 year old and at the same time he is like a young James Bond. He makes it seem like his adventures could really happen because the plots are similar to what is happening when the book was being written. The books' ending was disappointing because I didn't like that the bad guy had a heart and cared about Alex.


    The author writes in a way that the reader is included in the book as the narrator. For example, when I read this book I felt like the narrator was me, as if my voice was narrating the story. The book uses a lot of descriptive words, which gives the book a strong setting. The dialogue is very "James Bondish". Alex is able to stay cool in many situations. The book is easy to read because the plot is interesting.

    In comparing this book to the other Alex Rider books that I have finished reading, this book is my least favorite book because it doesn't have as good as a plot as the other ones and he didn't have as good of gadgets. I would still recommend it to anyone reading the Alex Rider series.

    Skeleton Key is not the best of the Alex Rider books, but it is a good one. I think the author could have improved it by making a better villain and "upgrading" The gadgets. This book had a moral about fathers: The only one that's right is your real one.
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  • Skeleton Key
    The story I read was Skeleton Key. The author is Anthony Horowitz. The main characters were Alex Rider and a guy named Sarvo. The setting is in Russia. The story is based on a teenager who is spy with M-I 6, British intelligence. The problem with Alex is that the guy named Sarvo wants to adopt him. Alex does not want to be adopted. Alex is trying to get away, and Sarvo is getting mad. Sarvo tries to kill Alex. Does he get away? You have to read the book to find out.


    I think the book is very will written. If I could give it a 1 out 10 rating, 10 being the best I would give Skeleton Key a 9.5. The reason I liked this book is because I like James Bond. I also like all the cool gadgets he gets. This book's audience I think would be people who like James Bond and people who like action books and movies.
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  • HEY YOU, YEAH YOU, READ THIS REVIEW! By: Wanda N.
    Alex is back again, in the third book of his many adventures! In this book he starts his first mission at Wimbledon, a tennis championship match undercover as a ball boy. He meets a new girl that will help him throughout his mission. Oh what web we weave as Alex tries to complete one mission he is chased in raging waters while on a surfboard! Now he must flee the country. Undercover as a family on vacation, supposed to be a "real relaxed" vacation but for Alex, it turns out to be a near death situation! He faces a cave with smashing teeth of doom, a great-white shark, nuclear bomb, and on top of all these things the villian he is after wants to adopt him and its quite an adventure to find out how he escapes from the adoption. This book is addicting, its like your on a rollar coaster that never ends untill death!...more info
  • Skeleton Keyb Review
    Skeleton Key

    There is a lot of gut busting action.Alex blows up the salesman boat.The salesman was a drug dealer and he had one of alexes coworkers hostile.So Alex light the oil tank on fire.There is lots of death.Alexes 2 CIA co workers Troy and Carver go scub adiving and get kiied by a stalagtites. Then Sargent sovlav kills the boat driver.There are some really cool gadgets.His bubble gum cracks locks,his key chane is a stunt grenade,and his cell phone is a dart gun....more info

  • very good (BUY IT!!!!!)
    it was a good book but it had a twist no need to spoil the book but if your looking for a good read step right up!!!! ...more info
  • skeleton key
    very interesting, lots of action, fun filled
    lots of teenagers like this book because of james bond tendencies
    i would recommend storm breaker and point blank by anthony horowitz for other spy action books...more info
  • Amazing Teenage Spy: Alex Rider
    Alex Rider is in trouble again when he barely survives a surfing accident! A Chinese gang member tried running Alex over in a jet ski while Alex was surfing "the cribber". Alex arrives at MI6 Headquarters while recovering from the wipe out. The head of operations approaches him and notifies Alex that he must do a surveillance mission on a Cuban island called Skeleton Key, which is the name of the third book. Alex learns horrifying news that must get back to MI6 in Great Britain and the CIA in the USA, but his CIA "parents" are dead and he has no transportation off of the island. The author, Anthony Horowitz, has really captured me into the non-stop action of Alex Rider.

    Anthony Horowitz really has a way of writing with thrilling and suspenseful transitions. For example, in the third book, Alex comes head to head with a great white shark and must fight mono e mono. The shark finds himself in a cave that collapses on it. Afterward, Alex awakens limp, and he can't move anything but his mouth and eyes. He lay still on a conveyor belt that leads into a sugar mill. Alex could be flattened like a pancake, enduring a slow and painful death. If that isn't suspension or thrilling, I don't know what is!

    This third book of the Alex Rider series is doused with action packed adventure and caked with suspension, making it impossible to put the book down! In conclusion, Anthony Horowitz's way of writing about this teenage boy spy is amazing.
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  • This book is OKAY
    I kind of liked this book,to me it wasn't that bad.This book is about a super spy boy named Alex rider who always agrees with his neighbor on going on super spy missions,but when he agrees on going on a mission in cuba his whole life is in danger.With the help of two agents,Alex went on a mission to find out what general sorov is planing to do when the president of russia arrives there.Alex doesn't even know that with a bomb,general sorov is planing to distroy the entire world.Who can stop him from completing his plan?the only super spy boy in the world,alex rider. ...more info
  • This book is OKAY
    I kind of liked this book,to me it wasn't that bad.This book is about a super spy boy named Alex rider who always agrees with his neighbor on going on super spy missions,but when he agrees on going on a mission in cuba his whole life is in danger.With the help of two agents,Alex went on a mission to find out what general sorov is planing to do when the president of russia arrives there.Alex doesn't even know that with a bomb,general sorov is planing to distroy the entire world.Who can stop him from completing his plan?the only super spy boy in the world alex rider. ...more info
  • Skeleton Key
    This is one of my favorite books that i've ever read in my whole life. The author did a very good job in writing it. I don't remember if there were any boring parts in it. If I do they didn't last very long. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes stories about spies. Even if you don't you should still read this book. You don't really have to read the books before it to get what's going on, but I would because they are all good books. This was an awsome book. Good job Anthony Horowitz....more info
  • Another Great Book-Cody
    All of a sudden Alex hears gunfire going on in the back round. Alex gets shot at a lot in Skeleton Key By:Anthony Horowitz. Skeleton Key is a fast pace action book. It keeps your attention extremely well. This book is for anyone who wants to read an action book. In the beginning Alex works for the CIA to help them get into Skeleton Key an island. Alex gets to relax and have a good time. The only thing is that the 2 CIA agents get killed and Alex gets captured. The person that is behind it is trying to blow up Russia. Can Alex save the world? Can he stop him? Read the book to find out....more info
  • Skeleton Key
    The reason I love the Alex Rider series is because of the adventures in the book, that this great author Anthony Horowitz puts real-life events, like the great tennis tournament at Wimbledon into his books. I can not wait to find out what is going to happen next to Alex. Right now I have read the last two great books Stormbeaker and Point blank and couldn't wait to find out what happens next in the book Skeleton Key. Skeleton key is a book about the Alex Rider series and another great adventure. But this time he is in Cuba with two CIA agents pretending to be his parents. The reason why they are all there is to spy on a general is believed to a have a nuclear bomb, they are there to see what he is going to do with. So the way they are going to do that is they are going to spy on his place and try to where he has the nuclear bomb and try to take it back to Europe so it can be safe from all man kind.

    This is a book for a person who likes to read Spy-adventures books so I really recommend the Alex Rider series
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  • Danger on the Island
    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. One of the awesome parts of the book is that you can feel the suspense and tension the main character goes through as the exciting plot unfolds. Each chapter is a page-turner because of the action in the story, and the fact that you can relate to the way Alex feels and acts, if you are about 14 years old. The dramatic ending leaves you ready to open up the next Alex Rider book in the series....more info
  • Awesome
    This book is really good. I was addicted to it. I read it all in 1 day. I haven't read a boook as good as this in my life.

    P.S. ROLL TIDE!...more info
  • skeleton key
    You have got to wonder what this guy has going on is head. He creates so much feeling abd thought into his writing making you crave more of his books when you finish. This is my favorite of his books of what I have already read and I can not wait to read his next epic novel....more info
  • Skeleton Key Review
    I thought this book was one of the best. It's not my most favorite book of the Alex Rider books but I still thought it was good. I liked how Horowitz used the CIA instead of the MI6, the MI6 was getting old. If you have read the other books, then I say you should read Skeleton Key along with the others that follow. If you like action and adventure books then I say you read the Alex Rider books (but start from the first book, Stormbreaker). This book is one of the weirder ones but its still good, sometimes weird is good.
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  • Best book must read!
    this is one of the best books i have read in my 11 years i picked this book up and read it with all my free time. it was filled with everything kid likes to read. its was scary, adventure filled and best of all it was action and crazy. i reccomed this book to people who are 11 and older....more info
  • skeleton keys
    Skeleton key is full of gut busting action like when alex rider a young secret agent blows up a boat of a arms dealer. It is full ofdeath and suspens like when alexes cia partners het killed by giant freak stalagtites that are rigged to kill any one who comes in to a cave. Between the awsome cadgets and awsome excitement. It was a very good book....more info
  • A Great, Intense, Action-Packed Thriller!
    This book is Part 3 of the 6-part (so far) Alex Rider Adventure Series, starring Alex Rider, and fourteen-year-old James Bond. MI6 (The CIA of England) sends Alex on his third mission. Though this time, it's tougher, because he's dealing with a convincing madman, General Sarov, an ex general of Communist Russia. Sarov has purchased uranium to build a nuclear bomb, which he is using to "perge the world and make it healthier and stronger". Alex must deal with Sarvov and his assistant; deformed ex-terrorist Conrad, in order to save the world from sure destruction! He is sent in with two CIA agents, Troy and Carver, who are unsure of his abilities. The plot gets more intense and emotional in this one though, because Alex is growing and the missions have a more depressing effect on him. Sarov is a beautiful bad guy (one of Horowitz's masterful creations)and he is so evil but also so emotionally ustable (he has lost everything he cares about) that you can't help feeling sorry for him. This book is the darkest of the three, but also the most action-packed. Get ready for a bumpy ride as the series takes a darker turn. ...more info
  • Skeleton Key
    Alex Rider is a 14-year-old boy turned spy by M16, the British Intelligence Agency and he has already been on two adventures: Stormbreaker and Point Blank. At the beginning of Skeleton Key, Alex is invited to be a ball boy at Wimbledon and meets a ball girl named Sabrina Pleasure. He learns that the Chinese mafia is drugging some of the players so they can bet on the winner and make money. Alex fights and stops them and soon after, Sabrina invites him on a vacation to Cornwall, where he was in his first adventure. While Alex is surfboarding, another agent from the Chinese mafia tries to kill him, Alex jumped off just in time to grab the gun and save himself while killing the agent. Sabrina saved Alex and M16 took him away to go on another mission. On this mission Alex learns that a general named Sarov from the USSR has bought a lot of weapon grade Uranium. He goes to the Island of Skeleton Key with two agents that act as his parents. In his hotel he finds out that the game boy advance that his "mother" bought for him is actually a Geiger counter that tracks down a nuclear bomb. Alex foils Sarov's plan of destroying Russia to rebuild it the way Sarov wants it to be.

    Skeleton Key is not my favorite of the Alex Rider books because the book did not have a real evil villain. For example, the villain tried to adopt Alex, which led to his death. What I did like about the book is that it contained some good gadgets like a stun grenade that looks like a Tiger Woods figure, a cell phone with poison darts and another is bubble gum called bubble07. What I like about Alex Rider as a character is that he takes the aspect of a normal British 14 year old and at the same time he is like a young James Bond. He makes it seem like his adventures could really happen because the plots are similar to what is happening when the book was being written. The books' ending was disappointing because I didn't like that the bad guy had a heart and cared about Alex.


    The author writes in a way that the reader is included in the book as the narrator. For example, when I read this book I felt like the narrator was me, as if my voice was narrating the story. The book uses a lot of descriptive words, which gives the book a strong setting. The dialogue is very "James Bondish". Alex is able to stay cool in many situations. The book is easy to read because the plot is interesting.

    In comparing this book to the other Alex Rider books that I have finished reading, this book is my least favorite book because it doesn't have as good as a plot as the other ones and he didn't have as good of gadgets. I would still recommend it to anyone reading the Alex Rider series.

    Skeleton Key is not the best of the Alex Rider books, but it is a good one. I think the author could have improved it by making a better villain and "upgrading" The gadgets. This book had a moral about fathers: The only one that's right is your real one.
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  • Skeleton Key
    Alex Rider is a 14-year-old boy turned spy by M16, the British Intelligence Agency and he has already been on two adventures: Stormbreaker and Point Blank. At the beginning of Skeleton Key, Alex is invited to be a ball boy at Wimbledon and meets a ball girl named Sabrina Pleasure. He learns that the Chinese mafia is drugging some of the players so they can bet on the winner and make money. Alex fights and stops them and soon after, Sabrina invites him on a vacation to Cornwall, where he was in his first adventure. While Alex is surfboarding, another agent from the Chinese mafia tries to kill him, Alex jumped off just in time to grab the gun and save himself while killing the agent. Sabrina saved Alex and M16 took him away to go on another mission. On this mission Alex learns that a general named Sarov from the USSR has bought a lot of weapon grade Uranium. He goes to the Island of Skeleton Key with two agents that act as his parents. In his hotel he finds out that the game boy advance that his "mother" bought for him is actually a Geiger counter that tracks down a nuclear bomb. Alex foils Sarov's plan of destroying Russia to rebuild it the way Sarov wants it to be.

    Skeleton Key is not my favorite of the Alex Rider books because the book did not have a real evil villain. For example, the villain tried to adopt Alex, which led to his death. What I did like about the book is that it contained some good gadgets like a stun grenade that looks like a Tiger Woods figure, a cell phone with poison darts and another is bubble gum called bubble07. What I like about Alex Rider as a character is that he takes the aspect of a normal British 14 year old and at the same time he is like a young James Bond. He makes it seem like his adventures could really happen because the plots are similar to what is happening when the book was being written. The books' ending was disappointing because I didn't like that the bad guy had a heart and cared about Alex.


    The author writes in a way that the reader is included in the book as the narrator. For example, when I read this book I felt like the narrator was me, as if my voice was narrating the story. The book uses a lot of descriptive words, which gives the book a strong setting. The dialogue is very "James Bondish". Alex is able to stay cool in many situations. The book is easy to read because the plot is interesting.

    In comparing this book to the other Alex Rider books that I have finished reading, this book is my least favorite book because it doesn't have as good as a plot as the other ones and he didn't have as good of gadgets. I would still recommend it to anyone reading the Alex Rider series.

    Skeleton Key is not the best of the Alex Rider books, but it is a good one. I think the author could have improved it by making a better villain and "upgrading" The gadgets. This book had a moral about fathers: The only one that's right is your real one.
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  • Skeleton Key=yes
    This was an unbelievable book. It was acted out brilliantly, every last detail thought out by the author. This book avoids the horrible clich¨¦s of most teen spy books admirably, not having one favor of romance over action. Alex's wry sense of humor and the U.S.-England jokes and insults are amusing as well. The book is easy enough to understand on its own, though you may want to read the first two books to get the whole story. I highly recommend this series.

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