Alex Rider #3: Skeleton Key

Night came quickly to Skeleton Key. The sun hovered briefly on the horizon, then dipped below. At once the clouds rolled in – first red, then mauve, silver, green and black as if all the colours in the world were being sucked into a vast melting pot. A single frigate bird soared over the mangroves, its own colours lost in the chaos behind it. The air hung close. Rain hung waiting. There was going to be a storm.

Sharks. Assassins. Nuclear bombs. Alex Rider’s in deep water. On an island paradise off the coast of Cuba, insane Russian General Sarov is hatching explosive plans to rewrite history the nuclear way. Teenage superspy Alex Rider has the job of stopping him. Alone, equipped with just a handful of ingenious gadgets, Alex must outwit a crafty madman’s mind, as the seconds tick down towards the end of the world.

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    8 March 2014

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  • I love this book. I think its funny when General Sarov thought of Alex as his son and expected Alex to love him whereas Alex hated him and was trying to get away from him. The action was amazing.

    7 March 2014

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    This HAS to be my favourite one of the series !

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    Anthony Horowitz

    It’s 15 years since the first awesome Alex Rider adventure and they’re still the real deal, loved by millions worldwide.


    Anthony’s awards include the Booksellers Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award 2007, the Children’s Book of the Year for Ark Angel and the Red House Children’s Book Awards for Skeleton Key. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

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