2015, first published 2009
This is the eighth of the Alex Rider books. The pace is if anything even faster than in the previous seven volumes. Alex doesn’t even make it to school on his first day back after a suspension. And whilst he is suspended he has another adventure.
His relationship with Sabina Pleasure is growing and the his story opens with him on holiday in Scotland with her and her family. As Alex, Sabina and her father make their way back from a New Year’s Eve party to where they are staying, the car leaves the road and plunges into a freezing lake. Alex recues Edward Pleasure.
At the party, Alex has upset host Desmond McCain by beating him at a card game. McCain, an ex-con but born again Christian who has become a priest, may also be upset with Pleasure, a journalist who has the nasty habit of uncovering the truth about apparently generous superrich people.
After Alex is kidnapped on his way to school the pace just does not relent.
The book is 406 pages long, with blocked text and an adult but simple font. The chapters are quite long.