It's been a while since I read an Alex Rider book so to start with I felt like this one was a little slow to get in to for some reason. The first chapter was a little abstract, although knowing Anthony Horwitz's style meant I knew it would be relevent later in the book. The next couple of chapters were the usual scene setting but this was mostly just discussions and explanations between two characters. Don't get me wrong, the content was interesting but maybe could have been given in a more exciting way.
After that though the usual Alex Rider fun started! First getting run off the road and then an attack in the grave yard leading to Alex going back to the MI6 HQ for help - after he'd promised himself he was having nothing more to do with the intelligence agency.
Mr Blunt, the Head of Special Operations, agrees to deal with Alex's problem ... but at a cost. MI6 have another task for Alex to carry out. A simple one ... or is it?
As with all the books in this series, the action carries the story at a fairly fast pace. Alex moves from one scary and potentially life threatening situation to the next, escaping only because of his uncle's training and the gadgets given to him by Smithers. Like any good spy story, every piece of high-tech equipment given to Alex will be just the right one for the job. There's never anything he doesn't have a use for and never a situation in which he doesn't have some cleerly disguised item to get him out of it. Predictable? Yes ... but that's half the fun!