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Product description

The story of a spy. The story of an assassin. The story of two mortal enemies. A book we’d pretty much kill to read. Alex’s story starts here. Who is Yassen Gregorovich? An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year-old spy: Alex Rider. Yassen knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he prepares for his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes someone choose to do evil? What would it take to make them kill a child?

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Alex Rider





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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years plus; 15.0 points



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Anthony Horowitz

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    on 19 May 2016

    good good googd soooo good

    5out of 5
  2. Hayley 113303

    on 8 March 2014

    I enjoyed reading this

  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This book was so sad but yet so gripping. It made me think about how nice Yassen was as a boy and how he became a killer.

  4. Bellasara 113282

    on 14 December 2013

    I really want to read this it looks so cool and I love the rest of the Alex rider books.

  5. Hayley 113303

    on 7 December 2013

    I loved how it told the story of Yassen Gregorovich as he grew up. It actuly made me feel sorry for him and see how alike him & Alex are. I would recommend this book to all Alex Rider fans.

    5out of 5
  6. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 30 August 2013

    His books are amazing this is the only one I haven’t read.

    5out of 5