Alex Rider: Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin
Alex Rider Series Book #10 of 11
Author: Anthony Horowitz
|Published on September 12, 2013
|Age Group: 9 - 15 years
|AR: 5.4 (15.0 Points, Quiz #163043)
Lexile® measure: 770L
Presented with an unexpected assignment, Alex Rider's greatest nemesis, Yassen Gregoravich, recalls his life and the path that led him to become an assassin while his one-time friend, Alex's uncle, became a spy.
"Yasha! We've run out of water. Go to the well!"
I can still hear my mother calling to me and it is strange to think of myself as a fourteen-year-old boy, a single child, growing up in a village nine hundred sixty-five kilometers from Moscow. I can see myself, stick thin, with long, fair hair and blue eyes that always look a little startled. Everyone tells me that I am small for my age and they urge me to eat more protein . . . as if I can ever get my hands on anything that resembles fresh meat or fish. I have not yet spent many hundreds of hours working out and my muscles are undeveloped. I am sprawled out in the living room, watching the only television we have in the house. It's a huge, ugly box with a picture that often wavers and trembles, and there are hardly any channels to choose from. To make things worse, the electricity supply is unreliable and you can be fairly sure that the moment you get interested in a film or a news program, the image will suddenly flicker and die and you'll be left alone, sitting in the dark. But whenever I cam, I tune into a documentary, which I devour. It is my only window onto the outside world.
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ALEX RIDER'S LIFE CHANGED FOREVER WITH ONE BULLET AND THE PULL OF A TRIGGER
It was the cold-blooded contract killer Yassen Gregorovich who changed Alex Rider's life. Aged just fourteen, Alex was thrust into the chaos of international espionage - the world's only teenage spy. The two have been mortal enemies ever since.
Yet, as a boy, Yassen was mentored by someone very much like Alex. What turned him into such a ruthless assassin? In some ways, Alex and Yassen are mirror images of each other. One chose to be a hero. The other chose evil.
This is Yassen's story. A journey down a darkened path.
International #1 bestselling author Anthony Horowitz delivers an unforgettable thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel.
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