Review: Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz

February 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm 4 comments

Crocodile TearsCrocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz
Reviewed by Yeo Jun Hui (3A3)

This is Anthony Horowitz’s eighth and last book in the Alex Rider series. The plot involves 14 year-old spy, Alex Rider, who works for the British spy agency. In the story, he meets his rival, Desmond McCain, the “generous and powerful” chief of international charity, at a card game in a Scottish castle on New Year’s Eve. After beating McCain at Texas Hold ‘Em, Rider is almost assassinated when his car, driven by his friend’s parents, plunges into a nearby lake. Was it because of the card game that McCain wanted him eradicated, or was his friend’s father the architect of the accident?

This thriller has been likened to Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Horowitz’s style is direct and fast-flowing. This has an appeal to readers like me who are impatient and expect to access the action immediately. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the action when the climactic point is at its peak: when Rider is chased by his enemy while trying to detonate a bomb on a dam in Kenya. However, I was disappointed when the spy tools given to Rider were not as futuristic as the ones in the other books.

This novel would translate well onto the big screen. Hopefully someone will produce an Alex Rider film that might one day even rival the popularity of Harry Potter’s box-office success.

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Entry filed under: Adventure, Reviews, Young Adult.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kean  |  February 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I agree with Jun Hui, the gadgets were not as inventive and interesting as the previous books. Although I enjoyed the book, it was kind of a let down.It is not that Crocodile Tears is boring and unexciting, it is just that the previous books were so good so I expected better. The previous books can be graded 9 or 10 upon 10, this one should be graded only 8. Still, I would recommend the book to others, although only after reading the previous books.

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  • 3. Chong Kai En  |  March 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Stormbreaker has already been turned into a movie.

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    • 4. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  March 5, 2010 at 7:16 am

      That’s good to hear. So what did you think of Jun Hui’s review?

      Reply

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