Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider)
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This book, more than any of the others, really takes a spin off the James Bond 007 franchise when it opens up on Alex playing Texas Hold `em with the big baddie of the book. Alex doesn’t have a good track record with internationally known do-gooders so you can bet this guy won’t be much better. It started out fine, and I thought for a moment this would be one heck of a book, and that at last, Mr Horowitz would deliver! I do after all, come from a family where my mom shrieked the first time she saw me hug a male school mate. I don't want Alex Rider to die but seriously a little less unbelievable stuff because this gets boring after some while.McCain meets him and tells him, over a dinner of ostrich that night, about his plan: to bring about a biblical plague that will destroy half the continent of Africa to earn billions of dollars, pounds, euros and other currencies through a fake charity appeal by First Aid (showing the Elm's Cross video), arguing that his plan comes from a lifetime belief that money is power and respect. After cutting my teeth on the hugely popular show, Robin of Sherwood, I moved on to work with David Suchet and his brilliant portrayal of Hercule Poirot, writing about nine or ten episodes of Agatha Christie's Poirot. There were eleven more books in the series - the latest, Never Say Die, was published in 2017 - and they are now being developed for TV. but still just as bloodpumping thrilling, nail-biting exciting and pure breathless addictive as ever! These story's are gripping moving and sometimes disturbing but that's what makes them so hard to put down.
I wouldn't say that I was ever held in suspense (because the books are pretty predictable), but I was certainly interested. I think he's also incredibly lucky in that he always escapes somehow AND is better than so many of the adult agents who have died doing the same missions he finishes. There needs to be a fresher plot, a more interesting villain, or some character development for Alex. First off, we're introduced to Ravi Chandra, who plants a bomb in a nuclear power station and doesn't live very long. How is he able to afford so many family vacations (every time we're introduced to his family, they are on a vacation), and take along a boy who is a friend of his daughter's for most of them?They stop off at some African village-ey place for fuel, and as Indian spy is lecturing Alex, his brains get blown out by bad guy, who has also stopped for fuel. Suddenly, Bennett is stabbed from behind by the man who saved Alex in Scotland, Rahim, and she is torn apart by the crocodiles after she falls into the river. Bad guy wants to know how much Mi6 knows about his dastardly scheme, (wasting quite a long time doing it, I might add) and this is how Alex ended up hanging on to the handles of a pole with 2 or 3 hungry crocodiles snapping at his buttocks. To sum up, all his accounts would be frozen, the locks to his apartment changed, his car repo-ed, his identity replaced, and he would be arrested and charged for his own murder.
I was okay with this part, other than the fact it seems quite obvious than Anthony has never really been to India.He goes to a New Year's Eve party hosted by the rich businessman Desmond McCain, founder of the charity First Aid.