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An international criminal group known as Scorpia can offer Alex something no-one else will: the truth.

Alex Rider is in Venice, looking for secrets long-ago buried in the past. Was his father really a ruthless assassin? And if so, what does that make Alex? The trail leads Alex to a shadowy criminal organisation, Scorpia – and the glamorous Italian home of Claudia Rothman, beautiful society hostess and criminal mastermind. But Claudia reveals a secret that takes Alex’s breath away: his father was murdered by MI6. Now Alex must make a choice. Should he carry on working for MI6, who have manipulated and betrayed him? Or will he join Scorpia – and seek revenge?

Product Details


Alex Rider (book 5)






Walker Books Ltd

Date published

April 1st, 2005

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years plus; 12.0 points

Other details

  • 368 pages



UK edition

Part of this Series


Anthony Horowitz

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  1. Spidergirl
    on 9 March 2014

    Scary scorpion story

    5 out of 5
  2. alibaba4
    on 8 March 2014

    Amazing book

    5 out of 5
  3. AngelofDeath
    on 7 March 2014

    This book is as amazing as the rest of the series but it is full of suspense as Alex gets to know the truth about his father and how he was actually a MI6 agent.

  4. books2000
    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  5. Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    I love this Alex Rider book. Full of suspense and action

    5 out of 5
  6. ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    This is a brilliant book. Mrs.Rothman, the head of scorpia, is out to get London school children with a deadly virus!

    5 out of 5
  7. chloewhite33
    on 4 March 2013

    Amazing this book is full of mystery.

  8. jenko006
    on 13 November 2012


  9. dashernasher
    on 5 March 2012

    this is the book the bbok that the series is based around. very good.

  10. Funkyboy9
    on 3 March 2011

    At the end of Eagle strike the ruthless assasain Yassen Gregovitch gives Alex a vital piece of information. He tells him to go to Venice and find Scorpia. But Alex is faced with a dilema who or what is Scorpia? With more twists and turns than a snake with an ending that is COMPLETLY unexpected.

    5 out of 5
  11. Missymessy
    on 27 February 2011

    I love all the anger in Alex in this book, he really makes you think what is he going to do next. His temper seemed to make him unpredictable and that just made the book much more gripping. Really enjoyed reading the book and the fact that Alex was turning on MI6 just made it even more ingenious! Loved it!

    5 out of 5