By Anthony Horowitz

Undercover in a poisonous world, teen spy Alex Rider is back for his seventh adrenalin-rush adventure!

In the seventh book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex is forced into the Australian secret service. His target is the criminal underworld of South East Asia, and a ruthless organization known as the Snakehead.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406310399
  • Published: 07 Apr 2008
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 432

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Customer reviews

Locked in a C- age in france lol wrote:

really good book near the end (wish i had the extended chapter though:( )

jinny age 12 wrote:

OMG, like it was such a good book, i really wish it comes out as a movie with the extended chapter.

devanshi age 12 wrote:

OMG!!!!im alex riders biggest fan!!!!!!!!!!this book is totaly brilliant! my friends think im crazy coz im so crazy after alex rider books!

Mysterious age Mystyrious wrote:

his books are sooooooooo cool

Kieran age 10 wrote:

I can read this book over and over again. it really is that good!

CIA Agent wrote:

I love your books Anthony.

Danielle age 13 wrote:

OMG i love this book its sooo cool and i really want anthony horowitz to write another one!!!

Venom08 age 15 wrote:

Excellent book in excellent series with lots of action and mystery. Now when's the next book coming out?

Ashley age 15.5 wrote:

It was so cool and great.

JD age 13 wrote:

snakehead was a mint book anthony congrats!You said in ark angel that the last book is when alex turns 15 and he hasnt yet so you've got to make another book youre a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!! please they are amazing but snakehead is easily the best

Sarah age 14 wrote:

I read this book a while ago. When I saw it in Borders last year, I nearly screamed: I only held back to avoid looking like a blinking idiot. I have to admit I really liked the book. It had an interesting storyline that kept me captivated the whole time; the action scenes were some of the best I've read, extraordinary without getting too cliched or over the top; the characters had some of the best (and worst) personalities, and the way it was written made everything come alive. I read the extra chapter about five minutes ago, and loved it. It provided an insight to Ash's life, his feelings and his regrets about killing his best friend and his wife, basically for revenge. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable book.

adithya age 13 wrote:

OMG!!anthony horowitz is a master of thrillers!!

crazy age 12 wrote:

His books are awesome im only on ark angel but i cant wait to read snake head also i think scorpia was the best!

Chelsea age 16 wrote:

I LOVE THE POWER OF FIVE SERIES AND ANTHONY HOROWITZ! I hope i'' be able to get all my books signed though...... Anybody know if he's coming to belfast?????????

merlinbb age 12 wrote:

i love this series.this I think will be his best book yet im sure!the other three books were great.OHHH , i live in Canada so it might not come out the same time here. Lucky british kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess il have to pay extra for shipping !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALEX age 14 wrote:

ANTONY's books are always good but this was better you could feel the rats

madison age 15 wrote:

i really love this series i wish there were more =(

mysterykidd age 12 wrote:

THESE BOOKS ARE SOOO GOOD I WANT EVERY ONE OF THEM TO GO OUT ON FILM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (write more books please)xxx

sophie x age 12 wrote:

I absolutly adore the alex rider books ! I would sooo love to meet all the characters except from like all the bad people I am up to ark angel as I have only just started reading the books an already I am addicted ! MY friends think I am mad reading BOYS books soo they call them lol ! i WISH THER would be another book after snakehead ! xxxxxxxx from ANTHONY HOROWITZ & ALEX RIDERS biggest fan ! :) sophie xxx :)

Static age 15 wrote:

i really like alex rider and the power of five books! can't wait 'till the next books in the series come out!!!

James age 13 wrote:

Great Book. Whole series is a fascinating and well written read.

Josh age 13 wrote:

I love ur books the last book I read was Scorpia I cant wait till I get the whole series. I hope the rest of the books are as good as the others. LOVE UR BOOKS

bob age ????? wrote:

alex rider series is awesome i finished scorpia in 4 days..... all of his books are addicting

Anonomus age 11 wrote:

awsome series, i now need snakehead, i hope its a good book has anyone read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No parts just if its good or not.

bob age 456 wrote:

alex rider kicks butt.... i think eagles strike waz so favorite book so far. scorpia comes in 2nd place.... i hope they make a new book.... kick some more butt ALEXXXXXXX

tino age 9 wrote:

GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

callum age 13 wrote:

this book is amazing lots of detail and excitment great book for action and top class easily five star!!!!!!

Alex Rider fan age 14 wrote:

This series is brilliant. I personally think not to stop this series and continue writing on behalf on Alex's M16 life. I bet everybody agrees and I haven't enjoyed another series as much as this one. Hopefully this goes out saying that your serious of brilliant books continue to progress. All my friends agree too. Thanks

John age 13 wrote:

i started reading them at age 11, i think. The series is awesome, i wonder if anthony horowitz will write more... maybe a new series thats as cool or maybe even better...

Ryan age 10 wrote:

They're all good book but, i like Snakehead the most

Evan age 10 wrote:

I am getting this book in a few days!Well a version of it,but it is awesome!I have Stormbreaker,Point Blank,Skeleton Key,and Scorpia!This is just another book for me!Alex Rider Rocks!Anyone who hasn`t read it must read it!

jake age 14 wrote:

<3 great book

likeid tellu age 12 wrote:

im number one fan too ! i started reading in yr 5 now im in yr 7 i t rulz

sabinapleasure age andurpoint is ? wrote:

yh so its a like a totally cool book and yh it rulz visit bubble-0-7 on piczo its dedicated to spies

maggie age 15 wrote:

i love the alex rider books!!!! they are totes awesome!!

Alex age 14 wrote:

Wicked DUDE u rock Write MORE and rock on!!!!!!!!!ur 1 ganster fan Zac

matt age 18 wrote:

great books!

david age 6 wrote:

it is great

BBest age 11 wrote:

Alex Rider is my favorite series- they are so awesome! My favorite Alex Rider book is Eagle Strike, but they are all great. I really hope Anthony Horowitz continues writing more Alex Rider books.

sarah age 7 wrote:

I only read the little kids books of stormbreaker and point blank but Anthony's books are so awesome I wish he'd write more for little kids.

Yuon age 10 wrote:

It is sooooooo good i love Anthony Horowitz I really hope he continues writing more Alex Rider books.

Ryan C age 13 wrote:

This is the best book series I have ever read... I can't wait untill he writes another one!!!

Dillon age 9 wrote:

I love love the Anthony Horowitz and he should write more of all of his books but I like the Alex Rider series the most!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A.Speed age 13 wrote:

the alex rider series is my favorite of all time

Harry age 9 wrote:

he is the best writer in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......

coolio_girl age 11 wrote:

I sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo love his books!!!! Alex Rider is my Hero!!!!! I had a dreama bout him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anthony Horowitz so needs to write the next book soon or I'm going to die!!!!

Katie age 11 wrote:

Alex Rider is the best Anthony Horowitz needs to write a new book soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alex is sooooooooooo tough and awesome

??? age ?? wrote:

asome books man!!!!!!!! never stop writing man. got all your books. all very cool. BIGEST FAN EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

may age 17 wrote:

i love anthony horowitz- the power of five and alex rider, i read the whole power of 5 series in less than 5 days, and to comment on teh book, well... they are filled with suspense and i love all of them, i wqish i was alex. r girlfriend! and matt's... embarassingly!

maia age 16 wrote:

i love this guy! he is probably one the best writer's iv'e ever known! all his books are action-packed... even better than twilight! and may, i understand... in fact i feel the same way!

alexrider age 10 wrote:

i love the books i hope anthony comes out with movies i saw the movie for stormbreaker and it was good i think that snakehead is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

romeo age 0 wrote:

best books!!!!!

Royce age 13 wrote:

Great book series. Finished Snake Head in the first two days i got it.Until this series i never was really into books.

siddharth age 13 wrote:

awsome when is the next book comming

Joshua Gulde age 14 wrote:

nice book

zach age 12 wrote:

i havent read it yet but it lookes so kool ( i did the k on purpose )

JIALING age - wrote:

I love the Alex Rider series! :D Felt so empty when i finished the entire series. xD

sidd age 13 wrote:

the best you could ever get for books.I am waiting for the next 2 books to come out

Hannah age 11 wrote:

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!! I really hope that Anthony Horowitz writes more books in the series!!!!! I was thinking maybe some books about maybe how Alex becomes a "senior" agent and goes on more missions. That would be really cool!!! This series ROCKS!!!!!!!! so does Alex Rider!!!!!! I love the series!!!!!!

joel age 10 wrote:

one word GREAT allround

Jay age 11 wrote:

I only read eagle strike, stormbreaker, scorpia, and ark angel, i wanna read the rest of the series. i would order snakehead on scholastic except im broke. used up all my pocket muney

Connar age 13 wrote:

Great book I've read the whole series and can't wait for the next one.

anonymous wrote:


AnthonyFan age anonymous wrote:

I think I'm in love with Alex... Please make more of the graphic novels! Can't wait until the Skeleton Key comes out as a graphic!

Devon age 13 wrote:

i have read all the books and have seend the only movie for his first book.....u guys should check out his gatekeepers series its so awesome.....i am starting to read his series again for the thired time....anyone know when another one is coming since sabina is back? me if u know at

devon age 13 wrote:

my favorite is still point blank

alex age 14 wrote:

is the extendable chapter the one where the parents are killed?????

Andrew age 13 wrote:

The Alex Rider series is the best. I just Reastarted the book series two weeks ago and tomorow I will for sure finish Eagle Strike

Lil d age 12 wrote:

Anthony horowitz you are a genius pls rite more books snakehead pure class mate....I was off the edge of my seat!!! Sfe

Eduardo age 14 wrote:

All the series R well described lots of details that mmakes not questioned why. Best books i read so far R the Cicue Du Freak,Percy Jackson and the olympians,and now Alex riders series. Ark Angel (in my opinion) is the best book of the series.I havent read Snaked Head yet.

kyle age 16 wrote:

snakehead was the best so far! i cant wait for the last 3 books in the series (crocodile tears, yassen and endurance point!) crocodile tears is due 2009 sometime, cant w8!

Ilnay age 14 wrote:

WOW!!!!!!!! I have officially read all da Alex Rider books and...WOW! its da best i could cum up with, im speechless they are AMAZIN! cnt wait 4 da nxt one hope its out soon! Hope it's nt da last, i dnt knw wat i wuld do when Alex turns 15! cnt wait 4 crocodile tears and i'm sure im not da only one! Keep up da GR8 work Anthony! ur (HUGE numba 1) South African fan

jithin age 12 wrote:

i have only read 2 alex rider books but they are both brilliant your the best anthony horowitz

Will age 15 wrote:

the alex rider books kept me interested all the time. does anyone know is hes writing sumthing after snakehead

simeon age 12 wrote:

I realy hope antony horrowits writes an Alex Rider book again as it always leaves you wanting more especially Eagle Strike because it reveals realy the first infomation of his father. So please Anthonny your fans are waiting time to get your pen out.

Samantha age 11 wrote:

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i waz soooooooooooooooooooo exited when i heard Snakehead waz comin out! i just finished Ark Angel and can not wait till i get the new 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hear its the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alexandra age 13 wrote:

LUV U ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amanda age 17 wrote:

WORST SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just kiddin this series is the beat ive ever read!!!!!!

Kirie{The Lost One} age 15 wrote:

i love The Alex Rider Series its just.............................AWESOME!!!

Johnney age 16 wrote:

This is a great book I had to read it again I think Alex Rider is the bomb I really liked Eagle Strike.

SEXY MAN JOE age 13 wrote:

they where the best books that i have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Burt age 80 wrote:

i loved the series, it made me feel young again!

alexa age 11 wrote:

this book series is so awesome! I never regretted the the day when I first knew about anthony horowitz, first my friend leant me the diamond brothers series, and then the power of five and finally i read about alex rider! ROCK ON, ANTHONY!!

a age b wrote:

what is it a bout no ployL:(

anonymous wrote:

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

reece age 10 wrote:

OMG i cant wait to read this!!!!!!!!!! i have read all the others they are awesome!!!!!!! I am a big fan!!!!!!!!!!!

Beauty age 13 wrote:

Oh my god!! I even can't find the right words to say how much I love this book and the other books!! I am biig fan ;D Like you all are...Is this sneakhead the last one? Or does Anthony writes more? I hope so <3

linh age 11 wrote:

alex rider is so cool!!! i love reading about him! I wish the author would make more!!!!!!

sim 08 age 12 wrote:

I wish horowits would write more rider books especially if they are like snake head that was the best

A Kumar age 15 wrote:

Great book, the best, also descriptively challenging. But why are little kids reading this? These books are for teenagers.

f age 10 wrote:

Iam aussie and I love the whole series icluding Alex

Aimee age 14 wrote:

i love these books we have to read them at school and do tests about the books. thanks they rock and it is so much fun to wright english tests with these stories

queen age 13 wrote:


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Alan Blunt age 13 wrote:

This series is the best. ill be reading snake head. i know it is going to be better than ark angel.

michael age 13 wrote:

Hi i am michael i went to this place it is cool but i got sleepy.When the people were talking about habbitat they give us these cool book's i found this cool book called skeleton key on the top of the book it say's alex rider i know him he was in this movie called alex rider the movie i didn't see the movie yet and i did not read the first book but ill read the third book of alex rider i hope it's a good book .

Rebecca age 16 wrote:

this is an explosive series which anyone of any age will enjoy and wil feell the hurt and all thje excitment that this book contains!!! Overall the sries is explosive!! Alex rider your never to young to die High in the french alps death waits for alex rider sharks assassians necular bombs, alex riders in deap water again alex rider has 90 minutes to save the world one string twice as deadly alex rider wants revenage alex rider's back and this time there is n limits alex rider bites back!!!

kelly age 15 wrote:

i read the book and now im gonna read it all over again but with the extra chapter. and then the new i got alot of reading to do.

anmol age 12 wrote:

damn good books !!! hey anthony horowitz sir publish a new edition like alex rider i would love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harry Tennyson age 15 wrote:

Anthony Horowitz is a brilliant author. I love his books!! This series is the best... They are so interesting and I can't put them down.

alex age 11 wrote:

alex rider series are awsome !!!!!!! i got the exstra chapter version of snakehead and its worth readins my favourite alex rider books are snakehead and scorpia i hope anthony keeps writeing the books and my name is alex im not kidding

shobhit modi age 12 wrote:

its the best book ever read

aisha age 17 wrote:

i love alex rider books aswell as harry potter but to tell the truth i think horowitz books beat rowlings!

me age 17 wrote:

i lurvre alex rider hes sooo cooooollllll mann wish i cud act wid him in the films......................

Just me age 13 wrote:

I love the Alex Rider books as well as the Power of Five books!! I think the Alex Rider:Stormbreaker movie was awesome!Hope there's gonna be a second movie soon! btw the Alex Rider star from the movie,Alex Pettyfer,is making a modern take on te Beauty and the Beast story!Can't wait until it comes out as well as the new books!Hopefully there here soon! bisousXXX

Ashraf age 13 wrote:

the alex rider series rocks! i have only read 6 of them though but it still rocks! it rocks! And it rocks! dont stop writing new alex rider books! bye and anthony rocks!

kurt age 14 wrote:

im a book worm but this is the best book iv'e read yet watch out harry potter anthonys book is ruling.

ecy wrote:

I'm a fan fan Alex Rider books overf him so good.

James age 100000000000000000000 wrote:

Well ok my first and only question is In the Book Skeleton Key And the Book Evil Star(Gatekeeper Series) there is a policeman named rodriguez and he is in the Gatekeeper Series and the Alex Rider Series How come?

eugene the awsome age 14 wrote:

It is the best book I have ever read!! I have read all of them so many times that I know almost everything about alex rider!!!! The only question I have is when is the next one comeing out?

Stefan age 15 wrote:

Great book. A must read! Five star!

Cece age 11 wrote:

This mission was very actioned packed. I can't wait for the next one(Crocodile Tears) to come out in November

Crazy age 13 wrote:

amazing book great action packs everything every other Alex rider has into 1 plain out Awesome

john age 57 wrote:

this is one of my fav books we should all catch up.the book is great.

cecil age 9 wrote:

that sounds great timmy and john. how about my place?

jymimmma age 1 wrote:

this book was FANTASTIC too read ! I read books all the time , and this book is the best soooo fare ! It gives you so much entertainment . and i just think im in love with this book . thatnk uu so much , 4 wrtiiting such a FABOLUS Book ! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Loveuloveuloveuloveuloveuloveloveuloveuloveuloveu I.LOVE.YOU <3

Lillyanna Jones age 7 wrote:

This book is soooo great i cant believe that someone could write such a great story!! i love it soooooo much and am going to organise an after school reading club so everyone can read it then we can all put in our own input on what we think about this storry Omg i just cant wait !! wow its just so hard to explain how excited i am!! its just crazy!! anyway i better get organising xoxo

naghme age 14 wrote:

i love antony's books!and i so intrested in Alex Rider's soooooooooooo coooooool!!please write more spystories such as this!

sarah age 14 wrote:

grate books!!!!!!!!!!!

kiana age 10 wrote:

they're exciting.

$mithy age 11 wrote:

i've read the whole serries there awesome

Jeremiah Rowe age 27 wrote:

I have read all of they Alex Rider book and been very imprested with them all I have also just found out about the explosive extra chapter in Snakehead and I’m looking forward to reading it.

ronan age 16 wrote:

reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally good i got extra chapter

luke age 1000000000000(9) wrote:

im half way cool and i want to read more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is cool as!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Coolie age 14 wrote:

WOW! i have read all of the Alex Rider books and they are all GREAT! I would love it if they ever make a film for the whole series! Anthony Horowitz is my favourite writter and always wi