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5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage James Bond
Teenage James Bond
Bang! Bang! Bullets are flying everywhere. Tactical soldiers in white SWAT suits. There's action everywhere in this book! Do you like James Bond? Of course you do! So get this exiting teenage version of James Bond.
Alex Rider's uncle just died. He needs to take his place in MI6. Alex has been doing well so far, but before he knows...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank I read the book called, Point Blank by Anthony H
I read the book called, Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz. The book was very interesting because Alex rider goes on a lot of action packed adventures. This is because he is a talented young spy. Personally, my favorite part is when Alex was chasing a man in a boat up a ladder. The man closes the latch at the top of the ladder behind him and locks it. Alex used one of his...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage James Bond, March 8 2004
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This review is from: Point Blank (Paperback)
Teenage James Bond
Bang! Bang! Bullets are flying everywhere. Tactical soldiers in white SWAT suits. There's action everywhere in this book! Do you like James Bond? Of course you do! So get this exiting teenage version of James Bond.
Alex Rider's uncle just died. He needs to take his place in MI6. Alex has been doing well so far, but before he knows it, he's in an isolated, elite prep school. There's something very suspicious. There's something odd in this building... very odd.
If I were to rank this book, it would be a 5 because of how much suspense this book gives. Point Blank also shows many exiting action scenes. There is no other action book like this one.
The protagonist in Point Blank is Alex Rider. Alex is an imaginative, creative kid. He's just like any other kid except he works for the MI6 agency. His creativeness in pressure makes him unique. You'll see how he uses his gadgets and cool agent equipment throughout the book.
One scene in Point Blank is when Alex was snowboarding down this steep, huge hill. Bad guys in snowmobiles were chasing him. The bad guys also had machine guns attached to their snowmobiles. Alex eventually escaped.
Another scene from the action-packed book was when Alex Rider had no other choice but to sneak out of the school. The only way was through the window so he took his CD player that had a secret diamond coated blade and cut the bars on the window off.
I conclude that this is a must-not-miss book! It's awesome. There's another book by Anthony Horowitz called Stormbreaker. I highly recommend this book to kids like you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome Spy Adventure, July 5 2004
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"spy_girl" (Portland, OR USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Point Blank (Paperback)
The 2nd book in the alex rider series is awesome. the descriptions of characters and gadgets seem to make this book play like a movie in your mind. In this book alex rider must pose as the son of a wealthy food store chain owner in order to get into the Point Blanc boarding school where only trouble wealthy kids go. after he arrives he soon finds out that things are not as they seem. Anthony Horowitz is an excellent writer and i would suggest the alex rider series to anyone who loves Spy adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank, March 25 2004
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D. Booy (Cerritos, CA USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Point Blank (Paperback)
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Point Blank is a book meant for young adults. The main charachter in the story is a fourteen year-old by named Alex Rider. In the prequel to Point Blank, Alex's uncle dies so he has to live with a friend, Jack Starbright. Alex is then recruited by M16 to be a spy. In Point Blank, M16 has suspisions about a finishing school for children with rich parents. Alex is then given a fake identity adn enrolled in the school. By the time Alex discovers the horrible truth behing the school, the teachers have already found out his secret. Alex must escape from the school and alert M16 about the school's secret plans. Alew then treis to escape after using a makeshift snowboard and a trsin to finally evade persistent guards that have been set up around the school he finally makes it down the mountain that the school is located on. To his dismay he must go back up the mountain with and elite force of soldiers on a rescue mission to save the children still enrolled in Point Blanc.
I liked this book because I can relate to the main charachter who is about my age. Alex also runs into diffrent peoblems he must get out of during the book. The action is intense. I found it very fun to read about how Alex will solve a problem or get into one. " He now new that he had to get up to the third floor." The intense spying action that makes this book so interesting keeps readers on the edge of their seats. I couldn't put the book down until I was through reading it, and even after I was finished, I wanted to read the book over an over again.
I like books with lots of action. I enjoy reading a good book with lots of action. If I sit down and read a really good book such as Point Blank I will get up after I am done reading pumped up. Some of the books that are sold today are all action and have no depth of story. The action is jut a vehicle to keep the story going. Unlike some of these books that are read by our ypung people today, Point Blank has a cohesive plot, and when the action kicks in, it is perfectly placed and well written. "Alex yelled as he swooped down the mountainside, barely able to control the sheet of metal under his feet." Such action scenes a this are place throughout the book Point Blank.
My favorite part of the book was when Alex was tries to escape from the guards that the school's director, Dr. Hugo Grief, had placed around the school, supposudly for the safety of the students attending the school. When Alex find out about Dr. Grief's despicable plan, Alex unwitingly reveals himself. Dr. Grief captures him and promises Alex that he will die a painful death, and the plan will still be successful. Alex uses one of his hi-tech spy gadget to escape from the prison cell he is locked in and makes a snwboard out an ironing board. He then starts to snowboard down the mountain but is then followed by guards with machine guns and snowmobiles. akex fears to be killed. He barely manages to evade his pursuers, but he has one more milestone to pass before he is safe from Grief.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Point Blanc, March 22 2004
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Point Blanc is a great book. Alex is a 15 year old teenage boy who has no parents or relatives but lives with his housekeeper. He overcomes reasons to turn back or fail. He is smart and curious. His bravery helps him solve the problems that normal people would ignore.
Alex is forced to become a spy when his uncle dies and MI6 (British intelligence) blackmails him into getting information about mysterious dilemmas.
This book is action packed with dangerous missions where Alex Rider is in constant danger. Once when Alex is walking, he sees a car where a man is selling drugs. He gets on his bike and follows the man to a cruise boat. After the man gets in the boat Alex locks the door from the outside. He gets into a crane and lifts up the boat over the police station. When one of the workers sees Alex in the crane, they decide to climb up to get him. When Alex was at the bottom of the ladder the crane collapses over the police station.
The author, Anthony Horowitz, writes in a way that you never want to stop reading. He keeps a curtain over what is really happening so there are a lot of surprises. He tricks you into thinking that there is nothing happening when really there is a big mystery. Point Blanc is the second of four Alex Rider books that includes Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Skeleton key, and Eagle Strike.
Point Blanc is a great book to read in your free time. This is a great book for those who are hungry for action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank, March 3 2004
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This review is from: Point Blank (Paperback)
Alex races down the steep rocky mountain on a snowboard that he had made but snowmobiles trail right behind him. He hears gunfire. The drivers had machine guns and are firing at him. Bullets zip past his face. He tries to focus on what he needs to do but just then he flies into the cold snowy air and his mind goes blank...
POINT BLANK is the spine tingling sequel to Storm Breaker but this time its much more serious. In the beginning of this life risking adventure Alex gets a call from MI6 to come over to their office and have a talk about some classified information. Once he got there he sat down and they told him that he was going on another mission. At first Alex thought that Gref was joking but Alex could see in his eyes that he wasn't at all.

As you read this fantastic book you will be on the edge of your seat wondering and waiting for what happens next. Throughout this book you will also absolutely want to turn the page because it is one of the greatest of Horoetzes books.
To sum up what I have said to you "go to your local library today and get one of the greatest books published PONT BLANK.
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Greg Novak
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4.0 out of 5 stars Point Blank, March 1 2004
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This review is from: Point Blank (Paperback)
Alex races down the steep rocky mountain on a snowboard that he had made but snowmobiles trail right behind him. He hears gunfire. The drivers had machine guns and are firing at him. Bullets zip past his face. He tries to hocus on what he needs to do but just then he flies into the cold snowy air and his mind goes blankï¿
POINT BLANK is the spine tingling sequel to Storm Breaker but this time its much more serious. In the beginning of this life risking adventure Alex gets a call MI6 to come over to their office and have a talk about some classified information. Once he got there he sat down and they told him that he was going on another mission. At first Alex thought that Gref was joking but Alex could see in his eyes that he wasnï¿t at all.

As you read this fantastic book you will be on the edge of your seat wondering and waiting for what happens next. Throughout this book you will also absolutely want to turn the page because it is one of the greatest of Horoetzes books.
To sum up what I have said to you ï¿go to your local library today and get the one of the greatest books published PONT BLANK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best one yet, April 9 2003
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This review is from: Point Blank (Hardcover)
Point Blank is one of the best books I have ever read. Some of the other books I have enjoyed are Stormbreaker also by Anthony Horowitz and the animorphs series by K.A. Applegate.
Point Blank starts like any other book with a child as the main character. The catch is that Alex Rider is no ordinary kid, he works for MI6. Yeah that's right, the same organization James Bond works for. Anyway, you know how Bond films always have a little "mission" at the beginning and Point Blank in no exception. I'm not going to tell you what it is but it is really cool. After he receives a call from MI6, he has a new mission.
Something is going on at a private correctional school in France called Point Blanc, they want Alex to find out what. However, Point Blanc only takes the sons of the super-rich or ultra-powerful. Because of that, Alex must disguise himself as a billionaire's delinquent son. While he is doing that he receives all of his gadgets for the upcoming mission. A CD player that turns into a saw and a book that shoots poison darts, to name a few. Once at Point Blanc Alex discovers that there is a mysterious "project Gemini" happening. He also makes a friend named James. Then one night he hears screaming in the hallways, but when he goes to see what happened there is nobody there.
This is not the end of the book but I am not going to tell you any more. If you want to find out read the book. This is a hair-raising spine- tingling adventure with a great ending. I really liked this book because it kept me guessing right up until the end where everything is neatly sorted out. Watch out James Bond. Alex Rider is the new star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure, Interesting Mystery, Dec 16 2002
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This review is from: Point Blank (Hardcover)
Tucked away in the French mountains lies a school named Point Blank. In it contains two mysterious and crazy people named Dr. Grief and Mrs. Stellenbosch. People suspect they are behind two murders. That is where Alex Rider comes in. Alex Rider is a 14-year-old M16 spy in a search to save the world. He is sent to the school, along with other juvenile delinquents who don't take school seriously, rebel, and who care only about themselves. Then, all of a sudden, the kids become ideal students and Alex Rider gets very suspicious. He must use his smarts, sneakiness, and gadgets to get past the criminal masterminds, Dr. Hugo Grief and Mrs. Stellenbosch.
Alex Rider's powerful non-stop action that he brings to the book is beyond me. He and the stunts that he pulls off keep the intrigue going throughout the whole book. Like snowboarding down the hill on an ironing board, while avoiding traps, obstacles, men on snowmobiles, and men with machine guns. By the way, getting past Dr. Grief himself. The action put into this book is more than Jackie Chan can handle and when you are done reading this book, you will not only say you liked it, but you will clap out loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed and Lotsa Suspense!!, Sept. 4 2002
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This review is from: Point Blank (Hardcover)
Comments: This book was not as chair gripping as the first, at least not until later. It's plot was much like the plot of its prequel. Still it remained suspenseful and action-packed. A few surprising twists are on the road, but much of it is rather predictable, especially the main plot. Although there does seem to be some sort of prejudice in the book from the author. The first book and this one had their villians to be African or black. Is that a coincedence? Or is it racism? All in all, it was a rather satisfying book.
Story: Alex Rider has become somewhat of a spy. After his first suspenseful and dangerous mission, he returns to his normal life, now craving the life of a spy. Longing to go on another adventure. His desire turns to reality. A school for rich kids who have problems, as in shoplifting, being expelled, etc., turns into something very suspicious. Alex goes in under cover as a student. He notices nearly all the students are different, yet the same. He has to find out what is going on and what the plot of an insane evil man is before it's too late. What Alex discovers may be more than he expected and more sick than thought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Assignment: Certain Death, July 27 2002
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Mel Odom (Moore, OK USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Point Blank (Hardcover)
Alex Rider, the youngest spy ever recruited and forced into service by MI6--Great Britain's premiere espionage agency, returns in POINT BLANK with a vengeance. Only a few days have passed since Alex's last adventure when he helped catch the man responsible for murdering his uncle, Ian Rider, who had also been a spy. His excuses, a doctor's note no one quite believes, have barely been made before he's spirited off by Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones, the head of Special Operations. Two deaths of rich and powerful men, one of them a personal friend of Blunt's, have triggered an investigation into the matter of those deaths. One man was killed violently while the other, a VERY careful man, apparently died by an unfortunate accident. The common denominator: both men had problem children, sons that were sent to a new school in France called Point Blanc. Blunt assigns Alex to infiltrate the school on a Search and Report mission. Once there, Alex discovers that the boys attending the school are all eerie, all acting like little puppets who answer every command of the creepy Dr. Hugo Grief and Mrs. Stellenbosch. In no time at all, Alex Rider fourteen year old spy extraordinaire is once more facing a grim and certain death if he doesn't use every ounce of cunning and intelligence he possesses.
Anthony Horowitz is a novelist and TV writer. In addition to the two Alex Rider novels he's written (STORMBREAKER and POINT BLANK), he's also penned THE DEVIL AND HIS BOY, a historical thriller, THE DEVIL'S DOOR-BELL, NIGHT OF THE SCORPION, THE SILVER CITADEL, and short story collections, DEATH WALKS TONIGHT and MYTHS AND LEGENDS. He's written television scripts for POIROT and MIDSUMMER MURDERS, and recently created two television series for the BBC.
The pacing in POINT BLANK rivals the breakneck speed shown in STORMBREAKER. The story yanks the reader along, as if daring him or her to keep up. Although the book is written about a fourteen year old spy, the prose is keen and precise, rivaling any of that in today's thrillers. The book can be enjoyed by young readers as well as adults, and for the very same reasons. The action sequences are some of the best, tight and intricately planned. Horowitz stays just this side of SF and blends the effect neatly into the spy story. His villains are definitely of James Bond caliber, unique and attention-getting while at the same time vile and loathsome. Alex's tools of the spy trade, delivered by his very own Q-type spy inventor, are neat and plausible. Getting to see SAS soldier Wolf (from the first novel, STORMBREAKER) again was great. It seems Horowitz is going to create a world for his young spy and keep it interactive, weaving threads in one book that will come to fruition in successive novels.
There could be, perhaps, a little more dialogue in the book. Reading narration can be fun, but a reader's ears stay pricked for the conversations a character has. Of course, Alex isn't exactly overly verbose, but other characters could talk to him as well. And there needs to be a little more about Jack Starbright, Alex's housekeeper. So far, all the reader knows is that she is from America. What brought her to Great Britain and why does she continue to stay? Maybe the author has even more secrets to unveil.
POINT BLANK is a wonderful novel of action and suspense. Any reader waiting anxiously for the release of Vin Diesel's new movie, XXX, or the new James Bond film will definitely find a story in this book to meet the driving excitement in those properties.
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