- Non Fiction
Reviews by Daniel Smith
Orphan Alex thought he knew his Uncle Ian Rider--until the elusive banker is killed in a tragic car accident. Immediately, Alex's life starts to get stranger by the day as his guardian's friends and colleagues start showing up and contradicting everything Alex thought he knew about the man he'd called Dad for so long. Maybe Ian Rider was not a banker after all? Surely the bullet holes in his Uncle's totalled car reveal that he had not died in an accident, but was murdered? Everything is explained when Alex decides to track down Ian Rider's real employers, but Alex is in for a surprise when they decide to contact him. The truth is hard to take, but maybe by following in his uncle's secret footsteps he might get the chance for revenge.
If you say you read fiction almost religously, then this must be the bible of fiction!
This book will always remain one that is close to my heart. It may not be the most complex book, or even have the most puzzling storyline, but as sometimes claimed... simplicity is best. Stormbreaker is one of those stories that i find once read, you will never fail to remember - indeed at times i feel like i know it page to page!
So now to explain why i claim this. The book is essentially a teen read (though i suggest adults do not rule it out!) and delves into the spy world from a new angle, a teenage spy. Whilst immeadiately you may be imagining a teenage James Bond running around defeating the bad guys, Stormbreaker actually has a lot more depth. I love how Anthony Horrowitz has taken the time to delve into the psych of his character, Alex Rider; and as a result instead of some bravado filled teen with gadgets we are faced with a more realistic portrayal - a teenager blackmailed by an agency to put his life at risk.
It is undoubtable through the writing that Alex Rider performs some amazing feats, but its amazing how Horrowit explains these actions in such a way that any teenager with the right knowledge could act in a similar way. The real question raised in the book though, is if he doesnt want to do it... why does he do it so well?
A great book all round that whilst has a simple plot, has much more to offer a reader by (in my eyes) being one of the first books that gives their character a realistic portrayal and does not leave me feeling that perhaps the story is a little far fetched due to the feats portrayed.
Therefore i do suggest it, and i hope you go on to suggest it to your friends aswell!
The One That Got Away is Chris Ryan's personal account of his escape from Iraq to Syria after a botched SAS mission to locate SCUDs during the first Gulf War. Ryan's ordeal lasted ten days, he walked over two hundred miles and it remains the longest escape and evasion in SAS history.
Catches your eye, then your imagination!
This book remains one of my all time favourites. I realise though it is easy to disregard it as yet another "war book" and therefore not your type. However, i urge everyone to give this book a try for the chance to read a book about real life heroism that you would never believe is possible.
The book does start off in military fashion, preperations for their mission, insertion, and at this stage if you are not militarily minded then this may indeed test your patience, but as suggested before, bare with it! for what comee next will be worth it.
After the patrol is ambushed, Chris Ryan eventually finds himself alone, in a hostile enviroment. This is where the truly amazing tale begins; as Chris Ryan begins the massive 200 mile trek on foot to the Syrian border, to safety. If it isn't enough to imagine how tremendous this task is done without being captured or killed, be amazed that he managed it in a mere 10 days.
10 days, walking 200 miles.
Through his journey due to the enviroment he is having to tackle the biggest danger of all - his surrounding. The desertous terrain offers no safety from the beating sun during the day, and the harsh cold wind at night. You learn how Chris Ryan struggles to continue his journey with no food, and no water and no cold weather clothing.
I think what makes this story even more touching and heartfelt is how Chris Ryan recalls his memories at the time; thinking of getting home to his daughter, pushing himself forward just for her. As dehydration sets in Ryan suffers many delusions involving his daughter, all of which are so well written no one can fail to pick up on the sheer emotional determination he felt to get home for his daughter - some truly amazingly well written chapters.
I hope that all of you give this book a chance. This book for me has done so much, as strange as it may seem since reading this book Chris Ryan has become my personal Idol. I feel that it is tales of such heroism as this true story that we should all respect and learn an important lesson from - that if we try hard we can push ourselves until we get what we want; even if for Chris Ryan all he wanted was to see his daughter again.