By Anthony Horowitz
Summary: They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6--Britain's top secret intelligence agency. Recruited to find his uncle's killers and complete his final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Genre: Juvenile/YA, Adventure
Published: January 1, 2000
Similar: Silverfin by Charlie Higson
My Rating: 3.5 stars
I liked the action in this book. It was how a spy story should be--thrilling, daring escapes, unique plans, and all that. Also, the book was not predictable in its plot; there was no overly obvious foreshadowing or anything, which I liked.
However, even though there was a fair amount of action, I was at times not interested in this book, believe it or not. Perhaps it was just that my mind was a bit preoccupied, but I really didn't feel engaged in the story the whole time. Also, it seems that despite all the intense training Alex had, he was getting by with more luck than he was with skill. I mean, this kid almost died at least four times, but something extremely lucky would happen at the last second and he would miraculously be saved. He should have been dead by the end of this book, honestly.
All in all, it was a good story, and I enjoyed it, but I didn't fall in love with it like some people did.