Ark Angel (novel)
Release date

April 1, 2005 (UK); April 5, 2007 (North America)


352 (UK); 326 (North America)

Publication order
Preceded by
Followed by

Alex Rider is back - and this time there are no limits

—Ark Angel tagline

Ark Angel is the sixth book in the Alex Rider series by British author Anthony Horowitz.


Alex Rider is in a hospital recovering from an assassination attempt. Four masked men come to the hospital attempting to kidnap Paul Drevin, the son of Russian billionaire Nikolei Drevin, who is financing a revolutionary space hotel named "Ark Angel". Alex fights the men in an attempt to save Paul after tricking them into believing he is Paul. He knocks all four of them out, but then a fifth man comes in to the hospital and overpowers Alex. Still weak, Alex faints and is kidnapped.

Alex is then taken to a flat in a building site, where he finds out the men belong to Force Three, an eco-terrorist group led by a man named Kaspar. Despite proving he is not Paul Drevin, Force Three lock Alex up and set fire to the apartment, but Alex escapes and Nikolei Drevin invites him to come and stay for two weeks in the lap of luxury for saving his son and see an Ark Angel rocket take off.

While at Drevin's home, Alex starts to befriend Paul, but decides to leave him and his father once they arrive in New York in route to Flamingo Bay, mainly due to the fact that Drevin nearly killed him in a kart race. On route to Flamingo Bay, Alex is taken with Paul and Nikolei Drevin to New York. At the airport, he is held up at customs and taken to the CIA. He is told that Drevin could potentially be "the biggest criminal in the world", and the CIA recruits him to gain information on him.

Upon Alex's arrival at Flamingo Bay, Drevin learns of Alex's CIA connections and decides to have him killed while scuba diving. Alex becomes trapped in a sunken ship named the Mary Belle. With the help of Tamara Knight, an undercover CIA agent and who is Drevin's secretary, Alex escapes. Alex and Tamara hide on the island, but it goes unsuccessful and both are captured. Drevin weakens Alex until he faints. When Alex wakes up he has been tied up. Drevin then tells Alex that his rocket Gabriel 7 contains a bomb that will destroy Ark Angel, causing it to fall to Earth and destroy Washington, D.C. This will simultaenously eradicate the evidence against him the CIA have accumulated in the Pentagon, as well as letting him reclaim some of his money spent on the now regretted Ark Angel project. Alex escapes using a CIA gadget from Tamara, and sails away from the island. Drevin tries to shoot Alex but instead wounds his own son. Furious, he then attempts to escape in a seaplane, but Alex earlier tied two canoes to the plane; this causes Drevin to crash, and he is killed.

Drevin's rocket takes off before the CIA can stop it. Alex is then chosen to board a second rocket to move the bomb before it explodes, since he is the only one small enough to fit inside. When Alex arrives, he sees Kaspar and fights him. Alex gains the upper hand when Kaspar is blinded by the sun's light, and then Kaspar is killed when he falls back on his own knife. Alex moves the bomb into the station's toilet and escapes. His escape capsule splashes down in the sea near Australia. The bomb explodes and the satellite falls harmlessly into the sea.


  • In this book, Alex uses a Lifepak 300 defibrillator to knock out Silver Tooth, however a Lifepak 300 should be able to detect the heart rhythm and prevent any release of electrical energy.


  • Lancashire Children's Book of the Year
  • Red House Children's Book Award
  • Doncaster Children's Book of the Year Award

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Ark Angel Characters
Main Characters
Alex RiderAlan BluntTulip JonesJack StarbrightNikolei DrevinPaul DrevinMagnus Payne
Other Key Characters
Joe ByrneSmithersTamara KnightMax WebberEd ShulskyJohn Crawley

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