|Eagle Strike (novel)|
The newest Eagle Strike cover. (2011)
336 (UK); 352 (North America)
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After a near death experience in an explosion at the Pleasures' holiday home, Alex meets an old enemy and stumbles onto something sinister to change the world. Now, he must save the world and his friends from an insane popstar. Can he save the world yet again?
When the Pleasures' holiday home explodes in a supposed gas leak, Alex suspects Yassen is involved and sneaks onto his yatch. Yassen captures him and enters him in a bullfight as punishment. After escaping, Alex calls a number he found on Yassen's caller and hears popstar Damian Cray's voice. He tells MI6 about this, but Alan Blunt refuses to follow down on Cray because he believes it would be politically unwise if the press ever found out that MI6 was investigating Cray. Alex tells Sabina about MI6 but she does not believe him and refuses to speak with him.
Alex meets a photographer named Marc Antonio in Paris; He reveals that Sabina's father was investigating Cray, and Antonio is killed shortly afterwards by an assassin. Alex goes to Cray Industries in Amsterdam, where he hears Yassen and Cray conversing about a flash drive. Cray catches Alex as he tries to sneak away and puts him in a real-life version of the Gameslayer, an extremely violent computer game developed by Cray's company (the game was just a cover for getting a huge factory to develop a flash drive). Alex escapes and steals Cray's flash drive. In response, Cray kidnaps Sabina and holds her for ransom. Alex attempts to force Cray to release Sabina, but Cray outmaneuvers him and forces Alex to hand over the flash drive.
Cray reveals his plan, code-named "Eagle Strike": He will board Air Force One and use contraceptives room to launch missiles at the drug trades. After creating a diversion using a plane full of fake nerve gas, he, Yassen, Alex, and Sabina sneak aboard Air Force One at Heathrow Airport. Cray plugs in the flash drive and activates the missiles. He then orders Yassen to kill Alex and Sabina; upon Yassen's refusal, Cray shoots Yassen and then Alex. Alex, saved by a bulletproof jersey (given to him by Mr. Smithers), gets up and pushes Cray out of the plane along with the food cart. He is then sucked into the engine and shredded to bits. The food cart getting sucked into the engine results in the engine's destruction, causing the plane to lose control.
As he lays dying, Yassen tells Alex that Alex's father, John Rider, worked with him as an assassin and that if he does not believe him, to go to Venice and find something called "Scorpia", which is later revealed in the subsequent novel as an evil intelligence company. At the end of the novel, Sabina tells Alex that she will be moving to San Francisco and then they share a kiss underneath a bridge.
- Portsmouth Book Award
- Galaxy British Book Awards: The Children's Book of the Year
- Book of The Year 2012:Awesome Books
- Eagle Strike (grapic novel)
- Eagle Strike - Walker Books (UK)
- Eagle Strike Mission - Alex Rider official website
|Eagle Strike Characters|
|Alex Rider • Alan Blunt • Tulip Jones • Jack Starbright • Damian Cray • Sabina Pleasure • Yassen Gregorovich|
|Other Key Characters|
|Edward Pleasure • Smithers • Liz Pleasure • Marc Antonio • Charlie Roper • John Rider • Henryk|