|“|| Hugo Grief: I was helped in all this by Eva Stellanbosch, who had also worked with me in the South African Government. She had worked in the SASS - our own secret service. She was one of their principal interrogators
Eva Stellanbosch: Happy days!
—Hugo Grief and Stellanbosch
Mrs Stellenbosch is the vice-principal of Point Blanc Academy in the French Alps, and was formerly an interrogator for the South African Secret Police. She was also Miss South Africa in weightlifting for five years in a row (she possesses enough strength to bend a metal fire poker with her bare hands). She met Dr. Grief in South Africa and had known him for twenty-six years, and she now works as his personal assistant at the academy. Mrs Stellenbosch is described as having huge muscles and a facial structure that 'wasn't quite human', with lips jutting far past her nose. She has wisps of bright ginger hair and a high, domed forehead. She regularly smokes cigars.
Along the way, they stop at a Paris hotel owned by Point Bland stay the night. Alex has dinner with Stellenbosch while she tells him about the academy, but she secretly has his glass of coke drugged and Alex falls unconscious in his room. She then has Alex photographed in a hidden laboratory so that a clone of Dr. Grief can one day be genetically altered to take his place in the 'Friend family'. The next day Stellenbosch takes Alex to meet Dr. Grief, but she later catches him trying to get onto the top floor of Point Blanc, which he had already been told was strictly forbidden. Eventually, when Alex frees the boys who had been kidnapped by Grief, Stellenbosch is informed by one of Grief's guards of the intrusion. She knocks Alex out cold with a single punch, and both she and Dr Grief interrogate him in his study. She physically torments Alex while Grief explains to him the Gemini Project, and when Alex is taken to hospital after trying to escape from Point Blanc, Stellenbosch is told by the doctors that Alex is dead (having had a serious accident whilst on skis). An SAS Attack Squad raids Point Blanc that night, and Alex is confronted by a furious Mrs Stellenbosch. Realising that she has been tricked, she fights Alex personally in the academy's dining room. She easily gains the upper hand due to her superior strength, but before she can kill Alex, Wolf bursts in to save him. Stellenbosch shoots Wolf three times, but luckily he isn't killed because he is wearing body-armour. Stellenbosch dies when Wolf fires his machine gun at her and sends her crashing through a window into the snow.
Dr. Grief: "You should be aware, Alex, that Mrs Stellenbosch has worked with me now for twenty-six years and that when I met her she had been voted Ms South Africa five years in a row."
Alex Rider: "A beauty contest?"
Dr. Grief: "The weight-lifting championships."
-Hugo Grief explains Stellenbosch's skills to Alex RiderStellenbosch is an extremely proficient martial artist with a fighting style that emphasizes grappling moves before finishing off with a strike. Her combat skills were only shown on one occasion where she fights and easily overwhelms Alex Rider. She is also incredibly strong and immensely resilient as none of Alex Rider's strikes managed to daze her and she was shown to be strong enough to bend a metal poker with her bare hands and punch a hole through a wooden table in a single strike..
She is also a skilled marksman, shown to be competent at short-range targeting, once again only seen once where she fatally injures Wolf, this being her final mistake.
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|Point Blanc Characters|
|Alex Rider • Alan Blunt • Tulip Jones • Jack Starbright • Hugo Grief • Eva Stellenbosch|
|Other Key Characters|
|David Friend • Smithers • James Sprintz • Michael J. Roscoe • Wolf • John Crawley • Fiona Friend • Julius Grief|