This was another very exciting & suspenseful Alex Rider book. The story immediately follows after [book: Ark Angel] where Alex is called upon to work for the Australian secret service. He doesn't want to go on this mission, but does so for 2 reasons. 1. Scorpia (an evil underworld crime syndicate)is back committing unimaginable deeds. 2. Alex gets to meet his godfather, whom up to this point he knows nothing about. [author: Anthony Horowitz] has once again written an action adventure spy novel with links to current topics. One word of advice, this is a page turner, you'll want plenty of time to read it.