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Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin by Anthony Horowitz

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Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin

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The final book in the Alex Rider series, Russian Roulette, is an opportunity to finally get to know the Assassin who took an interest in the young spy.

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

I was surprised when this book came out as I thought that the last Alex Rider book would be the end of the series. In Alex's case, it was. I loved this book. I have often wondered how Yassen Gregorovich got to where he was and why he took such a deep interest in Alex. We get glimpses throughout the series but this is the more complete story that finally allows us to understand the Assassin.

I loved how well written this book was. I found myself identifying with his character as easily as I identified with Alex. He was a smart kid who found himself in some bad circumstances and made the best of them. The story is well planned out and moves at a good pace too. As we reach the end of it, Anthony Horowitz ties it into the first Alex Rider novel seamlessly. I would recommend this book to all Alex Rider fans and anyone who loves a good spy novel. It's an adventure that's worth reading for teens and adults alike.

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