History Literature / AlexRider

8th Jan '18 5:23:22 AM cwickham
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** Yu is also pretty affable. When Alex suggests how he killed his boss he says "actually he drowned but good catch", and when Alex points out the [[spoiler:tsunami]] he plans to cause won't stop with its target, he praises Alex for such an intelligent observation.

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** Yu is also pretty affable. When Alex suggests how he killed his boss he says "actually he drowned but good catch", and when Alex points out the [[spoiler:tsunami]] he plans to cause won't stop with its target, he praises Alex for such an intelligent observation.observation, and he even apologises for his overly wordy, scientific explanation of his plan.
8th Jan '18 5:10:21 AM cwickham
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** Yu is also pretty affable. When Alex suggests how he killed his boss he says "actually he drowned but good catch".

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** Yu is also pretty affable. When Alex suggests how he killed his boss he says "actually he drowned but good catch".catch", and when Alex points out the [[spoiler:tsunami]] he plans to cause won't stop with its target, he praises Alex for such an intelligent observation.
3rd Jan '18 4:11:25 AM RedScharlach
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* DeathCourse: In ''Eagle Strike'', Alex is thrown into an exact replica of a Aztec level of a video game by the game's creator. This features darts, slippery surfaces, a robot snake which is a real snake in body armor and three Aztec gods (guards in costume).

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* DeathCourse: In ''Eagle Strike'', Alex is thrown into an exact replica of a an Aztec level of a video game by the game's creator. This features darts, slippery surfaces, a robot snake which is a real snake in body armor and three Aztec gods (guards in costume).



* {{Expy}}: The series contains several expies (ranging from thinly-veiled to better concealed) of various celebrities and politicians. It can be said that Damian Cray is basically an evil Elton John. CompositeCharacter: [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment or one of those vegans (the unbearably self-righteous kind though.)]], Due to his penchant for vivisection and his admiration of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[CloningBlues Dr]]. [[MadDoctor Grief]] may be an expy of [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef]] [[MadDoctor Mengele]].

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* {{Expy}}: The series contains several expies (ranging from thinly-veiled to better concealed) of various celebrities and politicians. It can be said that Damian Cray is basically an evil Elton John. CompositeCharacter: John [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment or one of those vegans (the unbearably self-righteous kind though.)]], though)]]. Due to his penchant for vivisection and his admiration of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[CloningBlues Dr]]. [[MadDoctor Grief]] may be an expy of [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef]] [[MadDoctor Mengele]].



** In the first chapter of Crocodile Tears alone, a devastating nuclear disaster is set off. We hear what happens to those in the room the first explosion is triggered. Graphically. ''The first chapter''. (Then the book's Dragon gets eaten by crocodiles, and the BigBad himself gets blown up by a drum full of jet fuel. Really, child's play for Horowitz.)

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** In the first chapter of Crocodile Tears ''Crocodile Tears'' alone, a devastating nuclear disaster is set off. We hear what happens to those in the room where the first explosion is triggered. Graphically. ''The first chapter''. (Then the book's Dragon gets eaten by crocodiles, and the BigBad himself gets blown up by a drum full of jet fuel. Really, child's play for Horowitz.)



* FauxAffablyEvil: As Alex notes, the kindness of the staff at [[spoiler: the hospital where Yu plans to kill him by harvesting his organs]] is what makes them so damn creepy.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: As Alex notes, the kindness of the staff at [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the hospital where Yu plans to kill him by harvesting his organs]] is what makes them so damn creepy.



* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Filters explicit stuff, until Scorpia Rising, where we are basically just told that Alex tells the CIA to go fuck themselves.

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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Filters explicit stuff, until Scorpia Rising, ''Scorpia Rising'', where we are basically just told that Alex tells the CIA to go fuck themselves.



* OutsideRide: In ''Eagle Strike'', Alex sneaks into the Dutch facility by using magnetic clamps to attach himself to side of a truck that is entering ([[spoiler:posing as the ninja that is painted on the side of the truck]]). Later, he escapes by climbing on top of a truck that is one its way out.

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* OutsideRide: In ''Eagle Strike'', Alex sneaks into the Dutch facility by using magnetic clamps to attach himself to side of a truck that is entering ([[spoiler:posing as the ninja that is painted on the side of the truck]]). Later, he escapes by climbing on top of a truck that is one on its way out.



** ''Point Blanc'': In the UK: it is ThePlace title. Namely, the academy Alex is sent to. In the USA:[[spoiler: When Grief is killed: "The makeshift torpedo it its target full-on. Point blank."]]

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** ''Point Blanc'': In the UK: it is ThePlace title. Namely, the academy Alex is sent to. In the USA:[[spoiler: When Grief is killed: "The makeshift torpedo it hit its target full-on. Point blank."]]



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Nikolei Drevin]] in ''Ark Angel'' after [[spoiler:accidently shooting his own son]].

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Nikolei Drevin]] in ''Ark Angel'' after [[spoiler:accidently [[spoiler:accidentally shooting his own son]].
31st Dec '17 11:09:00 AM MasterFuzzy
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** The CIA also seem to act like this: In Book 3, Turner [[WhatAnIdiot carries a receipt from Langley, VA in his pocket]], while the Creative Ideas Animation store provides such bad service that it's surprising no one's picked up on it. Plus, the fact that they use "C.I.A." as the initials of their front companies isn't exactly subtle.
10th Dec '17 7:14:21 AM NotThisThing
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* PocketProtector: In ''Never Say Die'', Alex is saved from a poisoned needle fired by Dragana Novak when the dart hits the passport and wallet in his pocket -- where Alex had manipulated her into aiming.
21st Nov '17 7:20:12 AM NotThisThing
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** The American edition makes it even more painful by changing the quarters to nickels. Do the math. [[spoiler:Forty million.]]
21st Nov '17 7:17:36 AM NotThisThing
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** ''Never Say Die'' continues the tradition with [[spoiler:Jane Vosper's thermos]].
11th Oct '17 8:20:09 AM NotThisThing
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Although ''Scorpia Rising'' was long intended to be the series' GrandFinale, whilst working on a book of short stories set in Alex's universe Horowitz had a change of heart and decided to revive the series with ''Never Say Die''.

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Although ''Scorpia Rising'' was long intended to be the series' GrandFinale, whilst working on a book of short stories set in Alex's universe Horowitz had a change of heart and decided to revive the series with ''Never Say Die''.
Die''. The twelfth book, ''Secret Weapon'', will be released in 2018.


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** ''Never Say Die'': Frankie Stallone


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* HiddenInPlainSight: A particularly brilliant one in the opening chapter of ''Never Say Die'': a stolen helicopter is disguised - by tilting it vertically and covering the fuselage with plywood - as a windmill.
10th Oct '17 7:07:00 PM NotThisThing
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* ManipulativeBastard: Brooke Daniels, the head of ASIS. When Alex coincidentally lands off the Australian coast after ''Ark Angel'', he immediately launches a gambit to see how Alex does in the field, [[spoiler:much to the horror of his subordinates, and manipulates Alex into entering a dangerous mission with Alex's godfather.]] Alex theorizes at the end that [[spoiler:Daniels had figured that Ash was TheMole for Scorpia and the snakeheads, but wanted to flush him out to get proof]].

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* ManipulativeBastard: Brooke Daniels, Ethan Brooke, the head of ASIS. When Alex coincidentally lands off the Australian coast after ''Ark Angel'', he immediately launches a gambit to see how Alex does in the field, [[spoiler:much to the horror of his subordinates, and manipulates Alex into entering a dangerous mission with Alex's godfather.]] Alex theorizes at the end that [[spoiler:Daniels [[spoiler:Brooke had figured that Ash was TheMole for Scorpia and the snakeheads, but wanted to flush him out to get proof]].
10th Oct '17 7:00:36 PM NotThisThing
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* SeriesFauxnale: Horowitz's decision to revive the series six years after originally ending it turned "Scorpia Rising" into this, especially given the way "Never Say Die" goes about it.

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* SeriesFauxnale: Horowitz's decision to revive the series six years after originally ending it turned "Scorpia Rising" ''Scorpia Rising'' into this, especially given the way "Never ''Never Say Die" Die'' goes about it.



* StatusQuoIsGod: An interesting example with "Never Say Die". [[spoiler: The book itself is an [[ExaggeratedTrope heavily exaggerated]] example, undoing nearly everything that had changed at the end of "Scorpia Rising", including a major character's death, the collapse of Scorpia and MI6 never using Alex again. "Scorpia Rising" had been intended to be the last book ever, and that stood for six years until Horowitz decided to write a new one, and he felt the need to invoke this trope despite the fact that previous volumes pointedly ''hadn't''.]]

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* StatusQuoIsGod: An interesting example with "Never ''Never Say Die". Die''. [[spoiler: The book itself is an [[ExaggeratedTrope heavily exaggerated]] example, undoing nearly everything that had changed at the end of "Scorpia Rising", ''Scorpia Rising'', including a major character's death, the collapse of Scorpia and MI6 [=MI6=] never using Alex again. "Scorpia Rising" ''Scorpia Rising'' had been intended to be the last book ever, and that stood for six years until Horowitz decided to write a new one, and he felt the need to invoke this trope despite the fact that previous volumes pointedly ''hadn't''.]]


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** ''Russian Roulette'': Vladimir Sharkovsky forces Yassen to play the game in his office. [[spoiler:Yassen plays again, in the same office, when he comes to assassinate Sharkovsky.]]
** ''Never Say Die'' is also an exception. While never stated by a character, the title reflects Alex's refusal to believe that [[spoiler:Jack (after receiving an email using SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay)]] is dead. [[spoiler:And in the chapter with that title, he is proven correct.]]
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