March 28, 2012

Trying to steal the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum

Posted at 8:12 am in British Museum, Elgin Marbles

Another review of the children’s book, Scorpia Rising, that revolves around a (fictional) plot to steal the Parthenon Sculptures from the British Museum.


Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz – review
Krazy Kesh, Wednesday 28 December 2011 09.00 GMT

‘I think that this book is unlike any other and brings out the dark side of Anthony Horowitz’s writing mind’

Alex Rider is back with his notorious foes: Scorpia. Although he doesn’t know it, this time they are pulling the strings.

Anthony Horowitz has finally published the last installment in the Alex Rider series. This one is different. It tells the story of the life of Scorpia board members and Alex’s final dealing with them. It all starts at the British Museum when Zeljan Kurst makes a deal with a Greek billionaire who wants the Elgin Marbles brought back from England to Greece.

Zeljan consults Razim, a new member of Scorpia who is only too happy to help him. He decides to use Alex as the bait to lure the British government into his trap.

MI6 is given a false alarm and Alex is sent to investigate. He is angry, as someone has tried to kill him. Alex must go to Cairo where he will confront his deadliest enemy yet: Himself… Almost. He is not alone. His housekeeper Jack Starbright is with him. Mr. Smithers, the obese wonder gadget maker meets them there. Alex discovers Derek Smithers’ most important secret. What will happen to Alex when he meets the mad Razim? Will he become the bait that will lure the British government like dogs into a cage? Will he survive Scorpia’s fatal sting?

One bullet. One life. The end starts here.

I think that this book is unlike any other and brings out the dark side of Anthony Horowitz’s writing mind. I liked the ‘baddies’ in the book as their personalities are disgusting and at the same time very fascinating. I love Razim’s concept on the measurement of pain. It is a tragic book which might be very heavy for children under the age group of 10.

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