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Russian Roulette

Written by Anthony Horowitz

Part of the Alex Rider Series

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LoveReading View on Russian Roulette

One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Book of the Month   Best-selling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and calculating; he is a contract killer who will do the business. But how did he get to be in that position? And what is his link to Alex Rider? In a story of trickery, cruelty, ruthlessness and all out violence, Anthony Horowitz shows how some terrible choices are made.

Anthony Horowitz discussed Russian Roulette in a special live event that was streamed into schools on Monday 16th June.  For more information go to or watch it on the window below.


Russian Roulette Synopsis

Anthony Horowitz brought his internationally bestselling Alex Rider sequence to a close in 2011 with the ninth in the series, Scorpia Rising. But Anthony had unfinished business with the world of Alex Rider and with one character in particular – Yassen Gregorovich, the assassin dispatched to execute Alex in the very first adventure, Stormbreaker first published in 2000. This is highly anticipated prequel charts the journey of a young assassin. An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year-old spy...Alex Rider. The man's name is Yassen Gregorovich. He knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he considers his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes someone choose to do evil? What would it take to make them kill?

The Alex Rider series has sold over 13 million copies in English and is published in over 28 languages.

The story of Alex Rider, reluctant teen spy in the order of his missions:

1. Stormbreaker
2. Point Blanc
3. Skeleton Key
4. Eagle Strike
5. Scorpia
6. Ark Angel
7. Snakehead
8. Crocodile Tears
9. Scorpia Rising

and Russian Roulette - The Alex Rider Prequel

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Russian Roulette Reader Reviews

Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider series, put themselves forward to read and review all ten titles.  Check out their reviews below and if you click on the link 'Read full review' you will be able to view the reviews for all 10 titles.

  • Beth Honeyman, age 11 - 'Russian Roulette by Anthony Horowitz is outstanding, fast paced and gripping from the first page. I loved it and was hooked instantly.' Read full review >
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'I am a massive fan of the Alex Rider series so when I got this book I was very excited, and it didn't let me down. Every moment was thrilling and it was a real page turner. I definitely recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Natalie Hunter, age 12 - 'This book was brilliant. It was full of action and I found myself unable to put the book down. It is a great why to start the series or finish it. If you like spy books then this book is great for you.' Read full review >
  • Sam Saddler, age 12 - 'This book introduces Yassen Gragorovich, explaining his life and how he became a cold-blooded assassin. The setting is modern and reflects current affairs. Exciting, unexpected, read it in a day!' Read full review >
  • Katie Johnson, age 10 - 'I absolutely loved this story!  I am a big fan of the Alex Rider series, so this was a perfect book for me.'
  • Lola, age 10 - 'A prequel to the Alex Rider books with plenty of twists and excitement.' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'Russian Roulette is an action packed and violent tale of survival against the odds and how one devastating event changes a boy's future forever.'Read full review >
  • James Harrison, age 10 - 'Russian Roulette is a really, really brilliant book. Every bit is amazing. It is beautifully written and so enjoyable you couldn't stop reading.' Read full review >
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'This book is impossible to put down. Russian Roulette consists of intense action and lots of cliff hangers at the end of the chapter making it impossible to put down.' Read full review >
  • Samuel Breaks, age 13 - 'An action-packed novel that you can't stop reading, you just want more. Follow the life of Yasha Gregorivich and find out how he came to be an assassin. I love it.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Yasha is in danger but is the life of an assassin the answer and does he have a choice when it comes to killing Alex Rider? An exciting story which is a must-read for any Alex Rider fan.' Read full review >
  • Alice Horncastle, age 14 - 'Russian Roulette took me on a roller coaster ride that was action packed and full of adventure-as I have read the other books in the series it answered a lot of questions I wanted to ask the author!' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'full on non stop adventure and excitement.  It is so good you want to keep on reading - even when you have been told it's bedtime and lights out!' Read full review >
  • Callum Broomfield, age 10 - 'This is a thrilling book with gripping vocabulary and mystery at every turn. Difficult to put down once you get started; this is a great read, even if you haven’t read all the Alex Rider books.' Read full review >
  • Delilah Acworth - 'Having been an avid Alex Rider reader from a very young age I was immediately gripped with the stunningly written tale. It was just so AMAZING.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Ingram, age 12 - 'I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Baer, age 10 - 'I liked the book because it had a lot of adventure and action in it...It is a superb read for children who like adventure and action packed novels.' Read full review >
  • Adam Pendell, age 11 - 'This book is a fantastic read. It fills in the gaps about Yassen Gregorovich and Alex's Dad, John Rider.  Alex Rider books are the best!  You must read this if you are a you love spy or action books.' Read full review >
  • Jacob Coleman, age 10 - 'This latest Alex Rider book had me gripped. Every twist and turn made me want to read the plot thickened I wanted to jump into the pages to warn him!' Read full review >
  • Daniel Mann, age 10 - 'This book didn't disappoint. It got straight into the action and despite Yassen Gregorovich being the bad guy you can't help but come to like him and feel for him.' Read full review >
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 11 - 'This book is a very good at making you want to read on and I have got a whole bunch of people waiting to read it including my Teacher!' Read full review >
  • Alexander Boxall, age 11 - 'A fantastic read but I am  really sad to have to accept that this truly is the last book in the series.' Read full review >
  • Conor Kelly, age 12 - Year 8 St. Colm's High School - 'The story was fast paced and very exciting...I would give this book a 10/10.' Read full review >
  • Dylan Sweet, age 10 - 'Its one of the best adventure books I have ever read. I couldn't put the book down.' Read full review >

Russian Roulette Press Reviews

This thrilling adventure will be the deadliest yet... Addictive, pacey novels Financial Times

The series that has re-invented the spy genre  Independent

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406360288
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 12/09/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406360288
Publication date: 2nd April 2015
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Thrillers
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Alex Rider Series, Bookshelf Essentials, Books for Boys

About Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is the author of the number one bestselling Alex Rider books and the Power of Five Series. He has enjoyed huge success as a writer for both children and adults. He was invited by the Ian Fleming estate to write the James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis and his most recent novel, Magpie Murders was a Sunday Times bestseller. Anthony also wrote the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty. He has won numerous awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children's Book of the Year Award at the British ...

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