Reader Reviewed Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz

Never Say Die

Written by Anthony Horowitz
Part of the Alex Rider Series

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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: simply the best action-packed, stylish adventure and escapism

Anthony Horowitz’s announcement that he was writing a new Alex Rider book was one of the best bits of literary news of the last year. Now the book is here, and Never Say Die sees Alex Rider at his daring best. After the shocking climax to Scorpia Rising Alex is living in San Francisco with his friend Sabina’s family. When he receives a cryptic email implying his guardian Jack Starbright may still be alive Alex is on a plane to Cairo in no time following up the lead. The adventure brings him back up against his enemies the Grimaldis, and Mrs Jones of MI6 reappears too. To describe the action as fast-paced is an understatement but there’s always time for sardonic humour. The fight scenes of course are superb. For adrenaline-filled, addictive adventure, Alex Rider is unbeatable, and it’s great to have him back. ~ Andrea Reece

There are nine other Alex Rider books, all excellent, and readers should also look at Steve Cole’s Young Bond books.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'Alex is tested to the limit in his most thrilling adventure yet, packed full of action, excitement, old friends and allies. Alex is most definitely back and I promise you will not be disappointed.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 12 - 'One of the best series of books ever written in my opinion. Once you start reading, you can't put it down. If you like fast paced adventure stories with edge of your seat writing - this is for you!'
  • George Hutton from Dormston Secondary School - 'Teenagers with an interest of adventure and mystery/crime would definitely love this book. This book would also be of interest of people who enjoy undercover investigations of massive scale crimes.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 11 - 'This is my favourite book EVER and I wish it was made into a film. I hope Anthony Horowitz will write another book in this series. I give it 1,000 stars!'
  • Rosie Watch - 'The story was action packed from the start, full of plots and fast moving action, though somehow despite all the action, it managed to remain descriptive, which I'm my mind is so important.'
  • Alex Sergeant, aged 11 - 'I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great continuation of the series we all know and love. It’s well written and fast-paced with many action-packed scenes.'
  • Simon Longlands, age 13 - 'Great sequel to the last 10 Alex Rider books. You would probably want to read the first nine books to really understand it. (Number 10 is a stand alone prequel).'
  • Toby Little, age 9 - 'I really think you should read this book... This book is brilliant... At one point, I thought I was watching a film in my head, that’s how clearly I could see things.'
  • Alex, age 11 - 'A book of action and adventure, it didn't disappoint! I read it cover to cover without putting it down.'
  • Jamie Bamford, age 13 - 'this book grabs hold of you tightly, reels you in and before you know it you’re stuck in the wonderful world that Anthony Horowitz has so brilliantly created.'
  • Alice East, age 12 - 'Whenever I had a spare moment instead of doing other fun things I would read this book; it was that good.'
  • Ross Dawson age 13 - 'Fans of the Alex Rider series will not be disappointed with this book, as it is every bit as thrilling as I’d hoped.'


Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz

In this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed adventure, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can't fight the past ...especially when it holds a deadly secret.

For more news and chat visit the Alex Rider facebook page and find out more about the series and special Alex Rider events at


Praise for Alex Rider:

“Explosive, thrilling, action-packed – meet Alex Rider.” Guardian

“Horowitz is pure class, stylish but action-packed … being James Bond in miniature is way cooler than being a wizard.” Daily Mirror

“Horowitz will grip you with suspense, daring and cheek – and that’s just the first page! … Prepare for action scenes as fast as a movie.” The Times

“Anthony Horowitz is the lion of children’s literature.” Michael Morpurgo

“Fast and furious.” Telegraph

“The perfect hero … genuine 21st century stuff.” Daily Telegraph

“Brings new meaning to the phrase ‘action-packed’.” Sunday Times

“Every bored schoolboy’s fantasy, only a thousand times funnier, slicker and more exciting… genius.” Independent on Sunday

“Perfect escapism for all teenage boys.” The Times

“Addictive, pacey novels.” Financial Times

“Adults as well as kids will be hooked on the adventures of Alex Rider … Harry Potter with attitude.” Daily Express

About the Author

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 Book Awards, and the Red House Children's Book Award. In 2014 Anthony was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. Click here to read more information about the author.

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

Anthony Horowitz was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here to see the books he chose.

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384 pages


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2017




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