This is a childhood classic for me. It is very sad, but it is still a great Disney movie.
In my opinion, this was the best book in the series. Some people may like it when Alex manages to save everyone, and there's a happy ending, but I enjoyed this book more, mostly because the villains were smarter and harder for Alex to outsmart. Also, there were casualties for Alex's side this time, such as the death of Alex's guardian, Jack Starbright.
The thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. I think it was too abrupt. It should have elaborated more on what Alex did after going to live with the Pleasures. I hope Anthony Horowitz will write another novel not necessarily about Alex Rider, but one that is continuing the plot of this story.
Overall, this still was a great book, and I would recommend that you read it, especially if you've read the other books in the series, or if you like action and adventure.
I am not disrespecting jkl's opinion, but I think that this book is still worth reading. Although it is not the best in the series, I don't think it was the worst either, and you should definitely still read it. After all, why would you read every other book in the series except for one?
This was probably the best book in the series, but it is nowhere close to my favorite book. There was a lot of action in this book, but I found the ending unsatisfying and kind of cheesy. Such as the way Saint Dane dies, and how easily Pendragon wins.
In my opinion, this was a boring and uncaptivating book. It was hard for me to get through, and I abandoned it twice before I finally finished reading it out of boredom. However, after you get through this book, the rest of the books in the series are a lot better. I recommend that you persevere and finish this book, and then enjoy the rest of the books in the series.