Alex Rider #3: Skeleton Key Award-winning by Anthony Horowitz (author)

Skeleton Key

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Night came quickly to Skeleton Key. The sun hovered briefly on the horizon, then dipped below. At once the clouds rolled in – first red, then mauve, silver, green and black as if all the colours in the world were being sucked into a vast melting pot. A single frigate bird soared over the mangroves, its own colours lost in the chaos behind it. The air hung close. Rain hung waiting. There was going to be a storm.

Sharks. Assassins. Nuclear bombs. Alex Rider’s in deep water. On an island paradise off the coast of Cuba, insane Russian General Sarov is hatching explosive plans to rewrite history – and teenage spy Alex Rider has the job of stopping him. Alone, equipped with just a handful of ingenious gadgets, Alex must outwit a crafty madman’s mind, as the seconds tick down towards the end of the world.

Product Details


Alex Rider (book 3)






Walker Books Ltd

Date published

April 1st, 2005

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years plus; 10.0 points

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  • 336 pages



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  1. Spidergirl
    on 8 March 2014

    Good book

    5 out of 5
  2. alibaba4
    on 8 March 2014

    A wonderful book

  3. AngelofDeath
    on 7 March 2014

    I love this book. I think its funny when General Sarov thought of Alex as his son and expected Alex to love him whereas Alex hated him and was trying to get away from him. The action was amazing.

  4. heart29
    on 5 March 2014

    This HAS to be my favourite one of the series !

    5 out of 5
  5. masterreader1520
    on 18 January 2014

    It was incredible

    on 12 October 2013

    A brilliant book!!!!!!!!! Ten out of ten from me

    5 out of 5
  7. Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    I love this Alex Rider book. Full of suspense and action

    5 out of 5
  8. ninjastickman
    on 5 March 2013

    Armed with a nuclear bomb General sarov is especially dangerous. His dream is to make Russia the good old country it used to be. It’s a great idea but to do it he’s going to blow the country up

    5 out of 5
  9. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    An amzing and truely outstanding book.

    5 out of 5
  10. spark77
    on 29 July 2011

    skeletons under attack for the best book in the world!

  11. minigarethbale
    on 22 March 2011

    Perhaps one of the most thrilling situations in history of spy books

    5 out of 5
  12. barnred123
    on 3 March 2011

    Gripping. My favourite character was the mad general

  13. Funkyboy9
    on 3 March 2011

    What can i say. This book has and is everything. Thrilling story line. Mad and amazing characters Settings so realistic you have to remind yourself your not there Gadgets so original that you wonder if Mr Horowitz is in MI6! And a plot to destroy the world = an unputdownable book.

    4 out of 5
  14. 07sharya
    on 3 March 2011

    A little bit darker than the first two books, so maybe more suitable for a slightly older audience, but still a brilliant read

    5 out of 5
  15. starfish22
    on 3 March 2011

    this book looks like one for boys but actually its really good and i am reading it at school its amazing

  16. Missymessy
    on 27 February 2011

    And the Alex Rider series just gets better and better! :O Amazing, gripping, moving, shocking and stunning, I like how there are bits that you are just thinking ‘AAARRRGGGHHH, I’ve GOT to read this or Alex will be left to die…’ or something like that. 5* book.

    5 out of 5
  17. tika10
    on 25 September 2010

    i really like this book and i wish i was Alex Rider. I want to read it all over again.

    5 out of 5
  18. jolliver1
    on 18 March 2009

    I am still reading this book and it is very good

    4 out of 5

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