A collection of proverbs attributed to Plutarch suggests that the phrase "crocodile tears" was well known in antiquity: This tale was first spread widely in English in the stories of the travels of Sir John Mandeville in the 14th century. And in the night they dwell in the water, and on the day upon the land, in rocks and in caves. And they eat no meat in all the winter, but they lie as in a dream, as do the serpents.
I had to force my willing suspension of disbelief for this sequence, but Horowitz is one of those storytellers that I'm happy to do that for. After all, Alex is my favorite teen spy, and the one that truly kicked off a lot of the action-packed series that have since jumped on board.
For the uninitiated, and with the books selling in the millions of copies so I can't believe there can be many of those left, Alex is a fourteen year old boy who lives in London and sometimes works with MI-6, Great Britain's version of the CIA.
They love using him because he's young and generally slides beneath the radar of the bad guys. But Alex is a totally hardcore when it comes to martial arts and feats of derring-do. Usually Alex gets recruited into a mission for MI-6 through some bit of backhanded blackmail, but in this one he inadvertently steps afoul of Desmond McCain our villain and ends up first in the sights of a sharpshooter, then at the eye of the storm McCain unleashes on him.
The fact that Alex involved himself in so much of the bad guy's overall plot was different, and it makes sense given that Alex is the kind of kid that he is. Most boys his age wouldn't walk away from a mystery or a grievance either, and would look for ways to strike back.
The action in this one is over-the-top stuff that would make great cinematography. Hopefully someone will again pick up the Alex Rider film franchise and give it another go.
The series really deserves that, and this would be an excellent story to film from. Another facet of the stories that I enjoy is the science that goes into the bad guys' plots.
In Crocodile Tears, it's genetically modified foods and the threat they pose to Third World countries, as well as to the rest of the planet. The plot doesn't bog down with heavy explanations, but there's enough there to send curious young readers and possibly older ones scurrying to Wikipedia or the Internet for answers.
Strangely, the spy gizmos in this novel seem to be toned down. There really isn't much here from Smithers, and quite frankly I was a bit disappointed. I love when Smithers takes the stage, because it's quite a lot like dealing with Q in the lab in one of the James Bond films. Usually Smithers does a lot with designing hardware for Alex that looks like teen-centric stuff.
Overall, I was really happy with the book. The action flowed quite nicely, and the dangerous parts were exciting. I loved the rooftop race with the ductwork and the time when Alex hung suspended over the hungry crocodiles. Horowitz has maintained that Alex would never be older than fourteen and be a spy.
At the end of this book, Alex's fifteenth birthday is only a few days away. I really don't want the series to end and I hope that Alex gets suited back up once more really soon.ALEX RIDER SERIES CROCODILE TEARS 1 FIRE STAR RAVI CHANDRA WAS GOING to be a rich man. It made his head spin to think about it.
In the next few hours, he would earn more than he had managed in the last five years: a fantastic sum, paid in cash, right into his hands.
It was the start of a new life. This is a list of characters that appear in the Camp Half-Blood Chronicles (which consists of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, The Heroes of Olympus series, and The Trials of Apollo series), The Kane Chronicles, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.
Alex Rider returns for his eighth adventure in Crocodile Tears, and I had a blast with it. This book, more than any of the others, really takes a spin off the James Bond franchise when it opens up on Alex playing Texas /5().
No joke, I'm a little shaky right now. I just finished a headlong binge―scratch that, I just paused three books into a headlong binge of Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K.
Rowling's) Cormoran Strike crime series.I say paused because I downed the first three books back to back to back, and the fourth book . MORE THAN MOVIES ON MYDUCKISDEAD AND ON VINTAGECLASSIX. % ENGLISH FRIENDLY.
ALL ON NITROFLARE. The best way to support MyDuckIsDead is to buy a NITROFLARE Premium account from the links you find on the blog. Thanks!!! Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz is the eighth book in the Alex Rider series. This book is among the best of the series and I truly enjoyed it.
This book is intended for a teenage audience so one can relate to the main character and understand some things of the events that happen to him/5().