Skeleton Key, Anthony Horowitz“I was told you weren’t to have any weapons…” Smithers sighed, then leant forward and spoke into a potted plant. “Could you bring them up, please, Miss Pickering?”

Alex was beginning to have serious doubts about this office – and these were confirmed a moment later when the leather sofa suddenly split in half, the two ends moving away from each other. At the same time, part of the floor slid asied to allow another piece of sofa to shoot silently into place, turning the two-seater into a three-seater. A young woman had been carried up with the new piece. She was sitting with her legs crossed and her hands on her knee. She stood up and walked over to Smithers.

“These are the items you requested,” she said, handing over a package. She produced a sheet of paper and placed it in front of him. “And this report just came from Cairo.”

Pretty much all you need to know about this book is that it is James Bond for teenagers. And, in its way, it’s quite good, and has the grace to acknowledge its inspiration by a generous sprinkling of subtle, and not-so-subtle, allusions to the grown-up version.

This is the third book of a number featuring the 14-year-old reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider. In this one, he gets himself into trouble with some Chinese triad chappies before taking a “holiday” on Cuban island Cayo Esqueleto (Skeleton Key) with two CIA agents whose son he is pretending to be. A former Soviet general turned megalomaniac multi-millionaire has got his hands on a nuclear bomb and is planning something nightmarish, with only Alex to stop him.

Here’s an Amazon link.
Mine from the library. I love the library!