By Anthony Horowitz
Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world's so much famouspop famous person. yet nonetheless it isn't adequate. He wishes extra if he's to save lots of the area. hassle is, basically Alex Rider acknowledges that it is the international that wishes saving from Sir Damian Cray. beneath the luster of glamour and status lies a twisted brain, able to sacrifice the realm for his ideals. yet long ago, Alex has continuously had the backing of the govt. This time, he is on his personal. Can one teen persuade the realm that the preferred guy on the earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?
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Subsequent to it, screwed into the brickwork, was once a brass plaque with the phrases: ROYAL & common financial institution PLC LONDON Sabina had visible it. She checked out Alex doubtfully. “Don’t worry,” Alex acknowledged. “The Royal & basic financial institution doesn’t exist. That’s simply the signal they wear the door. ” They went in. the doorway corridor was once chilly and businesslike, with excessive ceilings and a brown marble ground. to 1 aspect there has been a leather-based couch and Alex remembered sitting there the 1st time he had come, ready to move as much as his uncle’s place of work at the 15th flooring. He walked directly throughout to the glass reception table the place a tender lady was once sitting with a microphone curving throughout her mouth, taking calls and greeting viewers while. there has been an older safety officer in uniform and peaked cap subsequent to her. “Can I assist you? ” the girl requested, smiling at Alex and Sabina. “Yes,” Alex stated. “I’d wish to see Mrs Jones. ” “Mrs Jones? ” The younger lady frowned. “Do you recognize what division she works in? ” “She works with Mr Blunt. ” “I’m sorry…” She grew to become to the protection defend. “Do you recognize a Mrs Jones? ” “There’s a omit Johnson,” the safeguard recommended. “She’s a cashier. ” Alex regarded from one to the opposite. “You recognize who I mean,” he acknowledged. “Just inform her that Alex Rider is here—” “There isn't any Mrs Jones operating at this bank,” the receptionist interrupted. “Alex…” Sabina begun. yet Alex refused to renounce. He leant ahead in order that he may possibly converse confidentially. “I recognize this isn’t a bank,” he stated. “This is MI6 specified Operations. Please may you—” “Are you doing this as a few kind of prank? ” This time it used to be the protection safeguard who used to be talking. “What’s all this nonsense approximately MI6? ” “Alex, let’s get out of here,” Sabina stated. “No! ” Alex couldn’t think what was once taking place. He didn’t even be aware of precisely what it was once that used to be taking place. It needed to be a mistake. those humans have been new. or even they wanted a few type of password to permit him into the development. in fact. On his prior visits right here, he had purely ever come whilst he were anticipated. both that or he were introduced right here opposed to his will. This time he had come unannounced. That used to be why he wasn’t being allowed in. “Listen,” Alex stated. “I comprehend why you wouldn’t are looking to enable simply somebody in, yet I’m not only a person. I’m Alex Rider. I paintings with Mr Blunt and Mrs Jones. might you please enable her understand I’m the following? ” “There is not any Mrs Jones,” the receptionist repeated helplessly. “And I don’t recognize any Mr Blunt either,” the safety protect extra. “Alex. Please…” Sabina used to be sounding increasingly more determined. She realty desired to depart. Alex grew to become to her. “They’re mendacity, Sabina,” he acknowledged. “I’ll express you. ” He grabbed her arm and pulled her over to the raise. He reached out and stabbed the decision button. “You cease correct there! ” the safety safeguard stood up. The receptionist reached out and pressed a button, most likely calling for aid. The elevate didn’t come. Alex observed the safeguard relocating in the direction of him. nonetheless no elevate. He seemed round and spotted a hall prime away, with a suite of swing doorways on the finish.