Immediately after the events chronicled in Ark Angel, Alex Rider finds himself a guest of the Australian military. Conveniently, he is just the person they are looking for to do a little lightweight infiltration of a particularly nasty Asian gang of human traffickers. As an added bonus, Ash, the man who is to accompany Alex on this mission, is one of his late father’s best friends and Alex’s godfather.
This turns out to be the focal point for young Mr. Rider, as he hopes to continue his quest for the truth about his family history. He easily overcomes his reticence to once again jump into danger in his desire to spend some one-on-one time with a man who was close to his parents. He ends up getting a lot more from Ash than he had anticipated or even dreamed of.
The continuing saga of teen operative Alex Rider is well served by this installment. He is maturing, asking better questions, and thinking more clearly. His abilities notwithstanding, he is still a young man, and continues to make errors. However, he is learning from his mistakes, and in this episode, he takes his first real steps toward maturity.
Rated: Moderate. The language is no more than a handful of mild terms, but the violence and body count are pretty high in this volume.