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Point Blank

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Point Blank

For Alex Rider's second mission, the teen spy is sent to the Academy at Point Blanc to investigate Dr. Hugo Grief, its principal. The fathers of two boys who were enrolled in the school were killed just one week apart from each other under suspicious circumstances. It could be merely a coincidence, but Alan Blunt and Mrs. Jones believe that the two incidents are related and that Dr. Grief is somehow responsible for both.

In order to gain access to the school, Alex's attitude and physical appearance must be transformed. The boys who attend the academy are all members of super-rich families who have caused a great deal of trouble in the past and were expelled from their previous schools. As a result, Alex assumes the role of Alex Friend, the fictitious son of Sir David Friend who has a criminal record and has just been kicked out of Eton. To ensure that he can successfully fool Dr. Grief and the school administration, he spends a few days with Sir David and his family. His visit is anything but fun; unfortunately, his time at the academy isn't much better.

Alex discovers that Dr. Grief is the head of the Gemini Project. What are the details of this top-secret project? Is there a connection between it and the odd manner in which the boys at the academy are acting? Alex is determined to uncover the secrets of this "finishing school" before it's too late.

Reviewed by on February 16, 2006

Point Blank
(Alex Rider #2)
by Anthony Horowitz

  • Publication Date: February 16, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction, Young Adult 11+
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Speak
  • ISBN-10: 0142406120
  • ISBN-13: 9780142406120