Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin (Alex Rider)

Book 10 of 10 in the Alex Rider Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.497777
The final book in the #1 bestselling Alex Rider series with over 6 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

International #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel. Perfect for young fans of James Bond.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published on October 1, 2013 by Philomel Books
ISBN-10: 0399254412
ISBN-13: 9780399254413
9 Book Reviews
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  • langston_p
    langston_pWednesday, December 2, 2015 at 3:12 am55 starsFeatured
    I thought this book was really good and I was very amazed how Anthony Horowitz still managed to make it good even though it was in a completely different perspective. I also thought that it was cool how Yassen was the hero and once actually had emotion. What happens is that his hometown, Estrov gets destroyed. He escapes to Moscow where he begins a life of crime with some new friends but quickly came to an end when he got kidnapped by a man named Vladimir Sharkovsky. He managed to escape and found Scorpia and Julia Rothman and gets trained in Malagasto. I thought that Anthony developed Yassen super well and we got to learn a lot about him. It makes me like Yassen more than before because I use to dislike him. It made me appreciate him and it also made me realize why he became such an emotionless killer. I felt that he is a good man inside or at least he was once a good man. But this was an action packed awesome novel that I loved and finished very quickly.
    • dasan
      dasanFriday, January 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm
      i love this book yasha gregorvich is like exactly like alex
      • jellyfishh
        jellyfishhMonday, January 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm44 stars
        Very good I think that they should make more of alex rider. That would be awesome very very good book Super Spring Out
        • kangj
          kangjFriday, November 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm55 starsFeatured
          I read this final book of the Alex Rider series (which, interestingly enough, has a story-line that happened before the events of the first book) because I was already interested in the Alex Rider spy/action series. This book provides a very exciting and suspenseful origin story of the assassin that changed Alex Rider's life forever, told from his own perspective. Some of the things we never knew about Yasha (alias Yassen) Gregorovich are revealed. Younger readers should not read this because of some violent content such as murder.
          • jade13
            jade13Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:04 pm
            I have not read the newest edition to this amazing heart stopping series that recommend to ever book worm out there! however I just now found out about it so...THANK YOU DOGONEWS!
            • Spy 13Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 12:00 am
              Alex Rider is THE BEST series ever to be made I have read all the other books dying to read this one toatally recommend this one
              • nic17
                nic17Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:17 am
                I cannot wait until this book comes out. I bet it will be amazing.
                • firedragon890
                  firedragon890Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:52 am
                  I love spies They just awesome
                  • wesley03
                    wesley03Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 10:52 am
                    Fantastico