Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider, Book 8)

By Anthony Horowitz

A charity dealer con artist has raised hundreds of thousands of bucks in donations, in basic terms to take a position them in a sort of genetically changed corn that has the ability to unlock an airborne pressure of virus so strong it will probably knock out a complete nation in a single windy day. A disaster so far-reaching that it will increase thousands of greenbacks extra in charitable donations, all of which might be embezzled by means of one guy. The antidote? Alex Rider, in fact, who survives gunfire, explosions, and hand-to-hand wrestle with mercenaries - simply one other day within the lifetime of a typical child.

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M. neighborhood time, their Rolls-Royce Spey engines powering them down the runway and into the air, hiking at 40,000 toes in line with minute. there have been 3 of them. that they had leveled off at 80,000 toes, stepping into a vintage arrow formation, prior to turning south towards Africa. each carried 8 missiles. among them, they have been convinced they'd adequate firepower to show McCain’s wheat box right into a blazing hell during which not anything, no longer quite a bit as a unmarried microbe, may live to tell the tale. there has been, after all, the faintest probability that the preliminary strength of the impression might propel a number of the mushroom spores into the air, sooner than the flames. those spores might then trip very quickly and intensely a ways and do their deadly paintings in different places. yet as is so usually the best way with British politics, a call have been made. If it was once later proven to be fallacious, the entire proof will be lightly massaged to teach that no different determination were attainable. now not that the general public might ever listen approximately this. The orders that the 3 Phantom pilots had got have been most sensible mystery. Their flight plan had now not been recorded. so far as the realm was once involved, they hadn’t even taken off. And while the 3 planes crossed the Kenyan border, heading west from the Indian Ocean, the pressing inquiries from air site visitors regulate in Nairobi have been missed. Later, it'd be defined they had unintentionally strayed off track in the course of a coaching project. Profuse apologies will be provided to the Kenyan executive. yet for now, they have been watching strict radio silence. The Phantoms have been built with the Northrop aim identity procedure, basically a telescopic digital camera suited for the left wing and attached to a radarscope contained in the cockpit. As Alex started to climb the ladder on the Simba Dam, the planes started to drop altitude, flying towards the Rift Valley at slightly below 1,200 miles consistent with hour. inside of their cockpits, the pilots made their ultimate arrangements. There will be little need for a flyby. the objective coordinates have been locked in. after they had visible touch, they'd open fireplace. Alex was once midway up the ladder, with the 1st upkeep platform stretching out above his head. It used to be labor, mountaineering up. end result of the curve of the dam, he used to be leaning outward, and the strength of gravity used to be opposed to him; at any time when he pulled himself up one other rung, he felt himself being dragged backward. The sunlight was once now beating down on him, burning his shoulders and again. He compelled himself to maintain going. He used to be painfully conscious of the bomb he had activated and that was once ticking away even now. If basically he had given himself extra time! If it went off ahead of he reached the head of the dam, there has been an excellent chance the ladder will be blown off the wall—and him with it. He was once already too excessive up. If he fell, he may die. He grabbed carry of the following rung and appeared again, basically to determine of the tribesmen who had raised the alarm—at this top they have been not more than toy figures—running all the way down to the foot of the dam. The 3rd used to be protecting again. None of them appeared fearful to climb the ladder after him.

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