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Skeleton Key. Alex Rider has been through a lot for his fourteen years. He's been shot at by international terrorists, chased down a mountainside on a makeshift. Orphaned year old spy Alex Rider is asked by the British spy agency M16 to be a ball boy at Wimbledon. The book, Skeleton Key, opens with, Marc, Carlo and an unnamed pilot, flying to meet with General Alexei Sarov in Cayo Esqueleto (Spanish for "Skeleton Key").

Taking this as a threat, General Sarov kills them by making the plane fall into a crocodile-infested waters as it is about to take off. Meanwhile, after the events of Point Blanc , John Crawley approaches Alex at school and offers him tickets to Wimbledon where he goes undercover as a ball boy to investigate a break-in. While managing to foil the Chinese Triad gang Big Circle's attempt for match-fixing , Alex is targeted by the triad gang. Much to Alex's frustration, the two CIA agents are openly unhappy about bringing Alex and they attempt to keep as much information from Alex as possible, clearly discrediting him. Turner meets a criminal known as 'the Salesman' on a boat 'Mayfair Lady', suspecting that the Salesman was involved in a deal with Sarov. The Salesman, however, is aware of Turner's true identity and plans to kill and dump him in the sea. Alex sneaks aboard the boat and sets fire to it, causing a distraction. While both Alex and Turner escapes, the boat suddenly explodes, killing everyone on board. Turner blames Alex for causing the explosion, who insists he wasn't responsible. In Skeleton Key, Alex notices a Geiger counter in a Game Boy Advance console he was given by the 'parents' that is designed to pick up nuclear radiation, deducing that Turner and Troy were, in fact, sent to the island to search for a nuclear bomb. The two CIA agents then reluctantly revealed that they suspect Sarov of constructing a nuclear bomb using the uranium bought from the Salesman and tell their plan to infiltrate Sarov's residence — the Casa de Oro, by scuba diving into a cave underneath the house. Alex goes with them but stays on the boat while Turner and Troy go underwater. When they do not return after a while, Alex dives in and, after a close encounter with a shark, discovers a mechanical spear trap that impaled Turner and Troy, which kills the shark as well. When he resurfaces, Garcia, the boat driver, has been killed and Alex is captured by Conrad , Sarov's right-hand man, who drugs him unconscious.

Sarov will then release edited footage from an interview exposing Kiriyenko as a lazy drunk idiot who says he can't deal with the issue; this will force him out of power and he will eventually be found dead due to heart failure.

Russia will go back to communism, allowing Sarov to take over, at the cost of millions of innocent lives and the irreversible contamination of Britain and most of Scandinavia.

The plane makes a fuel stop in Edinburgh, where Sarov taunts Alex with the knowledge that the radiation will destroy Scotland and the rest of Britain. Alex runs to one of the terminal buildings and attempts to call the police but is stopped by a security guard named George Prescott. They continue their flight to Murmansk. At Murmansk, Conrad plants the bomb on a submarine using a magnetic crane. One of Sarov's men restrains Alex to a handrail close to the submarines with handcuffs.

Sarov approaches him and bids him farewell before leaving. Alex sets himself free by using expanding bubble gum again supplied by Smithers. Conrad notices this and lowers himself out of the crane to engage Alex. In their fight, Conrad outmatches Alex and comes dangerously close to killing him. However, Conrad who has numerous pieces of metal inside his body is caught by the crane's electromagnet passing overhead, lifting him into the air and breaking his back.

Alex takes control of the crane, dropping Conrad's body into the sea and removing the nuclear bomb from the submarine. He then removes the detonation card from the bomb, only to be told to put it back by a reappearing Sarov, only to instead throw the card into the ocean.

In the final chapter of the novel, it transpires that when Alex explained his predicament to George Prescott, his office heard their conversation through Prescott's radio, which was still turned on. Initially, they didn't believe Alex, but when they discovered Prescott's death, they immediately notified MI6, who in turn warned the Russians. Alex is depressed after everything he has been through, but Sabina approaches Alex and invites him on holiday with her family in France for a couple of weeks, cheering Alex up.

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Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3) by Anthony Horowitz

Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Retrieved from " https: Preceded by Point Blanc. With the finished nuclear bomb loaded onto Kiriyenko's private Presidential jet, whose pilots serve Sarov, Sarov, Alex, Conrad and a small security team takes off and heads to Murmansk , Russia , which Sarov says contains a shipyard of nuclear submarines. During the flight, Sarov revealed that he plans to detonate the bomb there which will cause a massive explosion and a nuclear fallout.

Russia will be blamed and they will turn to their President. Sarov will then release edited footage from an interview which will disgrace him, ousting him from power while reverting Russia back to communism under Sarov, while others in northern Europe dies from the nuclear fallout.

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Sarov will then instigate wars all over the planet until the entire world is united under a communist government, and plans for Alex to take over Sarov in the future.

When the plane makes a fuel stop in Edinburgh , Alex uses a disguised stun grenade to escape from the plane, incapacitating Sarov and Conrad temporarily. Alex attempts to call the police but is stopped by a security guard named George Prescott.

At Murmansk, Conrad plants the bomb on a submarine, while Alex is handcuffed to a handrail close to the submarines. An apologetic Sarov approaches him and says although he is reluctant, he has to kill him due to Alex's betrayal earlier, before leaving for Moscow by himself. Alex sets himself free and fights with Conrad, while the Russian army and navy arrive and initiate a firefight against Sarov's men.

Although Conrad outmatches Alex, Conrad who has numerous pieces of metal inside his body following an incident is caught by the crane's electromagnet passing overhead, lifting him into the air. Alex takes control of the crane , dropping Conrad's body into the sea and removing the nuclear bomb from the submarine.

He then removes the detonation card, only to be told to put it back at gunpoint by a reappearing, injured Sarov. Alex instead throws the card into the ocean and rejects becoming Sarov's son. The two CIA agents reveal to Alex that the salesman had sold weapons grade uranium to Sarov and they explain to Alex their plan to infiltrate the residence of Sarov - the Casa de Oro.

They intend to scuba dive into a cave and then climb up to the surface.

Alex goes with them but stays on the boat while Turner and Troy go underwater. When they do not return, Alex dives in alone and, after a close encounter with a shark, discovers a mechanical spear trap that impaled Turner and Troy: the trap kills the shark as well.

When he resurfaces, the boat driver has been killed and Alex is captured by Conrad, who puts a sack over his head and drugs him unconscious. When the sack is taken off, Alex finds himself in a sugar factory lying down on the conveyor belt where Conrad interrogates him. Alex lies to him but Conrad knows the truth and activates the belt, causing Alex to head toward a pair of crushers.

Despite finally telling him the truth about the bomb, Conrad decides to kill him anyway, but General Sarov stops the machine. Alex, overwhelmed that he was inches near death, passes out. Alex wakes up in the Casa de Oro and demands to know what Sarov wants.

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The general tells Alex he will know more in time. The next day, Sarov tells him how he had a son named Vladamir whom he encouraged to go to war in Afghanistan. However, he was killed in action by a sniper.

The officer tells Alex how he wishes to adopt him since he shares many traits with Vladamir due to their generally similar physical appearance and common traits. Alex attempts to escape the mansion by hiding in the trunk of a limousine following a lunch with Sarov and Kiriyenko. Conrad points a pistol at Alex, Sarov holds the device in front of him so Alex can hear his own heartbeat and Conrad holds the gun against Alex's heart.

The whole time, Sarov talks to Alex as if he really is going to have Conrad shoot him. As his heartbeat gets faster, Conrad then puts pressure on the trigger, and Sarov suddenly turns off the device, having Alex fall under the impression he'd been shot.

Sarov then tells Conrad to take him back to the slave house.

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