Eagle Strike is the fourth book in the Alex Rider series written by British author Anthony Horowitz. The book was released in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2003 and in the United States on April 12, 2004. It is set mostly in France, Amsterdam, and London.
While on vacation in France with Sabina Pleasure, Alex Rider notices the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, who killed Alex's uncle in Stormbreaker; Alex decides to ignore him. However, the Pleasures' vacation house explodes, leaving Alex to suspect Yassen. Infiltrating Yassen's yacht, Alex tries to kill Yassen but is captured. Yassen then forces him to enter a bullfight. He escapes without many bruises, and finds a telephone booth and calls a number he memorised from Yassen's phone. Hearing pop-star Damian Cray on the line, he hangs up. Though MI6 doesn't support him, he investigates Cray.
Alex suspects Yassen was trying to kill Sabina's father. When Alex is back in London, he meets Sabina and tries to tell her that he worked for MI6 but she doesn't believe him. He takes her to the Royal and General bank (which is a front for MI6) to try and prove it. The staff at the bank does not co-operate with Alex, and Sabina thinks it is just a fantasy, and leaves. After Sabina has left, Mrs Jones approaches Alex and tells him MI6 will not help him. They do, however give Alex their files on Cray, which reveal he is about to release a new video game console, "Gameslayer". Later that day Alex receives a bike filled with gadgets and a bulletproof vest sent by Smithers to help him in his mission.
The next day, Cray is demonstrating his Gameslayer at a private event in Hyde Park. Alex steals a ticket and gets in. Because he is a teenager, Alex is selected by Cray to try out the Gameslayer. Alex meets with a photographer in Paris, Marc Antonio, who reveals that Sabina's father had been writing an article about Damian Cray; the photographer is killed moments later. Alex goes to Amsterdam to infiltrate Cray Industries. Inside, he sees Yassen and hears Cray talking to a man about a "Flash Drive" and "Eagle Strike". The man is then killed. As he is leaving, Alex is caught and placed in a life-size version of Gameslayer. But Alex escapes by faking his own death, then uses his Smithers' bike to evade Cray's henchmen. Realizing that he stole the flash drive for Eagle Strike, Cray sends his forces after Alex. However, he evades them.
Upon returning home, Alex discovers that Sabina has been kidnapped, and will be released for the flash drive. At Cray's house, Alex threatens to destroy the flash-drive, but stops when Cray threatens to sever Sabina's finger. Cray arranges a tea, where he reveals his plan to eradicate the drug trade by launching nuclear missiles at major drug-running countries. The Gameslayer was just a cover up for the computer processing power needed to create the flash drive, which is a duplicate of the U.S. President's key to the missile room in Air Force One.
At Heathrow Airport, after creating a diversion, Cray, Sabina, Alex, Yassen and Cray's soldiers enter Air Force One killing everyone on board (as the President had been in Britain to visit Cray). In the missile control room, Cray enters the flash drive and activates the missiles. Just before take-off, Cray orders Yassen to shoot Alex and Sabina, but he refuses and Cray shoots Yassen instead. Cray then shoots Alex. Alex, however, was wearing the bulletproof vest from Smithers, and pushes Cray into the planes engine, causing the pilot to abort take-off. Alex tells Sabina to press the missiles self-destruct button. As he is dying, Yassen tells Alex his father was an assasin and that MI6 killed him. He also says, "If you dont believe me, go to Venice. Find Scorpia. And find your destiny..."
Afterwards, Sabina reveals that her family is moving to San Francisco to get away from the stress, though she will still visit London. She and Alex part with a kiss.
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