Horowitz, Anthony. Snakehead.
From the KLIATT starred review of the book, November 2007: "The seventh in Horowitz's popular series featuring a teenage British spy, this volume begins with Alex parachuting down to Earth from outer space--and that's just the beginning of his action-packed escapades. He lands off the coast of Australia and quickly gets recruited to go to Bangkok and Jakarta to help the Australian Secret Intelligence Service infiltrate a snakehead group that smuggles illegal immigrants. Alex agrees to this only because he'll be working with Ash, his godfather, who knew Alex's dead parents and can tell him more about them. Meanwhile, Britain's MI6 wants Alex to help them locate a missing bomb and foil the criminal group Scorpia's nefarious plans to assassinate some influential do-gooders and start a deadly tsunami. All in a day's work for the enterprising Alex, whose martial arts training and escape skills come in handy, along with helpful James Bond-like gadgets like exploding coins and a transmitter watch, as he battles the bad guys and tries to save the world. He must also try to save his own life, as it becomes clear there's a traitor in the midst of the intelligence community. It made me a little uncomfortable that all the Asians are both villainous and ugly, but Alex's daring exploits make for a thrilling ride and his many fans will be panting for this new episode. Readers unfamiliar with his adventures can easily start here." British actor Prebble narrates with his customary British precision and dramatic reading. He makes Alex almost believable and the teenage audience for whom this audio book is intended is thusly rewarded. Miles Klein, Frisco, TX