Russian Roulette (Prequel to the Alex Rider Series) by Anthony Horowitz
Yassen Gregorovich wasn’t born a killer, neither was he born into an International Crime Syndicate. His next mission provokes memories of his youth…
When he was younger, he was an A-student who was called Yasha, not Yassen. He lived with his parents and grandmother in Estrov, a small village around 600 miles from Moscow. His parents both worked in a pesticide farm, or at least that was what people thought; they were being forced to secretly produce a fatal virus for military use.
Eventually everything goes wrong and the virus leaks – Yasha manages to flee the village but others were not so lucky. After being given an antidote to the virus by his parents, he is told to abandon them and travel to Moscow in search of help from Misha Dementyev, a friend of Yasha’s father.
After years of struggle and near-misses with death, Yassen ultimately becomes a contract killer. What happened to Yasha after his narrow escape from Estrov and the Russian Government? What turned an innocent boy into an assassin?
TEEN RATING: Russian Roulette is an amazingly intriguing story of loss and change. The best possible prequel to the Alex Rider series. 12+ 4.7/5