“All that sadness. All that anger. It is the smoke that gets into your eyes. If you do not blow it away, how can you hope to see?


Alex Rider is actually the end of the story.

Yassen Gregorovich was the beginning.

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with one bullet and the pull of a trigger.

When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

Personal Experiences

The Alex Rider series is already finished.

This is just a prequel.

Before reading this book, I would probably read the backstory of Russian Roulette and then decide weather or not this book is age appropriate for you. 

    the practice of loading a bullet into one chamber of a revolver, spinning the cylinder, and then           pulling the trigger while pointing the gun at one’s own head
But then again, seeing as you have read the entire Alex Rider series . . . Just a warning . . .
I really really loved this book. It truly was not what I expected Yassen’s backstory to be . . .
*Hint* This book is very philosophical* 


“Looking back now, I would say that this was one of the first valuable lessons I learned, and one that would be useful in my future line of work. Sometimes things go wrong. It is inevitable. But it is a mistake to waste time and energy worrying about events that you cannot influence. Once they have happened, let them go.”

“We all make choices, Cossack. Who we are in this world, what we do in it. Generous or selfish. Happy or sad. Good or evil. It’s all down to choice.”

“You must control your emotions. You must control your feelings. If there is any fear or insecurity, you must destroy it before it destroys you. It is not the size or the strength of your opponent that matters. These can be measured. It is what cannot be measured…courage, determination…that count.”

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Russian Roulette: The Story of an Assassin (Alex Rider #10) by Anthony Horowitz," in {sereneharoon.com}, April 18, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/04/russian-roulette-the-story-of-an-assassin-alex-rider-10-by-anthony-horowitz/.

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