Yassen Gregorovich is the Russian contract killer that assassinated Alex Rider’s uncle, changing his life forever. Yassen’s life was changed when he was 14 as well, when he lost everything he ever knew, and his world was turned upside-down. The book mostly takes place in Russia, various countries and Europe. In Russian Roulette, we learn how exactly Yassen took the path he did, and what decisions he made to become a cold-blooded murderer.
I thought the book was very well-written, and the characters were very well developed. The author used imagery extensively, so the reader could picture exactly what situation the character was in. One thing I disliked was the author’s attempt at humor. It isn’t what he usually does, and in a book based on action and suspense, it didn’t fit in.
One memorable thing was the immediate bond between Yassen and Alex’s father, John Rider. Even though it was stated in the previous books that they were friends, it was fantastic to see how their relationship developed.
Review by Satya, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library