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A SMALL CHRISTMAS SURPRISE…READ ON!

A SMALL CHRISTMAS SURPRISE…READ ON!

First of all, apologies to everyone who logs onto my website. I know I appear here far too infrequently. But if you took a quick look at my workload, you’d see that I’ve been horrendously busy this year. Here’s a list of the projects I’m working on right now:

DIRTY GOLD – a new eight-part series for ITV
FOYLE’S WAR – it’s not definite but we may be coming back in 2013 and I’ve already started the research
OBLIVION – the last part of the Power of Five (Gatekeeper) series
TINTIN 2 – the sequel to The Secret of the Unicorn
ARSENE LUPIN – an action film for Warner Brothers
ALEX RIDER – a short story for World Book Day

So although I know I ought to blog more often, sitting down at my computer is a bit of a strain. (Something exploded in my right eye a couple of weeks ago. I saw a doctor…well, I saw a blurry doctor. He says it’ll be fine if I rest a bit. Not easy.)

Anyway, here’s a quick Christmas update of what has been a fantastic year. And there’s a special Christmas present, as usual concealed in the text!

The big thing in 2012 was undoubtedly THE HOUSE OF SILK, my take on Sherlock Holmes. It’s my first successful adult novel – though anyone aged around 13 and over will quite possibly enjoy it. There’s nothing embarrassingly physical in it but it does have what critics might call “an adult theme” and it’s fairly violent. But I think it’s as pacey as an Alex Rider novel with plenty of action so do give it a try.

The reviews for the book were fantastic and for a brief time I was a number one bestselling author in Taiwan, which is certainly a talking point. But if you think I’m giving up writing for teens…no way! I’m about 160,000 words into OBLIVION which is the long-awaited fifth volume in my Power of Five series following RAVEN’S GATE, EVIL STAR, NIGHTRISE and NECROPOLIS.

I think it’s going to be a fantastic book though I should warn you that it has a pretty bleak conclusion…but then (like the title suggests) it is about the end of the world. It takes place in the UK, America, Egypt, Italy, Brazil and Antarctica and on January 12th I’m off to the last of these to spend a little time among the ice and the glaciers, absorbing the atmosphere. I actually hope to write the last pages of the book there for delivery to my various publishers in April. We’re looking at publication in October 2012. It will, by the way, be more than twice as long as any book I’ve ever written -but I’m confident it’s not too long.

Otherwise, 2011 saw the transmission of INJUSTICE on ITV over five nights in June. It was also well received and the audience stayed with us until the end which is the important thing.

And, of course, SCORPIA RISING was published in May. The last ever Alex Rider book (until I write YASSEN, which I hope to start next year). It was really sad to say goodbye to Alex and quite a few people were annoyed with me because of the shock ending. But I think I did the right thing. I tried to make each Alex better than the one before and hope I ended on a high note. Actually, I’ve just finished a 10,000 word short story about Alex Rider which will be available as a download on World Book Day. At the moment the title is A TASTE OF DEATH – I’m waiting to hear if my publishers like it.

This was the year that I met Steven Spielberg – which was fairly intense. I’ve been asked to work on the sequel to the extremely successful Tintin film which opened in November. A few months ago I found myself in a hotel room in Paris, talking to him and to Peter Jackson. I felt like a sheep, lost in the fog and caught between two mountains. All quite scary, really. I’m trying not to be overawed but these are probably the most successful film directors on the planet. But I read Tintin when I was eight. I know the books inside out. I even wear Tintin underpants. With a bit of luck, the collaboration will go well.

The worst thing about 2012? The departure of my chocolate Labrador who (the best way of putting it) went for a long walk. He had been credited in every one of my books but his name always changed so he appeared, variously, as: Lucky, Mucky, Plucky, Yucky, Lenny, Loony, Limpy, Louis, Lupus, Loser and Fang. By the end of his life he was hopelessly confused. In fact, if I shouted “Fire!” he’d come running. I still see his ghost from time to time, padding behind me, so I don’t need to get another dog. And he will continue to appear in the books.

But let’s end on a cheerful note. Your surprise present is the first chapter of OBLIVION. I shall ask Liam, the brilliant designer of this website,(Editors Note: Anthony’s been at the Christmas Sherry a little early!) to conceal a link somewhere on this page. This is a world exclusive. Not even my publishers have read the book yet. I’ll be interested to know what you think.

By the way, if you want to know what I’m up to – and in particular how the books are getting on – I’ve started tweeting again. If you want to follow me, you can find me @AnthonyHorowitz

That’s it. Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Anthony Horowitz
Clerkenwell – December 15

PS: Anthony decided to hide the first chapter of The Power of Five: Oblivion in Charles Dickens’ house! Call that a clue if you like!

97 comments

97 Comments so far

  1. Mohsi Maaqsood December 16th, 2011 11:09 pm

    Yes I found it. Probably the first person.
    Woohoo!

    Now to start reading it!

  2. Nick December 17th, 2011 4:30 am

    I’m so excited for all the things coming up for you in the next year. And i am also looking forward to a lot of it as well. I am epically looking forward to the next tin tin movie and the final power of five book. I have been trying to unravel or crack the above clues to find the first chapter of OBLIVION but with no luck as of yet. Maybe its because i have only started to follow your blog about a week or two ago either that or I’m still half asleep and just cant figure it out and boy have i been trying. I know it seems rude to ask with everything i have going on but i cant wait for OBLIVION to come i love the power of five books(i also love the Alex rider book but i can tell you about that another time.)I love if you could either help me find the first chapter or even send it to me my E-mail is (REMOVED FOR SECURITY) (please no spam form other readers who see this comment even thou it starting to turn into a book)I would much appreciate it.
    Thank you
    your Fan Nick Adams

  3. Lynnsey December 17th, 2011 4:51 am

    Dear Mr. Horowitz,
    About the shock ending in Scorpia Rising. You did the right thing. I loved the ending. Absolutely loved it. You don’t talk down to your audience, and I always appreciated that when I was younger. The series really did just get better with each addition. I haven’t regretted a moment that I’ve spent immersed in the world of Alex Rider, and the final book has confirmed my conviction that the series is something special.

    Congratulations on all your successes this past year!

  4. Nathan Liu December 17th, 2011 7:17 am

    Hmmm trying to find that link…
    Can’t wait for the full book.

  5. Clare December 17th, 2011 1:45 pm

    BEST.CHRISTMAS.PRESENT.EVER!

  6. Deena December 17th, 2011 2:58 pm

    AHHHHHHHHH! So excited about everything! Really happy for the whole Tintin deal, and the Alex Rider short story, and OBLIVION. WHAT A NAME. YESS. FINALLY, CONCRETE NEWS ABOUT IT!

    Also, I’m really sorry about the Labrador. He was always my favorite part of the About the Author bit.

    Off to read Oblivion!

  7. MadCatta December 17th, 2011 3:04 pm

    Oh, that chapter was awesome! I might go cry that we’ve got so long to wait.

    And I might cry now that Plucky/Unlucky/Plucky/Yucky/Loopy/Loony/(Lupin)/Limpy/Gluey/Loser/Lucky/Lew/Dreary/Chucky/Various Other Names is gone. RIP.

    And cheers for the chapter. Am very much excited.

  8. Bookworm December 17th, 2011 10:19 pm

    Sorry, I may come across as a bit ungrateful, but You’re EVIL! I’ll find it eventually. Thanks for writing about Power of Five. My faith in you is restored.

  9. Dibbzy December 19th, 2011 1:38 am

    I can’t wait for the power of 5 conclusion! I’ll have to re-read the books in the summer, so it’s all fresh in my mind for the new one.

    Also, the year is 2011. We’re not in to 2012 for another 12 days. So unless you have a TARDIS, which would be perpetually awesome if you did, you may have got dates mixed up.

    Also, when I heard you were writing the sequel to Tintin, I may have squeed slightly.

  10. Celina December 19th, 2011 11:50 am

    like other teens, i really can’t wait for Oblivion. hehe. you rock, sir Anthony! you’re one of the best authors ever! I’ll support you till the end! :)

    oblivion!! I’m so excited..
    *giggles*

  11. Celina December 19th, 2011 11:53 am

    like other teens, i really can’t wait for Oblivion. hehe. you rock, sir Anthony! you’re one of the best authors ever! I’ll support you till the end! :)

    I’m so excited..
    *giggles*

  12. Eliza December 19th, 2011 1:02 pm

    I swear I’ve waited so long for this. Now it’s here and I can’t find it. Oblivion has been on my mind since I got Necropolis, although I never knew what tocall it. I’m gonna cry if I don’t find it.

  13. Roma December 19th, 2011 9:13 pm

    i will positivly die if i cannot find that chapter! Where is it?? I read the alex rider and the gatekeepers series in one summer i cant wait much longer. <3

  14. Roma December 20th, 2011 4:32 am

    still cant find it :(

  15. Bookworm December 20th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Okay. I’m here to clear up my last comment. Although I still haven’t found it, and I’ve checked EVERY link, I’m more grateful than anything that you have finally given us some concrete news about the Power of Five (or as it’s called in Canada, the Gatekeepers) series, so thank you sooooo much!
    P.S I respect the ending of the last Alex Rider book. At the end, I literally sat on the end of my bed and said to myself. Wow. I don’t think that I could’ve done it any better. I mean, it takes a lot to make me happy with an ending. After all, it ends! And that is the worst feeling in the world. But you ended the series in a way that didn’t make me throw the book at my wall, and for that I’m undyingly grateful

  16. Eliza December 20th, 2011 6:48 pm

    Day three. Still cannot find it. I’m starting to lose hope in finding this chapter

  17. Bookworm December 20th, 2011 7:50 pm

    Yes! Yes! Wahoo!!!!!!! Found it!!!! Yahoo!!!!!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you mac for creating the reader function! Yes! Yes! Sorry. I know it must be infuriating to anyone who is reading this who hasn’t found the chapter, but it IS possible. Three days. Found it. Wahoo!!!!!

  18. dakota December 21st, 2011 5:43 pm

    i love your books. alex rider is my faviote serise and the po5 is my next one. adn… i still cant find the link. :(

  19. Rosie December 22nd, 2011 1:10 pm

    Ahh that was the most exciting chapter I’ve ever read, can’t wait for the book to come out!

  20. sukimina December 22nd, 2011 3:09 pm

    raaah j’arrive pas a trouver charles dickens > Oliver Twist je suis pas super futé pour ca !!! mais j’arrive pas a accepter la fin d’alex rider en tout cas j’espere que oblivion sera un TRES gros livre!!
    si quelqu’un pourrais me donner un indice pour le pouvoir des 5 !!! car cela fait deja 2 jours que je cherche !!!

    HEU…un GROS MERCI pour notre anthony auteur préférer

  21. LegendaryXfive December 22nd, 2011 3:14 pm

    Dear Mr Horowitz

    I really love your books and I really can’t wait to read the next Power of five book (By the way the Power of five books you wrote had actually inspired me to write a book a tiny bit similar to the power of five but way more different, I am close to finishing it!!)
    I’ve tried looking for the Oblivion first chapter but I can’t find it!! I really want to read it!

    Keep on writing great!!

  22. Will December 23rd, 2011 4:13 am

    Mr Horowitz,
    Thank you so much providing years of reading material for the world to read.
    I just found the hidden chapter and I am really excited to see the release of the full book.

    Keep on writing!

  23. TalonShenk December 23rd, 2011 7:06 am

    HOLY COW!!!
    i am so psyched about Oblivion. This, I hope, will be the best part of the power of five saga. I have been hoping for a long book from Anthony Horowitz. Other than Edgar A. Poe, he is my all time favorite author and this will definitely be a book for the record books. I just found the first chapter (after 5 minutes). Thank you sir, and I hope that if someday I become a famous author, that I make you proud (in the least creepy way possible).

  24. Dems December 23rd, 2011 9:37 am

    OMG I have been looking everywhere for the chapter, I can’t find it anywhere!!!!!

    PLEASE TELL ME!!
    I’M DESPERATE!!!!!

  25. benducyturner December 23rd, 2011 1:54 pm

    Found it!!!!! havent read it yet, but will do over the christmas holidays, then i gonna read it again, and again. sorry bout ur dog, and ur eye. hope its not a hinderance? thanks for the snippet.

  26. Emily December 23rd, 2011 6:54 pm

    Hello everybody !
    I’m french so be tolerant if I make mistakes please.
    I’ve got found the chapter but I think that Mr. Horowitz would have us find ourselves as a alex rider !
    For those who would like to contact me: em664@rocketmail.fr
    just mention it to the power of five

  27. xplorer December 26th, 2011 10:57 am

    just found and read the chapter and found it to be absolutely amazing and suspense stirring. for those who still haven’t gotten their hand’s on it, scan the above news post for the meaning of the name of the book!

  28. xplorer December 26th, 2011 11:03 am

    i guess i should have said the effect an oblivion would cause, u know dreariness, etc.

  29. link94 December 26th, 2011 11:06 am

    I JUST FOUND THE FIRST CHAPTER OF OBLIVION AND IT WAS AMAZING AND I JUST CAN’T FOR THE RELEASE OF THE WHOLE BOOK

  30. RahulM December 26th, 2011 4:07 pm

    Mr. Horowitz,

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first chapter of Oblivion, although as I have not read the series in several months I have subsequently forgotten the major details from the whole story. As I assume many people will also be struggling to remember previous details of the series, would it be possible for you to incorporate a preface/summary as either part of the actual story or as a seperate preface.

    I am really looking forward for any upcoming books. (:

  31. Maya December 26th, 2011 7:30 pm

    Found it!! I haven’t read it yet but when I do probably won’t be able to stop! Thank you so much for putting the link. I am just thrilled!!! And for anyone who can’t find the link:
    Scroll over every single word and click one every single possible link.
    It could be any ordinary word that is the link or one word that stands out.
    Be patient; I had to click one a few link before i got the right one. :)
    GOOD LUCK!
    And thanks again!

    *bursting with joy*

  32. Descro December 27th, 2011 2:08 am

    Anthony, I’m not going to lie, I love your writing.. unitill you wrote nightrise. From then on, your wrting has been in a downward spiral.. Especially with Alex Rider. Crocodile Tears, and Scropia Rising were bad. I didn’t not like Scorpia Rising because of the “shock” ending, it was just the fact that Alex never even met Zeljan Kurst, which was a little annoying. I just didn’t like nightrise because it wasn’t about Matt, which sorta made sense, but I guess that’s just me griping. But I think the conclusion to The power of five is looking good, because the ending was BA, and I can’t wait to conclude this series with a really thick book.. So, in words to, probably your most negative fan, BRING ON THE CHAPTER!!

  33. ATR92 December 29th, 2011 5:20 am

    the link was really easy to find, found it within 5 minutes and at 4am. i think the book will be good however from this first chapter im not overly thrilled, its too long winded, but as he says it is just a first draft and needs tidying up

  34. adam December 29th, 2011 9:22 pm

    Hi
    Your my role model you inspire me i want to be an author when I’m older because of u. The Diamond Brother Books turned me to reading (now I’m the best reader in my class). Alex rider rules! I love the ending to Alex Rider (didn’t like Jack was delighted when she died). I’m always on the internet or in bookshops looking for your books (I nearly have all your books even the adult ones ). And I’m exited to read your new books but mostly YASSEN
    P.S. loved the first chapter of Oblivion it’s easy to find
    Adam Flaherty 12 years old

  35. adam December 29th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Loved The House of Silk brill!
    Adam 12 years old

  36. Richard December 29th, 2011 9:50 pm

    I am overjoyed to hear you plan to bring us more Folye! My wife and I have been seen all the episodes and are watching them a second time. I hope it can come earlier than 2013. We are in California so we have to wait for the PBS showing on Masterpiece Mystery. It is such a great series: such good writing, acting, and production.

    Best wishes,

    -Rick

  37. Jaidyn January 1st, 2012 2:35 pm

    Why did the first chapter have to end…

  38. Rachel January 2nd, 2012 2:58 am

    Just read the chapter! I Feel like I’ve been given a crumb to sample an exquisite biscuit. How could you do this to me! Can’t believe I read the end of Alex’s story this year but Scorpia rising definitely did him justice. Thank you for writing books that are the backbone of my library I really can’t wait for oblivion to be released. I hope you’ll continue to write teen fiction because no matter how much tv loves your writing we love it more!

  39. wizzar January 2nd, 2012 3:49 am

    Yh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! found it in 5 mins!!!

  40. Jonathan January 2nd, 2012 12:37 pm

    While on holiday I read “House of Silk” I’m a long time Holmes fan and I couldn’t put this book down – absolutely brilliant.

    I was glad that Dr Watson mentioned “other papers” entrusted to his Solicitor – this perhaps raises the possibility of a further novel.

    Holmes remained in contact with Mycroft during the Great Hiatus. Perhaps Holmes own diaries of his time, and his activities in Tibet and Grenoble languish in a vault somewhere ? lets hope so

    Many thanks for a great read

  41. Vic January 3rd, 2012 3:03 pm

    Found it!!!
    Needed a little help from MS Office though. ^^
    *feeling like a spy*

    Good luck!

  42. Vic January 3rd, 2012 3:08 pm

    BTW, it really was in Charles Dickens’ house *evil laugh*

  43. Abbie January 3rd, 2012 5:50 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
    Not a good start. Not at all. I’m so excited for the rest now!!!!!

  44. John January 4th, 2012 6:31 pm

    I can,t wait for 2012. Especially the new Alex Rider books I am a bit of a slow starter since I only started after Christmas but it’s so good that I am almost finished Scorpia.I will probablybe done Ark Angel tomorrow. I also love the Diamond Brothers and have read them all.
    I am wishing good luck to Anthony in the new year.
    As I said I can’t wait for 2012.

  45. bee January 5th, 2012 8:28 pm

    Anthony,

    Grrrr! Cant find the chapter. But i would like to make a request:
    I cant remember when and i also cant remember when i found it but i once found a short story on one of the alex rider sites about alex and the man he put in prison with the drugs after the Point Blanc book. Could you possibly upload another link for it again please!?!

    Hope you finish oblivion quickly!

  46. Henry January 6th, 2012 8:49 pm

    The clue for the link is very clever I won’t give it away though????. I hope that oblivion ends the power of 5 series as well as Scorpia rising ended Alex rider I really do. Just got the sherlock Holmes book and what a book definately a must read.

  47. Andrew January 6th, 2012 8:53 pm

    Foyle’s War…finally, more mention of it. I do, do hope it makes it.

    And another Tintin- wonderful!

  48. R.H January 8th, 2012 1:06 am

    YES! I’ve found the chapter! Absolutely AMAZING! I’ve been waiting for Oblivion for ages. I can’t wait for it to come out. Anthony Horowitz, you’re an excellent auther, I LOVE your books. Thanks for the chapter, and for making it so intresting to find.

  49. Mohamed Rila January 8th, 2012 3:35 pm

    Dear Anthony Horowitz,
    You have been my facourite author ever since i have read your Alex Rider series. Its totally epic and its even better knowing he is a teen, since im one too :)
    Im ALEX RIDER’S BIGGEST FAN!!!
    Its sad that you have to end his series, but i also love the Power of Five. Keep UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!:)

  50. NickDiamondFan January 8th, 2012 8:27 pm

    FOUND IT!!!! Very quickly too! Thankyou to Maya for the hints.

  51. james January 10th, 2012 10:37 pm

    Help!!!!!! please!!!! i cant find it

  52. james January 10th, 2012 10:41 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i found it. it is amazing. i cant wait dor the book to come out

  53. Alan January 11th, 2012 11:43 pm

    Great news about Foyles War. It’s an amazing piece of work. Spoke recently to relatives who lived through Ww2 and you have captured the mood and set the scenes perfectly. Just read house of silk- brilliant. It made Christmas special, thank you.

  54. Arne Mortensen January 12th, 2012 8:02 am

    must say that this is just as captivating as all the other books, i have been naging my local bookshop for months in order to get a publishingdate for this one :P you really know how to keep an audience waiting mr. horowitz ;)

  55. Arne Mortensen January 12th, 2012 8:11 am

    btw, i found the first chapter within 5 minutes everyone ;)
    at first i thought the village was lesser malling (ravens gate), but then i remembered what happened to it at the end of the book :P so thank you! you just made the next months of waiting unbearable :S

  56. Art January 13th, 2012 8:58 pm

    Wow what a great first chapter…I am so excited to read the book and can’t wait til October!!!I am so happy to finally get some concrete news about it. Good Luck with the trip to Antartica.

  57. Loic Fremond January 16th, 2012 11:20 pm

    It was very hard to find the look for the book. Oddly enough I got it on the fifth try.
    Isn’t that interesting.
    The chapter itself, was very good. I enjoyed readin it throughly, though I fear Mr. Horowitz might have a riot on his hands if he doesn’t hurry up and finish the bleeding thing. As always, it’s written in the perfect Horowitz style, with just enough maturity and a hint of the old child in the author breaking down the wall and popping up.

  58. Michael : ) January 18th, 2012 2:41 pm

    found iiiiiit, can’t wait to read the first chapter :D and the book when it comes out OFC

  59. John Rogers January 20th, 2012 6:27 am

    So pleased to see your comment about another series of Foyle’s War. I can’t wait and then when I;ve seen it I will be so sorry because it’s over. But they easily bear watching over and over. I just hope Michael Kitchen remains in sufficiently good health to do the filming. I think he was starting to look a bit tired in the last series but maybe that was intentional. As an actor I find him extremely engaging and a joy to watch.
    Re the scripts, an as an actor I love the monologues you give some of the supporting (not minor by any means) actors. Are the scripts available -they would be a great source of monologue pieces. Are there books of Foyle’s War? What’s the chances of Honeysuckle being in the next series. I see she said something about “jolly hockey-sticks” implying she would definitely be moving on to other things. Lastly, the stories provide a good insight into the war back home while the soldiers were off at war.
    Regards John Rogers, Canberra, Australia
    Thanks again

  60. Avid P5 Fan January 20th, 2012 3:10 pm

    Loved the first chapter. I can see why this will be your longest book yet. Almost like having to tell the whole story of the 1st 4 books again but with new experiences.

  61. Jeremie January 25th, 2012 1:01 am

    Awesome chapter! Has a “Children of the Corn” feel to it… A little “bleak” if you know what I mean… ;)

  62. Morgan January 27th, 2012 11:32 am

    First chapter… Long over-due, but worth the wait. I am graciously and most excitedly awaiting the day, when I finally get to read the last installment, in a series that I’ve loved and enjoyed, from the very beginning.

  63. Niana January 28th, 2012 7:24 pm

    Will start looking for it today.
    So excited!

  64. Anonymous January 30th, 2012 11:53 pm

    YES found it! Never found anything on this site before. Don’t understand the clue. Thanks Maya, never would have found it without you.
    Am so excited for the next book, you are my favourite author.

  65. Anonymous January 31st, 2012 12:11 am

    Also, now that the book is out is it ok for someone to explain the clue that was used to find the first chapter of Scorpia Rising?

  66. Frances Harris February 2nd, 2012 1:43 pm

    Dear Mr Horowitz

    I’ve only recently discovered Foyles War and am embarrassed to read that it goes back to 2003. I was ill recently and clicking through the channels during the afternoon came across this excellent programme so started watching despite the adverts which I usually avoid so maybe that’s why we never caught it initially. Anyhow it’s a great programme and we were so taken with it we bought the boxed DVD set which is great as no adverts.

    I mentioned this to my eighty plus year old god mother recently and it turns out she is a fan too and said that she thought it captured the atmosphere and spirit of those days better than any other drama she’d seen and would often recognise various items of clothing which she had also had. She still watches the repeats every time they come on despite knowing the ending.

    I do hope that the possible series in 2013 materialises

    with many thanks

  67. DecoBhoy February 3rd, 2012 9:18 pm

    FINALLY!!! news about the next power of five book, which I must say, I’ve been waiting for YEARS for!!! Can’t wait!!!

  68. Tom February 9th, 2012 8:43 pm

    I just Found it!!!! YAY!!!

  69. Mohamed Rila February 17th, 2012 3:05 pm

    Dear sir,
    Please i begging to my knees do not finish the ALEX RIDER SERIES’, please. End it when im dead (i’ll let u know, hah’
    BUT PLEASSE IM SERIOUS ITS EPIC AND MY FAVOURITE BOOK (EVEN POWER OF 5)

  70. Nolan February 17th, 2012 11:48 pm

    Dear Mr Horowitz,

    I sincerely hope that Foyle’s War does make a return. It’s my favourite programme and maybe I’m being greedy in hoping it returns to our screens every year for at least four episodes. Eight would be even better, but I appreciate you might have other things to be getting on with. I’m also looking forward to reading The House of Silk. Thank you for all your excellent work.

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  73. STEVE SMITH February 23rd, 2012 2:14 am

    Dear Anthony,
    Firstly may I say I hope your right eye is soon on the mend:-)(We don’t want another national treasure going the same way as Lord Nelson) Rest IS important and I hope you take your doctor’s advice and enjoy some time in Antarctica. I am very sorry I missed you at a recent appearance in Manchester in November, I SOOOOOOOO MUCH wanted to see you but all tickets had gone when I enquired:-(
    OK to the main reason I wish to contact you…I am SO PLEASED that it appears there will be some more episodes
    of FOYLE’S WAR …It is a credit to ALL concerned and Michael Kitchen does have a unique style of acting ALL HIS OWN….and obviously there are a few loose ends to tie up!!!
    The last episode so for shows him about to leave for America , no doubt to persue HOWARD PAIGE for the murder of Richard Hunter, also there is the wedding of Sam Stewart to attend (no doubt officiated by her uncle to save money)…and I wonder what work her new husband may be gainfully employed in next ???mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Well I certainly hope that it can spin out to another 3 or 4 episodes as it is a Truly interesting and informative piece of writing that you bring to the screen and you researchers do an excellent job!!
    Well bye for now and I for one look forward to 2013 with relish.
    Say hello to the Polar bears for me:-)
    Steve.
    P.S. If I may suggest the title of the next episode be
    UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

  74. John Rogers February 24th, 2012 1:24 am

    Yes “Unfinished Business” would be very appropriate.
    I just hope Michael Kitchen is fit and well for the project.
    Love the monologues from the supporting actors, all truly engaging. As an actor, I really appreciate the beautiful, realistic writing and performances.

  75. Alex Tomlinson February 24th, 2012 6:39 pm

    OMG!! Mr Horowitz, you are my idol! I love all of your books, scorpia rising was fantastic, cannot wait for YASSEN, sounds fantastic.
    I found the hidden link and OBLIVIAN looks to be the best novel yet! Thank you for finishing the series, it’s been ages!

  76. riley March 5th, 2012 2:12 am

    Mr. Horowitz. you are one of the authors that created my childhood. I followed Alex Rider through to his final mission, which was indescribably satisfying, and each installment of the Power of Five has left me with a powerful yearning for the next book. Im sure that Oblivion will be an amazing conclusion to the series, even with the rather dark path you want to be taking. i look forward to reading your works in the future.

  77. Robert (Bob) Tennyson March 13th, 2012 5:15 pm

    I am a retired Sales Manager who has greatly enjoyed Foyle’s War episodes! Then you write House of Silk!! I cannot believe how close to Doyle you made this intriguing novel. I had a hard time putting it down to eat my meals. Congratulations to you!

  78. Erjin March 28th, 2012 2:36 pm

    Hi! I’m only 11 – turning 12 this April 15th – and I’m a fan of your books. I enjoy reading horror or action books (for now). You’re one of my favourite authors. I’m planning to be an author, just like you. But I’m not sure if I’ll be successful or not. My parents say it is a good idea, since I’m quite good at English (despise the B grade of the subject).

    I just wanted to ask if there’s any tips writing a book. I’m planning on writing a horror book.

  79. John March 30th, 2012 10:44 am

    After so many years, I was starting to think that Necropolis was the end of it!
    In a way, it would have made a bit of sense… off to find that chapter!

  80. Sung March 31st, 2012 10:25 pm

    Would you tell us more about The project of Arsene Lupin in Warner Bros, please?

  81. David silva April 2nd, 2012 2:03 am

    Ok seriously where’s the link? I’ve been looking for weeks

  82. tolo22 April 5th, 2012 9:59 pm

    I really enjoyed house of silk and I thought it was uncanny how closely you mimicked Arthur conan doyle’s style of writing. It is a shame that you can just get to the first chapter now without finding the link on this page though

  83. michael April 6th, 2012 6:35 pm

    I read the first chapter(oblivion)and oh no a cliff hanger that sucked but it sounds like it will be the best one yet and when it comes out i will buy it because you are my favorite author you books are wonder full i got 1-4 of the power of five books and i will have the fifth when it comes out it is my favorite out of all the books that i have read and that is hard to do cause i have read alot of books (like the harry potter books,alfred kropp,eragon,redwall,HUNGER GAMES wich is amazing but you are the best writer i know of)i will allways think that the power if five is the best series i have read

  84. steve conley April 11th, 2012 7:05 am

    Dear Mr. Horowitz you honestly are a terrific author and your books are awesome. I have read the Alex Rider series and the Power of Five series since I, myself was a teen and still read them as an adult. I can not wait to buy Oblivion in October to see what happened to Scarlette and to see if Scott is the gatekeeper that Richard has to kill or is it Matt? I really can’t wait. I hope everything goes better on your end and best of wishes to you and your family; one of your millions of fans, Steve.

  85. Unhappy (previously a) Fan April 15th, 2012 4:05 pm

    Just found the link. EPIC FAIL!!!! Who’s Scout? Why do the first chapter about Jamie instead of Matt. He’s the important one. Anthony Horowitz, you’ve disappointed me.

  86. Haydox99 April 30th, 2012 9:07 am

    You sir are one great writer :D

  87. Haydox99 April 30th, 2012 9:13 am

    I will not be able to wait the next few months to
    see Oblivion!!
    Good job for being such an amazing writer

    ;)

  88. Loic Fremond May 4th, 2012 6:36 pm

    Dear Sir Anthony,

    Before endeavoring into this long letter of acclamation and adoration, I feel somewhat obligated to tell you, you’ve saved me from dying.
    Not in the conventional sense of the word, of course, but I believe that if one is not preoccupied with something, one is not living, and if one is not living, one must be dying. So, many a time when I have indeed found myself without anything to do, I’ve been able to pick up a book of yours, and you’ve given me the great advantage of being able to chose between several series.

    To return to the aforementioned compliments, I find that your style of writing is most pleasing. It is observant, precise, at times morose, yet retaining the hope of youth, which most of your heros are a part of. I’m living a life which allows me to travel quite a bit, so I’ve been to all the places you talk about in your book. It’s a pleasure for me to find out what might of inspired you.
    Good day, and good luck on your future projects.

  89. Alisha Asohan May 6th, 2012 7:29 am

    Greetings from Malaysia!

    Sir Anthony, I will never forget the day I laid my eyes on Nightrise (I accidentally bought the book first without knowing it was part of a series, so yeah…). Being a book worm, I’ve read various types of books with different styles of writing and storytelling. I can honestly tell you, I have not yet found another book series as intriguing as the Power of Five. You managed to write a children adventure story with such a dark, powerful twist to it. Amazing! (I even told my friends to read your books and now they’re in love with you)

    Although, in my opinion I found the characters to be a little young for such mature thinking but thats probably due to me comparing myself to Matt Freeman. As I read the books, I always asked myself : would I do the same thing if I was him? Would I make the same decisions as him? Even though I knew most of it were not Matt’s decisions, it was something he HAD to do, but I couldn’t stop admiring his courage and determination to end evil.
    I’ll never know if I’ll be like Matt but if there are any evil entities out there calling themselves ‘the Old Ones’ or ‘the Smelly Ones’, I want to be first one to battle them!(ehh…or maybe the second one) :D

    You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for the last book. I checked every time I walked into a bookstore for months! That’s the effect your books have on me Sir. I’ve started writing a few stories but have no patience to complete them. I don’t know how you do it but keep doing it! I hope Richard survives and there’s more about him in the book. He’s my favorite character!!!

    So Sir Anthony, thank you for writing these wonderful books, giving me the opportunity to daydream about them in my head, especially about Richard. >.<
    And by the way, when you said you felt like a sheep in a fog between two mountains…well…you shouldn't have felt that way. Because in my eyes, you're the BEST man out there.
    Good luck and take care of that eye! xoxoxo

  90. emam June 13th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Cant wait and i have at least read book 1-4 3 times and i will so get that book when it comes out

  91. Matt Carney June 19th, 2012 7:21 am

    I’ve only now been introduced to Foyle’s War on Netflix here in the US. I typically go in for British detective dramas, but I must say this series stands tall above the rest. I was delighted to note that the series seemed to go on beyond 2002, and well up to 2010. I was even more delighted to read that you are, apparently still filming!

    These are wonderful stories. When ITV decides they’ve had enough, I do hope you’ll shop it’s reincarnation here in the States. I would love to see what AMC, for example, could do with these indelible characters, and the unforgettable backdrop of The War to End All Wars.

  92. Malte Koch July 12th, 2012 7:51 pm

    Yes, found the pdf of the first chapter

    Can´t wait to read…

  93. Rob Foard July 15th, 2012 7:59 pm

    Love the Alex Rider books :) I’ve read each of them at least for times :D

  94. Jonathan Westphal August 1st, 2012 4:47 pm

    Dear Mr. Horowitz,

    If it’s not too late, may I suggest that for the 2013 Foyle’s War you could include scenes from the Hastings Chess Congress, for a long time England’s most prestigious chess event. It was very photogenic when it met in White Rock Pavilion with the ancient pieces from 1895. You could also include shots of the Hastings Chess Club, which is going strong in the same house; it’s a perfect place for a murder. But so is the famous Hastings Christmas Congress. It might also fit in well with a Cold War episode, as the Russian promotion of chess for political purposes is well documented. Bobby Fischer famously accused the Russians of cheating at World Championship levels. Detective Foyle is a strong chess player, so he could well be involved with the Congress. In 1952/3 the Russian Bronstein won, but C.H.O’D Alexander shared first place. Alexander worked at Bletchley Park during the War, so . . . BTW, wasn’t “The War to End All Wars” the _First_ World War?

    Jonathan Westphal

  95. Peter Monaghan August 2nd, 2012 9:28 am

    It’d be wonderful if you could somehow contractually prevent Masterpiece Theater in the US from hacking out 25 percent of each of your outstanding stories. Even at 90 minutes, they are compelling, but I imagine at the original 120 they’re even better.

  96. Kinata Kurosaki October 2nd, 2012 10:34 am

    Dear sir Horowitz,

    Your stories are so wonderful and amazing and the way you write is awesome. I was excited to read Oblivion next and I was wondering what will happen to Matt and the others after what happened in the end of Necropolis.
    Me and my sister will be waiting for your other books and I was clearly addicted to the power of five series that I have read it every time at home. That’s the impact you had on us.
    We’re looking forward to your next books, Sir Horowitz!

  97. Philippa October 15th, 2012 9:08 am

    I’m 17 now and I still love your books. It was such an amazing journey with Alex Rider and now I can’t wait to read Oblivion (planning on getting it this weekend!) You have such a simple, effective way of writing and I have to say, reading your work since I was 11 has shaped my reading and tastes so much. I really admire your writing style, your humour. I’ve read a lot of more “higher level” and “adult” stuff since I first picked up Alex Rider but when I read Scorpia Rising last year, I was still very much affected by your writing. I think it’s pretty remarkable how you can create such suspense and emotion with this really balanced and sort of economic and undramatic way of writing. It really appealed to me as an 11 year old (I first started reading Alex Rider because this boy I was crushing on loved your books, by the way) and it still really appeals to me. I think I’ll still love your writing when I’m thirty. I look forward to enjoying more of your books to come :)

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