All the Queen's Men Book Summary and Study Guide

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Niema was a newlywed who listened to her husband die while working for the CIA. She is cared for by a man she knows as Tucker, who manages to get her out of the country and back to the United States. Five years later she meets Tucker again, although this time he reveals he is the infamous John Medina.
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John conviences Niema to go back into field work with him, and they begin to train. There is an instant sexual attraction on her part, and he has wanted her for five years. They go into the field and Niema realizes she has fallen in love with John, but she has no idea what he feels for her. As the mission progresses, so does their relationship.
The review of this Book prepared by Rachael High

After losing her husband on assignment in Iran, CIA operative Niema Burdock swears off working in the field and goes back to her job as a a communications expert with the government. Five years later, John Medina, who was with Niema in Iran, convinces her to join him on assignment one last time. Niema has developed a bug that can't be detected by normal means and he needs her help to get invited to the palace of Louis Renard, a crooked arms dealer living in France. They each have a cover, and are to pretend that they're incredibly attracted to one another. The problem is, neither Niema nor John are pretending ... What follows is a breathtaking roller coaster ride of adventure and romance.
The review of this Book prepared by Darina Milovanovich

Niema's husband dies while on a government mission and she vows never to go out in the field again. But her desire for adventure, not to mention her attraction to John Medina, lures her back. Now they are up to their necks in a mission to stop a dangerous French arms dealer.
The review of this Book prepared by Yvette

You know CIA agent, John Medina, must have an interesting story if you've read Kill & Tell. "All the Queen's Men" brings this complicated man to the forefront - finally breaking with his determination to avoid life & love after years of denial. Niema works for the CIA too and is in denial of her own, dealing with a loss that ties her to John in pain & guilt - and her need to be involved in more action than the safe communications research job she turned to after her husband's death. There's no doubt they belong together - it's their struggle to make sense of that and turn it into reality and at the same time respond to their country's need that creates the action and intrigue. The struggle to prioritize one's own life with nature, need and duty give this story more substance than the usual romance or suspense novel.
The review of this Book prepared by Susan

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   marriage of convenience spurring real love Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   spies

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   spy Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   blissful    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   spy    -   government investigator Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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