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"Bargained for Exchange " by James Macomber is an "edge of your seat", "can't put down" legal suspense thriller. John Cann, an attorney on leave, is teaching a law course at a small college campus when he, quite unwittingly , witnesses an injustice done to one of the young students, Janie Reston. In the course of defending her, the action takes him from this college campus to deadly events on the other side of the world and the infiltration of a Middle Eastern terrorist group into this same college campus. Its strong parallels to today's terrorist situation is frightening. Macomber's fast-paced story line is in a class with Clancy and Coonts. I found his character development particularly memorable. His rough and tough exterior in one set of circumstances becomes compassionate and caring in another bringing the reader to tears. This book is a "must read", set apart by its intelligent and articulate hero who is not your average tough guy and characters so real you feel them-for good or ill.
This report prepared by Joan Tavernier



A multi-faceted plot in which a former military/spy type hero finds himself in a situation where the innocent are being harmed and it might have something to do with him. And it's related to the infiltration of a middle eastern terrorist network into an American campus for the purpose of establishing a support network for operations.
(Sound familiar? But this book was written in 1996! It's almost eerie the way current events parallel this book.)
A refreshingly politically Incorrect novel with an intelligent articulate hero who cares deeply and acts forcefully when its called for and doesn't fear sinking to the bad guy's level - or beyond. He's tough and compassionate at the same time. The character development is superb and the story lines bring out the reader's emotions far more strongly than they do in the usual thriller. Add to this subplots that include political intrigue in Washington and Israel, sleuthing through Germany and Switzerland, and characters both realistic and, in some cases, recognizable, and you have a thrilling read that leaves you breathless. The style and substance of have been compared favorably - and rightly so - with Clancy, Ludlum, Coonts, and others. Super book.
This report prepared by Sandra Simmons








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany    -   Switzerland

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   rape (yeech!) A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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