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Love Spell, Oct 2002, 5.99, 369 pp.
ISBN: 0505524996

United Airlines Flight 58 is making its normal run from Honolulu to San Francisco when the plane's blip suddenly vanishes from the traffic control radar system. The follow-up search proves worthless since no wreckage, debris, or bodies are found. The government concludes that the Pacific swallowed up the entire crashed jet. The family of flight crew First Officer Jordan Cady mourns their loss except for her daughter Boo who believes her mother still lives somewhere in air.

The Alliance starship Savior patrols their territory perimeter on alert for Talagar invaders. Savior swallowed the 747, but not before a global catastrophe occurred. The starship commander dispatches his adopted son, Ko Vantaar-Morey, to meet with the plane's survivors. The commander hopes that interfacing with the frightened earthlings will lift Ko spirits from being a Talagar POW for two years and having suffered the worst defeat in the Alliance's war with the Talagar Empire. Though she feels he abducted her and he believes they rescued her, Ko and Jordan begin to fall in love. However, neither knows the truth that will soon test their loyalties to their respective people.


Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Romance    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Alien Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Spaceship setting:    -   really, really giant spaceship/station Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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