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Christopher Lucas, an American journalist living in Jerusalem in 1992, is looking for freelance story opportunities and possibly an idea for his second book. Assigned to study religious fanatics, he stumbles on a plot to bomb the Temple Mount. Among the characters associated with the plot are Sonia Barnes, another American who has converted to Sufiism and sings jazz in a Tel Aviv nightclub; Adam de Kuff, a somewhat crazed Jewish guru; Jan Zimmer, a soldier-of-fortune who has followed trouble around the world; and various other Islamic, Christian, and Kabbalistic sects. There are violent confrontations in the Gaza Strip, and its unclear where the U.S. authorities or the Israeli government stand or how much they know.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists Search for technology?    -   special bomb

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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