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Talbot is a wanted murder who kidnaps Mary, the daughter of multimillionaire General Ruthven, as a hostage. When a man named Jablonsky rescues the girl, he decides to make the General pay the ransom. Instead, Talbot and Jablonsky are both asked to do a job for the General and the unsavory characters he surrounds himself with, so they decide to remain. After Jablonsky is murdered, Talbot is taken to an oil rig, and told to help the General and his cronies retrieve gold and silver from the sea.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   evil corporation/rich guy

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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