Good News, Bad News Book Summary and Study Guide

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Good News Bad News

Dutton, Aug 2004
ISBN: 0525947949

British Security Services Agents twenty-seven years old Scotsman Charlie Millar and almost fifty George Shaw separately receive good news that their next respective assignments will be their last ones for each of them. The cover for their final assignment is a shabby photo-processing booth, where each must hide his real identity from the other, while awaiting their final mission orders. However, the bad news is that those final assignments are to assassinate the other.
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Quickly, Charlie and George realize something is not right as the cover is really for one person. When they learn each other's assignment, they agree to flip a coin with the loser on the run, but first want to learn why their employer would use such a drastic means to terminate them. As Charlie and George work closely together, the good news is that they make headway; the bad news is that treachery runs very high in their agency that wants them and others dead immediately.

The good news for readers is this is an exhilarating espionage tale reminiscent of F/X as Charlie and George trust no one except somewhat each other; the bad news is that the audience needs to set aside several hours to finish in one sitting.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Ethnicity/Race    -   British


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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