Lie Down with Lions Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young Englishwoman, Jane, is caught between the feelings she has for Ellis and those of a French doctor, Jean-Pierre. When she discovers that Ellis is a CIA spy, she decides to accept Jean-Pierre's offer of accompanying him to Afghanistan on a medical mission of aid to a local tribe.
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Jean-Pierre's motivations are not entirely charitable. While he does assist the Afghanistanis with their medical conditions, his true motive is to assist the KGB and the Russians in their infiltration and invasion of the arid, though mountainous, country.

When Ellis is offered a chance to travel to Afghanistan, he accepts, with the intention of meeting Jane again. After his arrival in the village, in the Five Lions Valley, their relationship is rekindled, with a steamy alliance (while Jean-Pierre is absent on a 'medical' assignment).

Ellis and Jane decide to escape Afghanistan, using the treacherous Butter Trail across the mountains. Her baby daughter, Chantal, accompanies them. The trek is physically dangerous; the peril is intensified by the knowledge that Jean-Pierre and the band of Russian and Afghanistani thugs will go to extreme violent measures to obstruct their escape.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%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:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   commies!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   nurse/medtech Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   The 'stans Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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