|Plot Summary of Night Train to Rangoon|
Iuniverse, 2001, 11.95, 190 pp.
In 1974 Burmese soldiers hijack Air France Flight 194 after it left Bombay. They want to land in Rangoon, but fog forces them to go to Mogok. The military arrests internationally acclaimed director Sarajini Rama for delivering two and a half million rubles to the revolutionaries as a courier. Since the plane is too big to lift off from Mogok, the plan for the other hostages is to escort their “guests” by train to Rangoon where everyone will board a plane and continue on to their destinations.
When Sarajini tries to escape, the soldiers open fire and kill him. However, the bullet that murdered Sarajini did not go through his back, which is where the soldiers were aiming. Instead, it came through his chest meaning one of the guests killed the movie great. Could it be the two elderly odd Minnesota women or the Russian? Or perhaps the hippie couple? The teen movie star, her mother, her lover, or the diplomat? The Burmese do not care though they wonder where the stash is.
Fans of an exciting historical Asian who-done-it will fully relish the NIGHT TRAIN TO RANGOON. Paul Rosner takes his time developing the key cast members in this ensemble tale (reminiscent of Christie), but once the dysfunctional and loving relationships are established, the story line goes into hyperspeed. Readers will enjoy this engaging political crime thriller.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Night Train to Rangoon|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Southeast Asia
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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