Out of the Ashes Book Summary and Study Guide

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It's five years after 9/11 and Osama bin Laden is dead, so his brother has taken charge of al Qaida. They've learned to work smarter, not harder. Saad bin Laden has updated their core religious philosophy to eliminate the emphasis on suicide, thereby ensuring that the pool of devoted al Qaida terrorists remains constant. The al Qaida network has increased global drug trafficking activities in order to raise funds and has spent those funds on increased WMD development. They've also recruited American terrorists, so ethnic profiling isn't such a sure thing anymore. They plan to unleash their biological weapon of mass destruction — known as “the Phoenix” — in various cities in America's Heartland while the nation celebrates its independence.
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As part of the U.S. government's secret Phoenix Task Force, Army officer Matt Garret and government scientist Annie Stewart are sent to Costa Rica to work undercover and infiltrate the al Qaida Phoenix operative. Being past lovers, Matt and Annie have a familiarity and a bond that serves them well in this adventure. Working so closely together rekindles their feelings for each other.

With only seven days before the Phoenix attack is unleashed, Matt and Annie must hurry to find useful information without giving themselves away or endangering their lives. They -- and the U.S. Government -- are only aware of the foreign terrorists working for al Quaida. Learning that al Quaida has recruited young white America men is a shocking revelation that they can use to save lives.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%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 bomb/biohazard/disaster Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   arabs and/or muslims Search for technology?    -   bioweapon/cure

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Central Jungles?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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