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In this 1996 thriller, England's best, clean-cut spies Tweed, Paula Grey and Bob Newman are on the trail of billionnaire Leopold Brazil, a communications tycoon. Tweed suspects he has a major world-threatening plan after seeing photographs of a rogue satellite being launched. Brazil, with a base in Switzerland and a residence in Dorset, England, hides behind heavies and devious lawyers alike. Tweed's trail takes him and his team to Dorset, Geneva, Zurich and also the Swiss Valais canton. Paula Grey is almost kidnapped, and battle erupts on a mountainside when Brazil's plan to disable global communications and bring back Russia as a leading world power gets under way. Can Tweed and co. stop Brazil. You will surely guess the ending . . . or will you? Add to the plot a mystery assassin called the Motorman and Eve Warner, a disgruntled accomplice of Brazil's who nobody can trust and you have a surefire Forbes classic. One of his best of his later novels.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%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:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   spying technology

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Switzerland Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing with ropes    -   falling off City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   electrical engineering Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   fright    -   frying (electrocuted)    -   run over    -   crushed    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals)    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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