|Plot Summary of Target Lock|
Putnam, Feb 2002, 25.95, 419 pp.
In 2008, when modern day pirates steal a satellite with military information from a US research ship, the American navy sends Commander Amanda Garrett and her USS Cunningham “Sea Fighters” crew to retrieve the stolen item. However, Amanda quickly realizes that these thugs are not some solo Jolly Roger, but belong to massive conglomerate led by the charismatic Makara Harconan.
The chase goes awry and the dynamic Makara captures Amanda. He takes her to his secret hideaway where she sees he has stored the stolen satellite. Though she finds herself falling for her host, Amanda knows her crew will soon come to save the day and rescue her from the brink.
Normally a Sea Fighters novel is action packed and plenty of fun for the reader. Though the history including biology of the Indonesian archipelago is fascinating, even hard core fans will believe TARGET LOCK sinks to the ocean floor and it is not a submarine of bathysphere. Amanda acts more like a high school girl with her first crush than the intrepid intelligent Commander she normally is. As humongous, powerful, and brilliant Makara and his followers are, the Sea Fighters are never truly challenged. To read James H. Cobb at his best, the audience should target SEA FIGHTER, SEA STRIKE, or especially the incredible CHOOSERS OF THE SLAIN.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Target Lock|
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 - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 60%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Search for technology?
- space technology
- government investigator
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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