Target Lock Book Summary and Study Guide

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Putnam, Feb 2002, 25.95, 419 pp.
ISBN: 0399148493

    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.
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    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.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

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) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   space technology

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator


Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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