The Cardinal of the Kremlin Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Cardinal of the Kremlin

Russia and America are developing new satellites and will do anything to get the others secrets.
This report prepared by Matt Parker

In The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Jack Ryan has to save a CIA intelligence source in Russia, and in the process he forces the Director of the KGB to defect. Also, there is a parallel plot about the development of American and Russian laser-based Anti-Ballistic Missle systems, and the espionage that surrounds their development.            
This report prepared by Matt Line

CIA employee Jack Ryan becomes involved in a race to rescue a long time undercover spy located in Moscow code named Cardinal.As Cardinal loses his cover and is captured and interrogated, Ryan developes an intricate plan to not only rescue Cardinal, but also to affect the defection to the West of the head of KGB to save the current Soviet government. Included are vivid descriptions of Afghan rebel attacks against Soviet Star War sites.
This report prepared by John Juergens

As the Soviets invade Afghanistan, they begin work on a laser-based defense system. Meanwhile, a top aide to the Union's Defense Minister is leaking secrets to the United States. If the Soviets are successful, they will throw the world back into the chaos of the Cold War...But this man has seen the horrors of war, and will betray his own country to keep the world at peace, even at the cost of his life...A spy thriller...
This report prepared by Jacob Hurt

The United States has a highly placed spy in the Russian Government and must try to beat the KGB to him. His codename is CARDINAL. It is during the peace talks of the Cold War, and as the raveling plot unfolds, you'll see that there is more to the story than rescuing an agent.
This report prepared by Anthony Selbe

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Search for technology?    -   special war tech.

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russia Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia    -   The 'stans Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   military technology Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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