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1st Books, 2002, 332 pp.
ISBN: 075969222X

In 1975, MASH unit Commanding Officer Major Whiteside directs medic Owen MacDara and a few others on an unusual operation in which they remove some odd looking rubbery cartilage-like objects from the rectum of a colonel. Upon removal, the colonel dresses and leaves without a word. Whiteside informed his men that silence and confidentiality are critical.
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Almost twenty-five years later, Owen is a millionaire running Global Management Associates that he formed with two colleagues. GMA is the international leading consultant firm on the global financial marketplace. However, that bizarre surgery in Korea comes back to haunt Owen. Someone is killing those who witnessed the removal of the weird items from the officer, who is now a highly regarded Four-Star General. The treachery goes high and even the president is in jeopardy. Owen combines his military and civilian skills to try to stay alive, keep his girlfriend (the murdered Whiteside's daughter) safe, and unravel a conspiracy that is the greatest threat to the American governmental tradition since the Civil War.

THE CIRCLE OF SODOM is a terse political thriller that never lets up until the final confrontation occurs. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action, but also enables the audience to understand the motives of each of the key players as Pat Mullan constantly switches third person perspective so the reader receives a complete picture of an incident. It is this difficult to deliver the technique of the changing point of view that can easily lead to spectator confusion, but Mr. Mullan displays his skills as fans will easily follow along this one sitting thriller.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Owen MacDara is an ex-medical intern who served in Korea, now a millionaire business consultant. His previous history in the army leads him to take up a personal vendetta for the deaths - or are they murders? - of several of his former army buddies. His friend is the beautiful daughter of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff upon whom MacDara had operated, in strictest confidentiality, in Korea. The subplots interweave as the protagonists' lives become affected by seemingly unrelated killings. Only MacDara begins to sense a more wide-ranging conspiracy.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin    -   govt. doing secret bad things abroad Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil corporation/billionaire

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Southeast    -   Texas Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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