|Plot Summary of The Crossing|
The novel starts at the beginning of the Russian Revolution with a young man named Josef, a Brit who sides with the Communists. He becomes a spy for them but flees the organisation when he witnesses atrocities committed to non-Communists. He escapes and tries to live an ordinary life - however his wife is murdered and his young son stolen - undoubtedly an act by the Communists.
The novel then focuses on different spies within Britain. In particular in looks at the SIS's investigations on five Russian spies. They arrest the spies and they are tried, with all of them receiving prison sentences.
Joe Shapiro, head huncho of the Russian division of the SIS, wants to exchange one of those convicted (or more if necessary) for a spy that was caught in Russia, a young pilot named Powers. However, the exchange doesn't seem fair as the pilot is really a nobody, and the spy captured in Britain is someone Moscow wants to get back! But the deal is layered - Shapiro also wants a young spy the KGB captured as part of the deal that is to remain secret.
This synopsis report prepared by Louisa Eggleton
|Chapter Analysis of The Crossing|
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 - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
Time/era of story:
Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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