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Crawford Sloane is the lead anchorman at CBA news. One day his wife, son, and father are kidnapped by terrorists. The news crew feels they can do a better job with their resources and contacts of finding out who the terrorists are and where they took Sloane's family, than can the FBI. So Harry Partridge leads up a team of crack TV people, who search for clues throughout the northeast to try to find out who took Sloane's family and why. The trail leads them across the country and ultimately to South America, where drug lords known as the Shining Path are trying to overthrow the Peruvian government. How can Harry Partridge find out where the hostages are and how to get them out? The news crew comes through, with a very dramatic rescue at the end.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%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:    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   foreign drug cartel

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South Jungles?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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