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In 1944, three British Army Commandos commit a brutal murder. Forty-three years later, the crime is still unsolved, save for one detective's obsession with the case. Then in Greece, British MI6 agent Harry Masterson is pushed off a cliff and dies. When the commandos learn of this, they are in a state of terror. The Greek underground communist movement has united with Russian anti-Glasnost followers and use the commandos as a British contact, much to their fear. What is their motive? Russian President Gorbachev is due to meet with Western heads of state in the UK, and it seems that an assassination attempt is threatened. Who can stop the conspiracy? Why, enter Britain's best secret agents Tweed, Paula Grey and Bob Newman. Tweed and Paula travel to the county of Somerset in England to investigate the commandos and some grisly murders on isolated hills linked to the wife of one. Newman and the UK's best marksman Marler travel to the Greek island of Siros and also Athens to investigate a secret communist underground hideaway and how it is linked to Masterson's murder and Gorbachev's potential downfall. The story may seem dated now, but the action and intrigue never stop until an explosive climax in the UK. The locations are well described and created. Siros is fictional, but it brought back memories of our vacaction in Corfu, another real Greek island which Siros is based on in part. And of course, Tweed and Paula get to eat and drink in the best pubs and restaurants! Hugely entertaining.
This report prepared by Nick Warren








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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:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War-time military intelligence mission?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   40's-50's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Greece    -   Switzerland Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   passenger plane    -   air force one Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   stranded    -   on vacation City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   hanging    -   flamed    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals)    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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