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A power-hungry right-wing Russian politician aided by a hardcore ex-KGB Officer, attempts to come to takeover the Russian government, through his popularity, to establish his dictatorship. British and American covert agencies uncover the plot and unofficially recruit a retired SIS chief and an ex-CIA agent to stop the Russian and his ruthless lieutenant. The first part of the book builds up the character of the protagonist, the CIA Agent Jason Monk and how he humanely recruits Russian spies for the CIA and their ultimate destruction by the KGB because of the American spy Aldrich Ames who gave away the most significant American agents to the KGB for money.
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The second part describes the accidental discovery of the plot by the British and American covert agencies and how they recruit a retired SIS chief, a Cold War veteran, to take care of the issue.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   deposing an evil leader    -   main char. spying/sabotage    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   spy ring Search for technology?    -   state secrets

Main Character

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


United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Russia Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Island Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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